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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting

Thursday, April 20, 2006, at 1:00 P.M.

State Capitol Building, Room 413

Pierre, South Dakota

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Natural Gas

1. NG06-004 In the Matter of the Filing by NorthWestern Corporation d/b/a/ NorthWestern Energy for Approval of a Contract with Deviations with Commercial Asphalt. (Staff Analysts: Dave Jacobson and Nathan Solem, Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)

Application by NorthWestern Energy for approval of a contract with deviations to construct facilities in order to provide expanded service to Commercial Asphalt near Mitchell, South Dakota.

TODAY, shall the Commission Approve the Contract with Deviations with Less than 30 Days Notice?


1. EL05 022 In the Matter of the Application by Otter Tail Power Company on behalf of Big Stone II Co Owners for an Energy Conversion Facility Permit for the Construction of the Big Stone II Project. (Staff Analysts: Bob Knadle, Martin Bettmann, and Nathan Solem, Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)

On July 21, 2005, the Commission received an Application for a Construction Permit for an Energy Conversion Facility from Otter Tail Power Company on behalf of the Project co owners; Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency; Great River Energy; Heartland Consumers Power District; Montana Dakota Utilities Co., a Division of MDU Resources Group, Inc.; Otter Tail Corporation d/b/a Otter Tail Power Company; Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency; and Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency. The proposed Energy Conversion Facility is a nominal 600 MW coal fired electric generating facility and associated facilities, which the Project co owners have named Big Stone II, to be located on an industrial site adjacent to the existing Big Stone Plant unit I in Grant County, South Dakota. At the September 27, 2005, commission meeting, the Commission granted intervener party status pursuant to ARSD 20:10:22:40 to Clean Water Action, the South Dakota Chapter Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists, Mary Jo Stueve, Minnesotans for an Energy Efficient Economy, Izaak Walton League of America - Midwest Office, and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. On February 16, 2006, Clean Water Action filed a letter requesting withdrawal of its intervention, which was granted at the February 28, 2006, meeting. On April 4, 2006, counsel for Otter Tail advised the Commission and all parties on the E-Service List via e-mail that one of Otter Tail's witnesses, Kiah Harris, had a scheduling conflict over the week of June 26-30 and requested that an alternative arrangement be approved for taking Mr. Harris's testimony and cross-examination.

TODAY, how shall the Commission Proceed?

Heather K. Forney

Deputy Executive Director

April 14, 2006