BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota regulators on Wednesday approved a rate increase for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. electric customers that includes a $4.70 monthly boost in the minimum charge for providing power to a home.
An area grassroots organization met with the president of a state power company and provided more than 450 signatures asking the utility to refuse payback for anticipated profits after the failure of a proposed power plant.
Council says residents shouldn’t have to pay for failed Big Stone II plant
Missouri Valley Resource Council members don’t think Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. should charge customers for what it calls phony profits.
“We shouldn’t have to pay for a project that was never built,” said Verle Reinicke, council chairman.
A squirrel which got into electrical equipment produced a power outage in North Dickinson Sunday morning, causing parishioners at a local church to have mass outside.
The outage reportedly occurred at 8:18 a.m. and in some areas lasted over two hours.
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and three sister utilities plan to consolidate five call centers into two, sell an office building in Seattle, do away with customer walk-in traffic and cut about 130 jobs in eight states over the next nine months.
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