Frequently Asked Questions
How do I establish service if I move to a different address?
Can you disconnect my service in winter for delinquent bills?
In addition, Great Plains will not disconnect service when adverse weather conditions exist. Please keep in mind, if you are having difficulty paying your bill, call us right away so we can work with you and avoid service disconnection.
What are your hook-up charges?
There are no hook-up charges during normal business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).
If I move my manufactured home, what are my responsibilities with Great Plains?
Electric service to most manufactured homes can be disconnected by an electrician; some older manufactured homes have a plug-in service connection and can be disconnected by the owner. Great Plains will disconnect natural gas service to manufactured homes. Please call us at least three working days prior to the moving date for natural gas disconnection.
Are there any costs to the customer to get hooked up to natural gas?
It depends on the individual situation. For example, if natural gas distribution facilities are close by and the meter hook-up and related piping are all that are required, there is no charge. If, however, natural gas facilities are not immediately available, you may be required to pay hook-up fees. The amount of the fee would depend primarily on the distance from our main line to the customer’s premises.
Why do you charge a reconnect fee?
Reconnection fees are charged to pay for a portion of our service worker’s time associated with the reconnection. We feel the cost should be paid by the customer who caused the cost and not charged to all of our customers through our energy prices.
How deep are gas lines buried?
Our natural gas lines are normally buried between 18 and 36 inches deep. We caution all of our customers not to dig unless they have first notified us or a local One Call number so underground lines can be located.
Can I change the “due date” on my bill?
No, your “Due Date” is based on a certain number of days from which a bill is generated which is determined by when your meter is read.
Will you take a post-dated check?
No. Post-dated checks are not considered legal tender.
Do you ever publish your rates?
How does your direct bank payment program work?
Our Pay by Bank Plan is available to residential customers whose account is current. After you have signed up for Pay by Bank, your monthly Great Plains bill will be deducted from your bank account approximately 22 days after the bill is prepared. Just as in the past, you will receive your normal monthly bill statement so you know how much has been deducted. To enroll in the Pay by Bank Plan, fill out the Pay by Bank enrollment form and mail it to Great Plains.
Do you have special rates for senior citizens?
No, we do not have special rates for senior citizens because the difference would have to be made up by our non-senior customers. However, if you are having difficulty paying your bill, please call us so we can work out a payment arrangement with you.
Why can’t Great Plains bill all my accounts on one bill so I can just write one check?
Unfortunately, our current billing system cannot handle multiple accounts for a single customer. However, we are working on a new system that can handle multiple accounts billed within a five-day period.
How is Balanced Billing calculated?
Balance Billing is our average or levelized billing plan for residential customers whose accounts are current. We simply add your previous 11 months natural gas consumption to that of your current billing period, multiply times the appropriate rate and divide by 12. This procedure is sometimes called a “running average.” With Balanced Billing, wide swings in your monthly energy bills are held to a minimum allowing you to more effectively budget your monthly bills. For more information regarding Great Plains’ Balanced Billing program or to sign up for the plan, see the Balanced Billing section.
Why do I have to pay a balance when I leave Balanced Billing?
In order to keep your account current, we require you to pay any balance due resulting from Balanced Billing when you leave the program. Likewise, if you have a credit balance, we will refund it to you upon your request.
What is therm billing?
Therm billing is a method of more fairly charging you for the natural gas you purchase from us by billing you for the energy content of natural gas. Being a gas, natural gas expands in volume depending on the elevation of your residence or business. Also, our gas comes from many different fields and therefore can vary in its energy content. By recognizing these two variables and converting them to British thermal unit content of the gas you receive, you pay for usable energy not volume.
Can you move the gas meter if I remodel my home? Cost?
How can I buy MDU stock directly from the company?
Residents of any of the 50 states can purchase common stock in MDU Resources Group, Inc. directly from the company and avoid brokerage fees. A minimum enrollment purchase of $50 is required. Call MDU Resources Group, Inc. c/o Shareholder Services at 800-813-3324 to get a prospectus and further information on our Automatic Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan.