NorthWestern asks for electric rate increase
HELENA - NorthWestern Energy asked state regulators on Monday to approve a 16 percent increase in electricity rates for its Montana customers, about two weeks after the utility called for a 45 percent increase in natural gas rates.
The company is asking that the rate increase be split - with about half going into effect July 1, and the second to take effect July 15.
The July 15 increase is needed to cover growing costs of buying and delivering electricity, the company said. NorthWestern spokeswoman Claudia Rapkoch said the utility won't make any money from the higher rates if they are appro...