BILLINGS - Montana-Dakota Utilities has filed a request to increase power rates for Montana customers.
The company said Tuesday the proposed increase would raise rates by an average of $2.50 a month for residential customers.
The request was filed with the Montana Public Service Commission, which will have up to nine months to issue a decision on the increase request.
MDU said the increase in revenue would go toward infrastructure, including pipeline replacement projects and maintaining system reliability.
“Our customers expect safe, reliable and affordable natural gas service, as do we. To meet those expectations, we have invested, and will continue to invest, in our infrastructure, which includes replacing dated pipelines,” said Nicole Kivisto, president and CEO of MDU in a press release.
The current proposed increase would raise $2.8 million in annual revenues, or a 4.1 percent overall increase. MDU serves about 84,200 natural gas customers in 36 Montana communities.