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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
June 15, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. CDT
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

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1.     EL14-058     In the Matter of the Application of Northern States Power Company dba Xcel Energy for Authority to Increase its Electric Rates (Staff Analysts: Brittany Mehlhaff, Patrick Steffensen, Eric Paulson; Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)

On June 23, 2014, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) received an Application for Authority to Increase Its Electric Rates (Application) filed by Northern States Power Company dba Xcel Energy (Xcel) for approval to increase rates for electric service to customers in its South Dakota service territory by approximately $15.6 million annually or approximately 8.0% based on Xcel’s 2013 test year. Xcel states a typical residential electric customer using 750 kWh per month would see an increase of $8.49 per month, or 9.71%. The proposed changes may potentially affect approximately 87,000 customers in Xcel’s South Dakota service territory. Xcel proposes an effective date of January 1, 2015. On June 26, 2014, the Commission electronically transmitted notice of the Application and the intervention deadline of September 12, 2014, to interested individuals and entities on the Commission’s PUC Weekly Filings listserv. On November 12, 2014, Xcel filed its Notice of Intent to Implement Interim Rates effective for service on or after January 1, 2015. On June 1, 2015, a Joint Motion for Approval of Settlement Stipulation, Settlement Stipulation, Interim Refund Plan, and Staff Memorandum were filed with the Commission.

     TODAY, shall the Commission grant the Joint Motion for Approval of Settlement Stipulation and approve the rates, tariff sheets, terms and conditions stipulated therein? AND, shall the Commission approve the Interim Refund Plan? OR, how shall the Commission proceed?


/s/Cindy Kemnitz     
Cindy Kemnitz
Finance Manager
PUC Email
June 8, 2015