FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 30, 2010
CONTACT: Leah Mohr, deputy executive director, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201 or (605) 280-4327
PUC addresses consumer questions about Black Hills Power rate increase request
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has developed a list of frequently asked questions to help Black Hills Power customers better understand issues related to the company's request to increase its electric rates. The information is posted on the commission's Web site at www.PUC.SD.gov/BHPRateCase. It addresses a number of real consumer questions concerning Black Hills Power's request, the regulatory process and Wygen III as part of the rate application.
Public Utilities Commissioners will personally address consumer questions about the Black Hills Power rate case process at come-and-go meetings in Rapid City in April. Commissioner Dusty Johnson will be available from 2 to 4 p.m., MDT, Wednesday, April 14, at the Colonial House Restaurant, 2501 Mount Rushmore Road. Commissioner Steve Kolbeck will be available from 10 a.m. to noon, MDT, Friday, April 23, at Dunn Brothers Coffee shop, 719 Omaha St. Commissioner Gary Hanson held a similar information session with consumers in Rapid City on March 29.
Black Hills Power filed a request with the PUC on Sept. 30, 2009, to increase electric rates by approximately 26.6 percent. The company was granted authority to implement a reduced interim rate increase of 20 percent on April 1, 2010. A formal evidentiary hearing for Black Hills Power's 26.6 percent rate increase request is scheduled to begin June 28 in Pierre, S.D.
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Visit South Dakota Public Utilities Commission docket EL09-018 online for more information of the Black Hills Power's rate increase request.