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Xcel Energy granted interim rate increase in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota Public Service Commission has granted Xcel Energy an interim electric rate increase, which the utility is entitled to under state law. In November, Xcel filed for a general rate increase. An average customer’s bill would rise by $8.37 per month in winter, and $8.53 per month in summer, based on 750 kilowatt hours…

Audit Shows Lapse in PSC Bonding Protection

State Auditor Josh Gallion says state law requires agencies to maintain a bond that essentially acts as insurance.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A state audit shows the North Dakota Public Service Commission had a 17-month bonding lapse, which left the agency vulnerable to potential theft. State Auditor Josh Gallion says state law requires agencies to maintain a bond that essentially acts as insurance should an employee embezzle or commit theft, while the legal case against the worker makes its way through…

Grain Buyer Ordered To Stop Doing Business In North Dakota

A cease and desist order has been issued against Hunter Hanson and his two businesses, Midwest Grain trading and NoDak Grain

BISMARCK, ND — The Public Service Commission has ordered a businessman to stop receiving or purchasing grain because of bounced checks and unpaid contracts. A cease and desist order has been issued against Hunter Hanson and his two businesses, Midwest Grain trading and NoDak Grain. The PSC says more than 50 people have contacted the commission about unpaid contracts or checks…

Regulators Approve Pipeline Replacement Across Northern Minnesota

The PUC approved Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota regulators have approved Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The approved route would mostly avoid two American Indian reservations whose tribes strongly oppose the project, with a short crossing at one stretch of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa’s land to connect to existing pipeline. Commissioners…

PSC Chairperson Is Running For Re-Election

Randy Christmann owns a Cattle Ranch Near Hazen, North Dakota

BISMARCK, ND — Randy Christmann is running for re-election to the North Dakota Public Service Commission. He has served as a PSC Commissioner since 2012 and is currently its chairperson. Christmann said that during his time as commissioner, North Dakotans have enjoyed some of the lowest utility rates in the nation. Prior to the PSC, Christmann served in the North…