The Nebraska Public Service Commission holds the last of 3 virtual town hall meetings today on the $17.5-million dollar natural gas rate hike request by Black Hills Energy. The town hall meeting on Zoom runs from 1:30-3:30 MT
The PSC is holding a formal public hearing on the request next month, but Commissioner Dan Watermeier, the hearing officer, says the town hall meetings are intended to give the public the background information needed if they want to submit testimony or comments on the rate case.
Black Hills began charging the higher rate on an interim basis this month, but the PSC has until the end of January to approve the request, reject it, or approve a smaller increase. A smaller increase would result in customer refunds.
There’s a link on the PSC website to the NG-109 Town Hall Meeting page, which has information on how to participate in today’s virtual town hall as well as on the rate increase and the approval process
. A recording of today’s town hall meeting will be made available on the PSC YouTube shortly after its over.