Black Hills Corp. Highlights Progress Toward a Cleaner Energy Future in Newly Released Sustainability Report

July 11, 2023 at 6:06 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D., July 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) today announced the release of its 2022 Sustainability Report highlighting the company’s environmental, social and governance achievements and its progress on major projects and climate goals.

“We are committed to creating a cleaner energy future that builds on our responsibility to provide the safe, reliable and cost-effective energy that improves our customers’ lives,” said Linn Evans, president and CEO of Black Hills Corp. “We have set challenging yet realistic goals for delivering cleaner energy and have a clear path to reduce our emissions while minimizing cost impacts to our customers.”

Throughout 2022, Black Hills Corp. continued to achieve progress toward its goal to reduce electric utility greenhouse gas emissions intensity 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2040, and has already reduced emissions one third since 2005. Last year, the company increased its gas utilities greenhouse gas emissions target to Net Zero by 2035 and plans to achieve its Net Zero target through ongoing infrastructure investment, damage prevention and integration of low carbon fuels.

“Our ability to remain resilient, reliable and ready drives us to meet the needs of our customers today and in the future,” continued Evans. “These three words are emblematic of the unwavering commitment our 3,000 Black Hills Energy team members have to provide the safe, reliable, and cost-effective electricity and natural gas our customers depend on, and to do so in a sustainable way.”

Report highlights include:

  • Expanded clean energy offerings: Over the last year, the company progressed on its preferred resource plans to add 520 megawatts of new renewable energy and battery storage by 2030. The company continued to expand its renewable energy portfolio of 289 megawatts of owned and operated wind generation capacity across its service territory with the planned addition of the 80-megawatt Fall River Solar project scheduled to come into service in 2023.
  • Advancements in renewable natural gas (RNG): In 2022, the company successfully filed and received approval for Green Forward, a voluntary renewable natural gas (RNG) attribute and carbon offset program, providing customers with a cost-effective path to offset up to 100% or more of the emissions associated with their own natural gas carbon footprint. To further leverage the Black Hills Corp.’s experience building RNG interconnections, the company established a new business, Black Hills Energy Renewable Resources. This new business helps drive company growth by investing capital into infrastructure that provides a pathway for RNG to get to the market.
  • Caring for the community: In 2022, the company’s community support totaled $6.1 million, including over $604,000 in employee giving to United Way and more than $760,000 from the company’s expanded energy assistance fund, which matches customers’ and employees’ contributions dollar-for-dollar.

  • Creating value: The company’s investment in the safety, reliability and sustainability of its extensive utility systems delivers meaningful growth and sustains jobs, families and communities. In 2022, Black Hills Corp.’s direct economic impact totaled $1.34 billion.

  • Energy efficiency and conservation: Black Hills Corp. provided nearly $9 million in energy efficiency rebates in 2022 to residential and business customers, leading to annual energy savings of about 17 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and nearly 386,000 dekatherms of natural gas – enough energy to power more than 2,300 homes with electricity and about 4,900 homes with natural gas for one year.

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About Black Hills Corp.
Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: 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 more than 1.33 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

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