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Black Hills Energy, which powers homes and businesses across parts of the Midwest, has a friendly website and social media accounts that help to answer customers’ questions and encourage them to stay. They also have a blog that functions as a support group for change management, where people can ask questions and get help. It sees the levels of engagement—like visits to the blog—and produces content accordingly.
Black Hills Energy is a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company with a tradition of improving life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, Black Hills Energy of South Dakota serves electricity to more than 72,000 customers in 34 communities throughout western South Dakota, northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana. We're an investor owned utility under our parent company, Black Hills Corporation (NYSE:BKH) and serve over 1.27 million natural gas and electric customers in eight states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. For more information about BHE is available at www.blackhillsenergy.com
Expanded leak detection and surveying. By collecting detailed emissions data from its system, Black Hills Energy can identify new opportunities for reductions. In addition to its regular system-wide leak surveying, the company conducts additional leak surveys of its aboveground natural gas equipment to help determine fugitive emissions from its system. In 2020, the utility began surveying two additional states, Colorado and Nebraska, which joined Arkansas in its surveying program as required by the EPA Greenhouse Gas reporting program. The additional surveys conducted helped the company identify fugitive emissions from its system that otherwise would not have been found as quickly. (Source: www.plantengineering.com)
As of June 2017, Black Hills Energy in Colorado obtains 19 percent of its electricity from renewable resources, with the rest coming from natural gas. In attempts to meet customer demand and requirements set by the state, Black Hills Energy has established new natural gas facilities, wind farms, and solar energy systems. By 2020, in order to comply with Colorado state laws, the company must generate at least 30 percent of its electricity from renewable resources. Rodriguez, asserting her company's dedication to meeting this goal, said, "Developing renewable energy at a reasonable cost is important to the communities we serve and allows us to continue providing customers with the safe, reliable energy they've come to expect."
The company traces its roots to 1883 and the organization of the Black Hills Electric Light Company of Deadwood. Merged with the Belt Light and Power Company of Lead in 1905, the company became Consolidated Power and Light Company of South Dakota. Meanwhile, to the south, the Dakota Power Company began serving Rapid City in 1910. Both of these companies were purchased by holding companies in the 1920s. With Roosevelt-era legislation to break up big national utility holding companies, Black Hills Power & Light Company was formed in 1941 by combining the assets of General Public Utilities, Inc. and Dakota Power Company which provided power for most of western South Dakota. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)