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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The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
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The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
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The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:48:30 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
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NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.