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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
May 28, 2008, at 9:00 A.M.
State Capitol Building, Room 464
Pierre, South Dakota

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1.      AA08-001 - In the Matter of a Consulting Contract with Mr. Roger Oldenkamp (Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

A variety of dockets currently on file with the Commission require extensive research and analysis.  Commission Staff believes some specific detailed research on particular topics can most effectively be completed by an outside consultant.  Commission Staff explained our needs to Mr. Roger Oldenkamp of Spearfish, SD and feels confident he can assist with specified research.  He has specific experience in utility and business practice, theory and policy making. 

         TODAY, shall the Commission Authorize Staff to Enter into a Consulting Contract with Mr. Roger Oldenkamp?

2.      AA08-002 -  In the Matter of a Consulting Contract with GeoDecisions (Staff Analyst:  Daris Ormesher)

         The state legislature has given the Public Utilities Commission the task of maintaining electric utility territory maps.  To this point, all maps have been maintained in a paper format on county highway maps.  Staff is looking to convert those paper filings to a Geospatial Information System (GIS) in order to make the information more accurate and accessible.  GeoDecisions is a recognized leader in the spatial information technology industry with experience in providing customized digital map production.

      TODAY, shall the Commission Authorize Staff to Enter into a Consulting Contract with GeoDecisions?

Hydrocarbon Pipeline

1.     HP07-001 -  In the Matter of the Application of TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP for a Permit under the South Dakota Energy Conversion and Transmission Facility Act to Construct the Keystone Pipeline Project. (Staff Analysts: Bob Knadle/Nathan Solem, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

         On April 27, 2007, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP, (Keystone) filed a siting permit application for the South Dakota portion of the Keystone Pipeline Project (Project). The Project will transport crude oil starting in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada and ending in Patoka, Illinois.  The proposed 30 inch diameter pipeline will have a nominal capacity of 435,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) with a possible expansion to 591,000 bpd.  The proposed route will enter South Dakota at the North Dakota/South Dakota border in Marshall County and extend in a southerly direction, exiting the state at the South Dakota/Nebraska border in Yankton County.  The length of the pipeline in South Dakota will be approximately 220 miles and it will cross the counties of Marshall, Day, Clark, Beadle, Kingsbury, Miner, Hanson, McCook, Hutchinson and Yankton.  The Project also includes four pump stations in South Dakota located in Day, Beadle, Miner and Hutchinson counties along with 15 mainline valves with an average spacing of 15 miles between valves.  A scheduling and procedural order was issued at the September 11, 2007, commission meeting. On October 31, 2007, the Commission received a request to move the hearing location from Michael and Susan Sibson. On November 1, 2007, the Commission received a request to move the hearing location from Jerauld Glanzer. On November 1, 2007, Web Water Development, Inc. filed a letter requesting an extension of the date for WEB to file its direct testimony and supporting exhibits.  On March 11, 2008, the commission granted a siting permit with certain conditions.  On April 29, 2008, Keystone filed a Motion for Approval of Public Liaison Officer.  A Motion for Approval of Construction Bond was filed by Keystone on April 30, 2008. The Public Liaison Officer was approved at the May 6, 2008, commission meeting.

         TODAY, shall the Commission Grant the Motion for Approval of Construction Bond?


1.      TC07-107 -  In the Matter of Unauthorized Long Distance Changes and Unauthorized Telephone Charges Made by Reduced Rates Long Distance. (Staff Analysts: Brian Rounds/Deb Gregg, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On October 5, 2007, Staff filed a Motion for Order to Show Cause against Reduced Rates Long Distance based on twenty-three consumer complaints of cramming and slamming activity by Reduced Rates. Staff alleges Reduced Rates Long Distance changed consumer long distance providers and/or added fees to consumer bills through deceptive practices and without proper authorization. On October 10, 2007, Midcontinent Communications (Midcontinent) filed a Petition to Intervene. Intervention was granted to Midcontinent at the December 18, 2007, commission meeting. On December 27, 2007, a Petition to Intervene was filed by PrairieWave Black Hills, LLC and PrairieWave Telecommunications, Inc.  (Knology). Intervention was granted to Knology at the January 15, 2008, commission meeting. On May 20, 2008, Knology filed a Petition to Withdraw from the docket.

         TODAY, shall the Commission Grant the Petition to Withdraw?

_/S/ Heather Forney_________
Heather K. Forney
Deputy Executive Director
May 27, 2008