SourceGas is now Black Hills Energy, as Black Hills on Feb. 12 announced its successful acquisition of SourceGas, the natural gas utility serving 429,000 customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.
"Black Hills Energy is excited to serve our new customers with safe, reliable energy and to maintain strong local ties that benefit the communities where we live and work," said Susan Bailey, vice president of operations for Black Hills Energy's natural gas utility operations in Colorado. "We look forward to putting our company's 130-year history of utility expertise and exceptional performance levels to good use for our 167,000 natural gas customers in 104 Colorado communities."
The former SourceGas will immediately begin operating under the Black Hills Energy name. Customers should continue to use SourceGas contacts and locations for bill payment, service questions and emergencies. The customer service and emergencies number remains 800-563-0012.
Beginning in March, SourceGas customers will start to see the Black Hills Energy logo alongside the SourceGas logo on their bills and the new customer website, www.SourceGasIsBlackHills.com while the companies integrate employees and customer service systems. The Black Hills Energy logo will replace the SourceGas logo on buildings, company vehicles, employee uniforms and more.
For more information, customers can visit www.SourceGasIsBlackHills.com.
"We look forward to delivering efficient energy services that meet the region's current and future energy needs," Bailey said. "We're committed to living our mission of improving life with energy. Our strong local partnerships benefit the communities we serve through economic development initiatives, charitable contributions, sponsorships and employee participation."
Black Hills Energy now serves more than 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers in nearly 800 communities in eight Rocky Mountain and Midcontinent states, including its newest market, Arkansas. The company announced in July 2015 that it was the successful bidder to purchase SourceGas from investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners and GE Unit (NYSE:GE) GE Energy Financial Services. The purchase was approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission and the utility commissions in Arkansas, Nebraska and Wyoming. "Their approval allows us to make this transition as smooth as possible for our new customers and employees," Bailey said.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.