KCP&L Smart Meter Installation Complete

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KCP&L COMPLETES SMART METER INSTALLATION 
Successful completion of first phase of unique energy project 
 
Kansas City, Mo. (April 29, 2011) — KCP&L announced today that it has successfully completed the installation of more than 14,000 smart meters at homes and businesses in the company’s SmartGrid demonstration area*. This marks an important milestone for the project. During the process of installing new meters in the SmartGrid demonstration area, KCP&L hired several workers from the area. KCP&L utilized partnerships with QTI, Inc., The Full Employment Council and the Green Impact Zone to identify workers. 
 
“These new meters, which we began installing in the SmartGrid project area last October, gave customers access to enhanced information about their electricity usage. Customers can use this information to change their behaviors resulting in monthly energy savings,” said Mike Deggendorf, KCP&L senior vice president, delivery. “I want to thank all the customers, KCP&L employees and community partners who helped us complete this phase of the project. We look forward to helping both our residential and commercial customers realize the full potential and many benefits of this advanced technology.” 
 
For customers living in the SmartGrid project area, the smart meter is the key that unlocks the advantages of new smart grid technology. Customers now have access to several free innovative products*: 
 
MySmart Portal, a customized website that enables customers to manage their energy use. 
 
MySmart Display, a small in-home device that allows customers to monitor and manage their electricity use without Internet access.   
 
MySmart Thermostat, a programmable thermostat that can be used to preset temperatures based on season and personal preference. 
 
KCP&L is partnering with a number of neighborhood and community organizations on the SmartGrid project, including the Green Impact Zone and the Metropolitan Energy Center. These organizations, along with Missouri Gas Energy, are all supporters of Project Living Proof, a demonstration house located at 917 Emanuel Cleaver Blvd that showcases KCP&L’s SmartGrid as well as weatherization, landscaping and energy-efficient appliances. Project Living Proof will host an open house on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. 
 
“At the Project Living Proof house, customers can experience firsthand the full suite of SmartGrid products as well as learn more about how they can save energy and money,” added Deggendorf. “We look forward to working with our community and project partners to introduce additional SmartGrid tools later this year, including a new MySmart Portal, a home area network, electric vehicle charging stations and several solar projects.” 
 
KCP&L SmartGrid was announced in November 2009 with the award of a $24 million grant from the Department of Energy, which is being matched by KCP&L and its SmartGrid project partners. This initiative is a five-year demonstration project that will serve as the blueprint for potential expansion of smart grid technology to other areas of the KCP&L service territory. 
 
About KCP&L: 
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.