September 2, 2008

Westar Energy Crews Will Assist Entergy With Power Restoration Following Hurricane Gustav

Westar Energy crews will head to the Gulf Coast to assist Entergy with restoration efforts following Hurricane Gustav's blast to the region.

Approximately 35 Westar employees, including linemen, management, field supervisors, a safety coordinator, fleet support and material handlers, will head to Dallas before continuing on toward Louisiana. Westar crews are planning to meet and take off from the Belle Plaine service area on the turnpike at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3. Westar also released the majority of its tree trimming contract crews to be available to assist with restoration efforts.

At 5:00 a.m., Entergy was reporting more than 825,000 customers were without power. The company's transmission system sustained massive damage, with 191 transmission lines and 210 substations out of service.

Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is the largest electric utility in Kansas, providing electric service to about 675,000 customers in the state. Westar Energy has about 6,500 megawatts of electric generation capacity and operates and coordinates approximately 33,000 miles of electric distribution and transmission lines.

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SOURCE: Westar Energy