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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
August 24, 2011, at 9:30 A.M. CDT
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

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 AGENDA OF COMMISSION MEETING 

Administration

1.     Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meeting Held on August 9, 2011. (Staff: Demaris Axthelm) 

Consumer Reports 

1.     Status Report on Consumer Utility Inquiries and Complaints Received by the Commission. (Consumer Affairs: Deb Gregg) 

Electric 

1.     In the Matter of the Request for approval of Otter Tail Power Company's 2010 and 2011 plan update and 2012 and 2013 proposed energy efficiency plan. 

     EL11-008     In the Matter of the Filing by Otter Tail Power Company Regarding Its 2010 and 2011 Energy Efficiency Plan Update(Staff Analysts: Ross Pedersen, Brian Rounds, Staff Attorney: Ryan Soye) 

On April 29, 2011, the Commission received a filing from Otter Tail Power Company (Otter Tail) requesting approval of the financial incentive for the 2010 Energy Efficiency Plan and also requesting approval to continue the energy adjustment surcharge as part of its 2011 Energy Efficiency Plan update. 

     EL11-012     In the Matter of the Filing by Otter Tail Power Company Regarding its Proposed South Dakota Energy Efficiency Plan for 2012-2013 (Staff Analysts: Ross Pedersen, Brian Rounds, Staff Attorney: Ryan Soye) 

On May 25, 2011, the Commission received a filing from Otter Tail Power Company (Otter Tail) requesting approval of its proposed South Dakota Energy Efficiency Plan for 2012-2013. 

TODAY, shall the Commission approve Otter Tail Power Company's 2010 energy efficiency report and financial incentive? AND shall the Commission approve the request for continuation of the program in 2012? AND shall the Commission approve the 2012-2013 Energy Efficiency Plan? 

Telecommunications 

1.     TC11-014     In the Matter of the Approval of the Amendment to the Interconnection Agreement between Qwest Corporation and South Dakota Network, LLC (Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)   

On April 11, 2011, the Commission received a request to approve an amendment to the Interconnection Agreement between Qwest Corporation and South Dakota Network, LLC.

     TODAY, shall the Commission approve the agreement?

2.     In the Matter of the Request for Certification Regarding the Use of Federal Universal Service Support in Dockets TC11-021, TC11-023, TC11-025, TC11-030, TC11-032, TC11-033, TC11-035, TC11-036, TC11-038, TC11-040, TC11-041, TC11-042, TC11-045, TC11-053, TC11-055, TC11-058 and TC11-060. 

     TC11-021     In the Matter of the Request of Jefferson Telephone Company for Certification Regarding Its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 13, 2011, the Commission received an application from Jefferson Telephone Company requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012. 

     TC11-023     In the Matter of the Request of Alliance Communications Cooperative, Inc. for Certification Regarding Its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Bobbi Bourk, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 17, 2011, the Commission received an application from Alliance Communications Cooperative, Inc. requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012. 

     TC11-025     In the Matter of the Request of Splitrock Properties Inc. for Certification Regarding Its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Bobbi Bourk, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 17, 2011, the Commission received an application from Splitrock Properties Inc. requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012. 

     TC11-030     In the Matter of the Request of City of Faith Municipal Telephone Company for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 23, 2011, the Commission received an application from City of Faith Municipal Telephone Company requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012. 

     TC11-032     In the Matter of the Request of West River Cooperative Telephone Company for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 23, 2011, the Commission received an application from West River Cooperative Telephone Company requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012. 

     TC11-033     In the Matter of the Request of Western Telephone Company for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Bobbi Bourk, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 23, 2011, the Commission received an application from Western Telephone Company requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012. 

     TC11-035     In the Matter of the Request of Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc. for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 23, 2011, the Commission received an application from Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc., Study Area Codes: 391640, 391659, 391667, 391677, 391684, and 391686 requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012. 

