$12.2B Great Plains-Westar merger will get decision in April

After six days of testimony, the Kansas Corporation Commission ended a hearing concerning the $12.2 billion merger of Great Plains Energy Inc. and Westar Energy Inc.

According to The Topeka Capital-Journal, the commission will issue its decision on April 24.

Stockholders for Great Plains, the Kansas City-based parent of Kansas City Power & Light, and Topeka-based Westar overwhelmingly approved the deal in September.

In December, the commission’s own staff said it couldn’t recommend approval of a merger.

If the merger is approved, the acquisition would create an electric company with 1.5 million customers straddling Kansas and Missouri.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal

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