Deadline set for comment on Empire wind proposal

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Public Service Commission to hear views on company move

JEFFERSON CITY—The Empire District Electric Company has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking approval of its proposed plan to achieve customer savings through the development of wind generation using federal tax incentives in conjunction with a tax equity partner and the retirement of a coal-fired unit.

Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed no later than Nov. 22, 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 may contact either the Office of the Public Counsel, Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Suite 650, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City MO 65102-2230, or by telephone at 866-922-2959. Comments may also be sent by email to opcservice@ded.mo.gov, or the Public Service Commission Staff, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City MO 65102-0360, 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 announced plans to more than triple its wind production of power and to over time close its Asbury power plant. Power produced by wind has become more economical over time, a company spokesman said, and will cost less than the current coal-powered operation.

Empire serves approximately 151,700 electric customers in the 15 Missouri counties, including Barry and Lawrence. Monett buys electricity wholesale from Empire.