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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

For the Period of January 18, 2007 through January 24, 2007 

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EL07-004        In the Matter of the Filing by Otter Tail Power Company for Approval of an Electric Service Agreement for the Supply of Bulk Interruptible Power between Otter Tail Power Company and Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc. 

            On January 22, 2007, Otter Tail Power Company filed for approval of a tariff revision.  The Bulk Interruptible Rate agreement with Valley Queen Cheese has been removed from the Summary of Contracts with Deviations Sheet as Valley Queen has elected to receive power under Otter Tail's Large General Service Tariff.

Staff Analysts: Dave Jacobson and Nathan Solem
Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer
Date Filed: 01/22/07
Intervention Deadline: 02/09/07 

EL07-005        In the Matter of the Filing by Northern States Power Company d/b/a Xcel Energy for Approval of Tariff Revisions. 

            On January 22, 2007, Northern States Power Company, d/b/a Xcel Energy ("Xcel") filed a petition to temporarily modify the on-peak time period of the Xcel's Time-of-Day service tariffs. The purpose is to accommodate a federally mandated trial change in the Daylight Savings Time ("DST"). The Company proposes to apply these tariff modifications in March 2007, coincident with the change in DST. 

Staff Analysts: Brian Rounds and Dave Jacobson
Staff Attorney: Kara Van Bockern
Date Filed: 01/22/07
Intervention Deadline: 02/09/07 


PS07-001        In the Matter of the Filing by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., a Division of MDU Resources Group, Inc. for Approval of Waiver 

On January 18, 2007, the Commission received for approval a filing from Montana-Dakota Utilities Company (MDU) requesting a waiver of a portion of 49 CFR Part 192.479 and 192.481(a). MDU requests a specific waiver of Part 192.481(a) to allow atmospheric corrosion inspection frequency at least once every 4 calendar years, but with intervals not to exceed 51 months. Section 192.481 subsection (a) requires inspection of onshore pipe exposed to atmosphere for evidence of corrosion at least once every 3 calendar years, but with intervals not exceeding 39 months. This waiver would apply to exposed natural gas pipelines according to Part 192.479.

Staff Analysts: Martin Bettmann and Nathan Solem
Staff Attorney: Kara Van Bockern
Date Filed: 01/18/07
Intervention Deadline: 02/07/07


TC07-005        In the Matter of  the Filing for Approval of an Interconnection Agreement between Aventure Communication Technology, L.L.C. and Jefferson Telephone Company, LLC. 

On January 18, 2007 the Commission received a filing for the approval of an Interconnection Agreement between Aventure Communication Technology, LLC and Jefferson Telephone Company, LLC.  Any party wishing to comment on the Agreement may do so by filing written comments with the Commission and the parties to the Agreement no later than February 7, 2007.  Parties to the Agreement may file written responses to the comments no later than twenty days after service of the initial comments.   

Staff Attorney: Kara Van Bockern
Date Filed:  01/18/07
Initial Comments Due: 02/07/07

TC07-006        In the Matter of the Application of Matrix Telecom, Inc. d/b/a Matrix Business Technologies for a Certificate of Authority to Provide Local Exchange Services in South Dakota. 

On January 18, 2007, Matrix Telecom Inc. d/b/a Matrix Business Technologies ("Matrix") filed an application for a certificate of authority to provide facilities-based and resold local exchange telecommunications services in South Dakota. Matrix intends to provide local exchange telecommunications services and exchange access services, in part through the use of leased unbundled network elements from Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), commercial wholesale agreements, resale of services obtained from other carriers, or any combination thereof. Matrix intends to provide service throughout the area served by Qwest. 

Staff Analyst: Brian Rounds
Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer
Date Filed: 01/18/07
Intervention Deadline: 02/09/07 

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