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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
June 15, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. CDT
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota


Chairman Chris Nelson called the meeting to order. Present were: Commissioners: Kristie Fiegen and Gary Hanson; Commission Counsel: John Smith; Commission Advisor: Greg Rislov; Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer; Staff Analysts: Patrick Steffensen, Brittany Mehlhaff, and Eric Paulson; and Staff: Katlyn Gustafson.

Also present were:
Deb Paulson, Chuck Burdick, Jim Wilcox, Laura McCarten, and Richard Johnson, Northern States Power Company dba Xcel Energy.

Joining the meeting by telephone were:
Eric Pauli, Northern States Power Company dba Xcel Energy; Bob Towers, Basil Copeland, and Dave Peterson, Chesapeake Regulatory Consultants Inc., representing SD Public Utilities Commission Staff; and Kavita Maini, KM Energy Consulting Services, LLC, representing SD Public Utilities Commission Staff.


1.      EL14-058     In the Matter of the Application of Northern States Power Company dba Xcel Energy for Authority to Increase its Electric Rates (Staff Analysts: Brittany Mehlhaff, Patrick Steffensen, Eric Paulson; Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)

A lengthy discussion took place regarding docket EL14-058. An audio of the discussion can be found on the PUC website under Commission Actions, Commission Meeting Archives, 2015, June 15, 2015, recording located at:

     Commissioner Hanson moved to grant the Joint Motion for Approval of Settlement Stipulation and approve the rates, tariff sheets, terms and conditions stipulated therein and approve the Interim Refund Plan.  Motion carried 3-0.

There being no further business, at the hour of 10:18 a.m. the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission meeting adjourned.


/s/Joy Lashley     .
Joy Lashley
Administrative Assistant
PUC Email
June 15, 2015