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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
September 22, 2009, at 9:30 A.M.
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

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Natural Gas

1.      NG09-001       In the Matter of the Filing by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. for Approval of its Natural Gas Conservation Programs and Conservation Tracking Adjustment. (Staff Analysts: Brian Rounds/Dave Jacobson/Bob Knadle, Staff Attorney:  Karen Cremer)

         On March 2, 2009, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (Montana-Dakota), a Division of MDU Resources Group, Inc., filed an application for Commission approval to remove the experimental qualifier associated with its Gas Conservation Program.  The Company is proposing to continue the application of Rate 90 and expand its natural gas portfolio to include four additional gas conservation programs and remove the experimental nature of the current tariff through the implementation of a biennial review of the Company's portfolio of programs to be filed by June 1 of every other year. In a supplemental filing dated April 1, 2009, MDU requested approval of an updated Conservation Tracking Adjustment effective May 1, 2009, and the extension of previously authorized Conservation Programs set to expire on April 30, 2009, to allow additional time for Commission Staff review. At its April 21, 2009, meeting, the Commission approved the tariff revisions and extended the Conservation Programs through September 30, 2009. On September 16, 2009, MDU filed revised tariff sheets and a Request for Extension of Time and Continuation of Conservation Programs set to expire on September 30, 2009.

         TODAY, shall the Commission Approve the Proposed Tariff Sheets to Extend the Current Gas Conservation Programs Through October 31, 2009? AND, shall the Commission Grant the Request for Extension of Time and Continuation of Conservation Programs with Less than 30 Days Notice?
Pipeline Safety

1.      PS09-004       In the Matter of the Filing by the Commission Acting Pipeline Safety Program Manager Regarding South Dakota Intrastate Pipeline Company Compliance Issues. (Staff Analysts: Nathan Solem/Stacy Splittstoesser, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

         On August 12, 2009, the Acting Pipeline Safety Program Manager filed with the Commission to request and recommend that a penalty be assessed and compliance order issued to South Dakota Intrastate Pipeline (SDIP) for non-compliance in regards to correction of a 2008 pipeline safety inspection item. On September 15, 2009, SDIP filed a request that the Commission not assess a fine.

         TODAY, how shall the Commission Proceed?


 /S/ Heather K. Forney                                    .
Heather K. Forney
Deputy Executive Director
September 18, 2009