Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- November 26, 2012
Contact:
Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
PR-13-58

PSC Sets Local Public Hearing Schedule In Empire District Electric Company Rate Case

JEFFERSON CITY---The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold local public hearings in January in an electric rate case filed by The Empire District Electric Company.  The local public hearing schedule appears below.

January 3, 2013—Joplin.  Corley Auditorium, Webster Hall, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Road.  A PSC staff public information/question and answer session starts at 12:00 p.m. with the taking of sworn testimony to follow.

January 3, 2013—Joplin.  Corley Auditorium, Webster Hall, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Road.  A PSC staff public information/question and answer session starts at 6:00 p.m. with the taking of sworn testimony to follow.

January 4, 2013—Reeds Spring.  City Council Chambers, Reeds Spring City Hall, 22601 Main Street.  A PSC staff public information/question and answer session starts at 12:00 p.m. with the taking of sworn testimony to follow.
These local public hearings will be held in facilities that meet the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Any person who needs additional accommodations to participate in these hearings should call the Public Service Commission’s hotline at 1-800-392-4211 (voice) or Relay Missouri at 711 before the hearings.
If you are unable to attend a local public hearing and wish to make written comments or secure additional information, you may contact the Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, email pscinfo@psc.mo.gov  or the Office of the Public Counsel, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-2230, telephone 1-866-922-2959, email opcservice@ded.mo.gov
           
On July 6, 2012, The Empire District Electric Company filed a rate case with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to increase annual electric revenues by approximately $30.7 million.   According to the company, because of changes in the costs of fuel since the last rate case, the net impact to customers would be an increase of approximately $22.1 million (5.3 percent).  If approved by the Public Service Commission, Empire says a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours would see a monthly net increase in rates of approximately $6.60.

The Empire District Electric Company serves approximately 149,500 electric customers in the Missouri counties of Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Polk, St. Clair, Stone and Taney.

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Case No. ER-2012-0345
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