Kansas rejects $12.2B Westar sale to Great Plains

Topeka, Kan. • Kansas regulators on Wednesday rejected the proposed sale of the state’s largest electric company to a Missouri firm in a $12.2 billion deal that critics argued would financially hobble the combined utility. The Kansas Corporation Commission issued its order against a proposal from Kansas City, Missouri-based Great Plains Energy Inc. to buy Topeka-based Westar Energy Inc. after consumer advocates and the commission’s own staff criticized the acquisition. Opponents argued that Grea...

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