Montana-Dakota Utilities rate cases

Montana-Dakota Utilities is a regulated utility under the jurisdiction of regulatory commissions in the states it serves. The rates customers pay are approved by each state’s regulatory commission. When the costs of providing safe and reliable electric and natural gas service exceed what customers are paying in rates, Montana-Dakota files a rate increase request with the applicable state regulatory commission.

Requested increases are the result of additional costs necessary to maintain a safe and reliable system; upgrade aging infrastructure and technology; meet growing demand; and compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements, such as environmental mandates.

The company does not have authority to change rates without approval by a state regulatory commission. Click on your state below to review information about recently approved or pending rate case filings.

Montana has no rate cases at this time.

Montana-Dakota Utilities files electric increase request in North Dakota

Update: On December 13, 2016, Montana-Dakota Utilities implemented an interim rate increase, which state law allows, in the amount of $11,695,592 or an overall increase of 5.8 percent applicable to all customers in North Dakota. Using the company’s current rate structure, an interim rate of 10.32 percent is now applicable to the amounts billed under the Basic Service Charge, Energy Charge, and Demand Charge. The amount billed will be shown as a separate line item on customers’ bills and will be labeled “Interim Adjustment. A typical residential customer using 980 Kwh a month will see an increase of $6.09 a month. The interim rates will remain in effect until final rates are implemented following a North Dakota Public Service Commission decision in the rate case. If the final approved increase is lower than the interim increase, Montana-Dakota will refund the difference to its customers with interest.

The PSC has scheduled two informal public input sessions to allow customers of Montana-Dakota the opportunity to learn more about the rate case and present their input regarding the company’s request. Here is the schedule and locations:

You are invited to participate in a Public Input Session at the following locations on January 23 @ 7:30 p.m. CST or January 25 @ noon CST:

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Hearing Room
12th Floor State Capitol Building
Enter building on south side of Capital
600 E Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505

NDSU RESEARCH CENTER
Ernie French Center
WREC Meeting Room
14120 Highway 2
Williston, ND 58801

DICKINSON STATE UNIVERSITY
Klinefelter Room 216 (January 23, 2017)
Klinefelter Beck Auditorium (January 25, 2017)
291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, ND 58601

The meetings will be streamed live by visiting the following link. URL: http://education.video.nd.qov

Login: guest@meeting.edu
Password: meeting

The Commission will receive email questions during the input sessions at vschock@nd.qov

The bill insert to Montana-Dakota customers notes a different entrance to the capitol building. The entrance has been changed to the south entrance. Additional information regarding these input sessions is included in this bill insert.

The bill insert will be included with customers’ bills starting Thursday, December 15.

Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. filed an electric general rate increase request with the North Dakota Public Service Commission Friday, Oct. 14. If approved, it would increase residential customers’ monthly bill by an average of about $9.60.

The main reason for the increase request is because of increased investment in facilities and the associated depreciation, operation and maintenance expenses and taxes.

“We have worked hard and continue to work diligently on managing our costs while gaining efficiencies whenever possible, along with selecting low-cost options to meet our customer needs” said Nicole Kivisto, president and CEO of Montana-Dakota Utilities. “However, we have made significant investments in our facilities and in technology to provide our customers with safe and reliable service.”

The proposed increase is for $13.4 million annually over current rates, or a 6.6 percent overall increase. Montana-Dakota serves about 100,700 electric customers in 117 North Dakota communities.

The proposed increase for each rate class, supported by rate class studies, is:

Class  % Change 
 Residential  9.4
 Small General  10.9
 Large General  4.0
 Municipal Lighting   1.1
 Municipal Pumping  9.7
 Outdoor Lighting  1.6

The last increase in electric general rates was 6.9 percent effective July 22, 2011. That case was filed in April 2010.

The North Dakota PSC has up to seven months to issue a decision on the proposed increase request.

Montana-Dakota encourages customers to use energy wisely. Conservation tips, information on energy assistance and information on the company’s balanced billing program can be found on this website.

The full filing can be viewed by clicking the following links:

Application and Appendices
Direct Testimony
Statements A-N
Interim Application

South Dakota has no rate cases at this time.

Wyoming PSC approves electric rate increase

The Wyoming Public Service Commission on Jan. 18, 2017, approved a rate increase for Montana-Dakota Utilities electric customers. The PSC authorized an overall increase in revenues of $2.7 million or approximately 11 percent annually, effective March 1, 2017.

Montana-Dakota filed an application with the PSC on June 10, 2016, requesting an increase of $3.2 million, or approximately 13 percent.

The primary reason for the increase is because of increased expenses associated with investment in facilities, and operating and maintenance expenses.

For a typical residential customer, the increase is 10.2 percent, or approximately $8 per month.

For more information, please see this informational insert, which will be included in customer bills starting in early March.

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