The Peak

A Blog from Black Hills Corporation

Feb 10, 2014

South Dakota Lawmakers Could See Net Metering Proposal

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By Joshua Shields, Federal Governmental Affairs Manager, and Jafar Karim, Director, Governmental Affairs

What was our top message to South Dakota legislators as they reconvened Jan. 14 for a fast-paced, 35-working-day session?

Continue with policies that preserve fairness for all customers, and don’t overlook the value of the grid.

Feb 03, 2014

Tax reform takes center stage in Nebraska

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By Jill Becker, Nebraska Manager of Governmental Affairs


One of the two items that Ben Franklin said we can be certain of.

Taxes took the early headlines in Nebraska’s 2013 legislative session and will certainly dominate the 2014 session as well.

Last year, the legislature killed the governor’s two tax proposals in committee and then formed the Tax Modernization Committee to wrestle with the issue themselves.

Jan 29, 2014

Middle class, economic development likely to be focus for Iowa lawmakers

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Iowa State Senate Democrats will emphasize worker middle-class economic issues, pursuing additional funding to expand preschool services and tax cuts for middle-income earners.

Jan 21, 2014

The three ‘R’s’ of Colorado’s legislative session: Red tape, renewables and regulations

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By Heidi Morgan, State Governmental Affairs Manager

  • Reducing red tape for companies helping Colorado with natural disasters.
  • Repealing recent rural renewable mandates.
  • Creating new regulations for the oil and gas industry.
  • Making utility metal theft a class 3 felony.
  • And let’s not leave out another major issue, like a statewide oil and gas ballot initiative.

What do all these things have in common?

Dec 23, 2013

'Tis the Season for Efficiency

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‘Tis the season for baking holiday goodies and large family meals. Before you bake those gingerbread cookies or cook that turkey, here’s a list (and be sure to check it twice) on how you could be maintaining and using your range for greater efficiency and safety.

Dec 09, 2013 Hillary

A company that makes every color and size of brick you’ve ever dreamed of

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“Made to order.” A concept easily identified with fast food restaurants, haircuts and business cards.

But what about brick?

That’s what Pueblo, Colo.-based Summit Brick Company has done for its industrial, commercial and residential customers since 1902.

Summit Brick, the only family-owned brick company in business in Colorado, owns its own clay mines and production facilities throughout the state. It’s a flexible manufacturer capable of producing more than 60 different styles of brick in 130 different colors.