TOPEKA, Kan., Oct. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) will conduct its 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in the Wymore Auditorium at Westar Energy's Corporate Headquarters in Topeka, Kan. The audio of the meeting will be accessible on the Westar Energy's investor website, WestarEnergy.com/investors. The meeting and webcast will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central).  At the meeting, shareholders will vote on the election of three members of the Board of Directors and other business matters set forth in the notice of the meeting.  A separate, special meeting of shareholders to vote on the proposed merger with Great Plains Energy Incorporated will be scheduled later this fall.
Event:    Westar Energy 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders
     
Date:   October 25, 2017
     
Time:   11 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central)
     
Location:   1) Wymore Auditorium at Westar Energy, 818 S Kansas Ave., Topeka, Kansas,
     
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    2) Log on to the webcast at http://www.WestarEnergy.com/investors. A replay of the meeting will be available on the Westar Energy's investor website.

As Kansas' largest electric utility, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) provides customers the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. We have 7,800 MW of electric generation capacity that includes renewables and traditional power sources with half the electricity supplied to our more than 700,000 customers from emissions free sources: nuclear, wind and solar, with a third coming from renewables. We are a leader in electric transmission in Kansas coordinating a network of lines and substations that supports one of the largest consolidations of wind energy in the nation. Our employees live, volunteer and work in the communities we serve.

For more information about Westar Energy, visit us on the Internet at http://www.WestarEnergy.com.

Media Contact: Gina PenzigMedia Relations ManagerPhone: 785-575-8089 Gina.Penzig@westarenergy.comMedia line: 888-613-0003

Investor Contact: Cody VandeVeldeDirector, Investor RelationsPhone: 785-575-8227 Cody.VandeVelde@westarenergy.com

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