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PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING
Wednesday, February 18, 1998; 10:00 A.M.
Public Utilities Commission Cactus Conference Room
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 February 17, 1998.
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1. EL97-020 IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF THE CITY OF VERMILLION FOR DETERMINATION OF PURCHASE PRICE OF ELECTRIC FACILITIES IN ANNEXED AREAS. (Staff Analyst: Bob Knadle. Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer.)
On January 8, 1998, the Public Utilities Commission (Commission) received an application from the City of Vermillion, SD, (City) requesting that the Commission fix a time for a hearing on a Motion for Order to Show Cause. City also filed an Affidavit in Support of Order to Show Cause, Order to Show Cause, and Memorandum of Authorities in Support of Applicant's Motion to Show Cause. The affidavit stated that on November 20, 1995, the City annexed a tract of real property that Clay-Union Electric Cooperative (Clay-Union) currently has service rights to and has installed electrical facilities that serve one customer therein; that on March 11, 1996, the City annexed a tract of real property that Clay-Union currently has service rights to and has installed underground electric facilities that serve three customers therein; and, that on April 12, 1996, the City annexed a tract of real property that Clay-Union currently has service rights to and has installed electrical facilities along the East and South sides thereof but serves no consumers therein. On October 21, 1996, the City adopted a resolution to exercise its privilege to purchase Clay-Union's utility properties and services rights within each of the three above-mentioned annexed areas. On October 30, 1996, City served its written offer to purchase Clay-Union's utility properties on Clay-Union. On May 29, 1997, Clay-Union acknowledged City's offer and informed City that it would not consent to the conditions set forth in the October 30, 1996, Notice of Intent. City alleges that since October 30, 1996, Clay-Union has refused to proceed to act in any manner directed to determining the amount to which it is entitled pursuant to SDCL 49-34A-50.
TODAY, should the Commission issue an order to Show Cause directing Clay-Union to appear before the Commission and demonstrate why certain remedies contained in the Motion for Order to Show Cause as filed in this docket should not be imposed upon Clay-Union?Natural Gas
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: Bob Knadle. 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. In its January 28, 1998 Order, the Commission allowed NSP to flow gas through its pipeline, subject to refund, in order to accommodate HTI. Intervention requests were received from MidAmerican Energy and PAM Natural Gas prior to the February 9 deadline.
TODAY, shall the Commission approve the interventions of MidAmerican Energy and PAM Natural Gas?
February 10, 1998