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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
April 26, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. CDT
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

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1.     EL11-002     In the Matter of the Application of Black Hills Power, Inc. for Approval of Energy Efficiency Programs, Tariffs, and Cost Recovery Mechanism (Staff Analysts: Brian Rounds, Ross Pedersen, Staff Attorney: Ryan Soye)

On January 26, 2011, the Commission received an application from Black Hills Power, Inc. (BHP) requesting the Commission approve new energy efficiency programs, tariff revisions, and a cost recovery mechanism. BHP proposes to implement a new three-year Energy Efficiency Solutions Plan that expands on the company's current energy efficiency efforts. The proposed program will implement separate rates for residential and non-residential customer classes. BHP proposes to recover the costs of the Energy Efficiency Solutions Plan through a tariff mechanism to provide for concurrent recovery of costs incurred to implement the plan and to provide the company with an incentive to promote energy efficiency programs. The costs associated with this program would appear as a separate line item on customer bills. On July 7, 2011, the Commission signed an order to approve BHP's Energy Efficiency Solutions Plan with a program launch date of September 1, 2011, and end date of May 31, 2012. On April 24, 2012, the Commission received a request for clarification of the annual plan update and filing requirement under the tariff for the current plan year ending on May 31, 2012, or alternatively for approval of a waiver of the tariff plan update and filing requirement for the current year due to the partial year period of the current year.

     TODAY, shall the Commission determine that BHP's tariff does not require a plan update filing for the current year? OR, shall the Commission grant a waiver from the plan update filing requirement for the current year?

/S/ Cindy Kemnitz
Cindy Kemnitz
Finance Manager
April 24, 2012