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PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING
Monday, January 12, 1998; 4:00 P.M.
State Capitol Building, CCR
Pierre, South Dakota
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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 acknowledge NSP's application and filing in this docket and permit the flow of construction gas to accommodate HTI, subject to the ultimate decision of the Commission in this docket as to NSP's status as a natural gas utility in this state and as to the approval of its tariffs?
January 9, 1998