Owners of Kansas City-based Great Plains Energy and Topeka, Kansas-based Westar Energy voted to approve merger plans that would put both utilities under a new company called Monarch Energy Holding Inc.
Shareholders of each company voted more than 90 percent in favor of the merger plans, the companies said.
The merger still requires regulatory approval from five federal agencies, the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Kansas regulators issued their procedural schedule Tuesday. It sets the timetable for proceeding with the states’ review, including public hearings on Jan. 22 at the Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka. The public’s window to submit comments remains open until March 29.
The Kansas Corporation Commission’s order in the case is due June 5, under the schedule posted Tuesday.