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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
October 9, 2012, at 1:30 P.M. CDT
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

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1.     Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meeting Held on September 25, 2012 (Staff: Joy Irving)

Consumer Reports

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


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)

On April 28, 2011, Oak Tree Energy LLC (Oak Tree) filed a Complaint against NorthWestern Energy (NWE). The dispute involves a proposed wind generation project located in Clark County, South Dakota. Oak Tree argues the project is a “Qualified Facility” under PURPA regulations and as a result NWE is required to purchase power produced by the wind farm. Oak Tree alleges that NWE refuses to enter into a purchase power agreement and requests the Commission hear and resolve all issues. On February 28, 2012, the Commission served an Order for and Notice of Hearing. On March 14, 2012, the Commission issued an Order Denying Motion to Allow Electronic Testimony. On March 15, 2012, the Commission issued an Order Denying Oak Tree's Omnibus Prehearing Motions and Granting In Part and Denying in Part Parties' Motions to Strike and Exclude. On March 21, 2012, and March 22, 2012, the hearing was held as scheduled. The Commission heard oral arguments on April 26, 2012. The Commission deferred action until May 2, 2012. On May 2, 2012, the Commission again considered what action to take on the Complaint and on May 15, 2012, issued an Interim Order; Order for and Notice of Further Hearing setting forth certain interim findings and conclusions on the primary issues in the case, setting the matter for further hearing on June 19, 2012, and establishing a procedural schedule for the submission of additional pre-filed testimony. On May 29, 2012, Oak Tree filed Oak Tree Energy, LLC's Motion for Partial Reconsideration of lnterim Order, and in response, on May 31, 2012, the Commission issued an Order Cancelling Procedural Schedule and Hearing. On June 14, 2012, NWE filed NorthWestern Energy's Application for Reconsideration of Findings and Conclusions in Interim Order Issued on May 15, 2012. Each of the parties submitted answers responsive to the Oak Tree and NWE reconsideration requests, and on July 10, 2012, Oak Tree filed a Reply in Support of its Motion to Reconsider. The Commission heard oral arguments from the parties at an Ad Hoc meeting held on October 2, 2012.

     TODAY, how shall the Commission rule on Oak Tree's Motion for Partial Reconsideration? AND, how shall the Commission rule on NorthWestern's Application for Reconsideration?

Items for Commission Discussion


  1. PUC Commissioners will attend the Midstate Communications annual meeting, Thursday, October 4, 2012, at the Kimball School Gym, Kimball, S.D.

  2. PUC Commissioners will attend the South Dakota State Federation of Labor biennial convention, Friday, October 5, 2012, at Cedar Shore Resort, Oacoma, S.D.

  3. The PUC offices will be closed Monday, October 8, 2012, in observance of Native American Day.

  4. Commissioners will attend the Charles Mix Electric Association annual meeting, Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. CDT at the Andes Central High School gym, Lake Andes, S.D.

  5. Commissioners will attend the Moreau-Grand Electric Cooperative annual meeting, Friday, October 12, 2012, at 7 p.m. MDT at the Isabel Community Center, Isabel, S.D.

  6. The next regularly scheduled commission meeting will be Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at 1 p.m. CDT in Room 413 at the State Capitol Building, Pierre, S.D.

  7. Commission meetings are scheduled for November 6 and 20, 2012.


/S/Cindy Kemnitz
Cindy Kemnitz
Finance Manager
October 3, 2012