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 $0.3250 per therm, representing an increase of $0.0604 per therm, effective on and after December 1, 2020. The rate is applicable to all non-Choice Gas customers. The Commission’s approval is subject to notice, protest, intervention, refund, change, further investigation, opportunity for hearing and further order of the Commission.
The Company’s approximately 69,957 non-Choice Gas retail customers are located in and around Casper, Cheyenne, Cody, Gillette and Torrington. The proposed purchased gas cost would result in a monthly increase of approximately $7.67 or 9.2% for BHWG residential customers who use a monthly average of 127 therms during the rate-effective period from December 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021.
The revision results in an overall projected dollar-for-dollar increase in the Company’s December 2020 through February 2021 revenues of approximately $2,299,877.
The Commission approved additional routine changes to be effective on and after December 1, 2020. The net effect of all the proposed rate changes provides for an average monthly increase of approximately $7.56 or 9.1% for residential customers who use a monthly average of 127 therms during the rate effective period.
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 January 7, 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. 30026-34-GP-20 (Record No. 15636) in your communications.
Dated: December 7, 2020.
Public Notice No. 10847. To be published in the Platte County Record - Times December 16 and 23, 2020.