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 natural gas price increase request in North Dakota

Capital investment in pipeline replacement projects enhancing the safety and integrity of the natural gas system, as well as increased cost to operate and maintain that system, are the main drivers in Montana-Dakota Utilities filing a request with the North Dakota Public Service Commission to increase prices. If approved, the request would increase a residential customer’s bill by an average of about $2.98 a month.

“Our customers expect safe, reliable and affordable natural gas service, as do we. To meet those expectations, we have invested, and will continue to invest, in our infrastructure, which includes replacing dated pipelines,” said Nicole Kivisto, president and CEO of Montana-Dakota. “Our talented employees work hard every day to provide the most efficient and cost-effective service to our customers.”

The company has implemented a proactive pipeline replacement plan that, including investments since the last rate case in 2015 and projected investments through 2018, is 18 percent higher than investments through 2015. The PSC approved in the last case an increase of 2 percent, or $2 a month for the average residential customer.

The current proposed increase is for $5.9 million over current annual revenues, or a 5.4 percent overall increase. Montana-Dakota serves about 109,000 natural gas customers in 74 North Dakota communities.

The proposed increase for each customer group, taking into consideration studies to determine the full cost to serve each customer group, is:

Residential 5.9 percent
Firm general 5.5 percent

Increases are not proposed for the other customer groups because they are adequately covering the cost to provide service under current prices.

The PSC has up to seven months to issue a decision on the proposed increase request. Montana-Dakota also has filed a request for an interim rate increase of 4.2 percent, or $4.6 million over current annual revenues, which, if approved, would be implemented while the PSC reviews the overall request. The interim increase would be $2.44 more per month for the average residential customer.

For more information:

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North Dakota Public Service Commission approves electric price increase

The North Dakota Public Service Commission authorized new electric prices effective Aug. 7, 2017.

Montana-Dakota filed the price increase request in October 2016. The PSC approved on June 16, 2017, a settlement agreement between Montana-Dakota, the PSC advocacy staff and AARP North Dakota that calls for an increase in annual revenues of $7.5 million or approximately 3.7 percent.

Montana-Dakota also received PSC approval to true-up the company’s four tracking adjustment rates to reflect actual costs

Overall, the average residential customer will see an increase of approximately $6.44 a month.

As part of the rate case process, Montana-Dakota was authorized by the PSC to implement an interim price increase that ended up being more than the final price increase. Montana-Dakota will refund the difference with interest to customers as a bill credit no later than Oct. 24, 2017.

This bill insert provides additional information about the price increase.

South Dakota has no rate cases at this time.

Wyoming has no rate cases at this time.

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