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August 25, 2010
Emergency Revision – Cancellation of Evidentiary Hearing
Black Hills Energy Moves to Withdraw Five-Year Energy-Efficiency Plan;
KCC Approves Motion
Topeka, KS – The Kansas Corporation Commission was scheduled to begin the evidentiary hearing next month regarding Black Hills Energy's five-year energy-efficiency plan. However, on August 9, 2010, the company, citing the wide separation in the positions of the parties involved in the case, filed a motion to withdraw its application and cancel the remaining schedule in the docket.
Today, the Commission voted unanimously in an open meeting to approve the company's Motion to Withdraw Application and accordingly, the KCC is canceling the evidentiary hearing set to begin September 13, 2010. The public comment period will remain open through September 2, 2010.
On March 31, 2010, Black Hills Energy filed an application requesting permission to offer energy-efficiency programs and seeking to recover the costs associated with the operation of these programs as well as approval of a revenue normalization mechanism, which would have allowed it to recover revenues lost as its sales decreased, and approval of an incentive mechanism.
Black Hills' application included energy-efficiency programs to its residential, commercial and industrial customers. Programs were designed to help customers reduce energy usage by identifying energy-saving opportunities, e.g., replacing inefficient equipment and weatherizing homes and businesses.
The Commission held public hearings on the Black Hills plan July 6 through 8, 2010, in Lawrence, Wichita, Dodge City, Liberal, Goodland and Garden City, Kan.
A complete copy of Black Hills Energy's application and supporting testimony, intervenor testimony, KCC Staff testimony and other case-related documents are available at: http://estar.kcc.ks.gov/estar/portal/kcc/PSC/DocketDetails.aspx?DocketId=97eebe72-411e-400e-a654-552392f4acac.