Westar Energy and KCP&L continue discussion on merger details

TOPEKA, Kan, (WIBW) -- As part of the merger agreement of Westar Energy and KCP&L, the companies were required to develop and integrated resource place to create a process for reporting future investment plans.

It was presented to the Kansas Corporation Commissioners Tuesday morning during a work study session.

“It gave the KCC, CURB, our company representatives, and others a chance to sit down and have a constructive conversation,” Westar’s Gina Penzig explained.

Penzig said as the future plans are evaluated and filed it’s important that the companies continue to provide reliable electricity to the state.

“It’s also having a good discussion on understanding the cost implications and potential savings of different decisions that would be made as part of that planning,” she said.

Penzig also said several elements are considered during the development of these plans such as the generation of wind energy in the state, the cost of solar energy, and the operation of power plants.

“All of these different elements as well as energy efficiency and expected economic growth which is related to electricity demand are all the types of things that go into these plans. So having a good discussion on how these plans should look is an important part of the process,” she added.

Next month, those interested in the plans will be allowed to file comments as the KCC continues to consider its development.