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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

For the Period of March 24, 2005 through March 30, 2005

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EL05-010     In the Matter of the Filing by Xcel Energy for Approval of Its 2004 Economic Development Annual Report and 2005 Economic Development Plan

On March 25, 2005, Xcel Energy filed for Commission approval its 2004 economic development report and the 2005 economic development budget. The report includes the budget that was planned for the year 2004, the actual economic development investments that Xcel Energy made in 2004, and the planned budget for 2005.

Staff Analyst: Michele Farris
Staff Attorney: Sara B. Greff
Date Filed: 03/25/05
Intervention Deadline: 04/13/05


NG05-002 In the Matter of the Application of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. for Authority to Increase Rates of Natural Gas Service

Application by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU) for approval to increase rates for natural gas service to customers served by its East River Natural Gas System by $849,745 annually or 12.2% based on MDU's adjusted 2004 test year. The company states the proposed increase for a residential customer would average about $9.10 per month. The proposed rates may potentially affect approximately 5,800 customers in MDU's East River System.

Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson
Staff Attorney: Sara B. Greff
Date Filed: 03/24/05
Intervention Deadline: 04/29/05


TC05-055    In the Matter of the Filing by Qwest Corporation for Approval of Revisions to its Access Service Tariff.

On March 28, 2005, Qwest Corporation filed to introduce clarifying language for its Common Channel Signaling Access Capability in the Access Service Tariff. "This language was developed and agreed to in discussions with AT&T. These changes have no customer cost or rate impact but all affected customers are being sent an individual letter notifying them of the filing."

Staff Analyst: Harlan Best
Staff Attorney: Sara B. Greff
Date Docketed: 03/28/05
Intervention Deadline: 04/15/05

TC05-056    In the Matter of the Petition of DIECA Communications, Inc. d/b/a Covad Communications Company for Arbitration of an Interconnection Agreement with Qwest Corporation.

On March 28, 2005, DIECA Communications, Inc., d/b/a Covad Communications Company (Covad) filed a petition to arbitrate certain terms and conditions of a proposed Interconnection Agreement between Covad and Qwest Corporation (Qwest). In its petition, Covad states that "Covad and Qwest have been unable to come to agreement on all terms, particularly certain terms relating to Qwest's continuing obligations to provide unbundled access to certain elements pursuant to section 271 of the Act and South Dakota law." Pursuant to ARSD 20:10:32:30, Qwest may respond to this "petition for arbitration and provide additional information within 25 days after the commission receives the petition."

Commission Attorney: Rolayne Ailts Wiest
Date docketed: 03/28/05
Intervention deadline: N/A

TC05-057    In the Matter of the Petition of McLeodUSA Telecommunications Services, Inc. for Enforcement of Interconnection Agreement with Qwest Corporation.

On March 30, 2005, McLeodUSA Telecommunications Services, Inc. (McLeodUSA) filed a petition for emergency relief. McLeodUSA is seeking relief in a dispute between McLeodUSA and Qwest Corporation (Qwest) over Qwest's right, under the interconnection agreement between McLeodUSA and Qwest and approved by this Commission, to demand a security deposit from McLeodUSA for services provided under the agreement, and to discontinue services to McLeodUSA should McLeodUSA not comply with Qwest's demand by 5 pm Mountain Time on April 1, 2005. McLeodUSA asks the Commission to consider the McLeodUSA Petition on an emergency basis, and to rule that Qwest may not demand a security deposit from McLeodUSA at this time. McLeodUSA further requests that the Commission order that in the event of a default under the Interconnection Agreement, Qwest must follow the dispute resolution provisions in the Interconnection Agreement and may not "suspend order activity," "disconnect services," or terminate the Agreement until those dispute resolution procedures have been completed.

Staff Analyst: Harlan Best
Staff Attorney: Rolayne Ailts Wiest
Date Docketed: 03/30/05
Intervention Deadline: NA

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