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Keeping energy affordable after widespread historic cold

While our delivery system reliably met our customers' extraordinary demand, the record cold event contributed to the largest natural gas price increase in the last 20 years. As an energy provider, these commodity costs flow directly to our customers with no markup from Black Hills Energy. Even though your March bill likely showed an increase related to your usage during that time, it hasn’t accounted yet for the extraordinary natural gas commodity cost increases. 

We’re currently working with regulators in each state to determine the best path forward in managing the long-term impact of February’s natural gas price increase for our customers. The timing of this impact will vary, but once the final determination is made by the regulatory bodies, you’ll be notified in advance of seeing the increase on your bill.

 

 

Visit your state below for the most recent and updated information.

Arkansas customers will notice a change to their bill beginning in June 2021. Subject to approval from the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC), the natural gas costs incurred during the polar vortex period will appear as an additional line-item on Arkansas customer bills. At the request of Black Hills Energy, the recovery of these natural gas costs will span over the next five years.

We’ll continue to work with the APSC on this matter and updated information will be provided as it occurs.

Information coming soon.

Iowa customers will notice a change to their bill beginning in April 2021. With approval from the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), the natural gas costs incurred during the polar vortex period will appear as an additional line item on Iowa customer bills. At the request of Black Hills Energy, the recovery of these natural gas costs will span for the next three years.

We’ll continue to work with the IUB on this matter and will share updated information as it becomes available.   

Information coming soon.

We’ve been working closely with the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) to determine the best path forward in managing the long-term impact of February’s natural gas price increase for our customers.

Beginning in July 2021, select Nebraska customers will notice a change to their bill. As approved by the PSC, the natural gas costs incurred during the polar vortex period will appear as an additional line item on residential and commercial customer bills. At our request, the recovery of these natural gas costs will span the next three years.

This does not impact Nebraska customers who participate in the Choice Gas program or opted into the 2021-2022 Annual Price Option program.
 

South Dakota customers will notice a change to their bill beginning in June 2021. With the approval from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (SDPUC), the electric costs associated with the cold weather event of February 2021 will appear as an additional line-item on South Dakota customers’ bills. At the request of Black Hills Energy, in efforts to lessen the financial impact on our customers, the recovery of these costs will span over the next 12 months.

Information coming soon.

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