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MDU has asked the North Dakota Public Service Commission for an “Advanced Determination of Prudence” for a new natural gas power generation facility.

The 88 megawatt unit would be built at the Heskett Station, north of Mandan.

MDU spokesman Mark Hanson said the utility is retiring three aging coal plants -- Heskett One and Two, as well as the Lewis and Clark Station in Sidney, Montana.

Pearce retires from MDU Resources board

May 20, 2019

After 22 years on the board of directors of Bismarck-based MDU Resources, Harry Pearce is stepping down.

Pearce has been the chair of the board for the past 14 years.

"It's been a great ride, I'll say that," Pearce said.

Before joining MDU, Pearce had been the vice-president for General Motors, before joining MDU. He had been a partner in the Pearce and Durick Law Firm in Bismarck. Pearce had served as a Bismarck City Commissioner and municipal judge, as well as a US Magistrate.

MDU is preparing to retire three of its coal-fired electrical generation units.

Two of them are at the Heskett Plant, north of Mandan – the other is the Lewis and Clark plant at Sidney, Montana. Together, the three units represent 144 megawatts. The natural gas peaking plant is 88 megawatts.

MDU plans to replace the Heskett units with a natural gas peaking unit. The coal fired units were “baseload” units.

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Members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission got a look at how MDU electric customers will benefit from the federal “Tax Cut and Jobs Act.”

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MDU natural gas customers will be getting a one-time credit on their monthly bills.

But that will only happen after MDU’s rate increase case is finally settled.

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Bismarck-based MDU Resources expects a project to bring natural gas to the Doosan Bobcat plant in Gwinner will be finished by this fall.

MDU will be building 21 miles of pipeline from the Alliance Pipeline to the Bobcat plant.

"Materials are being purchased, and will be delivered soon to the site," said MDU Resources president and CEO David Goodin. "Right-of-way is being secured."

Goodin said the project itself will only take about 60 to 90 days to build, once the preliminary work is done.

MDU buys expansion of SW ND wind farm

Mar 2, 2018

Bismarck-based Montana Dakota Utilities is buying an expansion of a wind farm in southwestern North Dakota.

MDU already owns the Thunder Spirit Wind Farm – first phase. It’s a 107.5 megawatt farm with 43 turbines. Allete Clean Energy developed it, and is developing the second phase, which will add another 16 turbines, and produce another 48 megawatts.

MDU had a power purchase agreement with an option to buy it outright.

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The Public Service Commission has agreed to delay the formal hearings into MDU’s request for a natural gas rate increase.

The original hearing was scheduled to start February 28th. It is now scheduled to begin May 30th.

MDU has asked for a 5.4 percent rate increase – and that would bump up the average customer’s monthly gas bill by just under $3 a month.

The utility asked for the delay, as it figures out how the new federal tax cuts factor into that rate.

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.