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PSC to hold local public hearing on wind projects

JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold a local public hearing in Joplin, Missouri on Jan. 23 in cases filed by The Empire District Electric Company.

The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Cornell Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University, 3950 E. Newman Road in Joplin. The hearing will begin with a question-answer session followed by testimony from the public. 

Empire seeks a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) authorizing it to acquire an interest in two holding companies that own the companies that will be constructing and installing two wind projects-Kings Point and North Fork Ridge-each comprising approximately 150 megawatts of wind generation. Empire also seeks authorization to own, operate, maintain and manage the two wind projects which would be constructed in the Barton, Dade, Jasper and Lawrence counties in Missouri

In a separate case, Empire seeks a CCN to acquire an interest in a holding company that owns the company that will be constructing and installing a wind project in Neosho County, Kansas, comprising approximately 300 megawatts of wind generation. In addition, the CCN would authorize Empire to own, operate, maintain and manage the wind project.

Formal evidentiary hearings will be held April 8-11 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 (

The local public hearing and formal evidentiary hearings will be held in buildings that meet the 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 Empire District Electric Company serves approximately 153,000 electric customers in southwest Missouri


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