Wind Power Is Driving Up Montana Power Costs

Published September 6, 2010

Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) has filed a request to increase the price of power the utility charges its customers in Eastern Montana. MDU President Dave Goodin says the price increase is necessary for the utility to recover the higher costs of producing wind power and other renewable power.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports the Montana-Dakota region is among the most favorable places in the nation to produce wind power. Even so, MDU customers will pay an extra $100 per year, if regulators grant the rate increase, for the modest portion of wind power added to the regional energy mix.