SOURCE: Westar Energy, Inc.

May 12, 2008 12:43 ET

Westar Energy to Webcast 2008 Annual Shareholder Meeting

TOPEKA, KS--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - On Thursday, May 15, 2008, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) will conduct its 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kan. The audio of the meeting will be accessible on the Westar Energy Web site, www.WestarEnergy.com. The meeting and Webcast will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time (10 a.m. Central).

Event:      Westar Energy 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Date:       May 15, 2008

Time:       11 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central)

Location:   1) NW Heritage Hall, Bicentennial Center, 800 The Midway,
               Salina, Kan., or
            2) Log on to the Webcast at www.WestarEnergy.com. A replay of
               the meeting will be available on the Westar Energy Web site.

Members of the media who plan to attend the annual meeting should arrive at the Bicentennial Center no later than 9:45 a.m. Please sign in at the registration table to receive media credentials. An area of the meeting room will be designated for media. The Westar Energy corporate communications team will be available to help coordinate interviews following the meeting.

Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is the largest electric utility in Kansas, providing electric service to more than 674,000 customers in the state. Westar Energy has about 6,200 megawatts of electric generation capacity and operates and coordinates more than 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.