Better Together

Combined, locally owned energy company will create savings and efficiencies for customers.

KCP&L and Westar are neighboring utilities that have both served customers in Kansas for more than 100 years. We share resources. We operate power plants together. And we assist each other in times of need. 

KCP&L and Westar want to become one company and keep ownership of our power locally in our region. On April 19, 2017, the Kansas Corporation Commission denied our request to combine. On May 4, 2017, we filed a Petition for Reconsideration with the Commission to request more time for discussions to determine whether a revised transaction can be negotiated that addresses the Commission’s concerns.

We continue to believe the combination of our two companies will provide value to our customers and communities in a way neither company could on our own. When we Power Local, we will operate more efficiently, creating savings for our customers. Together, we will work with the communities we serve to grow jobs and foster local economies. We will also have the resources to improve reliability and the flexibility to generate electricity in a sustainable manner. 

Here’s what our CEOs had to say about our combination.

And here's what Kansans are saying about Power Local:

“We are grateful to have partners in Westar Energy and KCP&L who understand the challenges we face in rural Kansas. Their mutual commitment to building a diversified and reliable portfolio of generation mitigates our risk for what the future may hold while continuing to keep our current energy costs low…. Westar and KCP&L are a natural fit.”
Kansas Farm Bureau

“Both of these outstanding companies share a reputation for doing the right thing and going above and beyond with regard to their commitment to employees, safety, service reliability, the environment and corporate philanthropy. These factors all have a positive, critical influence on Topeka/Shawnee County’s economic development and quality-of-life initiatives.”
 — GO Topeka

Infographic explaining how customers benefot from the merger between KCP&L and Westar.