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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
October 2, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. CDT
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota


Chairman Chris Nelson called the meeting to Order. Present were: Commissioner Kristie Fiegen; Commission Counsel: John Smith; Commission Advisor: Greg Rislov; Staff Attorneys: Karen Cremer and Kristen Edwards; Staff Analysts: Chris Daugaard, Brian Rounds, Matthew Tysdal, Brittany Mehlhaff, and Patrick Steffensen; Leah Mohr, Deputy Executive Director and Staff: Joy Irving and Sherry Dickerson

Also present were:
Michael Uda, Uda Law Firm, P.C., representing Oak Tree Energy LLC; Bill Makens and Michael Makens, Oak Tree Energy LLC; Bleau LaFave, Al Brogan, Dori Quam and Tim Olson, NorthWestern Corporation dba NorthWestern Energy

Joining the meeting by telephone were:
Commissioner Gary Hanson; Yvette Lafrentz, Doney Law Firm, representing Oak Tree Energy LLC; Pat Makens, Oak Tree Energy LLC 


1.     EL11-006     In the Matter of the Complaint by Oak Tree Energy LLC against NorthWestern Energy for refusing to enter into a Purchase Power Agreement (Staff Analysts: Chris Daugaard, Brian Rounds, Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)

A lengthy discussion took place regarding Docket EL11-006. An audio of the discussion can be found on the PUC Web site under Commission Actions; Commission Meeting Archives; 2012; October 2, 2012, for Docket EL11-006, recording located at: A transcript of the proceeding will be available on the docket page for Docket EL11-006 upon receipt by the Commission.

     Commissioners deferred action until the October 9, 2012, Commission meeting.

There being no further business, at the hour of 3:13 p.m. the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission meeting adjourned.

/S/Joy Irving
Joy Irving
Administrative Assistant
PUC Email
October 2, 2012