BEMIDJI, Minn. — Public hearings will be held by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission this week to allow comments on a rate increase proposal from Otter Tail Power Co.

In November, the company requested approval from the MPUC to increase its rates by about 6.77%, or $14.5 million per year. The rate would add about $7.77 to a typical residential customer's monthly bill.

While the PUC reviews the case, the company was granted an interim rate increase of about 3.23%, or $6.9 million. Should the final rate by the PUC be lower than the interim rate, the company will be provided a refund.

If the requested rate is approved, the company will not go back and charge the customers for the difference.

To comment by phone, call 866-609-6127. To watch the proceedings by webcast, visit and enter MNPUC! for the password.

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Tuesday, April 13:

  • 1 p.m. (enter 8960889 if calling in, or enter the event number 187 361 1312 for the webcast)
  • 6 p.m. (4847889 if calling in, or 187 775 3715 for the webcast)

Wednesday, April 14:

  • 1 p.m. (enter 8397865 if calling in, or enter the event number 187 541 2682 for the video)
  • 6 p.m. (6687187 if calling in, or 187 407 9248 for video)

Residents can also comment at, or by mail at Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, 121 Seventh Place East, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55101.