Arkansas regulatory rate review
Providing you with the energy you depend on
We filed a request with the Arkansas Public Service Commission to recover cost increases and the over $160 million investment we’ve made in our natural gas system since 2016. The Arkansas Public Service Commission and its staff thoroughly reviewed the request, and considered public comments along with testimony from Arkansas Attorney General’s office, utility representatives and other interested parties. The new rates will take effect October 15, 2018 for Black Hills Energy’s more than 169,000 customers in Arkansas.
WHY ARE YOU RAISING RATES?
Ongoing investments in our natural gas system are necessary to maintain safe, reliable service for our more than 169,000 natural gas customers in Arkansas. Filing a rate review request with the Arkansas Public Service Commission is the standard process for a public utility to recover those costs and investments.
Since 2016, we've made investments to replace, upgrade and maintain more than 5,500 miles of transmission and distribution natural gas pipelines that connect main pipelines to customer meters in Arkansas.
HOW MUCH WILL RATES INCREASE?
As approved, the typical residential customer bill would increase by $3.55 per month, based on an average monthly usage of 49 Ccf (hundred cubic feet). Over the winter heating season, this increase will be largely offset by a refund customers will receive resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The increase for commercial customers will vary, based on rate class and usage. See the frequently asked questions for more detailed rate information.
Find for more detail about the rate review here.
To keep your service reliable, we have to invest in our system. And sometimes, that means we have to increase rates.
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