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Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Utility Companies, Video


How do Electric Transmission Lines Work?

WATCH ON YOUTUBEDiscussing some of the fascinating engineering that goes into overhead electric power transmission lines. In the past, power generating plants were only able to serve their local areas. As power plants grew larger and further away from populated areas, the need for ways to efficiently move electricity over long distances has become more and more important. Stringing power lines across the landscape to connect cities to power plants may seem as simple as connecting an extension cord to an outlet, but the engineering behind these electric superhighways is more complicated and fascinating than you might think. ...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Utility Companies, Video


What Really Happened During the Texas Power Grid Outage

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Published on 12/14/2022 (48 days ago) Utility Companies


MDU seeks 15% electric rate increase

ome electric bills for Montana-Dakota Utilities customers are likely to rise, possibly as much as $204 annually, as the company attempts to boost its rate of return.Pending approval from the Montana Public Service Commission, the utility would recover $10.5 million a year from its 25,600 metered customers in Montana, an increase of 15%. In the interim, MDU is asking to recover $1.7 million while the utility commissioners review the larger request. A new gas-fired power plant outside of Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as a $2 million increase in property taxes are big ticket items driving the requested rate increase, according to Nicole Kvisto, MDU’s chief executive.“The need for an increase in electric rates is driven primarily by the investments made since the last rate case,” Kvisto told...

Published on 12/8/2022 (54 days ago) Utility Companies