Black Hills Energy filed a proposal with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission June 29th that would refund over $7.6 million to its South Dakota customers. According to the Rapid City Journal, this proposal would also reduce rates by $8.9 million in 2019 and in the years following. Find the entire docket and testimonies regarding the case here.
The state’s Public Utilities Commission ordered Black Hills Energy, based in Rapid City, and five other South Dakota utility companies to calculate how prices would be affected by federal income-tax changes made last year. According to the proposal, more than $3 million in refunds would go to residential users, $2.6 million to small general service customers, and $1.2 million to large general service customers. These changes would also eliminate some fixed-cost subsidies received by lower-use residences and small general service customers. The price per kilowatt-hour would decrease by 12 percent for residential customers and 10 percent for general service customers.
Black Hills Energy’s approach to this adjustment will give customers both a refund and a New Year’s rate reduction, says Kyle White, vice president of regulatory affairs at Black Hills Corporation. The refunds, if approved, would appear as credits on customers’ October bills from Black Hills Energy.
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