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MDU customers won’t see rates increase for turbine project, unless earnings are low

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BISMARCK — Customers of Montana-Dakota Utilities won’t pay more for a new natural gas-fired turbine in Mandan unless the company’s earnings fail to meet projections, according to a settlement agreement approved Wednesday with the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

The company had originally sought a $3.62-per-month increase in the average residential customer’s bill to recover costs associated with the new 88-megawatt combustion turbine generator known as Heskett III.

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