Black Hills customers may see up to $42 monthly bill increases

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CASPER, Wyo. — Black Hills Wyoming Gas is seeking approval to raise natural gas service rates.

The Wyoming Public Service Commission gave notice of the company’s proposal on Thursday, June 18.

Overall, Black Hills wants to raise natural gas service rates $16,121,638 or 17.28% annually, but the increases vary depending on location.

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In Casper, Black Hills residential customers would see a 21.51% increase to their bills should the proposal receive the Wyoming Public Service Commissions approval. That would amount to an average monthly increase of $10.83.

Courtesy of the Wyoming Public Service Commission

Small general service customers in Casper would see a 28.35% increase, or $25.76, to their bills.

But it is customers in Gillette who stand to see the most dramatic increases. Residential bills would be increased by 71.49% or $26.34 per month. Small general service customers would see increases of 73.97%, or $42.79 per month.

Courtesy of the Wyoming Public Service Commission

The Wyoming Public Service Commission said that Black Hills, which is a public utility, submitted the request on June 3. The company is requesting that the rate increases be authorized to go into effect July 3.

Black Hills provides natural gas service to about 129,500 Wyomingites, the commission added.

“Anyone wishing to file a statement, intervention petition, protest or request for a public hearing in this matter must do so in writing filed with the Commission on or before July 18, 2019,” the commission said.

“Any intervention request filed with the Commission shall set forth the grounds of the proposed intervention or request for hearing as well as the position and the interest of the petitioner in this proceeding. Please be sure to mention Docket No. 30026-2-GR-19 (Record No. 15267) in all correspondence with the Commission.”

“If you wish to intervene in this matter or request a public, hearing which you will attend, and you require reasonable accommodation for a disability, call the Commission at (307) 777-7427 or write to the Commission, 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002. Communications-impaired persons may contact the Commission through Wyoming Relay at 711.”

There are other changes included in Black Hills application, the commission says.

“Interested persons may inspect the Application at the Commission’s offices in Cheyenne, Wyoming, by visiting the Commission’s website at https://psc.wyo.gov/, or by visiting BHWG’s website at www.blackhillsenergy.com.”

NOTE: After this story was published, the Wyoming Public Service Commission released an email Monday afternoon stating that Black Hill’s proposal was suspended for six months pending the Commission’s investigations.