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By Laura Lundquist, Missoula Current

After working with large corporations to come up with a price agreement, NorthWestern Energy is asking the Public Service Commission to approve an 18% increase in electrical rates for Montana’s residential customers.

Tuesday morning’s testimony on a proposed NorthWestern Energy rate increase was just the beginning of a Public Service Commission hearing slated to last at least a couple weeks.

But the opening remarks of attorneys on both sides provided a succinct overview of why residential customers could be saddled with such a significant rate increase: a settlement between the utility and its larger customers, namely large corporations, unveiled on April 3.


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