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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 2:30 PM
State Capitol Building, Room 468
Pierre, South Dakota

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1.           EL04-032           In the Matter of the Petition for Electrical Service by Dakota Turkey Growers, LLC to have Dakota Energy Cooperative, Inc. Assigned as its Electric Provider in the Service Area of NorthWestern Energy.   (Staff Analyst:  Michele Farris,  Staff Attorneys:  Karen Cremer/Sara Greff)

On October 18, 2004, the Commission received a petition from Dakota Turkey Growers, LLC for electrical service. The petition requests that the Public Utilities Commission assign Dakota Energy Cooperative, Inc. as the supplier of electrical service to the Dakota Turkey Growers facility.  Dakota Turkey Growers is constructing and will operate a turkey processing plant at a site located in the NE Quarter of Section 4, Township 110 North, Range Six West, in Beadle county, South Dakota, approximately one and one-half miles east of Huron, South Dakota, on the south side of Highway 14.  The site of the facility is within the assigned service area of NorthWestern Energy.  Dakota Turkey Growers will require electrical service of substantially more than a contracted minimum demand of 2,000 kilowatts, and will enter into a contract for such electrical service.  On November 3, 2004, NorthWestern Corporation (NorthWestern) filed a Petition to Intervene and Objection.  The Commission granted intervention to NorthWestern at its November 30, 2004, meeting.  NorthWestern filed a Motion for Summary Disposition of NorthWestern Corporation on January 12, 2005.  A Stipulation to Amend Petition was submitted on by both parties on February 2, 2005.  On February 3, 2005, Dakota Turkey Growers filed a Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Motion for Summary Disposition.

TODAY, shall the Commission Grant the Motion for Summary Disposition?

Heather K. Forney
Deputy Executive Director
February 4, 2005