For the past few weeks a hot topic of conversation has been the proposed Montana-Dakota Utilities electrical rate increase. Although the increase was filed with the Wyoming Public Service Commission in August, the public meeting on the increase is still 45 days away. We asked MDU Public Relations Director Mark Hanson several questions, including why only Wyoming customers are being asked to pay the increase?
The reason for the increase filed in Cheyenne is to recoup the cost of purchasing a portion of the WYGEN III power plant near Gillette. MDU President David Goodin said the purchase would give customers competitive, stable prices for years to come. Why is having your own power so much more expensive, and wouldn’t it have been more efficient to continue buying power for only 14,800 Wyoming customers?
A public meeting with the PSC has been scheduled for February 10th at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library Inner Circle.