KCP&L Provides Update on Missouri River Flooding Impact

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Preparation helps maintain electric service to customers during hot summer 
Kansas City, Mo. (July 28, 2011) – This summer, KCP&L has been preparing and protecting its facilities and infrastructure from the impacts of prolonged flooding on and around the Missouri River. KCP&L has taken additional steps to ensure the company is able to safely and reliably provide electricity to customers as flooding continues near power plants, railroad infrastructure, substations and power lines. 
“We knew in May the Missouri River was going to flood and potentially impact our power plants, substations and operations. So we took immediate action to ensure power continued to be available during the summer months when our customers need it most,” said Chuck Caisley, KCP&L vice president of Marketing & Public Affairs. “As flood waters continued to rise, KCP&L had one goal: to keep air conditioners running and lights on for our customers, while keeping them and our crews safe in the process.” 
Throughout the summer, KCP&L has committed significant resources and manpower to lessen the power-reliability impacts of this flood. These investments include purchasing additional power, reducing the sale of surplus power to customers outside of KCP&L’s service territory and a host of operational activities undertaken to protect infrastructure used to deliver electricity. 

Coal Conservation 

As railroad service at and near KCP&L’s power plants became increasingly strained recently, KCP&L took measures to conserve coal at its impacted plants. Because of ongoing conservation efforts, KCP&L has purchased additional power from natural gas power plants not impacted by flood and reduced its sale of surplus power. 
“Despite purposely reducing the amount of power produced at several of our power plants and a very hot summer, KCP&L has been able to meet customer demand for electricity and we do not anticipate having any problems meeting demand for the remainder of the summer,” said Caisley. 

Protecting Facilities 

Additionally, KCP&L took several steps to protect its electric system from flood waters. These steps include sandbagging and building concrete walls around high-risk facilities, securing boating equipment to transport employees and materials and elevating critical IT infrastructure. 
As water levels begin to recede, KCP&L is making plans to facilitate a quick return to normal operations once the flood is over. An example of those measures involves breaching an internal levee near the Iatan power plant. The breach allows water to be drained from KCP&L’s and neighboring properties, speeding up the restoration of the rail system and roads around and leading into the plant. 
“It takes a lot of hard work and effort to successfully prepare for an event of this magnitude,” added Caisley. “At KCP&L we are proud of the numerous employees who have dedicated themselves to these efforts since early this summer.” 

Working with Customers 

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.