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South Dakota Public Utilities AD HOC Commission Meeting
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 8:30 A.M.
Room 412, State Capitol Building, Pierre, South Dakota
MINUTES OF THE AD HOC COMMISSION MEETING
Vice Chairman Bob Sahr called the meeting to order. Also present were Commissioner Johnson; Executive Director Pamela Bonrud; Deputy Executive Director Heather Forney; Commission Advisor Greg Rislov; Commission Attorney John Smith; Staff Attorneys Karen Cremer and Sara Greff; Staff Analysts Dave Jacobson, Steve Wegman, Michele Farris, and Keith Senger; Paige Wilbur, Intern; Cheri Wittler, Court Reporter; and Administrative Secretary Tina Douglas.
Also present were Jim Berg, Myron Steckler, Russ Mather, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.; Brett Koenecke, May, Adam, Gerdes, and Thompson, representing Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.; Arden Koenecke; Gene Lebrun, Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, representing Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.; Ed Anderson, South Dakota Rural Electric Association; and Gerald L. Rix, Mayor of Groton, South Dakota.
Joining the meeting by telephone was Chairman Gary Hanson
Dave Jacobson stated that this contract is for assistance for NG05-002 rate case. Dave Jacobson recommended approval of the consulting contract for docket NG05-002.
Commissioner Sahr moved to approve the consulting contract regarding docket NG05-002 rate case for Chesapeake Regulatory Consultants. Chairman Hanson seconded and Commissioner Johnson concurred. Motion passed 3-0.
1. EL04-041 In the Matter of the Application of Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. for an Energy Conversion Facility Permit for the Construction of a Combustion Turbine Generator near Groton, South Dakota. (Staff Analyst: Michele Farris, Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)
Chairman Sahr moved to approve the Stipulation between Basin Electric Cooperative and Staff, and that the Commission find that with the terms and conditions of the Stipulation, Basin Electric has satisfied each of the factors set forth in SDCL 49-41B-22 and that Basin Electric's Application for a Siting Permit for an energy conversion facility near Groton should be approved subject to the terms and conditions of the Stipulation. Chairman Hanson seconded and Commissioner Johnson concurred. Motion passed 3-0.