Commissioners approve MDU gas rate increase
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Public Service Commission has approved a rate increase for natural gas used by customers of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.
On a 4-1 vote, the commission on Thursday approved an order that allows MDU to bring in $1.525 million of additional revenue by charging customers more for gas.
The North Dakota-based utility serves an estimated 80,000 residential and business customers in eastern Montana.
Commissioner Travis Kavulla of Great Falls cast the dissenting vote. He said the commission rushed to judgment after having less than a week to consider a proposal that will raise rates by 2.61 percent.
The increase is about half of what MDU originally sought.
The company agreed to a lesser increase following negotiations with attorneys for the Montana Consumer Counsel.