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Community Heroes: Black Hills Energy Gives Back

July 2, 2020
During the pandemic, the energy company has reached out to its local community to help those in need.

Black Hills Energy invests in local economies, helps families in need and supports the communities where its employees work and live in.  

In 2019, the direct economic impact of Black Hills Energy in the eight states they serve totaled $1.46 billion. This included compensation for more than 2,900 employees, franchise fees, charitable giving, payments to suppliers and property, sales and use taxes paid to communities.

As part of this, charitable impact topped nearly $5.5 million, including financial support for nonprofits, economic development, low-income energy assistance, investments in trees and support for United Ways – all making a positive impact in the hometowns of employees and 1.28 million natural gas and electric customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Giving back is more than just writing checks. Black Hills Energy also supported more than 800 communities in 2019 in other ways, including:

  • Over 800 first responders serving Black Hills Energy communities learned emergency response techniques around gas or electric lines.
  • More than 17,000 customers participated in energy efficiency programs; saving energy costs.
  • Kids learned energy conservation through the donation of nearly 9,800 energy efficiency kits to schools.
  • Nearly 1,300 used iPads and phones were donated to more than 90 organizations serving 70 communities.
  • Nearly 900 community organizations benefitted from volunteer time shared by nearly 1,000 employees.

“At Black Hills Energy we believe strong communities help make for strong companies. If our communities are not strong, we won’t be either,” said Linn Evans, president and chief executive officer at Black Hills Energy. “Our hearts go out to all those impacted by COVID-19, whether physically or economically. In addition to our community impact initiatives, as the pandemic became a reality in our hometowns this spring, we partnered with our communities to help fill basic needs by designating $375,000 for immediate relief efforts. And, we stand ready to partner with our communities as they emerge from the impact of coronavirus.”

To learn more about all the ways Black Hills Energy is supporting communities visit www.blackhillsenergy.com/community and click on the Community section.

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