PIERRE, S.D.(KCCR)- The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has opened two administrative dockets to accept input on two different topics; the electrification of transportation and demand response rate mechanisms. The input is being mandated by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs act, federal legislation signed in November of last year by President Joe Biden. Commission Chair Chris Nelson says the actions are aimed at getting input from regulated utilities for their thoughts on the topics.
Commissioner Kristie Feigen says this is a different kind of federal mandate.
Commissioner Gary Hanson is hopeful the government is looking for cooperation and not overregulation with the mandate.
The orders indicate the PUC must file initial comments on both transportation electrification and demand response by October 21st of 2022.