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Keeping energy affordable after widespread historic cold

While our delivery system reliably met our customers' extraordinary demand, the 2021 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.

We worked with regulators in each state to determine the best path forward in managing the long-term impact of the severe cold event’s natural gas price increase for our customers.

 

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.

We’ve worked with the Colorado PUC to finalize a settlement for our February 2021 Winter Storm Uri costs for both the gas and electric utilities.

Natural gas: Black Hills Energy’s Colorado Gas utility has reached a settlement agreement to recover $72.7 million in increased natural gas costs essential for delivering reliable gas service during record-breaking cold temperatures in Colorado and across much of the country in February 2021.

To lessen the bill impact on customers, Black Hills Energy will recover the increased natural gas costs over a three-year period in rate areas 2 and 3, and a one-year period for customers in rate area 1, starting April 10, 2022. This results in a temporary charge of approximately $7-$10 per month for the average residential customer in rate areas 2 and 3 and approximately $12 per month for the average residential customer in rate area 1.

To support customers who are struggling to pay their bills, Black Hills Energy will provide $300,000 in new funding in 2021-2022, with $100,000 dedicated to support the company’s low-income energy assistance program and $200,000 to reduce the overall impact on customers’ bills.

Electric: Black Hills Energy’s Colorado Electric utility has reached a settlement agreement to recover $22.1 million in increased natural gas costs for electric power generation essential for delivering reliable electric service during record-breaking cold temperatures in Colorado and across much of the country in February 2021.

To lessen the bill impact on customers, Black Hills Energy will recover the increased natural gas costs over a two-year period starting April 10, 2022, resulting in a temporary charge of approximately $3.47 per month for the average residential electric customer.

To support customers who are struggling to pay their bills, Black Hills Energy will provide $450,000 in new funding in 2021-2022, with $200,000 dedicated to support the company’s low-income energy assistance program and $250,000 to reduce the overall impact on customers’ bills.

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We worked with the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) to manage Winter Storm Uri’s financial impact on our customers.

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We worked with the Kansas Corporation Commission to manage Winter Storm Uri’s financial impact on our customers.

Kansas customers will notice a change to their bill beginning in February 2022. With approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission, the natural gas costs incurred during the polar vortex period will appear as an additional line item on Kansas customer bills. At the request of Black Hills Energy, the recovery of these natural gas costs will span for the next five years. We’ll continue to work with the KCC on this matter and will share updated information as it becomes available.


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We worked with the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) to manage Winter Storm Uri’s financial impact on our customers.

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We worked with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (SDPUC) to manage Winter Storm Uri’s financial impact on our customers.

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We worked with Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC) to manage Winter Storm Uri’s financial impact on our customers.

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