Empire District Seeks to Tally Tornado Costs

7 years 5 months 5 days ago Wednesday, June 08 2011 Jun 8, 2011 Wednesday, June 08, 2011 4:10:00 PM CDT June 08, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The electric company that serves Joplin has indicated to state regulators it may need to raise customer rates in the future to recoup costs from a devastating tornado.

The Missouri Public Service Commission said Wednesday The Empire District Electric Co. is seeking to use an accounting method that allows it to keep a running tally of tornado-related costs and losses.

The PSC auditing manager said such requests are common after storms that cause significant damage and can indicate that a company wants to recoup those costs in its next rate case.

Empire District previously estimated that the May 22 tornado caused between $20 million and $30 million in damage to its infrastructure and resulted in the loss of 10 percent to 15 percent of its customer demand for electricity.

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