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2009 South Dakota PUC News

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November

Nov. 5, 2009 – PUC to hear public comments about Black Hills Power proposed rate increase Nov. 24

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will hold a public input meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at the Journey Museum in Rapid City to hear comments about the electric rate increase proposed by Black Hills Power. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. (MST) in the Wells Fargo Theater at the Journey Museum, 222 New York St. The meeting will adjourn at the conclusion of comments from all persons who have arrived before 9 p.m. ... (read more)

October

Oct. 26, 2009 – PUC Chairman Johnson to testify before U.S. Senate committee

Dusty Johnson, chairman of the South Dakota PUC, will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Oct. 28 about the effect proposed federal carbon legislation will have on South Dakotans. ... (read more)

Chairman Johnson's written testimony

Oct. 23, 2009 – Energy Smart helps make state among "most improved"

South Dakota's energy efficiency ranking took a giant leap upward, landing it in the most improved category in a newly released American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy survey. ... (read more)

Oct. 22, 2009 Keystone XL Pipeline Public Input Hearing Scheduled for Nov. 3

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will hold a public input hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 3 to hear comments about the siting permit application for the South Dakota portion of a crude oil pipeline known as the Keystone XL Project proposed by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP. The hearing begins at 6 p.m. CST in Room 414 of the State Capitol in Pierre and will adjourn at the conclusion of comments from all persons who have arrived before 8 p.m. ... (read more)

September

Sept. 15, 2009 – Telephone assistance programs enable residents to connect for less
Two programs are available to help make telephone service more affordable for many South Dakotans. Lifeline and Link-Up provide discounts to eligible households for local service and telephone installation. ... (read more)

August

August 7, 2009 – PUC requests comments on Small Renewable Energy Initiative
There is still time to comment on the South Dakota PUC's Small Renewable Energy Initiative, a five-part approach to encourage common sense development of distributed generation. The PUC is accepting comments on the initiative through Aug. 31, 2009. ... (read more)

June

June 26, 2009PUC announces Small Renewable Energy Initiative
The South Dakota PUC is requesting input on its Small Renewable Energy Initiative, a five-part approach to encourage common sense development of distributed generation. ... (read more)

June 24, 2009 PUC approves Otter Tail rate increase

The South Dakota PUC approved an 11.7 percent rate increase for Otter Tail Power Co. this week. ... (read more)

June 9, 2009 – New PUC interconnection rules become official

New rules by the South Dakota PUC that make it easier for small electricity generators such as wind turbines and solar panels to connect to the electric grid were approved by the legislative rules review committee on June 9. The rules will be effective at the end of this month. ... (read more)

May

May 22, 2009 – PUC schedules wind energy meeting in Winner
The South Dakota PUC will hold an informational meeting in Winner on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, to discuss wind energy development. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. CDT at the Winner Playhouse. ... (read more)

April

April 29, 2009 – Energy is focus of PUC conference in May
Experts from across the nation will soon gather in Sioux Falls to share advice, perspective and ideas about the future of energy at a conference hosted by the South Dakota PUC. The conference, "Crisis or Renaissance, The State of America's Energy" will be held May 11-13 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Complete event details are online at www.puc.sd.gov/energyconf. ... (read more)

April 22, 2009 PUC and MDU will meet with customers in Eureka

The South Dakota PUC will hold a public meeting in Eureka on Wednesday, May 6, to discuss utility service changes recently announced by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. … (read more)

April 21, 2009 – PUC gives approval to state's largest wind farm

The South Dakota PUC approved a permit for the state's largest wind farm to be built in Brookings and Deuel counties. Iberdrola Renewables received the go-ahead to construct and operate the Buffalo Ridge II wind farm, which will be capable of producing up to 306 megawatts of electricity. … (read more)

April 16, 2009
PUC to host energy conference May 11-13 in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota PUC will host a comprehensive conference in May that examines all aspects of energy production and development. Titled "Crisis or Renaissance, The State of America's Energy," the conference will be held May 11-13 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. … (read more)

April 15, 2009 – South Dakota's electric rates expected to increase 48 percent with proposed carbon cap and trade legislation
Federal carbon cap and trade legislation is expected to increase South Dakotans' electric bills by an average of 48 percent, according to a report released by the South Dakota PUC. … (read more)

April 2, 2009 – PUC schedules TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline public input hearings

The South Dakota PUC has scheduled public input hearings in Winner, Philip and Buffalo in April to hear comments … (read more)

March

March 26, 2009 – PUC approves MidAmerican Energy Company's energy efficiency plan
The South Dakota PUC this week approved a plan by MidAmerican Energy Company to offer energy efficiency programs to its electric and natural gas customers. The plan is expected to save 564,000 therms of natural gas and more than 1.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity by 2011 and will go into effect May 1, 2009. … (read more)

March 25, 2009 – PUC to hold wind energy meeting in Redfield

The South Dakota PUC has accepted an invitation from Redfield Mayor Duane Sanger to hold an informational wind energy meeting in that community. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. at the Redfield Senior Center … (read more)

February

February 17, 2009 – PUC urges landowner care regarding wind energy easements
As interest and activity in wind energy grows in South Dakota, so should the amount of care landowners place in considering easement agreements offered by wind energy developers, suggests the state's Public Utilities Commission. … (read more)

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