MidAmerican will Raise SD Rates

Customers of Mid-American Energy in South Dakota could soon be paying more on their electric bills. The company has applied with the state to raise its base electric rate for the first time in nearly 20 years. The current rate is 5 point 6 cents per kilowatt hour, which MidAmerican is seeking to increase to six point three cents per kilowatt hour. The change will impact electric customers in Alcester, Dakota Dunes, Fairview, Hudson, Jefferson and North Sioux City. "We're asking for the increase to help us keep pace with our increased costs of doing business and upgrading our equipment so we can provide the best service to South Dakota Customers," said MidAmerican Energy's Ruth Comer. MidAmerican has also requested a rate increase for natural gas. For more information on the proposed increases check out