Black Hills is using the COVID pandemic and Governor Polis’ executive order of March 20, 2020, to push COVID-19-related costs onto ratepayers while pocketing any savings for their investors.

They are trying to get the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to approve certain accounting orders on an expedited basis. It is time for community leaders and consumers — residential and businesses — to submit comments to the PUC because these accounting orders are not in the public interest.

Polis entered his executive order on March 20, 2020, directing all gas and electric utilities to pause all disconnections of electric and gas service to residential and small businesses for failure to pay bills; to suspend service disconnections for delayed or missed payments; to waive reconnection fees and suspend accrual of late payment fees; and to reinstate service for customers disconnected for nonpayment or arrearage.

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