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RATES ON THE RISE: Black Hills Energy asks for natural gas increase

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(KWWL) -- If you have Black Hills Energy for your utility provider, you might see an increase in your natural gas rates if a request is approved by the Iowa Utilities Board. At the beginning of June, the company filed an application to increase natural gas rates.

Black Hills is proposing an increase of it's monthly basic service charge for residential customers from $18.25 to $19.50. It would go into effect with the final rates, not the temporary rates. The company also requests an increase in annual revenues for all customers combined of $10.5 million, or 17%. The average residential customer will see a typical monthly bill increase from $50.68 to $50.73 beginning with the temporary rate beginning June 11, 2021. It would then increase to $52.70 April 1, 2022 upon IUB approval.

Black Hills Energy last increased general rates in 2011.

There are a number of public comment meetings in their service areas in the coming months:

  • Council Bluffs, Iowa – 1:30 p.m. September 14, 2021, Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow St.
  • Newton, Iowa – 1:30 p.m. September 21, 2021, DMACC Newton Campus, 600 N. Second Ave.
  • Ogden, Iowa – 6:30 p.m. September 21, 2021, Leonard Good Community Center, 114 S.W. Eighth St.
  • Lake Mills, Iowa – 6 p.m. September 28, 2021, Lake Mills Civic Center, 227 W. Main St.
  • Decorah, Iowa – 5:30 p.m. September 29, 2021, Hotel Winneshiek, 104 E. Water St.
  • Dubuque, Iowa – 5 p.m. September 30, 2021, Dubuque Carnegie-Stout Library, Aigler Auditorium, 360 W. 11th St.
  • Spencer, Iowa – 5:30 p.m. October 7, 2021, Clay County Event Center, 800 W.18th St.

More information on the rate increase proposal can be found here.

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