Black Hills Corp. says its Black Hills Energy electric utility subsidiaries in South Dakota and Wyoming recently filed for approval of new voluntary renewable energy tariffs to serve customer requests for renewable resources. In addition, they filed a joint application with Wyoming regulators for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct a $57 million, 40 MW wind project near Cheyenne, Wyo.
Requests to approve the voluntary tariffs, known as Renewable Ready Service Tariffs, were submitted to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and Wyoming Public Service Commission (WPSC). The Renewable Ready Program would provide large commercial and industrial customers and governmental agencies an option to purchase utility-scale renewable energy resources from Black Hills Energy for up to 100% of their electric energy needs.
As proposed, customers would be able to enter into contracts with Black Hills Energy to purchase renewable energy for periods of five to 25 years at a cost substantially lower than if they installed and maintained on-site projects, according to Black Hills.
In connection with the Renewable Ready Program, Black Hills Energy requested approval from the WPSC to construct the 40 MW Corriedale Wind Energy Project, which would be jointly owned by Black Hills Energy’s electric utility subsidiaries in South Dakota and Wyoming. The project would be placed in service in 2020.
“We are excited to provide new energy solutions for our customers and to help meet their renewable energy objectives,” comments Linn Evans, president and chief operating officer of Black Hills. “The Renewable Ready program provides our customers an excellent choice for the long-term delivery of cost-effective, utility-scale renewable energy.”
Black Hills’ utility and power generation subsidiaries have constructed and own and operate 89 MW of wind facilities, which serve utility customers in Colorado. Another 60 MW wind project in Colorado is expected to be in service by the end of 2019.