- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

HURON, S.D. (AP) - NorthWestern Corp. is asking the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for permission to increase electric rates.

The company doing business as NorthWestern Energy wants to increase revenues by about $26.5 million. CEO Bob Rowe says NorthWestern needs to cover the cost of investments made to meet federal mandates and maintain service reliability.

The requested rate hike would result in an increase of about $16.76 per month for a typical residential electric customer. It would impact only South Dakota customers.

Regulators will have the final say on any increase, and on when it would go into effect. NorthWestern says rates aren’t expected to change before next July.

NorthWestern Energy serves about 678,200 customers in South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska. The company says its last general rate increase was in 1980.

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