New name for merged energy companies in Kansas and Missouri

After Westar Energy and KCP and L in Kansas City merged last year, the new name of the company is Evergy, according to an announcement this week.

“This is an exciting time for our company,” Terry Bassham, president and chief executive officer, said. “Last year we merged KCP&L and Westar to form Evergy, and we are proud to start using our new name in the communities we serve.”

The new name is a combination of ever and energy. It was chosen after research that included consulting with customers and employees.

While the holding company adopted the Evergy name when the merger was complete in June 2018, operations continued as Westar Energy and KCP&L to ensure time to prepare for a smooth transition to the new name. The cost associated with updating the name is paid for by shareholders and will not affect customers’ prices.

The new website is and customers will be able to find company information as well as their bills.

“The places where most customers see our brand will be Evergy. In other functions, the transition will continue over the next several weeks,” said Chuck Caisley, senior vice president and chief customer officer. “To minimize confusion, it was important to change some items, like the website and bills at the same time. Because we serve a large area of Kansas and Missouri and want to be a good steward of resources, updating things like location signage, truck decals and employee work clothes will take longer.”