Coal fired plant begins commercial operations for Black Hills Power

April 5, 2010

Source: Black Hills Corporation

Black Hills Corp. (BKH) announced that Wygen III, Black Hills Power's 110 MW coal-fired generation facility near Gillette, Wyo., began commercial operations.

Construction of the facility took less than 24 months to complete. The mine-mouth coal-fired power plant is expected to be in service for 45 years.

On March 16, 2010, Black Hills Power completed a seven-year power purchase agreement with the City of Gillette, Wyo. which includes an option for Gillette to purchase 23 percent of Wygen III. Montana-Dakota Utilities previously purchased a 25-percent ownership interest in Wygen III in April 2009.

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