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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
Monday, November 22, 2004 at 8:30 A.M.
State Capitol Building, Room 412
Pierre, South Dakota
MINUTES OF THE AD HOC COMMISSION MEETING
Chairman Bob Sahr called the meeting to order. Also present were Executive Director Pamela Bonrud; Deputy Executive Director Heather Forney; Commission Advisor Greg Rislov; Commission Attorneys Rolayne Ailts Wiest and John Smith; Staff Attorney Sara Harens; Staff Analysts Dave Jacobson, Michele Farris, Sue Schaefer, and Keith Senger; and Administrative Secretary Tina Douglas.
Also present was Bob Miller, South Dakota Electric Utility Companies;
Joining the meeting by telephone were Vice Chairman Gary Hanson; Commissioner Jim Burg; and Steve Hellmers, Black Hills Corporation.
1. EL04-026 In the Matter of the Petition of Black Hills Corporation for a Statement to the Securities and Exchange Commission Regarding Investment in Foreign Utilities. (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)
John Smith stated that Black Hills Corporation and the Commission's General Counsel had reached an agreement on the language to be included in the SEC letter. Mr. Smith recommended approval of the language in the form agreed to and issuance of the SEC letter.
Chairman Sahr moved to approve the issuance of a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission in the form agreed to between Black Hills Corporation and the commission's General Counsel and that the Order shall contain a statement to the effect that neither the Order nor the letter shall be construed as an approval of, or an indication of intent to approve, any of the transactions described in the application to the SEC and that, to the extent provided by South Dakota law Black Hills will be required to seek approval of the Commission prior to undertaking any such transaction or action. Commissioner Burg seconded and Commissioner Hanson concurred. Motion passed 3-0.