Montana: NorthWestern rate deal questioned


HELENA – The state’s utility consumer advocate and NorthWestern Energy have agreed on a $15 million-a-year rate increase for the company’s electric and natural gas rates – but not everyone believes it’s a good deal.

Starting Monday, the proposed rate hike will be heard before the Public Service Commission, which must decide whether to approve it.

The chief legal advocate for utility consumers, the Montana Consumer Counsel, will argue for approval of the 2 percent increase, saying it benefits both the consumer and the company.

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