Missouri Energy Development Association announces president

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., March 21, 2003 — Missouri’s investor-owned electric and natural gas companies have selected a president for the newly created Missouri Energy Development Association (MEDA). He is Craig Brown, formerly Vice President – State & International Government Affairs with El Paso Corporation, Houston, Texas.

“Craig brings a broad understanding of government and regulatory experience to the position of President,” said Bill Gipson, chairman of the association’s board. “Between Craig’s background in engineering, his practice at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and with extensive state legislative and regulatory experience, we believe he brings valuable perspective and insight to Missouri. Our Association is looking forward to his leadership as Missouri deals with important energy issues.”

While with El Paso Corporation, Craig led the corporate government affairs group as El Paso developed and operated pipelines, power plants, and refineries along with exploration & production assets in more than 40 states and in South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

He is a past board member of the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State, received his engineering undergraduate degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and completed his MBA at the University of Houston. Craig and his family will be moving into the Jefferson City area later this summer, but begins work with the Missouri Energy Development Association April 1.

The association was incorporated October 2002, to develop, organize and promote measures to advance utilities’ efforts to build, maintain, to protect and provide the utility infrastructure and services critical to Missouri’s economic well-being and to the health and safety of Missouri citizens.

Association members include AmerenUE, Aquilia, Atmos Energy, The Empire District Electric Company, Kansas City Power & Light Company, Laclede Gas Company and Missouri Gas Energy.

AmerenUE is an operating company of St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation. Ameren companies serve 1.7 million electric customers and 500,000 natural gas customers in a 49,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.

Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Aquila (NYSE: ILA – News) operates electricity and natural gas distribution networks serving customers in seven states and in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The company also owns and operates power generation assets.

Atmos is a local distribution company involved in the distribution and sale of natural gas to 1.7 million customers in Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Virginia. It serves approximately 65,000 customers in Missouri, primarily in the northeast and southeast sections of the state.

Based in Joplin, Missouri, The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE: EDE – News) is an investor-owned utility providing electric service to approximately 154,000 customers in southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas. The Company also provides fiber optic and Internet services and has an investment in close-tolerance, customer manufacturing. Empire provides water service in three incorporated communities in Missouri.

Kansas City Power & Light (KCPL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Plains Energy Incorporated. Great Plains Energy’s other wholly owned subsidiaries are Strategic Energy LLC, an energy management company and KLT Gas Inc., a subsidiary specializing in coal bed methane. KCP&L has approximately 474,000 customers located in all or portions of 24 counties in northwestern Missouri and eastern Kansas.

Laclede Gas Company is a subsidiary of The Laclede Group, Inc. and is the largest natural gas distribution company in Missouri. Laclede sells and distributes natural gas to more than 630,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the St. Louis Metropolitan area and surrounding counties in Eastern Missouri. Laclede is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Missouri Gas Energy is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, and distributes natural gas to approximately 500,000 customers in 155 towns in central and western Missouri. MGE is a division of Southern Union Company, an energy distribution company serving nearly 1 million customers in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.


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