Black Hills Corp. Natural Gas Intrastate Pipeline Company Receives Approval for New Rates in Colorado
DENVER, July 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) today announced that its Colorado intrastate natural gas pipeline, Rocky Mountain Natural Gas LLC, doing business as Black Hills Energy, received approval from the Colorado Public Utility Commission of a settlement agreement for new rates to recover approximately $110 million of investments since 2017 in its 600-mile pipeline system.
“We are pleased to receive approval of a settlement that supports our long-term commitments to our Colorado customers and communities to deliver safe, reliable and cleaner energy service,” said Linn Evans, president and CEO of Black Hills Corp. “This pipeline supports our ability to safely transport natural gas to various delivery points throughout western Colorado and our commitments to reduce emissions through a more resilient and modern pipeline system.”
The approved settlement agreement will generate approximately $8.2 million of new annual revenues based on a weighted average cost of capital of 6.93% with a capital structure range of 50% to 52% equity, 48% to 50% debt and a return on equity of 9.50% to 9.70%. New rates were effective July 15, 2023.
Black Hills Corporation
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 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 www.blackhillscorp.com and www.blackhillsenergy.com.
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