Since 2006, we have spent nearly $30 million in Nebraska to replace obsolete pipes and other equipment, make system upgrades and implement new technology so that our gas distribution systems are safe, reliable and efficient," said Dan Mechtenberg, Black Hills Energy vice president of Nebraska natural gas operations.
"While these improvements are necessary to serve our customers, the associated costs are not reflected in our current rates.
We proactively work to keep our operating costs low and delay rate increases as long as we can.
The process to recover investment costs and increases in operating costs requires a filing with the Nebraska Public Service Commission
This rate filing includes only those costs and capital investments made since our last request in 2006 and are critical to continue providing the safe and reliable natural gas service our customers deserve," said Mechtenberg
The average monthly bill would increase by approximately $5.48 for residential customers if the proposed rates are approved, and $2.65 for commercial customers.
The actual change in a customer's bill will vary based on how much natural gas is used and the price of natural gas, which is not part of this rate case.
"Black Hills Energy natural gas service remains a good value and comparable to other natural gas providers in our area," said Mechtenberg