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Great Plains Energy And KCP&L Announce Executive Appointments

Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) and Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) today announced that Scott Heidtbrink, senior vice president – Supply, has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of KCP&L and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations. Heidtbrink replaces Terry Bassham, who was recently named president and chief executive officer to succeed Michael J. Chesser following his retirement, effective June 1, 2012. In his new role, Heidtbrink will have management responsibility for all utility operations, including Generation, Transmission and Delivery Operations, Customer Service and Supply Chain.

The companies also announced today that Michael Deggendorf, senior vice president – Delivery, has been named senior vice president – Corporate Services. Deggendorf will oversee the company’s new transmission partnership – Transource Energy℠ LLC (Transource), its construction organization including the $1.2 billion environmental retrofit project at La Cygne generating station and the company’s corporate safety and facilities departments.

In addition, Kevin Noblet, senior director of renewables and gas generation, was promoted to vice president – Generation, where he will be responsible for the company’s generation strategy, including the long-term planning and financial performance of the Generation division, supply resources and generation engineering.

“The appointments of these individuals reflect the Board’s commitment to a strong and dynamic management team," said Mike Chesser, chairman and chief executive officer of Great Plains Energy. "Today's announcements are a reflection of the contributions these individuals have made to our company and the community and we are confident in their continued success at KCP&L.”

Heidtbrink is a 25-year energy-industry veteran currently responsible for KCP&L’s power generation operations. Heidtbrink joined KCP&L in 2008 as a result of the acquisition of Aquila. Prior to joining KCP&L, he served as vice president, Power Generation and Energy Resources, at Aquila. He joined Aquila in 1987 as a field engineer and held various gas and electric distribution positions in operations engineering and field and customer operations, achieving promotions to state president, general manager and vice president levels. He also led the development of Six Sigma into Aquila's utility operations.

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