On January 3, 2017, Empire District joined the Liberty Utilities family. Empire is a regulated utility providing electric, natural gas (through its wholly owned subsidiary The Empire District Gas Company), and water service, to approximately 218,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. A subsidiary of the company provides fiber optic services.

Based in Joplin, Missouri, Empire now serves as the headquarters for the Liberty Utilities Central Region, serving nearly 340,000 customers across seven states.

Some Quick Facts About Empire

Last updated: 12/31/2015
Population of Service Area Over 450,000
Cities and Towns Served/Electric 119
Cities and Towns Served/Gas 48
Electric Customers 170,158
Gas Customers 43,639
Average Yearly Residential Usage (KWH) 12,881
Average Residential Price per KWH $0.1256
Average Commercial Price per KWH $0.1088
Average Industrial Price per KWH $0.0828
Employees 749
Owned Capability 1,280 MW
Purchased Capacity 86 MW

Power Plants

Plant Power Plant Rating Percent of Capacity
Asbury 198 MW 14.64%
Riverton 177 MW 17.04%
Energy Center 257 MW 19.61%
Ozark Beach 16 MW 1.21%
State Line Combined Cycle (our 60% ownership) 295 MW 22.40%
State Line Unit #1 96 MW 7.01%
Iatan (our 12% ownership) 191 MW 14.33%
Plum Point (our 7.5% ownership) 50 MW 3.77%
Total 1,280 MW
Our highest demand -
The Company's electric all-time summer peak load is 1,198 MW and occurred on August 2, 2011. The Company's electric all-time winter peak of 1,199 MW was set on January 8, 2010. The Company's gas maximum daily flow was a volume of 73,280 Mcf on January 7, 2010.

Integrated Resource Plan

In the utility business, planning for the future is one of our most crucial tasks. On April 1, 2016, we filed our 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in Missouri. The IRP has a 20-year planning horizon and sets forth our preferred resource plan, contingency plans, and other plans required by the Commission’s IRP rule. During the planning process, we considered demand-side, supply-side, and renewable resource options. Minimizing costs, risks, and rate impacts while maintaining reliability, resource diversity, and meeting legal mandates and energy policy were key considerations.

We are required to file a Plan with the Missouri Public Service Commission every three years. The IRP will also be submitted to the other states served by Empire that have IRP requirements.

Integrated Resource Plan Summary

Plugged In

Empire has a proud tradition of community service. Our employees are involved in giving back to their communities at every level, from performing hands on volunteer work, to organizing fundraisers, to leading non-profit boards and civic groups. One of their largest efforts is the annual United Way campaign. Over the last five years, through fundraisers and payroll contributions Empire and its employees have contributed nearly $1 million to United Way organizations across our service area.