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Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
PR-21-140

PSC Sets Intervention Deadline in Empire Fuel Adjustment Charge Cases

JEFFERSON CITY---The Empire District Electric Company d/b/a Liberty (Empire) has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission to adjust the fuel adjustment charge (FAC) on the bills of its electric customers.

Empire proposes to adjust the FAC to reflect actual energy costs incurred by the Company, less an adjustment pertaining to “extraordinary costs” associated with the February 2021 cold weather event, during the six-month period September 2020 through February 2021. Empire states in its filing that it is seeking to defer those “extraordinary costs” to a future general rate case to determine a more reasonable recovery period to the benefit of its customers.

For a residential customer using 1,000 kWh (1,000 kilowatt-hours) of electricity a month, the current FAC is a bill credit of approximately $1.90 a month. Under this filing, the FAC will increase by approximately $1.90 a month and the new FAC will be $0.00. The proposed change would take effect on June 1, 2021.

Applications to intervene and participate in these cases must be filed no later than April 23, 2021, with the Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0360, or by using the Commission’s Electronic Filing and Information System (EFIS) at www.psc.mo.gov.

Individual citizens wishing to comment should contact either the Office of the Public Counsel (Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Suite 650, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-2230, telephone (866) 922-2959, email opcservice@opc.mo.gov) or the Public Service Commission Staff (P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, email pscinfo@psc.mo.gov). The Office of the Public Counsel is a separate state agency that represents the general public in matters before the Commission.

Empire serves approximately 155,400 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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