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2012 South Dakota PUC News

January     February     March   June     July


Nov. 20, 2012 - PUC's Nelson appointed to national task force

South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Chairman Chris Nelson has been appointed to a new task force that will review and set new policies on telecommunication regulation for a national state utility regulators organization.
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July 26, 2012 - National 8/11 Day serves to remind diggers to call 811 before they dig

The 11th day of the eighth month is a good time to remember the importance of calling 811 before beginning any digging project, suggests the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the South Dakota One Call Board.  August 11, 8/11, is National 811 Day, a designation intended to help spread the message to call 811 before you dig.
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June 27, 2012
- PUC proposes recommendations for grain buyer legislation

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission today announced a plan that the agency will pursue during the 2013 legislative session to update grain buyer statutes. The proposal would, through state law, give the PUC additional tools to detect deteriorating financial conditions among grain buyers the agency currently licenses and inspects.
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June 26, 2012 - PUC reduces Xcel Energy rate increase request
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission today approved a reduced rate increase of 5.12 percent for Xcel Energy. The company sought an increase of 9.28 percent, or $14.6 million in additional annual revenue. The commission's decision trimmed more than $6.5 million in additional annual revenue from Xcel Energy's initial request. The rate will become effective Aug. 1, 2012. ... (read more)


March 23, 2012
- April is safe digging month in South Dakota

As South Dakotans gear up for spring construction and planting projects, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the South Dakota One Call Board remind all residents to always call 811 a few days before any digging project to have underground utilities marked. ... (read more)


February 10, 2012
- PUC warns of deceitful billing scheme

South Dakota businesses are being targeted in a billing scheme by an out-of-state company that attempts to elicit payment for telecommunications services and/or products that have not been ordered or received, warns the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. Businesses have reported receiving a document that appears to be an invoice for "telecom maintenance agreement" from an unfamiliar company. ... (read more)


January 23, 2012
- PUC urges consumers to protect wireless accounts

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has learned of incidents involving fraudulent access of private wireless phone accounts and urges consumers to apply additional security measures to protect their accounts. ... (read more)

January 3, 2012 - Chris Nelson elected as new PUC chairman
The leadership of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission was transferred today to new chairman Chris Nelson after a vote among the three commissioners. Commissioner Kristie Fiegen was elected to serve as vice chairman. ... (read more)

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