Missouri Public Service Commission Sets Hearing Schedule in Empire Electric Rate Case

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold formal evidentiary hearings in April in an electric rate case filed by The Empire District Electric Company (Empire).

Formal evidentiary hearings will be held April 14-17, 2020 and April 20-22, 2020, in Room 310 of the Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Jefferson City, Missouri.  These hearings will be streamed live on the Commission’s website.

These hearings will be held in a building that meets accessibility standards required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Any person requiring additional accommodations to participate in these hearings should call the Missouri Public Service Commission’s Hotline at 1-800-392-4211 (voice) or Relay Missouri at 711 before the hearings.

The Commission will address the scheduling of local public hearings in a subsequent order.

On August 14, 2019, Empire filed an electric rate case with the Public Service Commission seeking to increase annual electric revenues by approximately $26.5 million.  According to the filing, an average residential customer using 1,000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of electricity a month would see electric rates increase by approximately $7.85 a month.

Empire serves approximately 155,165 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.