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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
February 2, 2015, at 1:30 P.M. CST
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

NOTE: If you wish to join this meeting by conference call, please contact the Commission at 605-773-3201 by 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, January 30, 2015. Lines are limited and are given out on a first come, first served basis, subject to possible reassignment to accommodate persons who must appear in a proceeding. Ultimately, if you wish to participate in the Commission Meeting and a line is not available, you may have to appear in person. 

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1.      Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meeting Held on January 20, 2015 (Staff: Joy Lashley)

Consumer Reports

1.     Status Report on Consumer Utility Inquiries and Complaints Received by the Commission (Consumer Affairs: Deb Gregg)


1.     EL14-109     In the Matter of the Filing by NorthWestern Corporation dba NorthWestern Energy for Approval of a Contract with Deviations (Staff Analyst: Eric Paulson; Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)

On December 31, 2014, the Commission received a request from NorthWestern Corporation dba NorthWestern Energy (NorthWestern) for approval of a contract with deviations with SD Soybean Processors, LLC and resulting tariff revisions. The proposed contract with deviations would discount the electric rate given to SD Soybean Processors, LLC for an interim period. NorthWestern proposes an effective date of February 1, 2015.

     TODAY, shall the Commission approve the contract with deviations?


1.     TC14-019     In the Matter of the Petition of Blue Jay Wireless, LLC, for Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (Staff Analyst: Eric Paulson; Staff Attorney: Kristen Edwards)

On May 23, 2014, the Commission received a Petition for Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier from Blue Jay Wireless, LLC for the purpose of offering Lifeline services on a wireless basis throughout a majority of South Dakota, in both rural and non-rural areas. On June 26, 2014, the South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) was granted intervention. On January 16, 2015, Blue Jay Wireless, LLC filed a Motion to Bifurcate.

     TODAY, shall the Commission grant Blue Jay's Motion to Bifurcate? OR, how shall the Commission proceed?

Items for Commission Discussion


  1. A hearing in docket EL14-026 will be held January 27-29, 2015, beginning at 9:00 a.m. CST January 27 in the Floyd Matthew Training Center in the Foss Building,
    523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D.

  2. The PUC will host an open house for legislators Thursday, February 12, 2015,
    7:30-11:00 a.m. in the PUC office, first floor at the State Capitol Building, Pierre, S.D.

  3. The next regularly scheduled commission meeting will be Friday, February 13, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. CST in Room 413 at the State Capitol, Pierre, S.D.

  4. Commissioners and staff will attend the Winter Committee Meetings of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, February 15-18, 2015, at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, Washington, D.C.

  5. The PUC offices will be closed Monday, February 16, 2015, in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday.

  6. Commission meetings are scheduled for March 2 and March 17, 2015.


/s/Cindy Kemnitz           
Cindy Kemnitz
Finance Manager
PUC Email
January 26, 2015