KCC approves merger between Westar and KCP&L

Capitol Bureau

A decision about a merger between Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy has been made.

The Kansas Corporation Commission approved the merger between Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy at a special meeting Thursday afternoon. 

The KCC said a study will be done to analyze energy rates in the area to see how they compare to other regions. 

KSNT News was told last week that if a merger went through it would mean a $2.80 increase for the average Westar customer. 

Under merger agreements, 500 employees will stay at the Westar headquarters in Topeka for five years. Westar employees will remain in Topeka overall for 10 years as well.  

With the merger, the large utility company will have about 1 million customers on the Kansas side and more than 580,000 on the Missouri side. 

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