Shareholders of Kansas City-based Great Plains Energy Inc. and Topeka-based Westar Energy Inc. will vote on the companies’ proposed $8.6 billion merger at simultaneous meetings next month.
Shareholders meetings are set for 10 a.m. Sept. 26.
Great Plains shareholders will meet at the company’s One Kansas City Place headquarters. Westar shareholders will meet at 10 a.m. in Heritage Hall at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.
The proposed merger is under review by the Kansas Corporation Commission and requires other regulatory approvals. Several companies and groups have asked to intervene in the Kansas review.
Great Plains owns Kansas City Power & Light Co., which led the staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission to seek jurisdiction over the merger. Commission staff had raised issues about the merger, but currently there is no action involving the merger at the commission. Natelle Dietrich, staff director, said staff and Great Plains officials are in talks to resolve those issues.