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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission


For the Period of September 27, 2007 through October 3, 2007

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NG07-019  -   In the Matter of the Filing by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., a Division of MDU Resources Group, Inc. for Approval of an Amendment to a Contract with Deviations with Merillat Corporation. 

On October 2, 2007, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU), a Division of MDU Resources Group, submitted for Commission approval Section No. 4, 6th Revised Sheet No. 1 and the underlying Amendment No. 4 dated September 6, 2007, to the current Agreement between Montana-Dakota and Merillat Corporation (Merillat). The existing agreement with Merillat was effective on November 1, 2003.  Amendment No. 4 provides for service to continue to Merillat for a one-year period ending October 31, 2008, under the terms of the original contract with exceptions listed in the contract.  This allocation of pipeline demand charges represents an increase of approximately 11 cents from the current pipeline charges based on a 100% load factor allocation.

Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson
Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer
Date Filed: 10/02/07
Intervention Deadline: 10/15/07



PS07-003 -  In the Matter of the Filing by MidAmerican Energy Company for Approval of a Waiver of 49 C.F.R. Section 192.285(a)(2) and 49 C.F.R. Section 192.285(c).

On September 28, 2007, the Commission received for approval a filing from MidAmerican Energy Company (MidAmerican) requesting a permanent waiver of 49 C.F.R. Part 192.285(a)(2) and 192.285(c). MidAmerican requests a waiver of Part 192.285(c) to allow it to re-qualify its employees by an alternate means of assuring qualifications for persons making joints.

Staff Analysts: Martin Bettmann/Nathan Solem
Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler
Date Filed: 09/28/07
Intervention Deadline: 10/19/07




TC07-106 -  In the Matter of the Filing for Approval of an Amendment to an Interconnection Agreement between Qwest Corporation and Comtel Telcom Assets LP d/b/a Excel Telecommunications

On May 18, 2007, the Commission received a filing for approval of a Payment Terms Amendment to the Interconnection Agreement between Qwest Corporation and Comtel Telcom Assets LP, a Texas Limited Partnership, d/b/a Excel Telecommunications for the State of South Dakota, which was docketed September 27, 2007.  Any party wishing to comment on the Agreement may do so by filing written comments with the Commission and the parties to the Agreement no later than October 17, 2007.  Parties to the Agreement may file written responses to the comments no later than twenty days after service of the initial comments. 

Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler

Date Docketed: 09/27/07

Initial Comments Due: 10/17/07

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