CHEYENNE – Black Hills Energy has requested approval from the Wyoming Public Service Commission to consolidate its four Wyoming gas utilities into one new legal entity, called Black Hills Wyoming Gas, LLC.
Black Hills Energy also submitted a regulatory rate review application to the comission to consolidate the tariffs, rates, and terms and conditions of service of its existing gas territories in Wyoming. The rate review proposes new rates to recover investments in safety, reliability and system integrity for natural gas service to 129,500 Wyoming customers.
Black Hills Energy is proposing to consolidate its four gas utilities in Wyoming to simplify and improve service to customers. The company also filed a regulatory rate review application to consolidate and standardize practices to improve efficiencies, reduce costs and improve the value the company delivers to customers.
As proposed, residential customer bills will increase based on geographic location and usage. The increase for commercial customers will vary based on rate class, load factors and total usage. The rate review does not affect the cost of the natural gas delivered by Black Hills Energy or Choice Gas suppliers. The natural gas commodity cost is a direct pass-through to customers, meaning there is no markup or profit.
If approved, the new natural gas service delivery rates would take effect early 2020 for Black Hills Wyoming Gas customers in 56 communities.