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 January 6, 2016 - 9:00 AM EST
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Black Hills Announces Major Expansion of Opower Customer Engagement Program

More than 30,000 additional Colorado households will benefit from personalized energy insights

Opower (NYSE: OPWR), the global leader in cloud-based software for the utility industry, today announced that Black Hills Energy is expanding its successful customer engagement program to deliver Opower’s Big Data-powered energy insights to 30,000 additional households across Pueblo, Colorado. The expansion includes Opower’s Digital Engagement offering and its Energy Efficiency offering with Home Energy Reports. The expansion gives thousands of Black Hills customers a full set of tools to manage their energy use.

"Opower's energy efficiency program has received a tremendous reception from our customers, who now have more control over their energy use than ever before," said Steve Jurek, Director of Energy Efficiency of Black Hills. “We’re excited to expand this program to even more customers. Black Hills’ increasing investment in these programs demonstrates our strong commitment to delivering a modern utility experience for our customers.”

Opower first partnered with Black Hills Energy in February of 2015, delivering personalized energy insights and an upgraded web portal to 45,000 gas customers across Colorado.

“Black Hills joins an ever-growing group of leading utility companies that have seen strong results from Opower's platform,” said Dan Yates, co-founder and CEO of Opower. “Nothing underscores our value proposition better than client expansions, and we look forward to our growing partnership with Black Hills."

About Opower

Opower (NYSE: OPWR) is an enterprise software company that helps utilities elevate the customer experience. Energy providers use Opower's customer engagement platform to deliver proactive, digital communications that raise customer satisfaction, manage energy demand, and lower service costs. Opower's software is deployed to more than 95 utilities worldwide and reaches more than 50 million homes and businesses. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter at @Opower.

Forward-looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding benefits from the use of Opower’s solutions. Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Opower represent Opower's views as of the date of this press release. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. While Opower may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, Opower specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.

About Black Hills

Black Hills Energy serves 95,000 electric customers in 21 southeastern Colorado communities. Black Hills Energy is a subsidiary of Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH), a growth-oriented, vertically-integrated energy company with a tradition of improving life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Based in Rapid City, S.D., the company serves 792,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The company also generates wholesale electricity and produces natural gas, oil and coal. Black Hills Corp.’s more than 2,000 employees form partnerships and produce positive results for our customers, communities and shareholders. More information is available at

Alex Kotran, 330-607-5859
Black Hills Energy
Julie C. Rodriguez, 719-546-5802

Source: Business Wire (January 6, 2016 - 9:00 AM EST)

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