ND regulator says MDU withheld info in rate case

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota utility regulator says Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. withheld information on an electric rate case.

An MDU spokesman denies that and says there was "confusion" about what type of data the regulators wanted.

Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer opposed a commission decision to settle the rate case. It will raise electric costs for MDU customers by $7.6 million annually.

Cramer says MDU was late in providing information for a formal hearing on the case, and the PSC's consumer advocates had a tougher time preparing because of that.

MDU spokesman Mark Hanson says there were misunderstandings about the commission's information requests.

Hanson says the Bismarck utility will work more closely with state regulators in the future to clear up any confusion.