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Empire District Electric Company: Soliciting Material Under §240.14A-12 THE EMPIRE DISTRICT ELECTRIC COMPANY

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

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Filed by The Empire District Electric Company

Pursuant to Rule 14a-12

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Subject Company: The Empire District Electric Company

Commission File No.: 1-3368

On February 9, 2016, the following letter was sent to retirees of The Empire District Electric Company:

Dear Empire Retirees,

Today we have announced an agreement and Plan of Merger under which Empire will merge with Liberty Utilities Central, a subsidiary of Liberty Utilities Co., the US subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation.

As you know, in December we announced the Board of Directors was evaluating strategic alternatives. As a result of our financial and operating strength, we were able to secure a transaction that will benefit our employees, retirees, shareholders, customers and communities.

We are pleased to have reached an agreement that will preserve the Empire brand, maintain all of our current operations, staff, community presence and Joplin corporate headquarters. Together with Liberty and Algonquin, Empire will be better positioned to build on our success in making lives better every day with reliable energy and service.

As Empire retirees, you are an important stakeholder in our organization and we value the service and commitment you have provided to Empire. I will attend the Empire Retirees Association luncheon on Wednesday, February 10, 2015, to share information and answer...