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PSC Schedules Public Input Sessions for Proposed MDU Natural Gas Rate Increase

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold public input sessions on Oct. 24 and 25 regarding a request from Montana Dakota Utilities (MDU) to increase its rates for natural gas service.

The proposed increase is for $5.9 million annually over current rates, or a 5.4 percent overall increase. The proposed increase to residential gas customers is 5.9 percent. If approved, rates would increase for residential customers by an average of about $2.98 a month. MDU states that reason for the request is capital investment in pipeline replacement projects to enhance the safety and integrity of the natural gas system, as well as increased cost to operate and maintain the system.

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 is scheduled for Feb. 28, 2018.