By Amanda Eggert
Montana Free Press 

PSC approves NorthWestern Energy Rate Hike


November 1, 2023

Credit: Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio

After at least 20 commenters urged the Public Service Commission to deny an electricity and natural gas rate increase for Montana consumers, commissioners Wednesday approved a new NorthWestern Energy rate structure that will go into effect next month.

Residential customers will see a 28% increase in bills as compared to August 2022, or an 8% increase since the all-Republican commission approved an interim rate increase for Montana's largest monopoly utility last fall.

The new rate structure was unanimously approved by the five-member elected body tasked with balancing the interests of capt...

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