Black Hills Corp. Natural Gas Utility Requests Rate Review and Rider Renewal in Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo., May 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) today announced that its Wyoming natural gas utility, Black Hills Wyoming Gas, LLC, doing business as Black Hills Energy, filed a rate review application with the Wyoming Public Service Commission requesting $19.3 million in new annual revenue.
Black Hills Energy has invested over $140 million in safety, system integrity and reliability for its more than 6,400-mile natural gas utility system in Wyoming since its last rate review in 2019. These critical investments were required to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and transportation services and meet compliance requirements of state and federal regulations.
“This rate review supports our ability to maintain the reliable, safe and resilient natural gas service our customers depend upon, especially during cold weather experienced in Wyoming,” said Linn Evans, president and CEO of Black Hills Corp. “Ongoing investments in our system and excellent operational execution by our team allow us to deliver for the growing needs of our Wyoming customers and communities.”
As proposed, the rate review requests a capital structure of 52% equity, 48% debt and a return on equity of 10.49%. Black Hills Energy is seeking to implement new rates during the first quarter of 2024. The company is also seeking renewal of its Wyoming Integrity Rider to recover the costs of investments for integrity management programs designed to improve system reliability and safety.
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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