September 15th, 2006
WOW! Amazing how certain posts shoot up to the top 10! It’s a thrill to know that people actually want to read this stuff, that I’m not the only perverted one who enjoys it.
Here’s Excelsior’s Testimony, the first batch I’m labeling as “Initial” and this second batch is “Supplemental” and the Initial was filed when their Direct Testimony was due some time ago, and this “Supplemental” was filed just now, on the Intervenors Direct Testimony deadline.
initialwadley-testimony.pdf (and remember, Wadley’s history now)
And here’s their recently filed “Supplemental” testimony:
You’ll note that some is labeled as “public” and that’s because there is a large pile of info deemed by Excelsior as “non-public” and that is what the Memo due today is about, Xcel is challenging Excelsior’s designation, as mncoalgasplant.com did months ago, they’re now running into the same problem we had, and we’re having the problem because the Order and its Protective Order are so restrictive, and contrary to law — typically when an entity wants something to be “non-public” they have the burden of demonstrating the need for that protection, but here? NOOOOOOOOOO, everything they want to call “non-public” is accepted and the burden was shifted to those wanting the information rather than that seeking to restrict access. And that’s just plain contrary to law, it’s contrary to administrative practice, there’s just no excuse. But here we are again. And so I’m not happy about having to spend my time arguing what should be obvious, it’d be obvious to the appellate court, but by the time we get there, well, by that time I’ll sure have a lot more grey hair! In short, we need this now, we need this to build the record for the Commission decision, and there are things that indeed, the public should be aware of, though in this case, we’re mostly fighting so that we have access and we’ve already signed protective agreements. But someone explain to me why the costs of infrastructure are deemed “non-public,” particularly where it is public entities taking it on for Excelsior! So guess I’d better get that Memo done, eh? Again…
September 14th, 2006
There’s a LOT going on. My computer blew up again, has been resurrected, but all this wonderful Intervenor testimony came in during this time, so it took a while to get it all back in the right spot. And so anyway, now, FINALLY, here it is for your reading enjoyment. I particularly recommend Xcel’s transmission testimony, Gonzalez and Shiro, but FYI, all of Xcel’s testimony really gets down! This hearing will be a lot of fun, because I don’t think Excelsior has what it takes to make Xcel cave, though on the other hand I doubt we’ll be in tandem throughout this proceeding (this testimony may end up in a couple of posts because this program needs to be burped sometimes)
(Reed is too large, have to alter)
(Tyson is too large too… grrrrr)
Commerce – Garvey’s testimony is without foundation, what a joke, he’s going to have a tough time in cross-examination. Too bad he can’t make his boss, Pawlenty, make these inane arguments for him! But by the time this hearing comes up in late November, maybe he will know the boss is history??!!??!!
MCEA, ME3, Waltons (they didn’t send exhibits electronically, and can’t find all of them on line)
Minnesota Power – WAY too large…
Lots of people are downloading this stuff — if anyone wants the large ones that I can’t post, leave a comment with your email (i.e., name[at]blahblah.com) and I’ll fire it off to you.
And someone asked whether the local governments up there knew about this testimony, and that’s a good question, because it sure seems like they haven’t a clue. I sure can’t afford to be sending them hard copies of it all, but maybe we need some goodlooking postcards to let them know it’s available. This is such good stuff, they should not be doing anything whatsoever without knowing what’s going on!