The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) has given Black Hills Gas Distribution, LLC d/b/a Black Hills Energy (BHGD or the Company) authority to adjust the distribution charges for Small General Service (SGS) and Medium General Service (MGS) customers. This approval is subject to notice, protest, investigation, opportunity for hearing, change, refund and such other orders as the Commission may deem appropriate.
On April 12, 2019, BHGD filed its Application for authority to adjust the Distribution Use Per Customer Adjustment (DUPCA) rates to implement a decrease of $0.0026 per therm for SGS customers and a decrease of $0.0059 per therm for MGS customers, both effective June 1, 2019.
The DUPCA applies to customers in the SGS and MGS customer classes in the Company’s Wyoming service territory and is applicable for the period June 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020. BHGD stated its Application reflects the Company’s calculated revenue excess or deficiency that results from a change in the weather normalized use per customer from those levels underlying the determination of base volumetric rates established in Docket No. 30022-148-GR-10.
BHGD stated the DUPCA is intended to calculate the revenue excess or deficiency from the weather normalized use per customer and then to calculate the charge or credit necessary to allow BHGD to collect the level of revenues from those customers as approved by the Commission in 2010.
The estimated 2018 SGS DUPCA revenue excess, netted against balancing account activity projected through May 31, 2019, was $331,518.32. The estimated 2018 MGS DUPCA revenue excess, netted against balancing account activity projected through May 31, 2019, was $157,058.23. The proposed rate revisions would decrease the Company’s projected SGS revenues approximately $189,659 and decrease projected MGS revenues approximately $136,358 for the rate-effective period of June 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020.
The proposed DUPCA rate for SGS customers is ($0.0045) per therm and for MGS customers is ($0.0068) per therm.
BHGD’s Application is on file at the Commission’s offices, located at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and at the Company’s office in Casper, Wyoming. The Application is available for inspection by any interested person during regular business hours or online at: http://psc.wyo.gov/.
Anyone desiring to file an intervention petition, request for a public hearing, statement, public comment or protest in this matter must file in writing with the Commission on or before June 28, 2019. The petition shall set forth the grounds for the proposed intervention or request for hearing and the position and interest of the petitioner in this proceeding.
If you want 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. 30022-332-GM-19 (Record No. 15235) in your communications.
Dated: May 31, 2019.
Public Notice No. 7084 published in the Torrington Telegram June 5, and 12, 2019.