Minnesota Energy Resources is expanding natural gas service to the town of Esko. This project will provide more than 750 home and business owners the opportunity to receive natural gas service from Minnesota Energy Resources. Research shows that customers who use natural gas can save 10 to 20 percent on energy costs.

Town hall meetings

If you live or own a business along the proposed route, we encourage you to attend an upcoming town hall meeting. Each meeting will include a brief presentation and opportunities to ask specific questions regarding the connection process. Bring a copy of your current heating source bill if you would like to learn how much your household could save by switching to natural gas. The town hall meetings will be held as follows:

Location:
Thomson Town Hall
25 E. Harney Rd.
Esko, MN 55733

Meetings for residential customers:
5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 12
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 13

Meetings for businesses:
5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 29
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 30
Note: Presentations start on the hour.

Project location

Esko expansion project

Project timeline

  • Construction of the natural gas main is anticipated to begin this spring (2017), or as soon as weather conditions allow.
  • Landowners along the route can begin the application process with Minnesota Energy Resources now.
  • The main line installation will be completed before service line installations (service to homes and businesses) begins. All requested service in this area is expected to be installed prior to the 2017-18 heating season, but do not convert your equipment until your service line is installed.

Costs

  • Your portion of the project cost is referred to as a Contribution in Aid of Construction (CIAC). This will be funded upfront by Minnesota Energy Resources.
  • When we finance the CIAC on your behalf, we must get approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to assess what is referred to as a New Area Surcharge.
  • What is a New Area Surcharge?
    • The New Area Surcharge covers the project costs that customers are responsible for and allows customers to "pay as you go" on a monthly basis rather than incurring that cost up front.
    • Everyone who connects will pay the monthly New Area Surcharge whether connecting in the first year or at a later time.
    • The term of the New Area Surcharge is up to 25 years or until the CIAC is paid in full, whichever comes first.
    • The term will not go beyond 25 years from the month in which the first New Area Surcharge is billed.
  • The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the New Area Surcharge. For your neighborhood extension, the New Area Surcharge amounts will be:
    Esko project new area monthly surcharge
    Residential $24.18
    Small Commercial and Industrial $45.81
    Large Commercial and Industrial $114.53
    Small Volume Interruptible $419.95
    Large Volume Interruptible $470.85
  • Once natural gas service is installed, this monthly charge will appear on your bill in addition to your typical natural gas monthly charges.

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