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2013 South Dakota PUC News

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November

November 1, 2013 - PUC OKs rate increase for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission this week approved an agreement to allow Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. to revise rates for natural gas service to generate nearly $900,000 in additional annual revenue. The commission also approved the consolidation of the company's two South Dakota service and rate areas, known as the Black Hills area and the East River area, into one. The commission voted on the issue at an ad hoc meeting in Pierre, S.D., on Oct. 31, 2013. ... (read more)

September

September 18, 2013 - South Dakota PUC approves agreements for Black Hills Power rate increase

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved a rate increase for Black Hills Power that trimmed nearly $5 million in annual revenues from the company's original request. A typical residential customer will experience a 5.7 percent increase in their electric rates beginning on Oct. 1, 2013, as a result. ... (read more)

August

August 6, 2013 - National 8/11 Day reminds diggers to call 811 before they dig

National 8/11 Day, August 11, is an important day to remind residents to call 811, advocates the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the South Dakota One Call Board. Calling 811 prior to beginning any digging project can protect lives and critical underground utilities. ... (read more)

July

July 3, 2013 - PUC to host ice storm forum in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will host a public forum on July 9 in Sioux Falls at which regional electric utilities will discuss the impact of the April 2013 ice storm on their organizations. ... (read more)

April

April 15, 2013 - Notice to grain sellers and grain buyers
On April 4, 2013, Circuit Judge Tony L. Portra issued a ruling overturning one of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission's findings in the matter of the Anderson Seed Co., Inc. grain buyer bond. ... (read more)

April 12, 2013 - PUC scales back Xcel Energy rate increase request
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission this week agreed to grant Xcel Energy a 6.86 percent increase in base rates. The new rates, plus a 2.2 percent increase associated with a new infrastructure rider, will go into effect for Xcel customers on May 1, 2013. The overall increase for customers in 2013 is approximately 9.06 percent, less than the 11.53 percent the company initially sought. ... (read more)

April 5, 2013 - Safe digging month kicks off spring construction season
As South Dakotans prepare for spring construction and planting projects, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the South Dakota One Call Board remind residents to always call 811 a few days before any digging project to request that underground utilities be marked. ... (read more)


March

March 11, 2013 - New protections for farmers selling grain
Throughout 2012, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission worked with producer and grain buyer groups to develop legislation providing the PUC better tools for evaluating the financial soundness of grain buyers and warehouses in the state. That effort became HB1017 which received great bipartisan support in the legislature, has been signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, and becomes effective April 1, 2013. ... (read more)

January

January 16, 2013
- Gary Hanson is new PUC chairman
Commissioner Gary Hanson has once again been elected as the chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. This is Hanson's fourth time in the chair's seat, having previously served in the post in 2011, 2008 and 2005. Commissioner Chris Nelson was elected as vice chairman. ... (read more)

January 8, 2013 - Nelson and Fiegen sworn in as Public Utilities Commissioners
Chris Nelson and Kristie Fiegen took the oath of office today to officially begin their terms as newly-elected South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioners. The commissioners were sworn in at a noon ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in the Senate Chamber of the State Capitol in Pierre. South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven Zinter administered the oath. Lt. Gov. Matt Michels presided over the event. ... (read more)

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