Jan 6, 2010 6:55 PM by Jamie Smith

Black Hills Energy requests electric rate increase

Black Hills Energy has filed a request for an electric revenue increase with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. They requested the increase to cover the utility's increased expenses.

By mid-2010, Black Hills Energy is looking for a $22.9 million, or approximately 12.8%, increase in annual revenues. This means a typical Black Hills Energy residential customer using an average of 600 kilowatt-hours each month could expect an estimated increase of $10.79 per month. A typical small-commercial customer using an average of 2,300 kWh each month could expect to see an estimated increase of $36 per month.

Stuart Wevik, Black Hills Corp. vice president of electric utilities said "We've worked hard to operate efficiently and serve the growing electricity needs of our customers during the six years since the last rate increase. However, inflation and other cost increases we incur to ensure the continued growth and reliability of our electric systems necessitate a rate increase at this time,".

The last base rate increase reported for Black Hills Energy customers in Colorado was in September of 2004.

Black Hills Energy currently serves approximately 93,300 residential, commercial, industrial and governmental electric customers in southeastern Colorado.

On Black Hills Energy's website you can find information on energy assistance programs and energy saving tips:

Energy Assistance Programs

Energy Saving Tips



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