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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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The Commission typically meets in formal session every two weeks; special meetings are held to handle special or emergency situations. Click on a link below to watch or listen to a LIVE meeting.

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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 was originally requesting a rate increase of approx. $5.9 million over current annual revenues, or a 5.4% overall increase.
  • Due to effects of the change in tax rates, the current request from MDU is for $3.6 million over current annual revenues, or a 3.3% increase.
  • 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 fixed cost would increase by $1.82 for residential customers, bringing the monthly fixed cost to $21.42. Residential customers would see a increase of 5.9%.
  • 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)

 

The PSC takes an active role in protecting consumers by ensuring utilities follow rules, including ones that relate to disconnection of service. Working with consumers to resolve disputes with utilities, and establishing fair rates and regulations. The PSC is constantly looking out for the interests of North Dakotans.

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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

June 26, 2018 - 01:00 pm CDT

Other (12.00KB pdf)
Monthly Budget Update

June 26, 2018 - 02:00 pm CDT

Other (12.00KB pdf)
Monthly Director's Meeting

June 27, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast
Informal Hearing, RTF Proposal, NSP, 2013 Electric Rate Inc, App,(PU-12-813

Case No. PU-12-813

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Northern States Power Company
2013 Electric Rate Increase
Application

Case No. PU-13-194

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Northern States Power Company
Advance Prudence - NG Generators
Application

Case No. PU-13-195

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Northern States Power Company
Red River Valley NG Units 1 & 2 - Hankinson, ND
Public Convenience & Necessity

Case No. PU-13-706

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Northern States Power Company
Advance Prudence - Courtenay Wind
Application

Case No. PU-13-707

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Northern States Power Company
Advance Prudence - Odell Wind Pjc
Application

Case No. PU-13-708

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Northern States Power Company
Advance Prudence-Pleasant Valley
Application

Case No. PU-13-742

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Northern States Power Company
Advance Prudence - Border Winds
Application

Case No. PU-13-743

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Northern States Power Company
150 MW Border Winds Project - Rolette County, ND
Public Convenience & Necessity

June 28, 2018 - 08:00 am CDT

Work Session (8.00KB pdf)
Work Session - Damage Prevention Enforcement Penalty Guidelines

July 10, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

- CANCELLED

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

July 19, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Other
Xcel Energy - PIE Meeting

July 19, 2018 - 01:00 pm CDT

Other (12.00KB pdf)
Monthly Budget Update

July 19, 2018 - 02:00 pm CDT

Other (12.00KB pdf)
Monthly Director's Meeting

August 01, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

August 21, 2018 - 01:00 pm CDT

Other (12.00KB pdf)
Monthly Budget Update

August 21, 2018 - 02:00 pm CDT

Other (12.00KB pdf)
Monthly Director's Meeting

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

September 26, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

October 10, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

October 24, 2018 - 01:30 pm CDT

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

November 08, 2018 - 01:30 pm CST

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

November 20, 2018 - 01:30 pm CST

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

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

December 06, 2018 - 01:30 pm CST

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

December 19, 2018 - 01:30 pm CST

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

January 09, 2019 - 01:30 pm CST

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

January 23, 2019 - 01:30 pm CST

Informal Hearing Internet Broadcast

Meeting Notices

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

June 27, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Regular Commission Meeting

July 09, 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

September 26, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Regular Commission Meeting

October 10, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Regular Commission Meeting

October 24, 2018 - 10:00 am CDT

Regular Commission Meeting

November 08, 2018 - 10:00 am CST

Regular Commission Meeting

November 20, 2018 - 10:00 am CST

Regular Commission Meeting

December 06, 2018 - 10:00 am CST

Regular Commission Meeting

December 19, 2018 - 10:00 am CST

Regular Commission Meeting

January 09, 2019 - 10:00 am CST

Regular Commission Meeting

January 23, 2019 - 10:00 am CST

Regular Commission Meeting

 

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