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Black Hills Corporation’s Annual Community Impact Report Highlights Contributions to Local Communities and Overall Economic Impact

Tue 11th May, 2021 10:02pm
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RAPID CITY, S.D., May 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Hills Corp., a Rapid
City-based utility company (the “Company”) whose subsidiaries conduct
operations as Black Hills Energy, today released its 2020 Community Impact
Report, highlighting corporate contributions, volunteerism efforts and overall
economic impact during the past year. Unprecedented challenges called for
renewed commitment to the unique needs of each of the 823 communities Black
Hills Corp. serves. In response, the Company provided $5.6 million in
charitable support last year to non-profit organizations, Chambers of
Commerce, economic development organizations and energy assistance programs.

“We are an engaged, responsible community partner and, in 2020, our
employees shared their energy like never before,” said Linn Evans, CEO and
president of Black Hills Corp. “When COVID-19 impacted all of our customers
in some manner, we searched for ways to immediately step up and help,
including an initial focus on helping communities meet basic needs like food
insecurity. As the year went on, we increased our commitment to energy
assistance funding for families experiencing financial hardship.”

2020 Community Impact Totals

Black Hills Corp. supported communities in many ways during 2020, including:
* Nearly 45 percent of employees pledged $780,000, including a 25 percent
match from the corporate foundation, to nearly 50 local United Way
organizations.
* Employees volunteered with more than 1,000 organizations working to support
our communities and serving on boards of directors and in leadership
positions.
* More than 2,500 families received help with their energy bills from Black
Hills Cares energy assistance programs.
* Tree giveaways helped customers plant more than 1,850 trees, which will grow
to clean our air and water and help homeowners save on energy costs.
* Sponsorship of energy efficiency programs helped nearly 33,000 customers
save on energy costs.
* Employees trained more than 500 first responders about safety near utility
lines and equipment, helping keep our communities safe.
Black Hills Corp. serves 1.3 million natural gas and electric utility
customers in eight states and is committed to bringing energy to local
communities through charitable giving, outreach and employee volunteerism. The
Company’s direct economic impact last year totaled nearly $1.4 billion,
which includes charitable giving, compensation for more than 3,000 employees,
franchise fees, payments to suppliers, and property, sales and use taxes paid
to our communities.

About Black Hills Corp.
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 1.3 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 and
www.blackhillsenergy.com.

 Media Contact:                                                                                                               
 Val Simpson Regional Manager, Public Relations and Corporate Citizenship  (605) 939-4946 val.simpson@blackhillscorp.com      
                                                                                                                              
 Ashley Campbell Regional Manager, Public Relations                        (303) 566-3349 ashley.campbell@blackhillscorp.com  
                                                                                                                              
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