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2018 South Dakota PUC News

October 16, 2018 - PUC approves refund and lower rate for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. customers

This week the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved a refund and reduction of rates for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. customers as a result of the federal tax cuts enacted late last year...(read more)

September 26, 2018 - PUC reminds grain buyers and warehouses of state laws and rules heading into harvest time

As harvest season gets underway, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission reminds grain producers, grain buyers and grain warehouses to protect their investment by understanding state laws and rules regarding the purchase and storage of grain....(read more)

September 18, 2018PUC votes for NorthWestern Energy customers to receive refund

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission paved the way today for NorthWestern Energy to refund $3 million to the company’s customers and hold rates steady for two years....(read more)

September 17, 2018Hanson elected to leadership position in Mid-America Regulatory Conference

South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Vice Chairman Gary Hanson was elected to serve as treasurer of Mid-America Regulatory Conference, Inc. at the organization’s annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to this position, Hanson served two years as the group’s secretary....(read more)

September 4, 2018Black Hills Energy customers to receive refund and lowering of rates following PUC action

Black Hills Energy customers will receive a refund and a subsequent lowering of rates as a result of action by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission today. The PUC, at its regular meeting in Pierre on Sept. 4, 2018, voted to accept a settlement agreement presented by Black Hills Energy and PUC staff to pass along benefits of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Black Hills Energy customers will collectively receive a $7.67 million refund no later than October....(read more)

August 27, 2018PUC to educate consumers about scam calls

The best defense against scams, particularly those that come over the phone, is to be informed and cautious. That’s the message the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission is sharing with consumers at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron this week....(read more)

July 27, 2018PUC gives Otter Tail Power Co. OK to build natural gas peaking plant

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission this week gave the go ahead to Otter Tail Power Co. to build Astoria Station, a 250-megawatt simple-cycle natural gas fired electricity generating facility near Astoria in Deuel County. The project will be constructed, owned and operated by Otter Tail Power Co.... (read more)

July 11, 2018Construction permit for Dakota Range Wind Project approved by PUC

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved a permit with numerous conditions for the construction of the Dakota Range Wind Project, a wind energy facility in Grant and Codington counties capable of producing up to 302.4 megawatts of electricity.... (read more)


June 27, 2018 - South Dakota PUC approves rate reduction for South Dakota Intrastate Pipeline

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission this week approved a reduction of rates charged by the South Dakota Intrastate Pipeline Co. The rate change was presented in a settlement agreement offered by SDIP, PUC staff, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and Ringneck Energy & Feed LLC and accepted by the PUC at its regular meeting in Pierre on June 26.... (read more)


June 8, 2018South Dakota PUC grants construction permit for Crocker Wind Farm

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission today voted to grant a construction permit with conditions to Crocker Wind Farm to build a wind energy facility and associated 345-kV transmission line in Clark County. The wind farm will include up to 120 wind turbines and 5.2 miles of overhead transmission and will have the capability to produce up to 400 megawatts of electricity... (read more)


January 17, 2018 - PUC offers suggestions to cope with winter utility bills

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission reminds consumers that lower winter temperatures will be followed by higher heating bills and offers suggestions to keep the cold at bay and the bills manageable this season.... (read more)


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