Great Plains Energy

From Global Energy Monitor
Great Plains Energy
TypePublic (NYSEGXP)
Headquarters1201 Walnut St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
Area servedKS, MO
Key peopleMichael J. Chesser, CEO
IndustryElectric Producer and Utility
Revenue$3.27 billion (2007)[1]
Net income $159.2 million (2007)[1]
Employees2,504 (2007)
SubsidiariesKansas City Power & Light
Strategic Energy

Great Plains Energy Incorporated is a holding company based in Kansas City, Missouri, whose utilities operate under the name Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L). KCP&L established the holding company on October 1, 2001. Great Plains Energy also owns Strategic Energy, LLC, an energy management company.

On July 14, 2008, Great Plains Energy acquired the Missouri operations of Aquila, which now operates under the name of its former competitor KCP&L.[2] (Aquila's operations in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska were acquired by the Black Hills Corporation).[3]


Key Dates:[4]

  • 1882: Kawsmouth Electric Light Company is founded.
  • 1885: The company reincorporates as Kansas City Electric Light Company.
  • 1900: J. Ogden Armour and partners acquire Kansas City Electric Light Company.
  • 1916: The company is reorganized as Kansas City Light & Power Company.
  • 1923: The company buys Carroll County Electric Company.
  • 1924: Continental Gas & Electric Corporation purchases the controlling interest in Kansas City Power & Light.
  • 1950: The holding company dissolves, leaving Kansas City Power & Light (KCPL) independent.
  • 1977: Construction of Wolf Creek, a nuclear power plant, begins.
  • 2000: KCPL ends merger talks with Western Resources, Inc.
  • 2001: The company reorganizes and forms holding company Great Plains Energy Inc., with its holdings including Kansas City Power & Light Company, Strategic Energy, LLC, and KLT Gas Inc.
  • 2004: Company announces that it is exiting the gas exploration and development business.
  • 2008: Great Plains Energy acquires the Missouri operations of Aquila.[5]

Power portfolio

Out of its total 4,880 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005 (0.46% of the U.S. total), Great Plains produces 70.9% from coal, 19.1% from natural gas, and 10.0% from oil. Great Plains owns power plants in Kansas and Missouri.[6]

Existing coal-fired power plants

Great Plains owned 8 coal-fired generating stations in 2012, with 4,312 MW of capacity. Here is a list of Great Plains's coal power plants:[6][7][8]

Plant Name State County Year(s) Built Capacity 2007 CO2 Emissions 2006 SO2 Emissions
La Cygne KS Linn 1973, 1977 1578 MW 11,900,000 tons 22,421 tons
Iatan MO Platte 1980, 2010 1576 MW 5,649,000 tons 17,518 tons
Hawthorn MO Jackson 1969 594 MW 5,029,000 tons 1,897 tons
Montrose MO Henry 1958, 1960, 1964 564 MW 3,887,000 tons 11,561 tons

In 2006, Great Plains Energy's 4 coal-fired power plants emitted 26.5 million tons of CO2 and 53,000 tons of SO2.

Coal plants under construction

Contact Details

Phone: (816) 556-2200

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Great Plains Energy Inc., BusinessWeek Company Insight Center, accessed July 2008.
  2. "Great Plains Energy Completes Acquisition of Aquila", Business Wire, July 14, 2008.
  3. "Black Hills offers Kansas regulators new deal on Aquila gas buy" Kansas City, February 13, 2008
  4. "Great Plains Energy Incorporated", Funding Universe, August 2009.
  5. "Great Plains Energy Completes Acquisition of Aquila", Business Wire, July 14, 2008.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  7. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  8. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.

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