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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
For the Period January 20, 2011, through January 26, 2011

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EL11-001     In the Matter of the Petition of Black Hills Power, Inc. to Establish an Environmental Measures Cost Recovery Tariff 

On January 25, 2011, the Commission received a petition from Black Hills Power, Inc. (BHP) requesting the Commission approve its new tariff establishing an Environmental Improvement Adjustment (EIA) pursuant to legislation enacted during the 2007 Legislative Session.

SDCL Chapter 49-34A, Sections 97 through 100, authorize the Commission to approve a tariff mechanism for the automatic annual adjustment of charges for a public utility to recover the South Dakota jurisdictional portion of eligible investments in and expenses related to new environmental measures. The statute defines eligible new environmental measures as any environmental improvements required under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, or any other federal law or rule, or any state law or rule implementing a federal law or rule, or voluntary environmental measures designed to protect the environment. 

Staff Analysts: Bob Knadle/Jon Thurber/Brittany Mehlhaff/Chris Daugaard
Staff Attorney: Ryan Soye
Date Filed: 01/25/11
Intervention Deadline: 02/11/11 

EL11-002     In the Matter of the Application of Black Hills Power, Inc. for Approval of Energy Efficiency Programs, Tariffs, and Cost Recovery Mechanism 

On January 26, 2011, the Commission received an application from Black Hills Power, Inc. (BHP) requesting the Commission approve new energy efficiency programs, tariff revisions, and a cost recovery mechanism.  

BHP proposes to implement a new three-year Energy Efficiency Solutions Plan that expands on the company's current energy efficiency efforts. The proposed program will implement separate rates for residential and non-residential customer classes. BHP proposes to recover the costs of the Energy Efficiency Solutions Plan through a tariff mechanism to provide for concurrent recovery of costs incurred to implement the plan and to provide the company with an incentive to promote energy efficiency programs. The costs associated with this program would appear as a separate line item on customer bills.   

Staff Analysts: Brian Rounds/Ross Pedersen
Staff Attorney: Ryan Soye
Date Filed: 01/26/11
Intervention Deadline: 02/11/11

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