North Dakota Rate Case

On November 2, 2023, we submitted an application to the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) for permission to increase our electric rates. The filing starts a nearly year-long process, often referred to as a rate case.

During this time the PSC reviews costs we incur to provide you with energy and related services and then determines the appropriate prices for using those services. This independent, public process helps ensure transparency and fair rates for all customers.  

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What’s driving our request 

The primary driver behind our request is increased costs to maintain a safe and reliable system while meeting growing electricity demand. High interest rates and changes in our customer mix also contribute to the timing.   

How this could impact you

New rates wouldn’t take effect until reviewed and approved by the PSC.

Interim rates
The PSC approved our request to increase rates by $34.4 million on an interim basis beginning January 1, 2024. We expect interim rates will remain in effect until late 2024.

About $22 million of this interim increase is already being billed in individual rider line items under "Other Charges/Credits" and simply moves to the new "Interim Rate Adjustment" line item. To move this charge and collect the additional $12.4 million, we apply a 30.51% increase to select charges, including the customer, energy, demand, facilities, fixed, and monthly minimum charges as applicable. 

With this interim rate increase, you’ll see an average net increase of 6.03% on your monthly electric service statements.  

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Due to the movement of cost recovery from riders to the Interim Rate Adjustment, the Renewable Rider and the Generation Rider are zero. We’ve also updated the Transmission Rider and Metering & Distribution Technology Rider rates. You’ll see these charges on the Other Charges/Credits portion of your bill.

If the PSC approves final rates lower than interim rates, we’ll refund you the difference with interest. If final rates are higher than interim rates, we won’t charge you the difference.  

The table below shows interim increases to typical monthly bills for each customer type. Increases vary depending on your electric service rate and the amount of electricity you use.    

Customer rate type 

Monthly kilowatt-hour use 

Prior to 12/31/23

Previous average monthly bill 

Interim increase effective 1/1/24

Average interim increase (30.53%)

Interim increase effective 1/1/24

Average rider charges already being billed*

Interim increase effective 1/1/24

Average net change in bill (6.03%)













General Service 






Large General Service 












Outdoor Lighting 






Other Public Authority 






Controlled Service Water Heating 






Controlled Service Interruptible 






Controlled Service Deferred 






*See information above regarding $20 million of our requested interim increase already being billed in individual rider line items.

Final rates 
We requested permission for an increase to rates of approximately $40.6 million. A portion of this amount, $23.3 million, is already being billed via riders as we've outlined in the above interim rates section. If the PSC approves our overall request as filed, the net increase to you would be 8.43%. 

  • A typical residential customer using 875 kilowatt-hours (kWh) monthly could see a bill increase of approximately $11.33 a month.  
  • A typical business customer using 2,800 kWh monthly could see a bill increase of approximately $34.30 a month.  

The increase may be more for some customers and less for others depending on the rates on which they’re served and the amount of energy they use. We expect to receive a final decision from the PSC in late 2024. 

Additional information

The PSC provides several opportunities to provide comments on our request.  

Public input session 
The PSC will schedule a public input session via video conference, which will provide you with an opportunity to offer your comments and ask questions about our request. We’ll notify you about this public input session (and post information here) once it’s scheduled.  

Commission hearing
The PSC also will hold a formal hearing about our rate review request on a date yet to be determined. Once scheduled, you can find hearing information at or on this page. 

Contact the PSC 
You may contact the PSC at:   

North Dakota Public Service Commission  
600 E. Boulevard, Dept. 408  
Bismarck, ND 58505-0480  
Phone: 701-328-2400
TTY: 800-366-6888
Email: [email protected] 

You can proactively save energy and money by:

Unplugging any electronics that aren't in use, such as gaming consoles, TVs, and home office equipment.
Making low-cost and no-cost changes to reduce energy consumption, such as switching to LED lightbulbs. 
Participating in programs that make use of lower off-peak rates, such as thermal storage and water heating. 

Find more energy- and money-saving options in Ways to Save. And if you’d like to learn more about common causes and factors that may contribute to a higher bill, visit Energy bill higher than usual?

To find information about payment assistance, visit Need Help Paying? or call us at 800-257-4044