South Dakota Public Utilities Commission


The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved a construction permit for a solar panel project in Oglala Lakota County. The solar facility can produce up to 110 megawatts of electricity.





It’s taken a little over a year for the construction permit to be approved by the South Dakota PUC. the PUC, the Lookout Solar Project, and the Bureau of Indian affairs drafted thirty-seven conditions of the facility being built.



New Wind Farm Looking For Buyer

Jul 30, 2019

A new wind farm has been approved near Miller, South Dakota. Officials say it didn’t take long for this facility to get approved. 


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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.

TransCanada has asked the U.S. State Department to suspend its consideration of a permit to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to cross the U.S.-Canada border. The company made its request Monday, Nov. 2, in a brief letter. TransCanada says ongoing litigation in Nebraska has delayed the process at the state level, and so a delay at the federal level is also in order. But a pipeline opponent says there are other reasons TransCanada wants a time out.

For an examination of issues surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota, listen here:

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The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has stricken parts of a witness's testimony and exhibits in the application process for the Keystone XL pipeline. That action took place Thursday, Oct. 29, at the PUC's regular meeting. Cindy Myers is a registered nurse who says she followed PUC's instructions to prepare her testimony. But TransCanada attorney William Taylor says Myers violated rules of evidence. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

Victoria Wicks

Time set for the Keystone XL hearing in Pierre has been extended. The Public Utilities Commission had set the week of July 27 through Aug. 4, with a clear weekend. But today (Thursday), TransCanada’s witnesses are still on the stand, and interveners’ witnesses are still to come.

The delay comes largely because each TransCanada witness is subject to cross-examination by about a dozen interveners, one at a time. Questioning is detailed and lengthy, as are objections and discussions of the hearing’s format.

Victoria Wicks SDPB

After a year and a half of hearings, motions, and filings, the state Public Utilities Commission is taking testimony on whether to authorize TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline across South Dakota. Both opponents and proponents have been outlining their cases in the seven-day hearing before the PUC. 

Victoria Wicks

At the Keystone XL hearing in Pierre this week, Tuesday afternoon was filled with arguments among attorneys over whether certain testimony should be included. A witness for TransCanada was asked about shippers’ contracts, and rather than have those questions answered, TransCanada withdrew the testimony.

Victoria Wicks

The Keystone XL pipeline hearings in Pierre delve into details of the Keystone One pipeline already built on the eastern side of the state, and on assurances TransCanada has made for the proposed Western South Dakota route. A Keystone official has been on the stand since Monday afternoon, often deferring questions to other TransCanada witnesses still to come. Each witness is subject to cross-examination and re-cross by interveners and their attorneys, and by Public Utilities Commissioners and their staff.

Victoria Wicks

On Monday evening, public utilities commissioners heard from more than 50 opponents and supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline. This gathering, held in advance of a longer hearing set for the end of the month, gave citizens an opportunity to offer up their opinions on the project even though they’re not official interveners. It also gave opponents an opportunity to address two topics that have been deemed irrelevant to the end-of-month hearing—climate change and tribal treaty rights.