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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
Monday, December 6, 2004 at 11:00 A.M.
State Capitol Building, Room 413
Pierre, South Dakota
MINUTES OF THE AD HOC COMMISSION MEETING
Chairman Bob Sahr called the meeting to order. Also present were Commissioner Jim Burg; Executive Director Pamela Bonrud; Commission Advisor Greg Rislov; Commission Attorneys Rolayne Ailts Wiest and John Smith; Staff Attorneys Karen Cremer and Sara Harens; Staff Analysts Dave Jacobson, Michele Farris, Martin Bettmann, and Steve Wegman; and Administrative Secretary Tina Douglas.
Also present was Bob Miller, South Dakota Electric Utility Companies; and Tom Marvin, South Dakota Municipal League;
Joining the meeting by telephone were Vice Chairman Gary Hanson; Jason Doer, Basin Electric Cooperative; Terry Graumann, Otter Tail Power Company; Beth Soholt, Wind on the Wires; and Mark Rolfes, Otter Tail Power Company.
1. EL04-034 In the Matter of the Filing by Otter Tail Power Company Regarding its Notification of Intent to Apply for a Permit for an Energy Conversion Facility. (Staff Analyst: Michele Farris/Martin Bettmann, Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)
Ms. Farris stated that on November 12, 2004, Otter Tail Power Company filed a Notice of Intent to submit an application for a permit for an energy conversion facility. The proposed electric generating facility, tentatively named Big Stone II, would be located on a brown field site adjacent to the existing Big Stone Plant unit I. The site is located in Grant County east of Milbank and northwest of Big Stone City, SD. The current plans are to construct a 600 MW electric generating station utilizing a single pulverized coal fired steam generator balanced-draft combustion and a single, reheat steam turbine. Ms. Farris stated that the map which was presented to the Commission is a 20 mile radius of the affected area. Ms. Farris indicated that no one has intervened. Ms. Farris recommended the affected area be a 20 mile radius as indicated on the map, and also include the municipalities of Summit and Strandburg which are outside the 20 mile radius. Mr. Graumann, Otter Tail Power Company, had no objection to adding the additional area.
Chairman Sahr moved that the Commission designate the affected area for Otter Tail Power Company's proposed 600 MW coal-fired energy conversion facility to be the area within twenty (20) miles of the site of the proposed facility in South Dakota, plus the municipalities of Summit and Strandburg, which encompasses portions of Grant and Roberts Counties, the Milbank, Wilmot, Big Stone City, Summit, South Shore, Sisseton and Grant-Deuel School Districts, and the cities of Milbank, Revillo, Wilmot, Big Stone City, Stockholm, Strandburg, Summit, Twin Brooks, Marvin, Corona and La Bolt. Chairman Sahr further moved that the Commission designate the persons holding the following offices to serve ex officio as the local review committee for Otter Tail's proposed project:
The Chairmen of the Grant and Roberts County Commissions;
The Presidents of the School Boards of the Milbank, Wilmot, Big Stone City, Summit, South Shore, Sisseton and Grant-Deuel School Districts;
The Mayors or presiding officers of the Cities of Milbank, Revillo, Wilmot, Big Stone City, Stockholm, Strandburg, Summit, Twin Brooks, Marvin, Corona and La Bolt; and a person appointed by Otter Tail Power Company.
Chairman Sahr also moved that any person on the committee who ceases to hold such office or appointment shall be replaced on the committee by his successor, who shall promptly notify the Commission of such succession. Commissioner Burg seconded and Commissioner Hanson concurred. Motion passed 3-0.