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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.