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MDU part of government-industry methane reduction effort

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota-based Montana-Dakota Utilities is among 41 energy companies taking part in a government-industry partnership to voluntarily reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations to help combat climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday unveiled its Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, capable of trapping 25 times more heat ...

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Utility reduces steep rate increase for Montana customers

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A utility serving 26,000 eastern Montana customers scaled back its proposal for a steep rate hike on Monday, just a day before the matter was scheduled to go before state regulators for a public hearing. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. planned to file a new application with the Montana Public Service Commission reducing the proposed rate hike from ...

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MDU Resources Group lays off workers, cuts other positions

BISMARCK, N.D. — MDU Resources Group Inc. has laid off seven employees in its Bismarck corporate office after the sale of its oil company. MDU, a diversified natural resource company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, announced the sale of its Fidelity Exploration and Production properties in November to generate capital to fund investments at its other subsidiaries. The ...

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MDU Resources Group delays plan for diesel refinery in Minot

BISMARCK, N.D. — Developers of a recently completed diesel refinery near Dickinson say they’re delaying plans for a second factory in the Minot area due to market conditions. Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group and Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners built the $430 million Dakota Prairie Refinery near Dickinson. It began selling fuel in May but has lost money in its first ...

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North Dakota regulators approve utility’s gas rate increase

BISMARCK, N.D. — Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.’s residential customers in North Dakota will see their monthly gas bills rise by about $2 under a rate increase approved Wednesday by the state Public Service Commission. The Bismarck-based utility, which serves more than 107,000 North Dakota customers in 74 communities, contends the 2 percent rate hike is necessary to help recoup the costs ...

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North Dakota regulators mull utility’s gas rate increase

BISMARCK, N.D. — Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. wants a $2.6 million increase in its natural gas rates to help cover the cost of its increased investment in natural gas facilities in North Dakota. The Bismarck-based utility, which serves more than 107,000 North Dakota customers in 74 communities, is asking the state Public Service Commission to grant the increase that would raise ...

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Public hearing set on MDU natural gas rate request

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have scheduled a public hearing on a proposal by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. to raise natural gas rates. The Public Service Commission hearing is at 9 a.m. Aug. 31 at the state Capitol in Bismarck. MDU is seeking a 3.4 percent overall rate increase, which would raise $4.3 million a year more than current rates. ...

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Renewable energy advocates say utility’s fee is unfair

BILLINGS, Mont. — A proposed fee for some Montana-Dakota Utilities customers who use their own wind or solar power has drawn opposition from renewable energy backers who say the company is trying to stifle small-scale electricity generation. The fee is built into a 21-percent rate increase that’s proposed for about 26,000 eastern Montana customers. The Bismarck, North Dakota-based utility says ...

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Power outage delays Bakken drilling data

On Wednesday Bismarck, North Dakota, experienced a power outage which shut down computer servers servicing the Bakken oil patch. As reported by Reuters, the servers provide data which tracks the plethora of statistics across the second largest oil producing state in the nation. The loss of power caused North Dakota’s daily rig count to be unavailable. The rig count serves ...

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