Rapid City, SD and Orlando, FL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 22, 2011 - Black Hills Corp., whose utility subsidiaries provide electric and natural gas service to approximately 762,000 customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming, has chosen Siemens Energy, Inc. to integrate the eMeter EnergyIP® meter data management system (MDMS) into its information technology systems.

The MDMS will serve as Black Hills Corp.'s system of record for all meter readings and meter-centric information, providing valuable customer service support, as well as critical information for asset and outage management. Siemens will provide configuration, testing and integration services through each step of the MDMS implementation.

In October 2009, Black Hills Corp. was awarded ARRA funding. Each of Black Hills Corp.'s three electric utility subsidiaries – Colorado Electric, Black Hills Power and Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power – have benefited from this funding award.
 
"Siemens and eMeter have been steadfast partners for our AMI – as well as our AMR – initiatives," said Terry Perkins, Black Hills Corp.'s director of Customer Account Services. "We look forward to an ongoing partnership that will continue to offer our customers accurate, convenient and reliable customer service."

Black Hills Corp. envisions a multi-phase approach to the MDMS implementation. The initial phase of the project focuses on Siemens' integration of the MDMS with Black Hills Corp.'s customer information and outage management systems. Subsequent phases will include the analysis and consideration of the critical peak pricing and the time of use pricing features available within eMeter EnergyIP.