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PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING
Thursday, January 8, 1998; 10:00 A.M.
State Capitol Building, Room 464
Pierre, South Dakota
NOTE: If you wish to join this meeting by conference call, please contact the Commission at 605-773-3201 by 5:00 p.m. on January 7, 1998.
NOTE: Notice is further given to persons with disabilities that this Commission meeting is being held in a physically accessible place. If you have special needs, please notify the Commission and we will make all necessary arrangements.
1. NG97-021 IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION FOR AN ORDER ESTABLISHING A NATURAL GAS LOCAL DISTRIBUTION UTILITY, AND TO ESTABLISH INITIAL NATURAL GAS TRANSPORTATION RATES FOR NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY. (Staff Analyst: Greg Rislov. Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer.)
On December 16, 1997, Northern States Power Company filed an application for an order establishing a natural gas local distribution utility, and to establish initial natural gas transportation rates. The initial rate will allow NSP-SD to serve the new Hutchinson Technology, Inc. (HTI) facility in the Sioux Empire Development Park Number 5 in eastern Sioux Falls, SD through a new distribution lateral pipeline. HTI had contacted NSP-SD and requested the proposed service. The proposed tariff, rate schedule and form of service agreement would establish NSP-SD as a regulated utility in the State of South Dakota, subject to Commission jurisdiction. The proposed maximum rate is a volumetric rate per Mcf with a per month fixed customer service charge. At present, only HTI is affected by the proposed rate and tariff. The HTI plant is expected to be in commercial operation in February of 1998.
TODAY, shall the Commission set an intervention deadline and direct the executive director to establish a procedural schedule? And, shall the Commission suspend the proposed effective date of the tariffs? Also, shall the Commission assess a filing fee of up to $100,000 for the actual cost of processing this docket?
January 6, 1998