NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD ON COMPLETENESS AND PROCEDURES
Issued: November 5, 2013
In the Matter of
the Application of Northern States Power Company for Authority to Increase Rates for Electric Service in Minnesota
PUC Docket Number: E-002/GR-13-868 Comment Period:
Initial comment period closes November 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm. Reply comment period closes November 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm.
Topics Open for Comment:
Whether Northern States Power Company’s application complies with the filing requirements of Minn. Stat. § 216B.16, Minn. Rules, Parts 7825.3100 to 7825.4400, and relevant Commission Orders, and
Whether this matter should be sent to the Office of Administrative Hearings for a contested case hearing and if so, what the scope of the hearing should be.
On November 4, 2013, Northern States Power Company, doing business as Xcel Energy (“Xcel”), filed a request to increase rates for electric service in Minnesota with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”). In its filing, Xcel seeks authority for a two year increase in rates, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 216B.16, subdivisions 1 and 19, of $192.7 million, or 6.9 percent, in 2014, and $98.5 million, or 3.5 percent, in 2015, for a total increase of $291.2 million, or 10.4 percent, effective January 3, 2014 without suspension. If the Commission suspends the proposed rate increase under Minn. Stat. § 216B.16, subd. 2, Xcel requests, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 216B.16, subd. 3, an interim rate increase of $127.4 million, or 4.57 percent, effective on January 3, 2014. Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 216B.16, subd. 3, the Commission sets interim rates on an “ex-parte” basis.
telecommunications carriers, official parties, and state agencies
to file documents using the Commission’s electronic filing system (“eFiling”). All parties, participants
and interested persons are encouraged to use eFiling.
________________________________ Burl W. Haar, Executive Secretary