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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting

Thursday, December 28, 2006, at 9:00 A.M.

Room 412, State Capitol Building

Pierre, South Dakota


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1.         EL06-019   In the Matter of the Application of Black Hills Power, Inc. for Authority to Increase Rates for Electric Service  (Staff Analysts:  Dave Jacobson, Keith Senger, Bob Knadle, Martin Bettmann, and Nathan Solem;  Staff Attorney:  Karen Cremer)


 Application by Black Hills Power, Inc. (BHP) for approval to increase rates for electric service to customers in its service territory by $9,593,688 annually or approximately 9.5% based on BHP's 2005 test year. The company states the proposed increase for a residential customer would be $5.16 per month based on usage of 600 kWh. The proposed rates may potentially affect approximately 60,434 customers in BHP's service territory. A Petition to Intervene and Notice of Appearance of Merillat Industries, LLC, GCC Dacotah, Inc., and Pope & Talbot, Inc., collectively referred to as the Black Hills Intervenors ("BHI") was filed on July 28, 2006.  The Commission granted intervention to BHI at its August 8, 2006, meeting.  On August 28, 2006, the City of Gillette, Wyoming filed a Petition to Intervene.  BHP filed an Objection to the City of Gillette's Petition to Intervene on August 31, 2006.  On September 7, 2006, the City of Gillette filed a Withdrawal of Petition to Intervene.  The Commission granted the Request for Withdrawal at its September 12, 2006, commission meeting.  On September 14, 2006, Rushmore Forest Products filed a Petition for Intervention.  Intervention was granted to Rushmore Forest Products at the September 26, 2006, Commission Meeting.  At its October 19, 2006, meeting, the Commission suspended the imposition of the tariff for an additional 60 days beyond October 28, 2006. On December 20, 2006, Commission Staff filed a Settlement Stipulation and a Joint Motion for Approval of Settlement Stipulation. 

TODAY, shall the Commission Grant the Joint Motion for Approval of the Settlement Stipulation?



Heather K. Forney

Deputy Executive Director

December 22, 2006