DENVER, Colo. - Feb. 1, 2019 - Black Hills Corp. (BKH) today announced that its natural gas utility Black Hills Colorado Gas, doing business as Black Hills Energy, filed a rate review proposal with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to consolidate the rates, tariffs and services of its two legacy gas utilities in Colorado. The rate review also requests $2.5 million in new revenue to recover investments in safety, reliability and system integrity for natural gas service to its 187,000 Colorado customers.
Over the past year, Black Hills has embarked on a simplification process to consolidate the gas utility operations in each of the three states where it owns multiple gas utilities, including Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.
In 2018, Black Hills continued its simplification efforts with a request to the CPUC to approve the combination of Black Hills` two Colorado gas utilities into a new company called Black Hills Colorado Gas. This request was approved in October and the combination completed in December.
This consolidated rate review proposal is the next step in the simplification process for Colorado. The filing proposes to consolidate, to the extent possible, the rates, tariffs, gas cost adjustments, policies and services from the two legacy companies, while also reducing the number of base rate areas and gas cost adjustment regions. The company is also requesting a new rider mechanism to recover the costs related to accelerated safety and integrity investments in its gas distribution systems.
"This consolidated rate review filing is an important step toward simplifying how we operate our natural gas utilities in Colorado," said Linn Evans, president and CEO of Black Hills Corp. "This effort, if approved, will improve customer service and safety and reduce the complexity and number of rate reviews and other regulatory filings."
Black Hills operates and maintains over 6,800 miles of main and transmission pipeline throughout its Colorado distribution systems. In 2018 alone, the Company invested over $44 million on maintenance, replacements and upgrades to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to customers` homes and businesses, and to ensure continued compliance with state and federal regulations.
Black Hills Corporation
Black Hills Corp. (BKH) is a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company with a tradition of improving life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, the company serves 1.25 million natural gas and electric utility customers in eight states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. More information is available at www.blackhillscorp.com.
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