CHAMBER GOLD MEMBER, BLACK HILLS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES UTILITY LEADERSHIP CHANGES
– By Rapid City Chamber
RAPID CITY, S.D. — July 24, 2013 — Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) subsidiary Black Hills Power announced today that Vance Crocker is being promoted to vice president of operations for Black Hills Power. The company also named current Black Hills Power vice president Chuck Loomis as vice president, energy asset optimization for Black Hills Corp.
“We look forward to reintroducing Vance to our Black Hills Power communities and engaging his natural gas and electric utility experience to continue providing our customers with the safe and reliable service they’ve come to expect,” said Linn Evans, president and chief operating officer for Black Hills Corp.’s utilities. “We thank Chuck for his five years of leadership at Black Hills Power and congratulate him on this new opportunity, which will leverage his experience in operations and management to facilitate the ongoing growth and success of our organization.”
Crocker returns to Black Hills Power from Black Hills Corp.’s gas subsidiary Black Hills Energy in Kansas, where he served in a similar position as general manager of operations for the past two years. Crocker has been with Black Hills for 23 years and has served in engineering, transmission and operations roles at Black Hills Power and Black Hills Corp.
Loomis’s new role will combine several existing company functions and roles. Effectively immediately, Black Hills Corp.’s generation dispatch, power marketing and gas supply services functions will report to Loomis. Later this fall, Loomis will add generation resource planning to his responsibilities. In his new role, Loomis will ensure reliable energy is available for customers across the company’s four natural gas utilities and three electric utilities. His focus will include optimizing efficiencies within our generation and pipeline assets, and planning for ongoing and new growth. He has been with Black Hills for 27 years and has served in accounting, rates, asset management and operations roles in the organization.
The transition of Crocker into his new role at Black Hills Power will begin immediately, with ongoing support provided by Loomis during the brief transition period. The company is evaluating the general manager position at Black Hills Energy inKansasand will announce its decision about the role in the near future.
ABOUT BLACK HILLS POWER
Black Hills Power Inc. is the legacy utility business of Black Hills Corp. and has been delivering energy for more than 130 years. The electric utility serves 68,000 customers in 34 communities in westernSouth Dakota, northeasternWyoming, and southeasternMontana.
ABOUT BLACK HILLS CORP.
Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH), a diversified energy company with a tradition of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice, is based in Rapid City, S.D., and has corporate offices in Denver and Papillion, Neb. The company serves 769,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The company’s non-regulated businesses generate wholesale electricity and produce natural gas, oil and coal. Black Hills’ 1,925 employees partner to produce results that are improving life with energy. More information is available at www.blackhillscorp.com.