The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) approved the Application of Black Hills Wyoming Gas, LLC d/b/a Black Hills Energy (BHWG or the Company) to establish a total purchased gas cost of $0.3545 per therm, representing an increase of $0.0377 per therm, effective on and after June 1, 2021. The rate is applicable to all Cheyenne and Cody area customers and all Choice Gas customers in the Casper, Gillette, and Torrington Divisions who have elected to take service under the Gas Cost Adjustment Rate (formerly known as the Pass-on Rate [Regulated Rate].) The Commission’s approval is subject to notice, protest, intervention, refund, change, further investigation, opportunity for hearing, and further order of the Commission.
The approximately 70,851 affected customers are located in the Cheyenne, Cody, Casper, Gillette, and Torrington Divisions. The proposed purchased gas cost results in a monthly increase of approximately $0.93 or 2.7% for residential customers using a monthly average of 25 therms during the rate-effective period from June 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021, and results in an overall projected dollar-for-dollar increase in the Company’s 2021 revenues of approximately $302,114 during the same period.
The Commission also approved additional routine changes to be effective on and after June 1, 2021, in Docket Nos. 30026-40-GT-21, 30026-41-GT-21 and 30026-43-GT-21. The net effect of the changes is an increase in the volumetric rate of $0.0264 per therm and results in an average monthly increase of approximately $0.65 or 1.9% for residential customers using a monthly average of 25 therms during the rate-effective period from June 2021 through August 2021.
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.
Interested persons may inspect the Application at BHWG's Wyoming business office and at the Commission’s offices in Cheyenne. 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 a statement, intervention petition, protest or request for a public hearing in this matter must file in writing with the Commission on or before July 16, 2021. 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. 30026-44-GP-21 (Record No. 15783) in your communications.
Dated: June 16, 2021.
Public Notice No. 7865. Published in The Torrington Telegram on June 23 and 30, 2021