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2010 South Dakota PUC News

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November 24, 2010Commissioner Steve Kolbeck chosen to lead PUC 

South Dakota's public utilities commissioners elected Steve Kolbeck to serve as the commission's chairman for the next two years. Commissioner Gary Hanson was voted to be vice chairman. The election took place at the commission's regular meeting in Pierre on Nov. 23. ... (read more)


October 18, 2010South Dakota delegation to discuss Broadband Plan with FCC

South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds and Public Utilities Commissioners Dusty Johnson, Steve Kolbeck and Gary Hanson will meet with members of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss the proposed National Broadband Plan. ... (read more)


September 30, 2010Commission provides access to funding for telecommunications companies

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has deemed 42 telecommunications companies as eligible to collectively receive millions of dollars in high cost support from the federal Universal Service Fund for maintaining, upgrading and building out their networks in South Dakota in 2011. ... (read more)

September 10, 2010Lifeline and Link-Up telephone programs connect South Dakotans

Access to local emergency services and community resources is vital to all South Dakotans. For some, a local phone can be the difference between social connection and complete isolation. ... (read more)


July 7, 2010 – PUC approves reduced Black Hills Power rate increase

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission today approved a 12.7 percent increase in electric rates for retail customers of Black Hills Power. The increase represents about $17 million less in annual revenues than the company requested. ... (read more)


June 23, 2010 – PUC: AT&T to provide free wireless devices to former Alltel customers

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has received confirmation from AT&T that the company will provide Alltel customers, free of charge, a comparable wireless device when the customer is migrated to AT&T's GSM network. ... (read more)

June 22, 2010 – PUC announces AT&T's acquisition of Alltel in South Dakota

The Federal Communications Commission notified the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission today that it has approved AT&T's acquisition of former Alltel assets in South Dakota. ... (read more)

June 16, 2010 – PUC's Kolbeck named regional association president

Steve Kolbeck, vice chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, was elected as president of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference (MARC) this month. Kolbeck takes the helm of the organization comprised of regulatory utility commissioners from 15 states. ... (read more)

June 15, 2010 – State's second-largest wind farm approved by the PUC

South Dakota's expanding wind energy industry took another leap forward today when the state Public Utilities Commission approved PrairieWinds SD 1, a 165-megawatt wind farm that will spread over parts of Jerauld, Aurora and Brule counties.
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May 25, 2010 – PUC Commissioner to speak to Spearfish service clubs

South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Chairman Dusty Johnson will address a joint meeting of the Northern Black Hills Rotary and Spearfish Kiwanis clubs this Friday, May 28. Johnson is scheduled to speak about Black Hills Power's rate increase request. Topics to be addressed include the timeline, applicable laws and other facts related to the Black Hills Power rate increase review process.
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May 21, 2010 – Permit for power plant in Brookings County approved by PUC

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission gave unanimous approval this week for a 300-megawatt power plant to be constructed near White, S.D. Deer Creek Station will be built by Basin Electric Power Cooperative and will use natural gas combined-cycle technology to generate power to serve its member load requirements.
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April 16, 2010 – PUC commissioners roll up sleeves for energy efficiency

South Dakota's three public utilities commissioners pulled out their toolboxes and got to work for the sake of energy efficiency today in Brookings. ... (read more)

April 7, 2010 – New PUC legislation is friendly to small renewable energy systems

New legislation that will become effective later this year will benefit owners of small wind turbines, solar energy equipment and geothermal systems. The 2010 legislature approved measures that reduce property tax and ensure fair prices for the sale of excess energy for owners of these and other types of small renewable energy facilities. ... (read more)


March 31, 2010 – PUC and South Dakota One Call issue safe digging reminder

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the South Dakota One Call Board remind South Dakotans to call 811 before digging to preserve personal safety and underground utilities. The two organizations are engaged in educational and awareness efforts to promote safe digging. ... (read more)

March 30, 2010 – PUC addresses consumer questions about Black Hills Power rate increase request

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has developed a list of frequently asked questions to help Black Hills Power customers better understand issues related to the company's request to increase its electric rates. The information is posted on the commission's Web site at ... (read more)

March 25, 2010 – PUC to host informational meetings about Black Hills Power rate case process

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will host the first in a series of informational meetings about Black Hills Power's rate increase request ... (read more)


Feb. 18, 2010 – PUC approves Keystone XL Pipeline permit with conditions

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission granted a permit, with 50 conditions, for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in western South Dakota.
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Jan. 5, 2010 – Public Utilities Commission approves Xcel Energy rate increase

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission conditionally approved an approximate 5.5 percent increase over current rates for Xcel Energy this week. In recent years Xcel Energy had received some interim rate recovery from the PUC, but this is the first base rate increase for the company in 17 years. ... (read more)

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