Empire District Electric Company Announces Call to Discuss Stipulated Agreement

Press Release

JOPLIN, Mo. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- May 31, 2011 -- The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE:EDE) will hold a conference call on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (12:00 p.m. Central), to discuss the stipulated agreement filed in their Missouri rate case.

An 8-K with details of the agreement was filed Tuesday.

Participants in the call should dial 877-941-2332, no passcode required. A replay of the call will be available for two weeks by dialing 800-406-7325 and entering the passcode 4445878.

A live webcast of the call can be accessed via the Internet on Empire’s web site at www.empiredistrict.com. The webcast will be available for replay for one year.

Based in Joplin, Missouri, The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE: EDE) is an investor-owned, regulated utility providing electricity, natural gas (through its wholly owned subsidiary The Empire District Gas Company), and water service, with approximately 215,000 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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CONTACT: Empire District Electric Company

Media Communications:

Amy Bass, 417-625-5114

Director of Corporate Communications

abass@empiredistrict.com

or

Investor Relations:

Janet S. Watson, 417-625-5108

Secretary - Treasurer

jwatson@empiredistrict.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA ARKANSAS KANSAS MISSOURI OKLAHOMA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENERGY OIL/GAS UTILITIES

SOURCE: Empire District Electric Company Copyright Business Wire 2011 http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110531007028/en

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