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Black Hills Corp. Receives FERC Approval for Wygen I Power Purchase Agreement

Thu 15th October, 2020 9:15pm
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RAPID CITY, S.D., Oct. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Hills Corp. (NYSE:
BKH) today announced that utility subsidiary Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power
Co., doing business as Black Hills Energy, and power generation subsidiary
Black Hills Wyoming received approval of their joint application for a
proposed 60-megawatt power purchase agreement from the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission.

Under the approved agreement, Black Hills Wyoming will continue to deliver 60
megawatts of base load capacity and energy to Cheyenne Light from its Wygen I
power plant. The new agreement will commence on Jan. 1, 2022, replacing the
existing power purchase agreement, and will continue for 11 years, ending Dec.
31, 2032. The Wygen I power plant is located near Gillette in northeast
Wyoming and is a mine-mouth operation with the adjacent mining complex.

“This new contract will provide critical capacity for our Wyoming electric
utility,” said Linn Evans, president and CEO of Black Hills Corp. “The
Wygen I power plant is an extremely reliable, low-cost source of electric base
load capacity and energy for Cheyenne Light and is the best long-term choice
to cost-effectively meet our customers’ current and future needs.”

Cheyenne Light believes its long-term electric capacity and energy needs are
best met utilizing a balanced mix of generation resources, including natural
gas, coal, and renewable resources. The utility identified a near-term
generation base load capacity shortfall of 60 megawatts stemming from
expiration of the existing Wygen I power purchase agreement.

The new long-term power purchase agreement will provide the capacity and
energy needed to help maintain grid stability and resiliency as Cheyenne Light
integrates more intermittent renewable resources into its generating fleet.
Cheyenne Light currently has 25 megawatts of wind generation resources on its
system and is planning to add 20 megawatts of renewable wind energy when the
52.5-megawatt Corriedale wind project that it will jointly own with its
affiliate Black Hills Power comes on-line later this year.

“The FERC approval allows the Wygen I power plant to continue serving our
Wyoming electric utility customers with stable, low-cost, base load energy
afforded by mine-mouth logistics and a low-cost, local Wyoming energy
resource,” added Evans. “These operations will also help maintain stable,
long-term mining and plant operations jobs within Wyoming.”

Black Hills Corporation
Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) 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, the company
serves 1.28 million natural gas and electric utility customers in eight
states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and
Wyoming. More information is available at www.blackhillscorp.com.

Investor Relations
Jerome E. Nichols
605-721-1171
jerome.nichols@blackhillscorp.com

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Caution Regarding Forward Looking Statement
This news release includes “forward-looking statements” as defined by the
Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC. We make these forward-looking
statements in reliance on the safe harbor protections provided under the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than
statements of historical facts, included in this news release that address
activities, events or developments that we expect, believe or anticipate will
or may occur in the future are forward looking statements. This includes our
ability to operate the Wygen I power plant efficiently and at low-cost for the
benefit of our electric utility customers and our ability to maintain future
employment opportunities. These forward-looking statements are based on
assumptions which we believe are reasonable based on current expectations and
projections about future events and industry conditions and trends affecting
our business. However, whether actual results and developments will conform to
our expectations and predictions is subject to a number of risks and
uncertainties that, among other things, could cause actual results to differ
materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, the risk
factors described in Item 1A of Part I of our 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K
filed with the SEC, and other reports that we file with the SEC from time to
time.

New factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
described in forward looking statements emerge from time-to-time, and it is
not possible for us to predict all such factors, or the extent to which any
such factor or combination of factors may cause actual results to differ from
those contained in any forward-looking statement. We assume no obligation to
update publicly any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of
new information, future events or otherwise.

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