SOURCE: Westar Energy, Inc.

November 26, 2008 11:30 ET

Westar Energy Declares Dividend

TOPEKA, KS--(Marketwire - November 26, 2008) - The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 29 cents per share payable Jan. 2, 2009, on the company's common stock.

The board also declared regular quarterly dividends on the company 4.25 percent, 4.5 percent and 5 percent series preferred stocks payable Jan. 1, 2009.

Dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of Dec. 9, 2008.

Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is the largest electric utility in Kansas, providing electric service to more than 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.

For more information about Westar Energy, visit us on the Internet at http://www.WestarEnergy.com.