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Great Plains Energy and KCP&L Name General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Heather Humphrey and Ellen Fairchild Promoted to Expanded Roles</b></i> </p>

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Great Plains Energy and KCP&L Name General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer12:34 EDT Wednesday, November 03, 2010 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Business Wire) -- Great Plains Energy (NYSE: GXP) and KCP&L today announced the promotion of Heather Humphrey to General Counsel and Vice President – Human Resources, and Ellen Fairchild to Vice President – Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer. In her new role, Humphrey will assume permanent responsibility of the Legal, Human Resources and Corporate Security departments. A former partner of a large local law firm, she joined KCP&L in 2007 and managed the company's litigation department before moving to her current role in Human Resources in June of this year. Humphrey was named interim General Counsel in September 2010, when the position became open. “Heather has broad legal experience representing corporate clients in class action defense cases, shareholder derivative litigation, contract negotiations and tort cases,” said Mike Chesser, chairman and chief executive officer of KCP&L. “Heather's legal experience, strategic thinking and proven leadership skills will make her highly effective as part of our senior management team and as general counsel." Humphrey received her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a juris doctorate from Washington University of Law in St. Louis. Heather is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and the Lawyers Association of Kansas City. In her new role, Fairchild will be responsible for leading KCP&L's compliance and environmental departments. In addition, she will continue her responsibilities with the Board of Directors as Corporate Secretary. Fairchild has a background in internal audit, finance, investor and public relations. She joined KCP&L as director of Investor Relations, in January 2008 and added the role of Assistant Corporate Secretary earlier this year. Prior to joining the company, she worked for 16 years in a variety of accounting, internal audit, finance and investor relations positions at Aquila, which was acquired by Great Plains Energy in 2008. “One of our core philosophies at KCP&L is to create a balanced management team comprised of strong leadership developed from within,” said Chesser. “Ellen's knowledge of the energy industry, coupled with her financial background and more than 19 years experience in the utility industry, position her well for her new role managing our compliance and environmental departments.” Fairchild received her bachelor's degree in accounting from Baker University and her master of business administration from Rockhurst University. About The Companies: Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at: or Forward-Looking Statements: Statements made in this release that are not based on historical facts are forward-looking, may involve risks and uncertainties, and are intended to be as of the date when made. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the outcome of regulatory proceedings, cost estimates of the Comprehensive Energy Plan and other matters affecting future operations. In connection with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Great Plains Energy and KCP&L are providing a number of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the provided forward-looking information. These important factors include: future economic conditions in regional, national and international markets and their effects on sales, prices and costs, including but not limited to possible further deterioration in economic conditions and the timing and extent of any economic recovery; prices and availability of electricity in regional and national wholesale markets; market perception of the energy industry, Great Plains Energy and KCP&L changes in business strategy, operations or development plans; effects of current or proposed state and federal legislative and regulatory actions or developments, including, but not limited to, deregulation, re-regulation and restructuring of the electric utility industry; decisions of regulators regarding rates the companies can charge for electricity; adverse changes in applicable laws, regulations, rules, principles or practices governing tax, accounting and environmental matters including, but not limited to, air and water quality; financial market conditions and performance including, but not limited to, changes in interest rates and credit spreads and in availability and cost of capital and the effects on nuclear decommissioning trust and pension plan assets and costs; impairments of long-lived assets or goodwill; credit ratings; inflation rates; effectiveness of risk management policies and procedures and the ability of counterparties to satisfy their contractual commitments; impact of terrorist acts; increased competition including, but not limited to, retail choice in the electric utility industry and the entry of new competitors; ability to carry out marketing and sales plans; weather conditions including, but not limited to, weather-related damage and their effects on sales, prices and costs; cost, availability, quality and deliverability of fuel; ability to achieve generation goals and the occurrence and duration of planned and unplanned generation outages; delays in the anticipated in-service dates and cost increases of additional generating capacity and environmental projects; nuclear operations; workforce risks, including, but not limited to, increased costs of retirement, healthcare and other benefits; the timing and amount of resulting synergy savings from the GMO acquisition; and other risks and uncertainties. This list of factors is not all-inclusive because it is not possible to predict all factors. Other risk factors are detailed from time to time in Great Plains Energy's and KCP&L's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of the particular statement. Great Plains Energy and KCP&L undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Great Plains Energy/KCP&LInvestors:Tony Carreño, 816-654-1763Director Investor Relationsanthony.carreno@kcpl.comorMedia:Katie McDonald, 816-556-2365Director of Corporate