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Topic: Have the municipalities of Lafayette and Courtland been contacted about UNG’s proposed expansion of its service area to include the Lower Sioux Indian Community (Lower Sioux)? If so, provide all communications between UNG, Lafayette, Courtland and the Lower Sioux.
Topic: Has UNG communicated to the municipalities of Lafayette and Courtland, and the Lower Sioux that the Commission has authority under Minn. Stat. § 216B.16, subd. 12 to ensure customers who receive incidental service outside the municipal boundaries of Lafayette and Courtland are being treated fairly? And that the Commission may investigate such service on its own motion or upon complaint, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 216B.17? If so, provide an explanation of how this was communicated. If not, provide an explanation detailing why this has not been communicated to these customers.
Topic: Provide UNG’s explanation for considering the proposed Lower Sioux load as “incidental” to its existing small gas utility exemption.
Topic: What State, Federal or Tribal Law is UNG relying on to conclude that service from UNG to the Lower Sioux would be exempt from Commission regulation? How does UNG’s proposal meet the relevant legal requirements of Minn. Stat. § 216B.16, subd. 12?
Topic: Provide a full explanation of UNG’s service proposal to the Lower Sioux, including the initial number of customers and, if known, the total number of potential customers within the Lower Sioux. Provide the projected volumes by customer that UNG is assuming in its financial studies.
Topic: Provide an explanation, including the underlying rate calculations and underlying cost assumptions, for the proposed rate structure that UNG proposes to charge the Lower Sioux and how these rates compare to the rates charged to the municipalities of Lafayette and Courtland, and the related “incidental” customers on that portion of its natural gas system.
Topic: Does the proposed Lower Sioux expansion provide positive benefits to UNG with respect to its overall financial stability, and relative to service UNG provides to the municipalities of Lafayette and Courtland? If so, provide an explanation of benefits to these customers.
Topic: Does UNG plan to provide natural gas service to other “incidental” load customers outside the Lower Sioux? If so, provide the customer count by customer class with associated volumes for each customer. Provide all communications with possible “incidental” customers, where UNG is soliciting their business, along with an explanation of UNG’s outreach program to these customers.
Topic: With respect to the proposed construction route for the pipeline from UNG to the Lower Sioux, has UNG contacted unserved municipalities located near the proposed route soliciting their business? If so, provide all correspondence between the parties. If not, provide an explanation as to why these municipalities have not been contracted. If the customers have indicated they would like service, but were denied service by UNG, provide an explanation for the denial.
Topic: Has UNG received any complaints about its service from its customers or the municipalities of Lafayette or Courtland? If so, provide those complaints and an explanation of how the complaints were resolved.
Topic: Has UNG communicated with its “incidental” service customers regarding their service rights? If so, provide all communication with those customers. How often does UNG plan to communicate with or notify these “incidental” customers regarding their service rights?
Topic: Provide UNG’s rate committee minutes for every meeting that has been held and an explanation of any rate changes that have been discussed or that were the result of these meetings.
Topic: Any other issues relevant to the Commission’s review of UNG’s request to expand its service to include the Lower Sioux Indian Community.