Gas cost increase


The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) approved the Amended Application of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU or the Company) to pass on a commodity (gas) cost increase of $0.113 per Dth to its Residential, Firm General Service, Small Interruptible, and Large Interruptible customers and an increase of $0.116 to its Optional Seasonal customers, effective for use on and after March 1, 2021. MDU requested a waiver of certain provisions in its Rate 88 tariff in order to remove the previously approved Commodity Balancing Account (CBA) credit of ($0.369) per Dth and replace it with a CBA surcharge of $0.00 per Dth. 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 10.4 Dth in March 2021 will see a monthly bill increase of approximately $1.18 (1.84%) before taxes. Actual bills will vary with usage.
The proposed pass-on results in a projected dollar-for-dollar increase of approximately $33,000 in the Company’s March 2021 revenues. The increase 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 Amended Application is on file at the Commission’s offices in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and 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 for a public hearing in this matter must file in writing with the Commission on or before April 16, 2021. 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. 30013-372-GP-21 (Record No. 15715) 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: March 18, 2021.
First Publ., Tues., March 23, 2021
Final Publ., Tues., March 30, 2021