SD Settlement Reached In MDU Natural Gas Rate Case
by Associated Press
October 28, 2013 2:09 PM
A proposed settlement would allow Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. to raise rates for natural gas to its customers in the Black Hills area while decreasing charges in eastern South Dakota.
The state Public Utilities Commission meets Tuesday to decide whether to accept the settlement reached between its staff and Bismarck, N.D.-based MDU.
The settlement consolidates MDU's customers in the Black Hills and eastern South Dakota into one rate jurisdiction.
The agreement would mean MDU's customers overall would pay about 2 percent more. Residential customers in the Black Hills area would pay about 4.3 percent more, while those in eastern South Dakota would pay about 4.1 percent less.
MDU originally wanted to boost residential rates by 6.3 percent in the Black Hills and cut rates by 2.8 percent in eastern South Dakota.