Intermountain Gas names Gilchrist vice president of operations

May 13, 2015Intermountain Gas announced today that Hart Gilchrist has been named vice president of operations, effective July 1, 2015.

Gilchrist began his career with Intermountain Gas in June 1994 and has held positions of increasing responsibilities over his career. He most recently was director of operation services for Intermountain, based in Boise. 

“Hart has shown great leadership ability in his previous positions with the company and I look forward to his continued success in this new role,” said Scott Madison, executive vice president and general manager for Intermountain Gas. “His extensive natural gas operational experience will be a great fit on our executive team.”

Gilchrist has a finance degree from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in business administration from Boise State University. He also is a graduate of the University of Idaho’s Utility Executive Course.


Kivisto named President and CEO of MDU Resource Group's utility companies

January 8, 2015MDU Resources Group, Inc. today announced that Nicole Kivisto has been named president and CEO of the corporation’s utility group, which includes Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., Great Plains Natural Gas Co., Cascade Natural Gas Corp. and Intermountain Gas Company. The utility group serves more than 1 million electric and natural gas customers in eight states.

Kivisto’s new role will be effective Jan. 9. She replaces K. Frank Morehouse, who has resigned.
“Nicole is an outstanding leader who is widely respected across our utility group’s management team,” said David L. Goodin, president and CEO of MDU Resources. “With her broad financial expertise and success in her operational role, Nicole is ideally suited to lead the utility group’s continuing growth.”

Kivisto has been vice president of operations for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and Great Plains Natural Gas Co. since January of 2014. Prior to that she was vice president, controller and chief accounting officer for MDU Resources Group. Kivisto joined the company in 1995 and has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including controller.

Kivisto is a native of Beulah, N.D. She has a degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota-Moorhead and is also a graduate of the Carlson School of Management Minnesota Executive Program and the University of Idaho’s Utility Executive Course. She is a certified public accountant.

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Intermountain Gas Company files to Increase Prices

BOISE, IDAHO – August 8, 2014 -- Intermountain Gas Company filed its annual Purchased Gas Cost Adjustment (PGA) application with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to change prices by an overall average increase of 2.64%, or $6.7 million, and if approved, would be effective October 1, 2014.  The main reason for the filing is an increase in the price of natural gas that Intermountain purchases for its customers.  Intermountain’s earnings will not increase as a result of the proposed change in prices and revenues.

If approved, residential customers using natural gas for space and water heating will see an average increase of 3.81%, or $1.89 per month.  Customers using natural gas for space heating only will see an average increase of $1.40 per month, or 3.64%, based on average weather and usage.  Commercial customers, on average, would see an increase of $0.31 per month or 0.15%.

The company is also proposing to eliminate the temporary surcharges and credits that have been included in its current prices during the past year.  Newer temporary surcharges and credits will be included going forward.  Even with this requested increase, the aforementioned gas-cost portion of Intermountain’s prices will be 50% lower than in 2005. 

Scott Madison, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intermountain said, “The slight increase in the cost of natural gas is mainly a supply and demand issue.  Last winter’s cold weather in the eastern U.S. put an upward pressure on prices, and also put a significant dent into natural gas storage levels across the country.  There also continues to be an increase in demand from natural gas-fired electric generation.  Fortunately, we continue to see increased domestic natural gas production, and we anticipate prices will remain fairly stable in the coming years.”

Intermountain continues to urge all its customers to use energy wisely.  Conservation tips, information on government payment energy assistance, and programs to help customers level out their energy bills over the year can be found on the company’s website,

A Purchased Gas Cost Adjustment application is filed each year to ensure the costs Intermountain incurs on behalf of its customers are reflected in its sales prices. The request is a proposal, and is subject to public review and approval by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. A copy of the application is available at the Commission’s office and on its homepage at  and Intermountain’s website at . Written comments regarding the application may be filed with the Commission.  Customers may also subscribe to the Commission’s RSS feed to receive periodic updates via email.

Rate Case - Full Filing Document – 08/08/14

Northwest Gas Association Releases 2014 Gas Outlook

Source: Northwest Gas Association Website - March 24, 2014
This week the Northwest Gas Association (NWGA) released the 2014 edition of the annual Natural Gas Outlook Study, a regional look at natural gas supply, demand and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.

 J.D. Power recognizes Intermountain Gas for outstanding customer satisfaction for fourth straight year

BOISE, IDAHOSept. 18, 2013 – For the fourth straight year, Intermountain Gas Company received the highest ranking in satisfaction among residential natural gas customers in the midsize natural gas utilities segment of the West Region in a tie, according to a national study.

The 2013 J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customers Satisfaction StudySM was released today. Intermountain Gas received a score of 655, which tied for the highest among midsize natural gas utilities in the West Region. The regional average score was 646. The study looks at six survey areas: billing and payment, price, corporate citizenship, communications, field service and customer service.

“For the fourth year in a row, this is an outstanding recognition for our employees, who make it their highest priority every day to provide safe and reliable natural gas service,” said Scott Madison, executive vice president and general manager of Intermountain Gas. “Intermountain takes great pride in serving our more than 312,000 customers in southern Idaho.”

In its 12th year, the study surveys customer satisfaction across a number of factors, including billing and payment, price, corporate citizenship, communications, customer service and field service.

Intermountain Gas Company is a natural gas distribution company serving approximately 312,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 74 communities in southern Idaho. Intermountain is a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, Inc., a multidimensional natural resources enterprise traded on the New York Stock Exchange as “MDU.” For more information about MDU Resources, visit the company’s Web site at For more information about Intermountain, visit


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