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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
June 8, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. CDT
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

MINUTES OF THE COMMISSION MEETING

Commissioner Chris Nelson called the meeting to order. Present were: Commission Attorneys: Karen Cremer and Adam de Hueck; Commission Advisor: Greg Rislov; Staff Attorneys: Amanda Reiss and Kristen Edwards; Staff Analysts: Patrick Steffensen, Brittany Mehlhaff, Eric Paulson, Lorena Reichert, Joseph Rezac and Jon Thurber; and Staff: Katlyn Gustafson.

Present were:
Paul Bachand, Moreno, Lee & Bachand, P.C., representing South Dakota Intrastate Pipeline Co.; and Gordon Woods, South Dakota Intrastate Pipeline Co.

Joining the meeting by telephone were:
Chairperson: Kristie Fiegen; Commissioner: Gary Hanson; Mary Zanter, Pipeline Safety Manager; Brett Koenecke, May, Adam, Gerdes and Thompson, LLP, representing Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.; Bob Morman, Garret Senger, Pat Darras and Tamie Aberle; Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.; and Drew Moratzka, Stoel Rives LLP, representing South Dakota Intrastate Pipeline Company.

Natural Gas

1.      NG16-006          In the Matter of the Complaint of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., a Division of MDU Resources Group, Inc., regarding South Dakota Intrastate Pipeline Company’s Rates for Pipeline Transportation Service (Staff Analysts: Brittany Mehlhaff, Patrick Steffensen, Eric Paulson; Staff Attorneys: Kristen Edwards, Amanda Reiss)

2.      NG17-009          In the Matter of the Application of South Dakota Intrastate Pipeline Company for Authority to Increase its Natural Gas Rates Service (Staff Analysts: Brittany Mehlhaff, Patrick Steffensen, Eric Paulson; Staff Attorneys: Kristen Edwards, Amanda Reiss)

         A lengthy discussion took place regarding dockets NG16-006 and NG17-009. An audio of the discussion can be found on the PUC website under Commission Actions, Commission Meeting Archives, 2017, June 8, 2017, recording located at:
http://puc.sd.gov/commission/media/2017/puc06082017.mp3.

         Commissioner Nelson moved that SDIP shall file a complete rate case by June 30, 2017, to comply with the Settlement Agreement approved in NG16-006, that the statutory period for the Commission to issue a decision in the rate case required pursuant to SDCL 49-34A-17, will not begin until the proposed rate is filed pursuant to this order, and that because there is currently a contracted rate in place through August 31, 2018, any rate proposed by SDIP will not be put into effect until after the current contract ends. Motion carried 3-0.

There being no further business, at the hour of 1:24 p.m. the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission meeting adjourned.

 

/s/Joy Lashley     .
Joy Lashley
Administrative Assistant
PUC Email
June 8, 2017