Evergy is an energy company that serves customers in Kansas and Missouri, providing electricity and natural gas services. The company was formed in 2018 after the merger of Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy, and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Evergy operates as a regulated utility, with oversight by state utility commissions, and also has a growing renewable energy portfolio.
The origins of Evergy date back to 1882, when the first electric utility was formed in Topeka, Kansas. Since then, a series of mergers and acquisitions have led to the formation of the modern company. Today, Evergy serves over 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri, making it one of the largest energy companies in the region.
As a regulated utility, Evergy is responsible for ensuring that its customers have access to safe, reliable, and affordable energy. This means that the company must maintain its infrastructure, including power plants, transmission lines, and distribution networks, to ensure that it can deliver electricity and natural gas to customers around the clock. In addition to traditional fossil fuel-based energy sources, Evergy is also investing in renewable energy, including wind and solar power, as part of its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and meet customer demand for cleaner energy.
Evergy has faced criticism from some customers and environmental groups over its reliance on fossil fuels and perceived lack of commitment to renewable energy. The company has responded by announcing plans to invest in more renewable energy projects and reduce its carbon emissions over the coming years. In addition to its energy generation and distribution operations, Evergy also has a number of programs in place to help customers reduce their energy usage and save money on their bills, including energy efficiency and demand response initiatives.