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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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Commission File No.: 1-3368

The following is a script of a call on February 9, 2016 with the department heads of The Empire District Electric Company:

Department Head Call Script

Empire and Liberty Utilities Merger Agreement

Good afternoon,

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 strength and the operating expertise of our employees we were able to secure a transaction that will benefit our employees, 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.

The executive leadership team will begin holding employee meetings today and over the next several days to provide as much information as possible to our employees. Here are some of the key factors we want you to know.

Joplin will be the headquarters for Liberty Utilities Central Region operations

Liberty Central will be a subsidiary of Liberty Utilities, which will cover Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, serving approximately 320,000 customers.

Following closing, Empire senior leadership will lead the Liberty Central operations in the region

I will assume the role of President & CEO of Liberty Central

The Empire brand will be maintained for no less than 5 years after close

And our shareholders will receive $34 per share for their stock at the time of closing

Most importantly, Liberty and Algonquin are committed to retaining Empire employees. And just as important, we will continue to provide service to our customers.

Some of you may have heard of Algonquin. They are based in Oakville, Ontario and their business model has been acquiring small regulated utilities and keeping them in place. They have three primary...