Only those holders of Bonds who have delivered, and not revoked, consents prior to the Expiration Date will be entitled to receive a consent fee equal to $1.00 per $1,000 in principal amount for each series of Bonds.The Company has retained D.F. King & Co., Inc. to serve as Information Agent and Tabulation Agent for the consent solicitation. Requests for documents should be directed to D.F. King & Co., Inc. at (800) 431-9645 or (212) 269-9645. The Company has also retained UBS Securities LLC as Solicitation Agent for the consent solicitation. Questions concerning the terms of the consent solicitation should be directed to UBS Securities LLC, Liability Management Group at (888) 719-4210 or (203) 719-4210. This announcement is not an offer to purchase or sell, a solicitation of an offer to purchase or sell, or a solicitation of consents with respect to any securities. The solicitation is being made solely pursuant to the Company’s Consent Solicitation Statement dated May 31, 2011 and the accompanying Consent Form. Based in Joplin, Missouri, The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE: EDE) is an investor-owned, regulated utility providing electricity, natural gas (through its wholly owned subsidiary The Empire District Gas Company), and water service, with approximately 215,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. A subsidiary of the Company also provides fiber optic services. For more information regarding Empire, visit www.empiredistrict.com. Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements address future plans, objectives, expectations, and events or conditions concerning various matters. Actual results in each case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements, by reason of the factors noted in our filings with the SEC, including the most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.