Black Hills Energy Joins Operations Technology Development (OTD)
Des Plaines, IL - January 06, 2020 – Black Hills Energy recently became the 27th member of Operations Technology Development (OTD), a collaboration between some of North America’s leading natural gas utilities to develop, test, and implement new technologies. OTD leads initiatives to ensure the vast natural gas infrastructure is safe, resilient, and affordable. OTD’s members serve over 60 million customers in the U.S. and Canada, representing 75% of the households currently served by natural gas.
Black Hills Energy is a customer-focused, growth-oriented utility with a tradition of improving life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, the company serves over 1.27 million natural gas and electric customers in eight states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.
“We are excited to join OTD, which is known for technology development and product introduction in the natural gas industry,” said John Hill, PE, vice president of Gas Engineering Services for Black Hills Energy. “Our customers and communities will benefit from this collaboration of leading industry experts focused on the safety and reliability of our natural gas utility.”
“We’re thrilled to have Black Hills Energy as our newest member,” says OTD President, Ron Snedic. “Having the support and insight of an engaged and energetic company, like Black Hills Energy, strengthens OTD and allows us to continue to deliver new and innovative solutions for the industry, it’s customers, and the environment.”
About Operations Technology Development (OTD)
OTD was established in 2003 as an Illinois not-for-profit company to facilitate voluntarily funded, collaborative research. OTD’s mission is to identify, select, fund, and oversee research projects resulting in innovative solutions and the improved safety, reliability, and operational efficiency of natural gas systems. Participating natural gas distribution companies throughout pool their resources and leverage their R&D investment to advance the development and implementation of new technologies.
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