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MDU Listening Session Scheduled April 18 In Sidney

 

District 1 Public Service Commissioner Randy Pinocci lends a helping hand installing LED lights at Fellowship Baptist Church in Sidney on April 2. The 16 new bulbs will cut the church's lighting bill in half. (Photo submitted)

 The Montana Public Service Commission will hold a public listening session on Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.'s 2021 Biennial Electric Integrated Resource Plan in Sidney, on April 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Richland County Extension office meeting room, 1499 N. Central Ave.

"Every two years, the Commission requires regulated electric utilities in Montana to comprehensively analyze their operations to facilitate the most reliable and cost-effect energy resources to meet customer demand. The 2021 IRP was filed with the PSC on Sept. 25, 2021. The IRP is a study that looks at the company's anticipated demand growth and highlight the best path forward to set that demand. MDU's IRP centers on four main areas: load forecasting, demand-side analysis, supply-side analysis, and integration and risk analysis. This plan includes a 20-year planning horizon, in this case, including years 2021-2040. MDU projects an average growth rate for summer peak demand of 0.93% and energy requirements are expected to increase at a rate of 0.84%.

A summary of the 2021 IRP study results: MDU 2021 IRP Vols. I, II, III, and IV pdfs can be found on the MDU website: http://www.montana-dakota.com.

Copies of MDU's four volume IRP can be found at various public libraries throughout MDU's service territory, including: Miles City, Scobey, Glendive, Baker, Terry, Sidney, Wolf Point, Forsyth, Plentywood, and Wibaux. Copies of the IRP are also available at Rocky Mountain College, Yellowstone Baptist College, Little Big Horn College, Fort Peck Community College, Dawson Community College, Miles Community College, and Montana State University-Billings.

The IRP is also available electronically on the Commission's website at http://www.psc.mt.gov, under docket number 2021.09.117.

 

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