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April 25, 2013

Empire shareholder resolution supported by Sierra Club, received 14 percent vote

Empire District Electric Co. shareholder Jim Evans said he considers the 14 percent favorable vote received by his resolution at the utility’s the annual shareholders meeting a full-fledged victory.

 The resolution, proposed by Evans and the Missouri Sierra Club, would have directed the utility to provide shareholders with a report on the actions it was taking in the area of energy-efficiency.

Evans, of Republic, said the 14 percent favorable vote far exceeds the 3 percent threshold required to bring it back next year. Evans said rather than going to the cost of doing that, he thinks Empire officials will produce the report anyway.

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