Great Plains Energy to buy Westar for about $8.6 billion NEW YORK, N.Y. – Great Plains Energy is buying rival Westar for about $8.6 billion, creating one large power provider in Kansas and Missouri with more than 1.5 million customers in.The two companies say the combination will lower their costs and help reduce rate increases for customers.Great Plains Energy owns Kansas City Power & Light, which provides power in Kansas and Missouri. Westar’s customers are in Kansas.Kansas City, Missouri-based Great Plains Energy is offering $60 in cash and stock for each share of Westar. The companies value the deal at about $12.2 billion, when debt is included.Shares of Great Plains Energy Inc. fell $1.62, or 5.2 per cent, to $29.38 in morning trading Tuesday. Shares of Topeka, Kansas-based Westar Energy Inc. rose $4.24, or 8 per cent, to $57.16. by The Associated Press Posted May 31, 2016 9:54 am MDT Last Updated May 31, 2016 at 11:26 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email