Xcel Energy has filed an electric rate increase with the North Dakota Public Service Commission.
Xcel is asking for a 9.25 percent increase in overall rates, or $16.9 million. The utility says
it needs the money because of equipment and service upgrades – including plans to extend the lives of its two Minnesota nuclear plants.
Under North Dakota law, Xcel can receive interim rates. It's asking for an 8.6 percent increase as part of its interim package, or $14.7 million.