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Building Operator Certification - Steve Wieser 2014
Westar Energy certifies building operators.
Eighteen building operators receive Level I certification.

Topeka, Kan., Nov. 4, 2015 – After a rigorous round of training sessions, homework and exams, 18 area building operators and facility personnel have earned their Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I designation from Westar Energy. This nationally recognized certification in building operation efficiency educates employees responsible for maintenance and operations of large buildings and their complex heating, mechanical and electrical systems. The BOC program trains facilities personnel to understand how these systems work together, and how to bring them to their most efficient level of operation. It keeps building operators current on the newest energy technology available and shares best practices from experts in the field.

“These companies and their employees are dedicated to improving their operations and conserving energy.” said Lila Halabi, business center representative. “We commend them for making an investment that demonstrates their commitment to efficiency and sustainability.”

Using the tools and methods taught in class, participants compiled records on their organization's electrical systems, HVAC operations, lighting levels and controls and annual profiles of energy consumption. Upon the program’s completion, BOC graduates retain these
in-depth reference manuals and gain access to BOC's nationwide network of participants, experts and resources to leverage for troubleshooting, best practices and advice.

The following building operators have successfully completed the BOC Level I course series that began in March 2015 and ended in September 2015:
 Jared Bohn, Triumph Management, Topeka
 Shane Browning, Mars Chocolate North America, Topeka
 Brian Broxterman, Dillard’s Distribution Center, Olathe
 Justin Campbell, Westar Energy, Manhattan
 Glenn Climer, Douglas County, Lawrence
 Darryl Coker, Hallmark Cards, Lawrence
 Tim Dindios, Westar Energy, Topeka
 Cory Dreiling, Exide Technologies, Salina
 Mike Higgs, Southwest Publishing, Topeka
 Sarah Karlin, Kansas National Guard, Topeka
 Phillip Merritt, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Topeka
 Kim Nettleton, Mars Chocolate North America, Topeka
 Aaron Roots, Good Samaritan Society, Olathe
 Francisco Ruiz, Hallmark Cards, Lawrence
 Steve Wieser, Kansas Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., Topeka
 Timothy Woodroof, Plastikon Healthcare, Lawrence
 Jamie Wright, Federal Home Loan Bank, Topeka
 Dennis Young, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Emporia

Westar Energy has entered into a joint licensing agreement with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), Kansas City Power and Light, Midwest Energy, Inc., Empire District Electric, Kansas Municipal Utilities, Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. and the Kansas
Energy Office to make the BOC program available to all Kansas building operators.

The cost for the course series is $1,150. Upon BOC certification, Westar Energy, Midwest Energy, Inc. and Empire District Electric customers are eligible to receive a $575 reimbursement toward the $1,150 tuition. Reimbursements by rural electric cooperatives and
municipal utilities are determined on an individual basis.

For information about upcoming courses, visit WestarEnergy.com/boc or call Lila Halabi at 316-299-7453.

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Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is Kansas’ largest electric utility. For more than a century, we have provided
Kansans the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. Every day our team of professionals takes on projects to generate and deliver electricity, protect the environment and provide excellent service to our nearly 700,000 customers. Westar has 7,200 MW of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind and landfill gas. We are also a leader in electric transmission in Kansas. Our innovative customer service programs include mobile-enabled customer care, a smart meter pilot project and paving the way for electric vehicle adoption. Our employees live, volunteer and work in the
communities we serve.

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

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