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Montana Dakota Utilities (MDU), a utility that serves customers in eastern Montana, is asking the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve a rate hike for its dirty little coal plant on the banks of the Yellowstone River. MDU’s total proposal would increase Montana consumers’ electric bills by over 13 percent!

If the PSC approves the rate increase, it would help pay for $400 million in futile upgrades to two coal-fired power plants. One of these, the Lewis and Clark Station, in Sidney, Montana, is nearly 60 years old and burns lignite – the dirtiest form of coal. The other plant, Big Stone II, is located in South Dakota and the company is trying to dump millions of dollars in costs onto Montana ratepayers. We need you to contact the PSC TODAY, and ask that they not approve these absurd hikes in MDU customers utility bills.

Instead of wasting ratepayer’s money to cobble together aging coal plants, the utility should be investing that money in renewable resources and energy efficiency. Eastern Montana has some of the best wind resources in the country and the utility should stop throwing ratepayer money down the dirty old coal plant drain.

Contact the Montana Public Service Commission TODAY and ask them not to approve MDU’s proposed rate increase to fund 1958 vintage coal units like the Lewis and Clark Station. Instead, the PSC should encourage the utility to invest that money in new, affordable renewable energy resources.

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