Kristie Fiegen

SD Public Utilities Commission

The federal government cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent at the end of last year. In response, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission moved quickly to ensure that corporate utilities passed those savings along to their customers. SDPB's Victoria Wicks covered that story last December and has an update on the PUC's progress.

South Dakota energy consumers could see a reduction in utility rates as a result of the new federal tax law. President Donald Trump signed the tax bill into law on Friday, Dec. 22, cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

Investor-owned utilities could be required to pass those savings along to their customers. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has set a hearing for Dec. 29 to give state utilities an opportunity to comment. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has more.

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South Dakota's PUC chairwoman says the Nebraska Public Service Commission is bound by state law, as are the public utility commissions in all states. And so she says the Nebraska PSC had to make its decision to permit the Keystone XL pipeline based on the evidence they received.

Kristie Fiegen says commissions have to interpret state law and apply that to the evidence and filings.

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If you have a phone, and who doesn't, you've probably been annoyed or alarmed by robocalls. Those are the recorded messages that offer credit repair or vacations, or tell you the IRS is going to be on your doorstep with a warrant if you don't send money NOW. Caller ID doesn't help. These days scammers can pirate phone numbers that appear to be local or legitimate. Public Utilities Commission Chairwoman Kristie Fiegen says every time there seems to be a solution, technology gives scammers a way to dodge it. She says the best answer is not to fall for the scam.

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CenturyLink customers will soon receive phone books on demand, rather than receiving them every year without asking, according to a declaratory ruling made Tuesday, Jan. 19, by the Public Utilities Commission.

Customers who request phone books can put in a standing order, rather than having to ask every year.

CenturyLink, parent company of Qwest, contracts with Dex for phone books. The publisher has been transitioning away from paper phone directories and moving toward digital lists online.

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The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has to decide if phone books are going the way of the hand-written letter. Phone book publisher Dex is transitioning from paper directories to online listings in a number of states. Two weeks ago the state PUC heard from representatives of Dex, Qwest, and CenturyLink, who want to transition away from printing phone books in South Dakota and publish directories online. The commission delayed making a decision until its hearing on Jan. 19.