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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting

Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 1:00 P.M.

State Capitol Building, Room 412

Pierre, South Dakota

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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 (Otter Tail) 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 (MCEA). 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 May 8, 2006, MCEA filed Motions to Compel Discovery and to Extend Deadline for Intervenor Testimony.

TODAY, shall the Commission Grant MCEA's Motion to Compel Discovery? AND, shall the Commission Grant MCEA's Motion to Extend Deadline for Intervenor Testimony and, if so, to what date?


Heather K. Forney

Deputy Executive Director

May 10, 2006