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September 11, 2018 - The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) gives notice that Frannie Deaver Utilities (Frannie Deaver or the Company) has received authority to increase rates by $29,563 per annum. The Company stated in its Amended Application its income at this time is not sufficient to cover its increasing costs and operating expenses. Frannie Deaver stated it requires additional annual revenue of $29,563 to produce a 0.82 Operating Ratio (Operating Expenses divided by Operating Revenue). The test year used for analysis and computation is 2017. The Company states it has not requested an annual rate increase since 2015. The approval of the proposed increase of $29,563 per annum is subject to notice, protest, opportunity for hearing, and/or other such order as the Commission may deem appropriate.

September 11, 2018 - The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) approved the Application of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU or the Company) to pass on a wholesale gas cost increase of $0.174 per dekatherm (Dth) for Firm Residential, Firm General Service, Small Interruptible and Large Interruptible customers, and an increase of $0.139 per Dth for Optional Seasonal customers, through its Commodity Balancing Account (CBA), effective on and after September 1, 2018. The proposed pass-on increases are attributable to an increase in the overall commodity price of approximately $0.208 per Dth and a decrease in pipeline charges of approximately $0.034 per Dth.  The result is a net increase of $0.174 per Dth for Residential customers. The Commission’s approval is subject to notice, protest, intervention, refund, change, further investigation, opportunity for hearing and further order of the Commission.

September 11, 2018 - The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) has authorized Black Hills Energy (BHE or the Company) to pass on a gas supply charge increase of $0.0752 per dekatherm (Dth) to its Small General Service (SGS) and Large General Service (LGS) customers, effective for usage on and after September 1, 2018. The proposed increase is attributable to a projected decrease in wholesale gas costs of $0.2335 per Dth for the SGS and LGS customers. It also includes a decrease of $0.3087 per Dth in the Commodity Balancing Account (CBA) surcharge credit for the SGS and LGS customers. The net effect of the two adjustments is an increase in the Gas Supply Charge of $0.0752 per Dth for the SGS and LGS customers. The change will increase BHE’s annual revenues by approximately $32,175 during the period September 1, 2018, through August 31, 2019, and will be passed on to BHE’s customers on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The approval granted herein is subject to notice, protest, investigation, opportunity for hearing, change, refund, and such other orders as the Commission may deem appropriate.

September 11, 2018 - The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) approved the Application of Black Hills Power, Inc. d/b/a Black Hills Energy (BHE or Company) for authority to pass on to its electric customers an Energy Cost Adjustment (ECA) increase of $0.0001 per kilowatt hour (kWh), effective for service rendered on September 1, 2018. BHE states the proposed increase is primarily due to an increase in kWh sales and an increase in transmission related costs due to revised rates on the Common Use System. The Commission’s approval is subject to notice, protest, intervention, refund, change, further investigation, opportunity for hearing and further order of the Commission.

September 10, 2018 - Pursuant to the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act and the Wyoming Public Service Commission’s (Commission) rules, notice is hereby given that a public comment hearing is scheduled regarding the Amended Application of Vista West Water Company (Vista West or the Company), for a general rate increase of $37.34 per month for a total monthly base rate of $64.08 per month for dry fee customers, and $61.66 per month for a total monthly base rate of $95.09 per month for demand customers; or $408,000.00 per year, and upon the interventions of numerous customers of Vista West and the Wyoming Office of Consumer Advocate, a separate, independent division of the Commission charged with representing the interests of Wyoming citizens and all classes of utility customers. The public comment hearing is set to commence on Monday, October 15, 2018, at 3:00 pm to 7:00 p.m., in the in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 200 North David, in Casper, Wyoming.

September 4, 2018 - The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) approved the Application of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU or the Company) for authority to pass on a cost adjustment increase to its primary service electric customers and a decrease to its secondary service customers. The Commission’s approval is subject to notice, protest, intervention, refund, change, further investigation, opportunity for hearing and further order of the Commission.

August 30, 2018 - Penalties Imposed for Failure to “Call Before You Dig”

August 29, 2018 - Pursuant to the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act and the Wyoming Public Service Commission’s (Commission) Rules, notice is hereby given of the Application of Project Telephone (Project or the Company), for authority to amend its Rules and Regulations for compliance with the Commission’s revised Rules, effective March 21, 2016.

August 29, 2018 - Pursuant to the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act and the Wyoming Public Service Commission’s (Commission) Rules, notice is hereby given of the Application of Silver Star Communications (Silver Star or the Company), for authority to amend its Rules and Regulations for compliance with the Commission’s revised Rules, effective March 21, 2016.

August 20, 2018 - The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) authorized Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU or Company) to increase the Renewable Energy Rider Pilot Rate 15 (Rate 15) from $0.03 to $0.04 per block. The Commission’s approval is subject to notice, protest, intervention, refund, change, further investigation, opportunity for hearing and such further action as deemed appropriate by the Commission.

August 15, 2018 - Pursuant to the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act and the Wyoming Public Service Commission’s (Commission) Rules, notice is hereby given of the Application of Bridger Valley Electric Association, Inc. (Bridger Valley), for approval of the issuance of securities in the form of two Guarantees.

August 15, 2018 - The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) approved the Application of Black Hills Gas Distribution, LLC d/b/a Black Hills Energy (BHE or the Company) to pass on to its customers in the Torrington Division a Transportation Rate Adjustment (TRA) increase of $0.0067 per therm, effective June 1, 2018.  The increase includes a surcharge increase of $0.0057 per therm and an increase of $0.0010 per therm in the Base TRA.  The Base TRA is the amortization amount of the regulated net buyout and associated carrying costs of the P-0802 contract divided by the projected Wyoming delivered volumes resulting in a $0.0373 per therm cost.  The TRA surcharge includes the Company’s estimated May 2018, 191 account balance calculation of $40,750, divided by the projected Wyoming delivered volumes of 13,952,775 therms, resulting in a TRA surcharge of $0.0029 per therm.  As a result, the Company proposes a total TRA rate increase from $0.0335 to $0.0402 per therm.