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2008 South Dakota PUC News

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December

Dec. 10, 2008Commissioner Dusty Johnson elected to lead PUC

South Dakota's public utilities commissioners elected Dusty Johnson to be their chairman  for the coming year. Commissioner Steve Kolbeck was voted to continue as vice chairman.  ... (read more)

Dec. 4, 2008 FPL Energy commits funds to Wind for Schools program

FPL Energy, developer of South Dakota's first major wind farm, has pledged $10,000 to support the South Dakota Wind for Schools program, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission announced. … (read more)

November

Nov. 14, 2008 Wind energy developers pledge $20,000 to Wind for Schools program

The number of sites and technologies within South Dakota's wireless telecommunications network expanded in 2008, according to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. So far this year more than 35 new sites have gone online and upgrades have been made to numerous sites to enable access to wireless broadband. … (read more)

October

Oct. 23, 2008 New sites enhance South Dakota's wireless network

The number of sites and technologies within South Dakota's wireless telecommunications network expanded in 2008, according to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. So far this year more than 35 new sites have gone online and upgrades have been made to numerous sites to enable access to wireless broadband. … (read more)

Oct. 21, 2008 PUC warns of possible grain sales scheme

South Dakota grain buyers may be targets of a regional grain sales scheme, warns the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. The alleged scheme involves grain sellers who enter into a contract without any intention of producing grain to fulfill the obligation. … (read more)

September

Sept. 16, 2008 –  Kolbeck to help develop national wireless consumer standards

Steve Kolbeck, vice chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, has been appointed to a new committee that will propose to Congress an initial set of national consumer protection standards for wireless phone service. … (read more)

Sept. 5, 2008 –  Home improvements now help save money this winter

Home improvements now help save money this winter This fall is the perfect time to bundle your house to face the cold winter temperatures that lay ahead, suggests the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. Weatherizing efforts, ranging from low-cost options to home improvement … (read more)

August

Aug. 25, 2008 – Balanced billing an option to deal with higher winter heating costs

In advance of higher winter heating costs, the S.D. PUC encourages residents to consider using a balanced billing option offered by their natural gas or electric utility. The billing method averages the user's monthly payment and evenly spreads the expense over 12 months. ... (read more)

Aug. 14, 2008 – PUC says be prepared for higher heating costs

The S.D. PUC is urging residents to prepare for increased heating costs this winter. The expected prices of natural gas, heating oil and propane will be substantially higher than consumers experienced last winter. ... (read more)

Aug. 8, 2008 – Construction begins in S.D. on Keystone Pipeline

Representatives of the Keystone Pipeline notified the S.D. PUC that work began on the project this week in South Dakota. Crews started to clear the ground in Marshall County, the northern entrance of the route into South Dakota, … (read more)

Aug. 4, 2008 – Schools selected for wind energy educational program

The South Dakota PUC announced eight schools have been selected to participate in the inaugural launch of the Wind for Schools program in South Dakota, an educational project that includes the installation of a small wind turbine. Selected school districts include Douglas, Sanborn Central, Faith, Selby, Aberdeen, Elkton, Stanley County and Memorial Middle School in Sioux Falls. … (read more)

June

June 12, 2008 – PUC chairman to testify before U.S. Senate committee

Gary Hanson, chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, will testify about electric transmission issues before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and … (read more)
     Commissioner Hanson's Oral Testimony

June 2, 2008 – South Dakota PUC to address Minnesota PUC about proposed Big Stone II transmission lines
South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Dusty Johnson will speak to members of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday, June 3, as they consider whether to approve proposed …(read more)  

May

May 30, 2008 - PUC Commissioner Kolbeck appointed to national telecommunications board
Steve Kolbeck, vice chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, will serve on a national board that determines how costs among inter- and intra-state telecommunications companies … (read more)
May 21, 2008 - PUC gives go-ahead to Otter Tail Power Company for energy efficiency plan
Continuing the work of its South Dakota Energy Smart initiative, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission this week approved an energy efficiency plan presented by Otter Tail Power … (read more)
May 14, 2008 - PUC and Keystone Pipeline representatives hold preconstruction conference
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission held preconstruction meetings this month with officials from the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline project. The preconstruction conference is one of the 57… (read more)  

April

April 24, 2008 - New cell tower activated near Florence
Wireless service around Florence received a boost with the recent activation of a new cell tower by Alltel Wireless. Company officials advised the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission that the new … (read more)  

March

March 11, 2008 - S.D. PUC approves permit for TransCanada Keystone Pipeline
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday voted to approve with conditions a siting permit for the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline project in South Dakota. All three commissioners voted in … (read more)

February

February 8, 2008 –PUC to host interconnection workshop in March
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will host an interconnection workshop March 18-19, 2008, in Pierre. This will be the first of several workshops designed to develop a statewide best … (read more)

January

January 25, 2008 – Public Utilities Commissioner Johnson picked for national board
South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Dusty Johnson has been selected to serve on the board of directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Johnson was … (read more)

January 24, 2008 – State's telecommunications companies protect consumer information
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission is pleased the telecommunications industry is continuing to address consumer privacy issues with processes that provide greater security for account … (read more)

January 18, 2008 – S.D. Supreme Court upholds PUC's decision on Big Stone II
The South Dakota Supreme Court unanimously upheld a decision by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission that will enable the construction of the Big Stone II power plant near Milbank … (read more)

January 16, 2008 – PUC's Hanson joins regional regulatory executive committee
South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Gary Hanson was elected as treasurer of the 15-state Organization of MISO States (OMS) at the group's annual meeting in December. … (read more)

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