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2017 South Dakota PUC News

December 21, 2017 - PUC watching federal tax plan progress and effect on rate payers

While the nation’s eyes are on federal tax reform, South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission is eyeing the effect the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have on consumers of regulated electric and natural gas utilities... (read more)

November 3, 2017 - Fiegen gains leadership position in regional transmission organization

South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Chairperson Kristie Fiegen has been named vice president of the Southwest Power Pool’s Regional State Committee. The committee provides state regulatory agency input related to the development and operation of regional bulk electric transmission in 14 states in the central U.S. Fiegen previously served as the group’s secretary.... (read more)

September 5, 2017 - PUC’s Nelson to testify at U.S. Senate hearing about telecommunications program

South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in Washington, tomorrow, Sept. 6, 2017. Senator John Thune, chairman of the committee, invited Nelson to offer remarks about the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline Program.... (read more)
    Commissioner Nelson’s written testimony

August 15, 2017PUC accepts MidAmerican Energy proposal to offer service to farm tap customers

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission today accepted a proposal by MidAmerican Energy Co. to provide services to farm tap customers connected to an interstate pipeline owned by Northern Natural Gas Co..... (read more)

July 5, 2017Hanson elected to second term as secretary of Mid-America Regulatory Conference

Mid-America Regulatory Conference leaders elected South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Gary Hanson to serve a second term as the association’s secretary at their annual meeting last month in Chicago.... (read more)

April 10, 2017April declared Safe Digging Month

With spring in full swing, many South Dakotans are beginning to plan for outdoor and home improvement projects. If your spring projects include any digging, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and South Dakota One Call Board remind you to always call before you dig.... (read more)

January 19, 2017
PUC's Chris Nelson appointed to national board of directors

South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson has been selected to serve on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Board of Directors, a group tasked with overseeing NARUC’s efforts to improve the quality and effectiveness of public utility regulation. This is Nelson’s second appointment to the association’s supervisory board..... (read more)

January 6, 2017Kristie Fiegen elected new South Dakota PUC chairperson

South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Kristie Fiegen was elected to serve as PUC’s chairperson and Commissioner Gary Hanson was elected as vice chairman. The leadership election took place at the commission’s regular meeting on Jan. 3, 2017, in Pierre.... (read more)

January 3, 2017 - Nelson sworn in to second term as South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner

Recently re-elected South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson took the oath of office today to officially begin his new term. The oath was administered by South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson on Jan. 3, 2017, at the State Capitol in Pierre, South Dakota.... (read more)




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