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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
January 19, 2010 at 2:30 P.M. CST
Room 412, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

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1.      EL09-018        In the Matter of the Application of Black Hills Power, Inc. for Authority to Increase its Electric Rates. (Staff Analysts: Bob Knadle, Dave Jacobson, Terri LaBrie Baker, Jon Thurber, Tim Binder, Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)

         On September 30, 2009, Black Hills Power, Inc. (BHP) filed an application for approval to increase rates for electric service to customers in its South Dakota service territory. BHP states that it proposes to increase rates by approximately $32 million annually or approximately 26.6% based on BHP's test year ending June 30, 2009. The company states a typical residential electric customer using 600 kWh per month would see a net increase of $17.99 per month. The proposed rates may potentially affect approximately 64,100 customers in BHP's service territory. At its October 20, 2009, meeting, the Commission suspended the imposition of the tariff for 180 days beyond September 30, 2009, and assessed a filing fee for actual expenses not to exceed $100,000. On November 5, 2009, the Commission received a Petition to Intervene from Countertops, Inc., d/b/a Dakota Panel South Dakota, GCC Dacotah, Inc., Rushmore Forest Products, Inc., Sanford Underground Laboratory and Spearfish Forest Products, Inc. (collectively, Black Hills Industrial Intervenors). On November 19, 2009, the Commission received a Petition to Intervene from Lilias Jarding, Bobbie Handley, Carla Kock, and the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center (collectively Residential Consumers Coalition). On November 20, 2009, the Commission received a Petition to Intervene and join with Black Hills Industrial Intervenors from Rapid City Regional Hospital, Inc. (Regional Hospital). At its November 24, 2009, meeting the Commission granted intervention to all petitioning parties. On December 21, 2009, Chesapeake Regulatory Consultants, Inc. submitted a Report and Consulting Services Proposal. At its January 5, 2010, meeting the Commission authorized its Executive Director to hire and enter into contracts with consultants.  On January 12, 2010, Slater Consulting submitted a Proposal for The South Dakota PUC Staff to Evaluate the 2007 Black Hills Integrated Resource Plan.

         TODAY, shall the Commission assess a filing fee for an additional $25,000 for expenses related to the review of an integrated resource plan?


1.      TC09-100           In the Matter of the Application of Velocity The Greatest Phone Company Ever, Inc, for a Certificate of Authority to Provide Interexchange Telecommunications Services and Local Exchange Services in South Dakota. (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

         On December 2, 2009, Velocity The Greatest Phone Company Ever, Inc. ("Applicant" or "Velocity") filed an application for a certificate of authority to provide interexchange and local exchange services throughout the entire state of South Dakota, excluding rural territories on a resold basis.

      TODAY, shall the Commission grant a Certificate of Authority to Velocity The Greatest Phone Company Ever, Inc.?


 /S/ Cindy Kemnitz                                         .
Cindy Kemnitz
Finance Manager
January 12, 2010