South Dakota regulators have approved an agreement with Black Hills Energy to refund about $7.7 million to customers in 2018 as a result of last year's federal tax cuts.
The state Public Utilities Commission voted Tuesday to accept the settlement agreement, which also includes a roughly $9 million base rate reduction starting in January 2019. This year's refund is expected to be a roughly $50 credit in October for an average residential consumer.
Commission Chairwoman Kristie Fiegen says the move gives stability to ratepayers and will have a "real impact on families." It comes after the commission in July approved an agreement to refund roughly $10.9 million to Xcel Energy customers in South Dakota because of the tax cuts.
The commission says rate discussions are ongoing with several other companies.
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