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Natural Gas pipeline expansion project 'on track'

Oct 30, 2017

MDU Resources Group says it is making progress on its project to build a natural gas pipeline from the existing pipeline system near Mapleton to the Viking Gas Transmission Company pipeline near Felton, Minnesota.

It would be a 38 mile, 16-inch diameter pipeline.

"It's been demand-driven from the start," said MDU Resources spokesman Tony Spilde. "We're getting requests for more natural gas on the system."

Spilde said this project is going to enhance reliability for local distribution companies, from Bismarck to the Viking system near Felton.

AARP has filed with the Public Service Commission to formally intervene in the latest Montana Dakota Utilities Company’s natural gas rate increase.

"This is the third natural gas rate increase for MDU in the last 4 years," said AARP state president Josh Askvig.

MDU is asking to raise its rates by 5.4 percent. That would mean $5.9 million. MDU will do this by raising the fixed rate cost – the cost charged just to bring the natural gas to the home. It would bring that cost to $22.58 a month. Askvig said four years ago, the charge was $9 a month.

MDU granted interim natural gas rate increase

Sep 7, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

MDU natural gas customers will soon see an increase on their monthly bills.

The Public Service Commission has approved an interim increase in natural gas rates. MDU had filed for increased revenues of $5.5 million -- a 5.4 percent rate increase. The PSC suspended that. But state law allows a utility to have an interim increase.

"The interim increase is $4.6 million, an overall increase of 4.2 percent," said Commissioner Brian Kroshus. "The monthly increase for a residential customer is approximately $2.44."

MDU Rate Increase Approved At Reduced Level

Jun 16, 2017

After nearly 8-months of hearings and discussion the Public Service Commission has approved a rate increase for Montana Dakota Utilities – although not the level proposed by MDU. Commissioner Julie Fedorchak says MDU had initially applied for a 6-point-6 percent rate increase. At that level MDU would raise $13-point-4 Million dollars to cover increased investments in generation transmission and distribution for the region. Fedorchak says AARP-North Dakota raised questions about the rate hike and was allowed to intervene.

MDU Natural Gas Plan For Gwinner/Bobcat Approved

Jun 16, 2017
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Members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission have approved plans to expand natural gas service in the southeastern corner of the state… Commissioner Brain Kroshus says…

“MDU proposes to construct and operate approximately 21-miles of 12-inch plastic pipe from a tap on the Alliance Pipeline to Bobcat’s Gwinner, North Dakota facility. MDU expects to invest approximately $13.8-Million in the new facilities to serve Bobcat.”

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A subsidiary of MDU Resources, In. continues to work on a project to bring more natural gas to eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota.

It’s called the Valley Expansion project. WBI would build a 38 mile pipeline to connect the Viking Gas Transmission Company’s pipeline in Felton, Minnesota to the existing Williston Basin pipeline near Mapleton.

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Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group had a good year in 2016 – and its President and CEO believes 2017 will be strong as well.

In 2016, MDU’s construction business – which includes Knife River Construction – earned just under $137 million, while its energy businesses brought in nearly $93 million.

President and CEO David Goodin told the MDU annual stockholders meeting in Bismarck -- MDU Resources Group has focused on its two business platforms – the regulated energy delivery business and construction.

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The Public Service Commission has approved a $2.6 million dollar rate increase for MDU natural gas customers.

MDU had originally asked for a $4.3 million rate increase.

Under the new rate design, the basic service charge – that is, the cost you pay just to bring the gas to your home – will go from $15 a month to $19.60 a month. But MDU will drop its distribution delivery charge – meaning you’ll only pay for the gas you use over and above the monthly basic charge.

AARP intervening in MDU natural gas rate case

May 27, 2015

AARP has asked to formally intervene in the MDU natural gas rate case now pending before the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

AARP’s Josh Askvig says the organization has two issues with the current rate case. He says one is the “fixed cost” for delivering natural gas – that is, the basic cost before the actual price of the gas is added.

"In 2013, the fixed charge was $9 a month," said Askvig. "Last year, they raised it to $15 a month. A year later, they're asking to raise it another 40 percent, to $21 a month."

MDU wins bid to serve new Menards distribution center

Sep 18, 2014
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The Public Service Commission has chosen Montana Dakota Utilities to serve a new Menards distribution center – planned for rural Burleigh County.

But the PSC vote wasn’t unanimous.

Menards is planning a distribution center near McKenzie. It would employ 240 people. The company originally approached MDU to provide electric service. But Bismarck-based Capital Electric objected.