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Bismarck, ND 58505-0480

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Commissioners

Brian Kroshus


Julie Fedorchak


Randy

Christmann,
Chairman

Thank you for visiting the website of the North Dakota Public Service Commission. The Public Service Commission is a constitutional agency with varying degrees of statutory authority over abandoned mine lands, coal mine reclamation, electric and gas utilities, telecommunications companies, energy conversion facility siting, transmission facility siting, railroads, grain elevators, facility-based grain buyers, roving grain buyers, auctioneers, auction clerks, weighing and measuring devices, pipeline safety, and underground damage prevention.

To learn more about how the PSC affects the lives of North Dakotans every day, click here: A Day in Your Life

 

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MDU Natural Gas Rate Increase Request (PU-17-295)

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  • MDU is requesting an increase in its North Dakota natural gas service prices. Capital investment in pipeline replacement projects enhancing the safety and integrity of the natural gas system, as well as increased cost to operate and maintain the system, are the main drivers for the increase request.
  • MDU is requesting a rate increase of approx. $5.9 million over current annual revenues, or a 5.4% overall increase.
  • For an average residential customer, the increase would be about $2.98 per month or $35.78 annually.
  • MDU is proposing to collect the increase through the monthly basic service charge for residential customers, rather than through the amount of gas used. The request would increase the monthly charge from $19.60 to $22.58 per month for residential customers.
  • The proposed increase for each customer group would be: Residential 5.9% and Firm General 5.5%. Increases are not proposed for other customer groups because MDU has determined they are adequately covering the cost to provide service under current prices.
  • The company is also requesting the implementation of a cost recovery mechanism to the pipeline replacement plan, which allows the company to address aging infrastructure. The cost recovery mechanism would be reviewed annually by the PSC to ensure costs are prudent.
  • MDU's last natural gas rate increase of 2% was approved in 2015. It was an increase of $2 a month for the average residential customer.
  • Public input can be submitted via via e-mail to ndpsc@nd.gov or by mail to NDPSC, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 408, Bismarck, ND 58505.
  • The formal technical hearing for the case (originally scheduled for Feb. 28th), has been rescheduled for May 30 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commission's Hearing Room, 12th Floor of the State Capitol in Bismarck.
  • Click here for all docketed materials for the case (PU-17-295)

 

Otter Tail Electric Rate Increase Request (PU-17-398)

Quick Facts and helpful links:

  • Otter Tail is requesting an increase in its North Dakota electric service prices. Part of the company's request was driven by its investments in required environmental technologies at its coal-fired Big Stone Plant and improved transmission infrastructure. The company's current rates were established in 2009.
  • Otter Tail originally requested a rate increase of approx. $13.1 million over current annual revenues, or a 8.7% increase. That request was revised in March 2018 to $7.1 million or a 4.8% increase. If approved, the typical residential customer would see an increase of approximately $7.19 a month, a typical farm an increase of $16.53 a month and a typical business customer's bill would increase by approx. $13.74 a month. The increase would be more for some and less for others, depending on the rates on which they're served and the amount of energy they use.
  • An interim rate increase was approved effective Jan. 1, 2018, and then adjusted in Feb. to reduce the rates due to the changes in tax rates. It will remain in effect until the PSC makes a final deterimination about the final rates. If the final rates are lower than the interim rates, the company will be required to refund customers the difference with interest.
  • Public input can also be submitted via e-mail to ndpsc@nd.gov or by mail to NDPSC, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 408, Bismarck, ND 58505.
  • Click here for all docketed materials for the case (PU-17-398)

 

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What's Going On...

Commissioner Randy Christmann, Chairman (center)

Commissioner Julie Fedorchak (right)

Commissioner Brian Kroshus (left)

 

 

Commission Events

State Capitol 12th Floor Hearing Room (unless otherwise noted)

February 28, 2018 - 08:30 am CST

Formal Hearing Internet Broadcast
MDU, 2017 Natural Gas Service Rate Increase, App(PU-17-295)

- POSTPONED

Case No. PU-17-295

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Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., a Division of MDU Re
2017 Natural Gas Rate Increase
Application

March 21, 2018 - 09:00 am CDT

Formal Hearing Internet Broadcast
Public Hearing - NSP, Ad. Prud. - 302.4 MW Dakota Range Wind, App(PU-17-372

- POSTPONED

Case No. PU-17-372

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Northern States Power Company
Advance Prudence - 302.4 MW Dakota Range Wind
Application

April 19, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Other
SPP Update Meeting

- CANCELLED

April 19, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Other
Semi-Annual MISO Updates

- CANCELLED

April 24, 2018 - 03:00 pm CDT

Other (8.00KB pdf)
April Director's Meeting

April 25, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing (14.00KB pdf) Internet Broadcast
Meadowlark Wind, New Frontier Wind Energy Project, Siting App (PU-11-69)

Case No. PU-11-69

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Meadowlark Wind I LLC
New Frontier Wind Energy Project - McHenry County
Siting Application

April 25, 2018 - 03:00 pm CDT

Other (12.00KB pdf)
Monthly Budget Update

April 26, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Other (8.00KB pdf)
SPP/RTO Biannual Update

April 26, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Other (68.00KB pdf)
MISO Biannual Update

May 14, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Formal Hearing
Andeavor Field Services LLC, McKenzie, Billings, Stark, Siting App(PU-18-72

Case No. PU-18-72

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Andeavor Field Services LLC
8" & 6" NGL Pipelines - McKenzie, Billings, Stark
Siting Application
Grassy Butte Community Hall
Grassy Butte, ND

May 15, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast
Informal Hearing - NSP, Reliability Performance Bonus (PU-10-657)

Case No. PU-10-657

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Northern States Power Company
2011 Electric Rate Increase
Application

May 29, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

May 30, 2018 - 08:30 am CDT

Formal Hearing
Formal Hearing - MDU, 2017 Natural Gas Service Rate Increase, App(PU-17-295

Case No. PU-17-295

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Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., a Division of MDU Re
2017 Natural Gas Rate Increase
Application

June 03, 2018 - 08:00 am CDT

Other
MARC 2018 Annual Meeting

TBD
Kansas City, MO

June 13, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

June 18, 2018 - 12:00 pm CDT

Other Internet Broadcast
Quarterly Lignite Energy Council Meeting

Lignite Energy Council
1016 E Owens Ave #200
Bismarck, ND

June 27, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

July 10, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

July 11, 2018 - 09:00 am CDT

Formal Hearing Internet Broadcast
Formal Hearing - OTP, 2017 Electric Rate Increase, App. (PU-17-398)

Case No. PU-17-398

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Otter Tail Power Company
2017 Electric Rate Increase
Application

August 01, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

August 22, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

September 05, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

September 10, 2018 - 12:00 pm CDT

Other Internet Broadcast
Quarterly Lignite Energy Council Meeting

Lignite Energy Council
1016 E Owens Ave #200
Bismarck, ND

December 03, 2018 - 12:00 pm CST

Other Internet Broadcast
Quarterly Lignite Energy Council Meeting

Lignite Energy Council
1016 E Owens Ave #200
Bismarck, ND

Meeting Notices

State Capitol 12th Floor Hearing Room (unless otherwise noted)

April 25, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Regular Commission Meeting

Formal (42.00KB pdf)
Administrative (12.00KB pdf)

May 15, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Regular Commission Meeting

May 29, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Regular Commission Meeting

June 13, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Regular Commission Meeting

June 27, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Regular Commission Meeting

July 10, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Regular Commission Meeting

August 01, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Regular Commission Meeting

August 22, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Regular Commission Meeting

September 05, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Regular Commission Meeting

 

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