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Empire Electric announced Peak Advisory for Thursday due to extreme cold and high demand

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY EMPIRE DISTRICT COMPANY

THE EMPIRE DISTRICT ELECTRIC COMPANY ANNOUNCES PEAK ADVISORY AND REQUESTS REDUCED USAGE

JOPLIN, MO – February 5, 2014 –The Empire District Electric Company has issued a peak advisory for tomorrow due to the extreme cold and high demand. Empire requests customers reduce consumption during the hours from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Suggestions for reducing consumption include the following:

• Set thermostats to 65 degrees or as low as comfortable.

• Turn off and unplug computers, monitors, printers and televisions during periods of non-use.

• Turn off nonessential lights.

• Postpone all nonessential energy use.

Customers who are elderly or have medical conditions complicated by the cold should not lower their thermostat. These voluntary actions will help hold down fuel costs for customers.

Based in Joplin, Missouri, The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE:EDE) is an investor-owned utility providing electric, natural gas (through its wholly owned subsidiary The Empire District Gas Company), and water service, with approximately 217,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. A subsidiary of the Company also provides fiber optic services. For more information regarding Empire, visit www.empiredistrict.com.

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