Public Service Commission Hopeful – Public Service Commissioner

On Friday’s Talk Back show on Newstalk KGVO, Democrat Public Service Commissioner candidate Monica Tranel, one of three Democrats running to oust Republican incumbent Bob Lake.

One of the comments Tranel made during the hour long interview was of a rate hike allowed by the Public Service Commission for Northwestern Energy to raise their rates to consumers during their normal Tuesday work session that was not streamed, as is the custom by the PSC.

“Just this week on Tuesday, under the cover of darkness, because it was not publicly made available like every other work session, this one was not video or audio streamed, Northwestern Energy approved a $6.5 million rate increase, so your bill is going to go up again, and that’s why I’m asking you to vote for me in District Four,” said Tranel.

KGVO reached out to incumbent PSC District Four commissioner Bob Lake and asked about the issue.

“We did have some technical difficulties recording the session, but the transcript is available on the PSC website,” said Lake. “During the session, what they did was change a request for a roughly $30 million increase,” said Lake. “They (Northwestern Energy) have not had a public hearing on

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