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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
September 17, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. CDT
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

MINUTES OF THE COMMISSION MEETING

Chairman Gary Hanson called the meeting to order. Present were: Commissioners: Chris Nelson and Kristie Fiegen; Commission Counsel: John Smith; Commission Advisor: Greg Rislov; Staff Attorneys: Karen Cremer and Kristen Edwards; Staff Analysts: Patrick Steffensen, Brittany Mehlhaff, Darren Kearney, Jason Simmons, Eric Paulson, Robin Meyerink, and David Henry; and Staff: Sherry Dickerson

Also present were:
Lee Magnuson, Lindquist, Vennum, PLLP, representing Black Hills Power, Inc.; Andrew Moratzka, Stoel Rives LLP, representing Black Hills Industrial Intervenors; Mark Moreno, Schmidt, Schroyer, Moreno, Lee & Bachand, P.C, representing Black Hills Industrial Intervenors; Kyle White, Todd Brink, Chris Kilpatrick, Chuck Loomis, Mike Theis, Vance Crocker, Wendy Moser, Melanie Toney, and Amy Koenig, Black Hills Power, Inc.; and Jill Tietjen, Technically Speaking, Inc., representing Black Hills Power, Inc.

Joining the meeting by telephone were:
Meshach Rhoades, Kutak Rock LLP, representing Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Sam's West, Inc.; Randy Falkenberg, RFI Consulting, Inc., representing Black Hills Industrial Intervenors; Dave Peterson and Basil Copeland, Chesapeake Regulatory Consultants Inc., representing SD Public Utilities Commission Staff; and Kavita Maini, KM Energy Consulting, LLC, representing SD Public Utilities Commission Staff

Electric

1.     EL12-061     In the Matter of the Application of Black Hills Power, Inc. for Authority to Increase its Electric Rates (Staff Analysts: Brittany Mehlhaff, Patrick Steffensen; Staff Attorneys: Karen Cremer, Kristen Edwards)

A lengthy discussion took place regarding docket EL12-061. An audio of the discussion can be found on the PUC website under Commission Actions, Commission Meeting Archives, 2013, September 17, 2013, recording located at:
http://puc.sd.gov/commission/media/2013/puc09172013.mp3.

A transcript of the proceedings will be filed in the docket when received by the Commission and will be available on the Commission's web page for the docket at:
http://www.puc.sd.gov/Dockets/Electric/2012/el12-061.aspx

     Commissioner Fiegen moved to grant BHP's and Wal-Mart's Joint Motion for Approval of Settlement Agreement. Motion carried 3-0.

      Commissioner Nelson moved to grant BHP's and Black Hill Industrial Intervenors' Joint Motion for Approval of Settlement Agreement. Motion carried 3-0.

     
      Commissioner Nelson moved to grant Staff's and BHP's Joint Motion for Approval of Settlement Stipulation. Motion carried 3-0.

2.     EL12-062     In the Matter of the Application of Black Hills Power, Inc. for the Phase in of Rates Regarding Construction Financing Costs of Cheyenne Prairie Generating Station (Staff Analysts: Brittany Mehlhaff, Patrick Steffensen; Staff Attorneys: Karen Cremer, Kristen Edwards)

A lengthy discussion took place regarding docket EL12-062. An audio of the discussion can be found on the PUC website under Commission Actions, Commission Meeting Archives, 2013, September 17, 2013, recording located at:
http://puc.sd.gov/commission/media/2013/puc09172013.mp3.

A transcript of the proceedings will be filed in the docket when received by the Commission and will be available on the Commission's web page for the docket at:
http://www.puc.sd.gov/Dockets/Electric/2012/el12-062.aspx

     Commissioner Hanson moved to grant BHP's and Black Hill Industrial Intervenors' Joint Motion for Approval of Settlement Agreement. Motion carried 3-0.

     Commissioner Hanson moved to grant Staff's and BHP's Joint Motion for Approval of Settlement Stipulation. Motion carried 3-0.

There being no further business, at the hour of 11:53 a.m. the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission meeting adjourned.

 

/S/Joy Lashley
Joy Lashley
Administrative Assistant
puc@state.sd.us
September 17, 2013