August 8, 2008

Working Together, Sprint and Kansas City Power & Light Deliver on Their Commitments to Renewable Energy

An innovative partnership between two Midwestern-based entities -- Sprint (NYSE:S) and Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) -- is setting an example of how businesses can join forces and leverage their commitments to a clean environment through renewable energy. This unique alliance involves KCP&L's Spearville, Kan., Wind Energy Facility, which provides the majority of power to Sprint's 200-acre Overland Park, Kan, campus, along with other Kansas communities. It will be showcased both in the United States and internationally on an Aug. 9 episode of a Responsible Business Television series, which will be aired at 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET on *CNBC World. Within a week after the episode airs, it will be available online on's newsroom and on YouTube.

"We're extremely pleased to see this partnership highlighted," said Ralph Reid, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Sprint. "With eco-friendly initiatives that range from wireless recycling to renewable energy in our networks, Sprint has a longstanding commitment to the environment. This partnership with KCP&L showcases yet another way that Sprint has made that commitment come alive."

The CNBC World story also features other ways that KCP&L is working with Sprint and other businesses to focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency, including online energy-analyzer tools, as well as rebates for energy audits.

The Responsible Television series is produced in conjunction with the UN Global Compact and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Responsible Business Television highlights global corporations that are advancing the principles of the UN Global Compact and developing business-driven solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our world today.

Launched in July 2000, the United Nations Global Compact brings business together with UN agencies, labor, civil society and governments to advance 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anticorruption.

Through the power of collective action, the Global Compact seeks to mainstream these 10 principles in business activities around the world and to catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals. With more than 3,200 participants in over 100 countries, it is the world's largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. For more information, please visit


Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving nearly 52 million customers at the end of the second quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit


Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and Aquila, Inc. (doing business as KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company), two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and Aquila use KCP&L as a brand name. The Company's web site is

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