Important Notice from the Natural Gas Department

On June 1, 2020 Black Hills Energy filed an application with the PSC seeking a general rate increase. Consumers wishing to submit comments on the application can submit comments here: Black Hills Rate Case Comment Form   
In order to provided consumers information and address questions regarding the potential rate increase, the Commission will hold three Virtual Town Hall meetings. Dates & times of the Virtual Town Hall Meetings can be found on the Town Hall Information page. Detailed information on the rate case NG-109 can be found on the NG-109 Black Hills Energy Rate Case page. Questions reference the rate case should be directed to the Natural Gas Department @ psc.ratecase@nebraska.gov

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The Commission regulates rates and service quality of investor-owned natural gas public utilities since 2003. Nebraska has two investor-owned jurisdictional utilities providing natural gas services, Black Hills Energy and NorthWestern Energy. As natural gas utilities are natural monopolies, meaning there are no direct competitors due to the costly nature of the infrastructure, the Commission’s regulatory oversight steps in as a substitute for competition while maintaining the efficiency of the company.

PLEASE NOTE:

Due to the recent increase in the COVID-19 virus, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) staff, including the Natural Gas Department, may be working off-site periodically. Therefore, we ask that all filings, if at all possible be submitted electronically @ psc.naturalgas@nebraska.gov  Exhibit and attachments, including transmission line application exhibits and maps, should be in a format that we can zoom in and review them accurately.  If statutes require the PSC to receive a copy of a filing via certified mail, we do still  need that as we cannot waive this statutory requirement. We also urge you to use the Commission's system for online remittance of any fees @ http://tiny.cc/NaturalGasFees 

The Commission will have limited access to mail during this time. If you file items via mail, there may be a delay before we are able to process your filings. If you have questions, please email us @ psc.naturalgas@nebraska.gov   We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we all work together to stay well.

Our philosophy is to work collaboratively with jurisdictional natural gas distribution companies and their customers to ensure safe, efficient, reliable and affordable natural gas service in Nebraska.

Nichole Mulcahy has served as the Director of the Natural Gas, Pipeline and Transmission Lines Department since 2017. Ms. Mulcahy has been with the Commission since 2005 serving as Legal Counsel to multiple Departments within the Commission including the Natural Gas Department. Ms. Mulcahy worked in the Nebraska Legislature prior to coming to the Commission.

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