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2011 South Dakota PUC News

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November

November 22, 2011 PUC accepts reduced NorthWestern Energy natural gas rate increase
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved a 3.3 percent natural gas rate increase for NorthWestern Energy this week. The final increase amount was offered by the company and PUC staff as part of a joint settlement stipulation. The increase represents less than half of what the company requested. The rate increase becomes effective Dec. 1, 2011. ... (read more)

October

October 28, 2011 Phishing scam targets AT&T customers
An email scam requesting personal information from customers has been reported to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission by AT&T officials. The email appears to originate from AT&T and prompts the user to provide account and credit card information. ... (read more)

September

September 30, 2011 - South Dakota PUC urges FERC action to evaluate EPA regulations
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission filed comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week asking FERC to study how regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency will impact the reliability and affordability of electricity. The PUC urges FERC to establish one or more joint boards comprised of federal and state representatives, including a board for South Dakota and the Upper Midwest region. ... (read more)

September 28, 2011 - PUC to hear public comments in Scotland about NorthWestern Energy's proposed natural gas rate increase
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing in Scotland, S.D., Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, to hear comments and questions about the natural gas rate increase proposed by NorthWestern Energy. The public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. CDT in the basement meeting room at City Hall, 410 Main St. The public hearing will adjourn at the conclusion of comments and questions from all persons who have arrived before 8:30 p.m.  ... (read more)

August

August 9, 2011 - Kristie Fiegen becomes a South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner
Kristie Fiegen took the oath of office to become a South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner on Aug. 9, 2011. Fiegen was appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to fill a vacancy on the commission. Her term extends through 2012.  ... (read more)


August 9, 2011 - Remember 811 on 8-11 for safe digging
811 is an important number to remember, on 8-11 (Aug. 11) and every day, suggests the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the South Dakota One Call Board. Placing a simple, free call to 811 before digging will set wheels in motion for all underground utilities to be marked before landscaping, building or other projects can safely begin.  ... (read more)

July

July 11, 2011 - PUC Chairman Hanson addresses transmission issues at forum
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Chairman Gary Hanson was a featured presenter last week at the Aspen Energy Policy Forum in Colorado. Hanson was invited to address electric transmission issues affecting the Midwest.  ... (read more)

June

June 28, 2011 - South Dakota PUC elects new leadership
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has a new chairman. Commissioner Gary Hanson was elected to the agency's top spot this week. Commissioner Chris Nelson will serve as vice chairman.  ... (read more)


June 3, 2011 - CenturyLink chooses PUC'S Kolbeck to lead state operations
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Chairman Steve Kolbeck has been selected as CenturyLink's new South Dakota operations manager effective June 20, 2011. Kolbeck's last day at the commission will be June 17. ... (read more)


April

April 19, 2011 - Public Utilities Commission approves Otter Tail Power Co. rate increase

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved a 2.32 percent rate increase for Otter Tail Power Co. this week. ... (read more)


April 15, 2011 - PUC warns consumers of scam
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission is warning consumers of a check scam that improperly uses the name of NorthWestern Energy. ... (read more)


March

March 28, 2011 – PUC and South Dakota One Call remind all to dig safely

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the South Dakota One Call Board remind excavators and homeowners to call 811 before digging for their own safety as well as to protect utilities. ... (read more)

January

Jan. 24, 2011 – PUC's Kolbeck named to leadership of national committee

South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Chair Steve Kolbeck has been appointed as a Co-Vice Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Committee on Telecommunications. ... (read more)

Jan. 10, 2011 – Chris Nelson appointed to South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

Chris Nelson was sworn in as South Dakota's newest public utilities commissioner on Jan. 8, 2011, during a formal inauguration ceremony at the State Capitol in Pierre. Nelson was appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to fill a vacancy on the commission. ... (read more)

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