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-Dakota Utilities files electric price increase request in Montana

BISMARCK, N.D. – September 28, 2018 – Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. filed an electric price increase request with the Montana Public Service Commission September 28. If approved, it would increase residential customers’ monthly bill by an average of about $16.23 a month.

“Making a request to increase prices is something we do not take lightly; we do our best to balance the cost to customers with the amount investments we make to our system to ensure safe and reliable electric service,” said Nicole Kivisto, president and chief executive officer of Montana-Dakota. “The main reason we are asking for a price increase is to recover $68 million in investments we have made since our last price increase request in 2015.”

The proposed increase is for $11.9 million annually over current rates, or a 19 percent overall increase. The investments were necessary to provide safe and reliable service to our 25,770 electric customers in 30 Montana communities, as well as to meet environmental requirements. The investments also carry increased costs in operation and maintenance expenses, depreciation expense and property taxes. The price increase request was offset by tax savings associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

The Montana PSC has up to 10 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.

Click below for the full filing made with the PSC:

Vol. I Direct Testimony

Vol. I Transmittal Letter.Application.Appendices

Vol. II Statements A-O

Vol. III Interim Application

North Dakota PSC approves natural gas price increase

The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Sept. 26, 2018, approved a settlement agreement authorizing the company to increase natural gas prices by $2.5 million annually, or 2.3 percent over current prices. The PSC approved the new prices to be effective with service rendered on or after Dec. 1, 2018. An average residential customer will see an increase of $1.27 per month.

The final increase is less than the interim price increase implemented while the case was under review. The company will refund the difference, with interest, to customers no later than March 1, 2019, in the form of a one-time bill credit.

South Dakota has no rate cases at this time.

Wyoming has no rate cases at this time.