In Brief: PRTC Town Hall scheduled; PSC sets date to hear MDU’s rate increase proposal

PRTC Town Hall scheduled for Jan. 24 in Baker, Mont.
A town hall meeting focused on the Powder River Training Complex is scheduled to be held in Thee Garage restaurant, at 19 West Montana Avenue, at 6 p.m. Jan. 24, in Baker, Mont.
During the event, officials from Ellsworth Air Force Base will provide a presentation on PRTC operations and mitigation efforts, and be available to answer questions from any interested members of the public.
Light refreshments and finger food will offered throughout the event, which is hosted in partnership with Fallon County officials.
The PRTC is a special use airspace that officially opened Sept. 17, 2015 upon its charting by the Federal Aviation Administration and military flying operations began Sept. 18, 2015.

PSC sets date to hear MDU’s rate increase proposal

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold public input sessions on Jan. 23 and 25 regarding a request from Montana Dakota Utilities (MDU) to increase its rates for electric service.
The proposed increase is for $13.4 million annually over current rates, or a 6.6 percent overall increase. The proposed increase to residential electric customers is 9.4 percent. If approved, rates would increase for residential customers by an average of about $9.60 a month.
Public input sessions will be held on two separate days via interactive television from locations across the state. The public will also be able to listen to the public input session via webcast and submit questions via e-mail. Officials from MDU will provide a presentation and give those attending a chance to ask questions about the proposal. Public input sessions are not considered part of the formal technical hearing, but the PSC Commissioners will be attending and using the information gathered at the sessions to identify areas of concern that may require further investigation during the formal technical hearing, which will be held on April 10.

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