Proposed programs designed to provide bill-payment assistance for qualifying customers in need.


Black Hills Energy announced today that it has filed energy assistance programs with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to provide bill-payment assistance for qualifying electric and gas customers.
 
“We are committed to finding solutions designed to assist our customers in managing their energy bills,” said Christopher Burke, vice president of Colorado Utility Operations – Black Hills Energy. “We have worked diligently to propose a program to the PUC that we believe will effectively impact those customers most in need.”
 
Pending PUC approval, the Black Hills Energy Assistance Programs (BHEAP) will be implemented with an application period that will begin later this summer followed by enrollment this fall. The specific dates will be determined upon approval.
 
The BHEAP also serves to help customers manage their monthly consumption through enrollment in no-cost energy efficiency and weatherization programs.
 
“We are focused on educating and encouraging our customers on the steps they can take to proactively manage their energy consumption which could result in lower monthly bills,” said Burke. More information on Black Hills Energy’s energy efficiency programs can be found at www.bhehowto.com.
 
The proposed programs would be funded by all customer classes, except gas transportation, per PUC rule. Most customers would pay a minimal monthly fee.