BHE customers will see bill increase monthly beginning June 1
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Widespread extreme cold during Winter Storm Uri in February 2021 caused a demand for natural gas, which increased fuel and purchased power costs necessary to generate and deliver electricity to customers.
Black Hills Energy says they have received permission from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission to recover those cold weather energy costs over the next year, beginning on June 1, 2021.
“The financial well-being of our customers is important to us and we recognize how these additional costs can impact a family budget” said Marc Eyre, vice president of South Dakota electric operations. “We remain committed to supporting reasonable energy costs. Spreading the cost over the course of 12 months will result in a lessened impact to customers’ bills,” said Eyre.
Fuel and purchased power costs will appear on customer bills as an additional line-item. The company says that an average residential customer using 670 kilowatt hours per month will see an increase of $11.06 per month.
Customers with concerns about billing increases are encouraged to enroll in Budget Billing, a free payment plan that averages the amount you pay each month. Budget Billing supports customers looking to avoid seasonal increases resulting from extreme weather. Other assistance options are available, including Hearts Warming Homes administered by The Salvation Army or 211 to get access to emergency utility assistance services.