Nearly 65,000 households across South Dakota are seeing their electric bills go up this month.

This week (January 9), the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a rate increase for NorthWestern Energy’s electric customers in the state.

It's the first rate increase for the Sioux Falls-based company since 2015.

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When NorthWestern first submitted plans for the price hike in the summer of 2023, the company was seeking to generate $30.9 million in additional annual revenue, which translated into a more than 25 percent increase in base electric rates, which would increase the average consumers monthly bill be more than 16 percent..

After months of negotiating with the PUC, those numbers were lowered to a base increase of a little less than 18 percent and an increase of slightly more than 11 percent for the average customer's bill.

That means the typical residential customer using an average of 750 kWh per month will see an increase of $13.67 on the monthly bill. That's an additional $164.04 per year.

The new rates went into effect January 10 for 64,680 electric customers in South Dakota.

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Worst Places to Live in South Dakota

A surprising town was named the worst place to live in all of South Dakota and the reason behind it is a bit unexpected.

Money Inc. made a list of the 20 worst cities and towns to live in all of South Dakota and no part of the state is left unmarked.

The list focused on a number of key factors, including crime rate, unemployment, low wages, and school funding.

So which city is the "worst" in South Dakota, according to the article? Read on:

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are not my own and are taken from a list provided by

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