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Monday will be only public hearing on Westar-KCPL merger

Associated Press - December 4, 2016 12:05 pm

Westar Energy says the increasing use of drones is helping it work faster, save money and improve safety for its employees.

The only planned public hearing on the biggest utility merger in Kansas history is scheduled for Monday in suburban Topeka.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://j.mp/2fUGSPV) the Kansas Corporation Commission has scheduled Monday evening at a Topeka-area high school as the single public hearing on the proposed $12.2 billion acquisition of Westar by Great Plains Energy, the parent company of KCP&L.

Customers in other parts of the state will be able to watch the hearing live or view a replay at the KCC website. They can also submit comments in writing or online at the site.

If the merger’s approved, Westar and KCP&L will become a single electric company straddling the Kansas/Missouri border, with 1.5 million customers.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com.

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