Well DUUUUUH! A couple days after the SD PUC issues its order and the BSII permit, the applicants announce that oh, by the way, the costs have increased 60%. Right… and they had no inkling of that a few days before? Right…

So here’s an Application for Reconsideration from Mary Jo Stueve, simple and concise, how can they turn it down:


In the Matter of Otter Tail Power Compan on Behalf of Big Stone II Co-owners for an Energy Conversion Facility Permit for the Construction of the Bog Stone Project

Docket No. EL05-022


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that I, Mary Jo Stueve, make this Motion for Reconsideration of the above matter to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (the Commission) as set forth in more detail below.


Pursuant to ARSD 20:10:01:29 and ARSD 20:10:01:30:01, I, Mary Jo Stueve (Pro Se) respectfully make this Application to the Commission for Reconsideration of the Commissionâ??s Order granting the permit in the docket of the Matter of Otter Tail Power Company on Behalf of Big Stone II Co-owners for an Energy Conversion Facility Permit for the Construction of the Big Stone II Project for reasons stated below.

This Application for Reconsideration should be granted because of newly discovered information regarding a material fact in this proceeding — information that estimates that the Big Stone II project will cost 60% more than the $1 billion estimated of cost upon which the Order was based.

In presenting Purpose and Need for the proposed Project for power generation, Co-owners estimated the cost of the Big Stone II Power Plant. Now, we are presented with a cost estimate greatly above that upon which the Big Stone II Petition was based. It was recently reported that the projectâ??s lead engineering firm, Black & Veatch, has produced new cost information that estimates a 60% increase in the cost of the plant, now estimated at $1.6 billion dollars. This is information that the Commission must address to assure that the project is in the public interest and in the ratepayersâ?? interest.

I, Mary Jo Stueve, respectfully request that the Commission:

  1. Order Applicants to provide copy of the recent report from Black & Veatch, including cost information and all other contents of the report.
  2. Reconsider the Order granting the permit, and take into account this 60% estimated cost increase and the public interest and ratepayer interest.
  3. Take any and all other relevant information in the Black & Veatch report into consideration.

Dated this 27th day of July, 2006


Mary Jo Stueve
Pro Se

196 E 6th St #401
Sioux Falls SD 57104

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