Objections to gas proposal

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The Wyoming Office of Consumer Advocate, an independent division within the Wyoming Public Service Commission which is tasked with defending the interests of utilities customers, has raised objections to a plan put forward by Black Hills Energy to acquire natural gas reserves and bring them within the framework of state-regulated utility rate base structures.

The plan would guarantee Black Hills Energy a certain rate of return despite low prices for natural gas and is expected to provide the company with 50 percent of its overall natural gas needs.

“Although Black Hills hasn’t specified what reserves might be acquired, information provided by the Company in its filing and publicly available information leads us to believe that Black Hills intends to acquire reserves that are currently owned by its corporate affiliate, Black Hills Exploration and Production Company,” Bryce Freeman, administrator of the OCA is quoted as saying in a press release.

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