KCP&L Receives Emergency Assistance Award

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Kansas City, Mo. (Jan. 29, 2012) — The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) recently recognized KCP&L with the 2012 Emergency Assistance Award for its outstanding efforts to help other electric utilities restore power following Hurricane Sandy and strong thunderstorms in the East Coast last year. This is the fifth time that KCP&L has won this award. 
“KCP&L is honored to receive this award. We were proud to assist the Northeast during their rebuilding efforts following such unprecedented storms,” said Duane Anstaett, KCP&L vice president of Delivery. “Our crews worked diligently to restore power to affected customers as quickly and safely as possible. Because of their past performance, we are often called upon to support our fellow utilities in their times of need.” 
In October of last year, following Hurricane Sandy, KCP&L sent approximately 170 employees to the East Coast to assist several utilities with their restoration efforts. These employees assisted four different utilities in three different states in the Northeast. Because crews were sent to different areas the damage they encountered varied drastically. So KCP&L sent employees with various skills, including overhead line, underground and substation repair. 
This Emergency Assistance Award has been presented each year to EEI member electric utility companies since 1998. The award recognizes extraordinary efforts in restoring electric service to another utility’s customers who have been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events. KCP&L was chosen by following an international nomination process, and the award was presented during EEI’s Winter CEO meeting.
“KCP&L’s restoration assistance following Hurricane Sandy and the derecho was truly remarkable,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Getting the lights back on quickly and safely following a major storm is never easy. Working through the industry’s mutual assistance program, KCP&L’s crews were essential in helping their fellow utility companies restore service in affected neighborhoods. Importantly, KCP&L’s assistance also shows their compassion in helping others in their time of need. I congratulate them.” 
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.