Gas cost decrease


The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) approved the Application of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU or the Company) to pass on a wholesale natural gas cost decrease for the month of January through its Commodity Balancing Account (CBA). The pass on Application results in a wholesale gas cost decrease of $0.132 per dekatherm (Dth) to its Firm Residential, Firm General Service, Small Interruptible and Large Interruptible customers, and a decrease of $0.131 per Dth to its Optional Seasonal customers, through its CBA, effective on and after January 1, 2019. The proposed pass-on changes are attributable to an increase in pipeline charges and a decrease in the overall commodity price. The Commission’s approval is subject to notice, protest, intervention, refund, change, further investigation, opportunity for hearing and further order of the Commission.
The average MDU residential customer using 15.3 Dth in January 2019 will see a bill decrease of approximately $2.01 per Dth or 2.4%, before taxes. Actual bills will vary with usage.
The proposed pass-on results in a projected dollar-for-dollar decrease of approximately $55,968 in the Company’s January 2019 revenues. The decrease does not change the Company’s authorized rate of return.
Commission Rule Chapter 3, Section 26 allows a utility to pass on to its customers known or projected commodity cost increases or decreases on a dollar-for-dollar basis, subject to public notice, opportunity for hearing and refund.
MDU’s Applications are on file at the Commission’s offices, located at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Application is available for inspection by any interested person during regular business hours or online at:
Anyone desiring to file a statement, intervention petition, protest or request a public hearing in this matter must file in writing with the Commission on or before March 4, 2019. A proposed intervention or request for hearing must set forth the grounds under which they are made and the position and interest of the petitioner in this proceeding. Please mention Docket No. 30013-345-GP-18 (Record No. 15166) in your communications.
If you wish to intervene in this matter or request a public hearing that you will attend, or want to make a statement, a protest or a public comment, and you require reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Commission at (307) 777-7427, or write to the Commission at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002, to make arrangements. Communications-impaired persons may also contact the Commission by accessing Wyoming Relay at 711.
Dated: February 8, 2019.
First Publ., Thurs., Feb. 14, 2019
Final Publ., Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019