Black Hills Corp. Natural Gas Utility Requests Rate Review in Colorado
DENVER, May 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) today announced that its Colorado natural gas utility, Black Hills Colorado Gas, Inc., doing business as Black Hills Energy, filed a rate review application with the Colorado Public Utility Commission requesting $26.7 million in new annual revenue.
Black Hills Energy has invested approximately $140 million in system safety, integrity and reliability for more than 10,000 miles of natural gas utility infrastructure in Colorado since its last rate review request in 2021. These critical investments ensure the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and transportation services and meet compliance requirements of state and federal regulations.
“This rate review request supports our ability to serve our Colorado customers with, safe, reliable and clean natural gas service,” said Linn Evans, president and CEO of Black Hills Corp. “Our investments support a resilient natural gas system with lower emissions to achieve our emissions reduction targets, which support Colorado’s clean energy goals. We are very mindful of customer bill impacts and are focused on cost-effective service and ways to help reduce volatility in bills.”
As proposed, the rate review requests a capital structure of 51% equity, 49% debt and a return on equity of 10.49%. Black Hills Energy is seeking to implement new rates during the first quarter of 2024.
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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