Dakota Electric Association, serving parts of Scott, Dakota, Rice, and Goodhue counties, has submitted an application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) for the authority to increase rates for its electric service customers. In its request, Dakota has asked the Commission to allow the utility to increase rates and service charges to cover proposed additional revenues of $8.7 million, a 4.3% increase.
On October 24, 2019, the PUC approved an interim rate increase for Dakota Electric Association customers until the application for a permanent rate adjustment is finalized. The approved interim rate increase allows Dakota to recover $6 million dollars in additional revenues.
For the average residential customer (700 kWh/ month) the interim monthly bill will be approximately $97.81. An increase of $2.85 monthly.
The rate increase will begin on electricity used beginning November 1, 2019, and will appear on the bills customers receive in December.
The interim rate increased will remain in place until the PUC makes its final decision on the company’s rates in 2020.
The PUC will be holding public hearings and seeking written comments as to the rate increase request soon.
CUB has provided tips that can help you reduce your electric use. We also provide free bill consultations and can give you customized suggestions to reduce your household’s energy use. Visit our events page for upcoming bill clinics or contact our outreach staff for individual consultations.
Dakota’s proposed increase will impact the average customer bill as follows:
Revised Notice, Docket No. E-111/GR-19-478. In the Matter of the Application of Dakota Electric Association for Authority to Increase Rates for Electric Service in Minnesota. October 18, 2019.