Utilities, Sourcing Renewables, Wind - July 22, 2019
Black Hills Energy is renewable ready
Black Hills Energy announced the Wyoming Public Service Commission (WPSC) has approved its voluntary renewable energy subscription program, the Renewable Ready Service Tariff, which is aimed at large commercial and industrial businesses and governmental agencies. The WPSC also approved the utility’s request to build a new, utility-scale wind project near Cheyenne which will serve as the dedicated energy supply for the program.
“We are delighted by the positive response to our Renewable Ready Service Tariff and accompanying Corriedale Wind Energy Project,” said Shirley Welte, Black Hills Energy’s vice president of electric and gas operations for Wyoming, in a statement. “This innovative program supports our customers’ growing interest in locally-produced, cost-effective renewable energy.”
The $57 million Corriedale wind project will provide 40-megawatts of energy for Renewable Ready subscribers in Wyoming and western South Dakota, enough energy to supply up to 100% percent of their energy needs. The project is expected to be in service by fall 2020. “The Corriedale wind project will be largely constructed and placed into service in the fall of 2020 and will be jointly owned by Black Hills Energy’s electric utility subsidiaries in Wyoming and South Dakota.”
The utility will conduct an open subscription period for customers interested in the Renewable Ready program later this year. Based on early interest, Welte expects the program to be fully subscribed for the full 40 megawatts of capacity.