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Thursday, March 25, 2010 
CONTACT: Leah Mohr, deputy executive director, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201 or (605) 280-4327

PUC to host informational meetings about Black Hills Power rate case process

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will host the first in a series of informational meetings about Black Hills Power's rate increase request at 7 p.m. MDT, Monday, March 29 at the Journey Museum in Rapid City. PUC Commissioner Gary Hanson will lead a discussion and answer questions about the process by which the commission reviews and considers such requests. Topics to be addressed include the timeline, applicable laws and other facts related to the Black Hills Power rate increase review process.

The public is invited to attend the meeting to ask questions and make comments. The meeting will adjourn at the conclusion of comments from all persons who have arrived before 8:30 p.m. The Journey Museum is located at 222 New York St.

Additional meetings are planned for April 14 with Commissioner Dusty Johnson and April 23 with Commissioner Steve Kolbeck. Both sessions will be held in Rapid City. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Black Hills Power filed a request with the PUC on Sept. 30, 2009, to increase electric rates by approximately 26.6 percent. The company was granted authority to implement a reduced interim rate increase of 20 percent on April 1, 2010. A formal evidentiary hearing for Black Hills Power's 26.6 percent rate increase request is scheduled to begin June 28 in Pierre, S.D.

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Visit South Dakota Public Utilities Commission docket EL09-018 online for more information of the Black Hills Power's rate increase request.