PUC to take public comment on Black Hills electric rate proposal

DENVER (Aug. 2, 2016) — The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will take public comment in Pueblo on Aug. 16 on a proposal by Black Hills Energy to increase electric base rates by $14.8 million. The public comment hearing will be 4-7 p.m. at the Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St.

The proposal, filed in May, seeks to recover costs related to a new gas-fired generation unit at the Pueblo Airport Generating Station. The new plant replaces the power generation previously provided by the W.N. Clark coal-fired plant in Canon City, which was retired to comply with Colorado’s Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act (CACJA).

The proposal, which includes rolling $5.9 million into base rates that was previously collected through a CACJA rider, would increase typical residential bills by $4.99 per month (4.78 percent) based on an average use of 600 kilowatt-hours, according to the company. Bills for typical small commercial customers would increase by $17.31 per month (4.37 percent) based on an average use of 2,300 kilowatt-hours.

Evidentiary hearings on the proposal are scheduled for Oct. 18-21 at the PUC. The company has requested that the changes take effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

Members of the public may also submit written comments about the proposal by mail, email (dora_puc_complaints@state.co.us), or by using the PUC’s on-line comment form at www.colorado.gov/dora/puc.

 

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