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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Understaffed FERC Should Not Delay WGL/AltaGas Approval Process

With additional reporting by Diane Alter – Representatives of Canada’s AltaGas have begun meeting with various interest groups in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. who will influence the regulatory approval process in thefeatured

DC Green Groups Vow Close Scrutiny of WGL/AltaGas Deal

Green energy groups that helped drag out the regulatory process for the Pepco/Exelon merger to more than two years are pledging close scrutiny over the latest merger proposal for a Washington, D.C., publicfeatured

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

NextEra Scuffles with Intervenors Over Oncor Board Composition

NextEra Energy’s proposal to revamp Oncor Electric Delivery’s board of directors as part of NextEra’s proposed $18.7 billion merger is in the cross-hairs of industry competitors as well asfeatured

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 Offer “Common Sense” View of Merger

In a sign that relations between the two sides are prickly, the staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission and several other intervenors are calling on commissioners to impose sanctionsfeatured

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

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