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MDU Increasing Natural Gas Rates

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When the temperature drops, heating bills can go up.      

     But pretty soon, it won't just be the weather that dictates higher bills for Montana Dakota Utilities customers.

"They have said they are short on revenue, they need some additional revenue," says Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. "We've agreed on the amount, of four percent and now we'll find a fair way to make sure that we spread out those costs to the various customers keeping them as low as possible but ultimately resulting in the revenues the company needs to continue their efficient and reliable operations."

Current natural gas users with MDU can see on their bill about an 81 cent charge for each unit of gas that they use. But now with these two new proposals you can expect to see a fixed charge of about 9 dollars double to eighteen.
     
"So we would eliminate that delivery charge and it would all be on a base rate charge which would increase it from 9 dollars to 18 dollars which seems like a large increase but when you balance out the entire year because there is no longer any delivery. The average increase for a customer would be about 2 dollars and 72 cents per month," says Mark Hanson, MDU Public Relations.

North Dakota's AARP collected 200 comments from the public, and say they are concerned about the changes in billing and how it could affect those on fixed incomes.

"We are going to ask them to take those comments seriously and hopefully adjust how that charge is applied so that people can make efforts to conserve and have that rewarded especially those that may be older that we represent who might be living on fixed incomes," says Josh Askvig, Associate State Director for Advocacy.

MDU does not have a timeline for when the new charges could appear on your bill. The company is waiting on a decision from the PSC.

 

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