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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
Thursday, July 23, 1998; 4:00 P.M.
State Capitol Building, Room 412
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 July 22, 1998.
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1. EL98-005 IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPLAINT FILED BY DOUGLAS L. KUPER, LENNOX, SOUTH DAKOTA, AGAINST LINCOLN-UNION ELECTRIC COMPANY REGARDING STRAY VOLTAGE. (Consumer Representative: Leni Healy. Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer.)
On March 6, 1998, Douglas L. Kuper, Lennox, SD, filed a complaint against Lincoln-Union Electric Company regarding stray voltage. The complaint "has been and still is neglect in fixing the stray voltage that has ruined my dairy herd and livestock operation. It has been found to be coming from the down grounds on the poles and is leaking or crossing my farm. By this expert engineers and a physics professor have found the problem to be Lincoln-Union's through numerous tests and also by myself... It has also been felt in our house when taking a shower or bath. It's also being felt in the barn at various times. I have spent thousands of dollars rewiring my farm place which the power company suggested and no relief was accomplished. We did not see any relief until the ground wires along the power company lines were cut. This case has gone to court twice and I have won both times..." Mr. Kuper is asking the Commission to order Lincoln-Union Electric Company to update the system and has given several options. In an order dated April 28, 1998, the Commission made a finding of Probable Cause. On July 17, 1998, the Commission received a Motion to Dismiss from Lincoln-Union Electric Company.
TODAY, shall the Commission grant the Motion to Dismiss?
2. EL98-019 IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPLAINT FILED BY ROB THORSON, BRANDON, SOUTH DAKOTA, AGAINST NORTHWESTERN PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY REGARDING REIMBURSEMENT FOR EXPENSES INCURRED. (Staff Analyst: Bob Knadle. Staff Attorney: Camron Hoseck:)
On July 9, 1998, the Commission received a complaint by Rob Thorson against Northwestern Public Service Company (NWPS) regarding reimbursement for expenses incurred. Complainant alleges that his appliances and equipment were damaged by a power surge caused when NWPS severed an electrical cable while installing a gas line. Complainant states that he is seeking monetary damages, that the electrical line is still exposed and he is asking the Commission to do all it can to resolve the problem.
TODAY, does the Commission find probable cause of an unlawful or unreasonable act, rate, practice or omission to go forward with this complaint and serve it upon the Respondent?
Deputy Executive Director
July 20, 1998