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2014 South Dakota PUC News

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December 17, 2014 - EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan wrong for South Dakota, PUC says

Pierre, S.D. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed plan to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants will have harmful results on the reliability and affordability of electricity in South Dakota if implemented as it is currently written, warned the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission....(read more)


November 26, 2014 - Otter Tail Power Co. responds to environmental regulations; PUC approves associated rate increase

Pierre, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission this week agreed to allow Otter Tail Power Co. to recover from customers the company's cost of complying with environmental regulations at two of its coal-fired power plants near Milbank, South Dakota, and Fergus Falls, Minnesota. ... (read more)

November 7, 2014 - PUC approves transmission line by Black Hills Power

Pierre, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission gave the go-ahead this week to Black Hills Power to construct approximately 45 miles of a 230-kilovolt transmission line in western South Dakota, from Wyoming to the company's Lange Substation near Rapid City. The full project will originate at the company's Teckla Substation in Campbell County, Wyoming, and span about 145 miles. Black Hills Power expects to begin construction in early 2015 and the line to be in service by January 2016.... (read more)


October 23, 2014 - PUC Chairman Hanson delivers address at national electric roundtable

Pierre, S.D. – Gary Hanson, chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, was a speaker and panelist at the national Roundtable on Energy Resource Portfolios for the Electric Power Industry in Arlington, Va., earlier this month. At the invitation-only event industry leaders examined the future of the electric power industry, the growing demand for diverse energy portfolios and challenges, and how to solve those challenges. ... (read more)


August 14, 2014 - Transmission line receives PUC approval

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission this week approved a settlement stipulation allowing Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and Otter Tail Power Co. to construct a 345-kilovolt transmission line in northeastern South Dakota. The approximate 160-mile line will stretch between new substations near Big Stone City, S.D., and Ellendale, N.D., crossing portions of Brown, Day and Grant counties. ... (read more)

August 7, 2014 - On 8/11 and always, remember to call 811 before digging

With the date of Aug. 11 clearly visible on calendars, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the South Dakota One Call Board hope that date – 8/11 – will serve as a reminder for residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. ... (read more)



April 2, 2014 - April proclaimed safe digging month

With warm weather around the corner, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the South Dakota One Call Board remind those planning to do any excavation work that state law requires a call to 811 at least two working days before beginning any digging project in order to give professional locators time to mark the appropriate underground utility lines. Such projects include, but are not limited to, installing a fence, planting trees or shrubbery or preparing a new garden area. ... (read more)



March 7, 2014 - PUC approves northeastern South Dakota transmission project

South Dakota’s electric transmission system will receive a boost with the recent approval of a new 345-kilovolt line to be constructed in Deuel and Brookings counties. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission last month granted a permit to Xcel Energy and Otter Tail Power Co. to jointly construct 43 miles of line and associated facilities of the Big Stone South-Brookings County project. ... (read more)



February 28, 2014 - PUC Vice Chairman Nelson gains national appointment

Chris Nelson, vice chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, has been appointed by the Federal Communications Commission to the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. Nelson was nominated for the appointment by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. ... (read more)


February 4, 2014 - PUC moves forward with rulemaking

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously last week to proceed with the development of rules that will help define cases involving contracts for power production facility developers seeking to sell wholesale power as a qualified facility to a utility company. ... (read more)




January 9, 2014 - PUC commissioners pick Hanson as leader

South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Gary Hanson will preside as chairman of the PUC in 2014. Commissioner Chris Nelson will serve as vice chairman. Both commissioners were elected to the posts at a Jan. 7 PUC meeting and will continue in the leadership roles they held in 2013. Kristie Fiegen is the third member of the commission. ... (read more)


January 3, 2014 - PUC's Nelson picked to lead national telecommunications committee

South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Vice Chairman Chris Nelson has been selected to serve as chairman of a national committee of utility regulators charged with analyzing and impacting telecommunications policy, trends and best practices. Nelson's appointment to chair the Committee on Telecommunications for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners was announced today by NARUC president Colette Honorable of Arkansas. The appointment also earns Nelson a spot on NARUC's board of directors. ... (read more)

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