     TC11-036     In the Matter of the Request of Beresford Municipal Telephone Company for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 24, 2011, the Commission received an application from Beresford Municipal Telephone Company requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012. 

     TC11-038     In the Matter of the Request of Valley Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Inc. for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Brittany Mehlhaff, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 25, 2011, the Commission received an application from Valley Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Inc. requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.

     TC11-040     In the Matter of the Request of RC Communications, Inc., dba RC Services for Certification Regarding its use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Chris Daugaard, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 25, 2011, the Commission received an application from RC Communications, Inc., dba RC Services requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.      

     TC11-041     In the Matter of the Request of Midstate Communications, Inc. for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 26, 2011, the Commission received an application from Midstate Communications, Inc. requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.  

     TC11-042     In the Matter of the Request of Midstate Telecom, Inc. for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 26, 2011, the Commission received an application from Midstate Telecom, Inc. requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012. 

     TC11-045     In the Matter of the Request of SSTELECOM, Inc. dba ITC for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Chris Daugaard, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 26, 2011, the Commission received an application from SSTELECOM, Inc. dba ITC requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012. 

     TC11-053     In the Matter of the Request of Northern Valley Communications, LLC for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney:  Kara Semmler) 

On May 31, 2011, the Commission received an application from Northern Valley Communications, LLC requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.  

     TC11-055     In the Matter of the Request of James Valley Cooperative Telephone Company for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 31, 2011, the Commission received an application from James Valley Cooperative Telephone Company requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.  

      TC11-058     In the Matter of the Request of Farmers Mutual Telephone Company for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Chris Daugaard, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler) 

On May 31, 2011, the Commission received an application from Farmers Mutual Telephone Company requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.   

     TC11-060     In the Matter of the Request of Red River Rural Telephone Association for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Chris Daugaard, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 31, 2011, the Commission received an application from Red River Rural Telephone Association requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.

     TODAY, shall the Commission Provide a Certification to the Federal Communications Commission and to the Universal Service Administration Company regarding the Plan for the Use of Federal Universal Services Support as proposed in each of the above dockets? 

3.     TC11-079     In the Matter of the Filing by Qwest Corporation d/b/a CenturyLink QC for Approval of Revisions to its Exchange and Network Tariff (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)  

On July 7, 2011, Qwest Corporation d/b/a CenturyLink QC (Qwest) filed a request for approval of the company's Exchange and Network Tariff No. 1. Qwest has proposed an effective date of August 8, 2011.

     TODAY, shall the Commission approve the proposed tariff changes?

Items for Commission Discussion 

Announcements 

  1. Commissioners and staff will attend the Brown County Fair, August 17-21, 2011, at the Brown County Fairgrounds in Aberdeen, S.D.

  2. Commissioners and staff will attend the South Dakota Association of Telephone Cooperatives annual meeting August 21-23, 2011, at the Ramkota in Aberdeen, S.D.

  3. Commissioners will attend the Sioux Valley Energy Symposium Thursday, August 25, 2011, at University Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

  4. An ad hoc commission meeting will be held Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., CDT, in Room 413 at the State Capitol Building, Pierre, S.D.

  5. Commissioners and staff will attend the South Dakota State Fair, September 1-5, 2011, at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron, S.D.

  6. The Public Utilities Commission offices will be closed Monday, September 5, 2011, in observance of Labor Day.

  7. Commissioners and staff will tour the Glacial Lakes Energy facility in Watertown, Thursday, September 8, 2011.

  8. The next regularly scheduled commission meeting will be held Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 9:30 a.m., CDT, in Room 413 at the State Capitol Building, Pierre, S.D.

  9. Commission meetings are scheduled for September 27 and October 11, 2011.

  10. The Public Utilities Commission offices will be closed Monday, October 10, 2011, in observance of Native American Day. 

 

/S/ Cindy Kemnitz
Cindy Kemnitz
Finance Manager
puc@state.sd.us
August 17, 2011