FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 12, 2018
Contact: Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
PSC to Hold Local Public Hearing in Joplin
in Empire's Proposed Customer Savings Plan
JEFFERSON CITY---The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold a local public hearing in Joplin, Missouri on February 8, 2018, in The Empire District Electric Company’s (Empire) proposed Customer Savings Plan. The local public hearing schedule appears below.
February 8—Joplin. Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium, Plaster Hall, 3950 E. Newman Road.
A PSC staff public information/question and answer session starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by the taking of public comments. Witness testimony at the local public hearing will be limited to five minutes per person.
This local public hearing will be held in a facility that meets the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any person who needs additional accommodations to participate in this hearing should call the Public Service Commission’s hotline at 1-800-392-4211 (voice) or Relay Missouri at 711 before the hearing.
If you are unable to attend the local public hearing and wish to make written comments or secure additional information, you may contact the Office of the Public Counsel, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone (866) 922-2959 email firstname.lastname@example.org or the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, email email@example.com.
The Empire District Electric Company seeks approval of a regulatory plan which Empire estimates will result in up to $325 million of cost savings on customer bills over 20 years. To achieve this plan Empire seeks approval to build 800 MW (nameplate) of wind generation in or near the Empire service territory at a cost of about $1.5 billion using federal tax incentives in conjunction with tax equity partners to reduce the cost to $700 million. As part of this plan, Empire proposes to retire its 218 MW (nameplate) coal-fired Asbury generating plant located near Asbury and Joplin, Missouri by April of 2019 rather than current estimates of 2035. All customer rate change requests associated with this plan would be handled in subsequent filings as the Customer Savings Plan is implemented.
The Empire District Electric Company serves approximately 151,700 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.