Great Plains’ Next Move in Kansas is Unclear

Great Plains Energy’s $12.2 billion plans to acquire Topeka-based Westar Energy was hit with a regulatory tornado in Kansas this week and, as a result, one major Midwestern energy users groupfeatured

Regulatory Hurdles Persist for Westar/Great Plains Merger

The proposed $12.2 billion merger of Missouri-based Great Plains Energy and Kansas-based Westar Energy is steadily trudging toward a self-imposed spring deadline for closing, butfeatured

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Kansas Regulator Begins Hearing on Westar-Great Plains Energy Merger

It was a question that danced all day around the Kansas Corporation Commission’s evidentiary hearing into the proposed $12.2 billion merger of Great Plains Energy and Westarfeatured

Consultants Dominate Westar/Great Plains Kansas Proceedings

Call it the case of the dueling consultants. On one side is Maryland attorney Scott Hempling, who often opposes big utility mergers in testimony before regulatory agencies. On the other side is Washington, D.C., economist John J. Reed, who often supports the industry in big utility mergers infeatured

Westar/Great Plains Merger Encounters Kansas Headwinds

The staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission has mounted a blistering critique of the proposed $12.2 billion merger of Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy and urged the commissioners to reject the transaction. “Staff’s overall conclusion is that the proposed transaction fails most of the merger standards and is, therefore, not in the publicfeatured

Kansas Improves Intervenors’ Access to Westar/Great Plains Documents

A Kansas Corporation Commission prehearing officer on Wednesday ordered Great Plains Energy to immediately allow the Kansas Board of Public Utilities to make photocopies of Great Plains board documents. The order came after the staff of thefeatured

Coal Plants Prompt Sierra Club Interest in Great Plains Merger

Is a recent request by the Sierra Club for permission to participate in Kansas’ regulatory review of Great Plains Energy’s bid to acquire Westar Energy a sign that the $12.2 billion transaction could see additional proceedings or delay in the Sunflower State? The nationwide environmental advocacy group played a leading role earlier this year in … Read Morefeatured

KCC Commissioners Weigh in at Hearing after Staff Endorses ITC-Fortis Merger

The Kansas Corporation Commission has until October 29 to decide whether to green light Canadian energy giant Fortis Inc.’s $11.3 billion bid to acquire Michigan-based ITC Holdings Corp., now that the commission staff has endorsed the transaction with conditions. Kansas marks the final regulatory hurdle for the merger, which recently received the go-ahead from the … Read Morefeatured

Great Plains Talks Aimed at Resolving Issues with Missouri and Kansas

Kansas City, Missouri-based Great Plains Energy has been conducting informal talks in both Missouri and Kansas aimed at resolving regulatory issues surrounding the energy company’s $12.2 billion bid to acquire Topeka, Kansas-based Westar Energy, the company has confirmed to CTFN. Company representatives have been engaged in discussions with the staff of the Missouri Public Service … Read Morefeatured

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