The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) approved the Amended Application of Black Hills Gas Distribution, LLC d/b/a Black Hills Energy (BHE or the Company) to pass on to its Pass-On Rate [Regulated Rate] Option customers in the Torrington Division a net increase of $0.0291 per therm, effective on and after March 1, 2019. The Commission’s approval is subject to notice, protest, intervention, refund, change, further investigation, opportunity for hearing and further order of the Commission.
The average BHE Small General Service Pass-On Rate [Regulated Rate] Option residential customer using a monthly average of 91 therms may expect a monthly gas bill increase of approximately $2.66 or 4.0%, before taxes, during the rate-effective period of March 2019 through May 2019. Actual bills will vary with usage.
The proposed retail rate increase results in a projected dollar-for-dollar increase of approximately $12,654 in the Company’s March 2019 through May 2019 total revenues, using projected sales volumes. The increase does not change the Company’s authorized rate of return.
Commission Rule Chapter 3, Section 26, allows a utility to pass on to its customers known or projected commodity cost increases or decreases on a dollar-for-dollar basis, subject to public notice, opportunity for hearing and refund.
BHE’s Amended Application is on file at the Commission’s offices, located at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Amended Application is available for inspection by any interested person during regular business hours or online at: http://psc.state.wy.us/.
Anyone desiring to file a statement, intervention petition, protest or request for a public hearing in this matter must file in writing with the Commission on or before April 5, 2019. A proposed intervention or request for hearing must set forth the grounds under which it is made and the position and interest of the petitioner in this proceeding.
If you wish to intervene in this matter or request a public hearing that you will attend, or want to make a statement, a protest or a public comment, and you require reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Commission at (307) 777-7427, or write to the Commission at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002, to make arrangements. Communications-impaired persons may also contact the Commission by accessing Wyoming Relay at 711. Please mention Docket No. 30022-328-GP-19 (Record No. 15196) in your communications.
Dated: March 6, 2019.
Public Notice No. 6988 published in the Torrington Telegram March 8, and 15, 2019.