1. Pursuant to the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act and the Wyoming Public Service Commission’s (Commission) Rules, notice is hereby given that a public hearing is scheduled regarding Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power Company d/b/a Black Hills Energy (Cheyenne Light or the Company) Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct and operate one new 230kV substation, two replacement 115 kV substations, three 230 kV transmission lines and related facilities in Converse, Laramie, Goshen and Platte Counties in Wyoming and Scotts Bluff County in Nebraska. The public hearing is set to commence on Monday, August 22, 2022, at 9:00 a.m., in the Commission’s hearing room located at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
2. Cheyenne Light is a public utility as defined in Wyo. Stat. § 37-1-101(a)(vi)(C), subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction pursuant to Wyo. Stat. § 37-2-112.
3. On February 15, 2022, the Company filed an Application together with exhibits and attachments requesting the Commission grant a CPCN to construct and operate the Ready Wyoming Project (the Project). The Company states that the Project will deliver long-term transmission cost savings and stability to customers, provide greater control over critical transmission related decisions, ensure reliable delivery of energy from generating resources located at the Gillette Energy Complex, and increase options and access to wholesale energy markets.
4. Specifically, the Project will include a new 230 kV Bluffs Substation located in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, a replacement of the Hilltop Substation, with the 115 kV Orchard Valley Substation, (located south of Interstate 80 and east of Interstate 25); the replacement of the Crow Creek Substation, with the 115 kV Allison Draw Substation (located south of Interstate 80 and east of Highway 85); a 230 kV expansion of the existing West Cheyenne substation (located on the west side of Cheyenne); a 230 kV expansion of the existing Cheyenne Light Sweetgrass substation (located on the southeast side of Cheyenne); a 230 kV expansion of the existing Windstar substation (located near Glenrock, Wyoming); a 115 kV expansion of the Cheyenne Light Bison Substation (located on the southeast side of Cheyenne); a new 151 mile 230 kV transmission line connecting the West Cheyenne Substation to the Windstar Substation; a new 85 mile 230 kV transmission line connecting the Sweetgrass Substation to the new Bluffs Substation; a new 12 mile 230 kV transmission line connecting the West Cheyenne Substation to the Sweetgrass Substation; a new 4 mile double circuit 115 kV transmission line connecting the Cheyenne Prairie Generating Station substation, and the Campstool Substation, to the Allison Draw Substation; and a new 11 mile double circuit 115 kV transmission line connecting the Bison Substation to the Orchard Valley Substation, and both to the West Cheyenne Substation, and the King Ranch Substation.
5. The Company estimates the cost of the Project at $258 million, which will be funded with internally generated funds and short-term borrowing from the Black Hills Corporation utility money pool. The estimated cost savings for customers due to the Project, is estimated by the Company to be at least $130 million over the Project’s first 15 years in-service, with additional cost savings continuing into the future.
6. The Company anticipates construction will begin in the first quarter of 2023, with the Project to be fully in-service by the fourth quarter of 2025. Wyoming Office of Consumer Advocate, Powder River Energy, Holly Frontier, Dyno Nobel, Microsoft, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Basin Electric Power Coop and Wyoming Municipal Power Agency intervened and requested a hearing.
7. All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing which will be conducted in accordance with the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act, Wyoming Public Service Commission Rules, and subject to any applicable national, state or local public health related orders or directives. All interested persons may appear and be heard, in person, by video or telephone conference, or through counsel appearing in person or by video or telephone conference.
Attend by Zoom and actively participate at:
Attend by telephone and actively participate by dialing:
1-669-900-9128 or 1-253-215-8782; Meeting ID: 823 0182 8158
Any updates will be announced at: https://psc.wyo.gov/home/hot-topics.
8. If you wish to attend the hearing and you require reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Commission at (307) 777-7427 (Voice or TTY) in Cheyenne during regular business hours or write them at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002, to make arrangements. Communications impaired persons may also contact the Commission by accessing Wyoming Relay (TTY) by dialing 711. Please mention Docket No. 20003-206-EN-22 (Record No. 16998) in your correspondence. If you wish to listen to the hearing scheduled in this matter go to https://psc.wyo.gov/calendar/livestream at the appropriate time and follow the instructions to connect to the hearing.
Dated: July 22, 2022:
Public Notice No. 8277 published in the Torrington Telegram on July 27, and August 3, 2022.