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MDU and AARP Present Proposals to NDPSC

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You may notice a difference in your utility bill in the near future.

Montana Dakota Utilities and AARP each present a proposal to the North Dakota Public Service Commission on MDU's natural gas rate.

On average, MDU customers are paying a minimum of 9 dollars per month before any gas is even used.

In MDU's new proposal, residential customers would be charged a flat rate 18 dollars each month.

But according to Mark Hanson with MDU your bill won't be that much higher.

"On average, it'll be $2.72 a month in our proposal - that's how much more a customer would pay. So we say the base rate charge will go from nine dollars to 18 so some people are focused on that and saying that's a big increase, but what's being taken away is that delivery cost so that no longer will be there," says Mark Hanson, Spokesman, Montana Dakota Utilities Co.

AARP opposes MDU's proposal saying many older customers can't afford it -- and they already conserve energy to keep their costs down.

"Anytime you double the fixed charge piece of it and mitigate people's efforts to conserve, we have a concern. And so we've come to ask the commission to do everything they can to help those North Dakotans that might be older and that might be living on fixed or limited incomes see their bills stay as steady and as low as possible," says Josh Askvig, Associate State Director - Advocacy.

The commission will review both proposals.

No decision was made today.

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