Kansas
seal of the State of Kansas  
Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB)

Press Release

December 19, 2007

Public Hearings on Aquila Sale

Here’s your opportunity to let the Kansas Corporation Commission know what you think about the sale of Aquila’s utilities to Black Hills Corporation and to KCPL. The KCC will conduct three public hearings regarding this case at the following places and dates:

January 8, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Hilton Wichita Airport Executive Conf. Center, Salon 4
2098 Airport Road
Wichita, Kansas 67209

January 10, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Dodge City Civic Center, VIP Room
2100 First Avenue
Dodge City, Kansas 67801

January 15, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Overland Park City Hall Council Chamber
8500 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, Kansas 66212

The KCC will also accept written comments from the public regarding these dockets through January 15, 2008. Comments regarding the sale of Aquila's Kansas gas utility should refer to KCC Docket No. 07-BHCG-1063-ACQ. Comments regarding the impact to KCPL's Kansas electric utility customers regarding the sale of Aquila's Missouri electric utility to GPE should refer to Docket No. 07-KCPE-1064-ACQ. Comments can be sent to the KCC office of Public Affairs, 1500 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, Kansas 66604-4027 or emailed to . Additional information about the case may be obtained by calling the KCC Office of Public Affairs at 1-800-662-0027 or through the KCC home page at http://kcc.ks.gov/ under the Docket Filings heading.

The evidentiary hearing on the applications for approval of the sale of Aquila assets to Black Hills Corporation and to KCPL will begin on January 22, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. The hearing will be held on the first floor hearing room at the KCC's Topeka office, located at 1500 S.W. Arrowhead Road, Topeka, Kansas. At this hearing KCC Staff, CURB, Aquila, Black Hills, GPE, KCPL, and any intervening parties will present testimony to the Commissioners. The KCC is expected to decide before the end of the first quarter of 2008.