9-41A-1Definition of terms.

Terms used in this chapter, unless the context plainly otherwise requires, mean:

(1)    "Agency agreement," the written agreement between or among two or more cities establishing a municipal power agency;

(2)    "City," a city organized and existing under the laws of South Dakota, and authorized by such laws or charter to engage in the local distribution and sale of electric energy. Any city so engaged on January 1, 1978, may continue the distribution and sale of electric energy, and every city now or hereafter authorized may exercise, either individually or as a member of a municipal power agency, all of the powers granted in this chapter;

(3)    "City council," the city council or other similar board, commission, or body within a city which is charged by law or its charter with the general control of the city's governmental affairs;

(4)    "Distribution," the conveyance of electric energy to retail consumers from a transmission system, or from a generation facility situated within or in the immediate vicinity of a city;

(5)    "Generation," the production of electricity by any means and the acquisition of fuel of any kind for that purpose, and includes but is not limited to the acquisition of fuel deposits and the acquisition or construction and operation of facilities for extracting fuel from natural deposits, for converting it for use in another form, for burning it in place, and for transportation and storage;

(6)    "Governing body," the city council or, if another board, commission, or body is empowered by law or its charter or by resolution of the city council to establish and regulate rates and charges for the distribution of electric energy within the city, such board, commission, or body shall be deemed to be the governing body. When the levy of a tax or the incurring of an obligation payable from taxes or any other action of the board, commission, or body requires the concurrence, approval, or independent action of the city council or another body under the city's charter or any other law, the action shall not be exercised under this chapter until the concurrence or approval is received or the independent action is taken. The concurrence of the city council or other elected body charged with the general management of a city shall be required, prior to the adoption by the city of any resolution approving an agency agreement or any amendment thereto;

(7)    "Municipal power agency," a separate political subdivision and municipal corporation created by agreement between or among two or more cities exercising any of the powers of acquisition, construction, reconstruction, operation, repair, extension, or improvement of electric generation or transmission facilities or the acquisition of any interest therein or any right to part or all of the capacity thereof;

(8)    "Project," any plant, works, system, facilities, and real and personal property of any nature whatsoever, together with all parts thereof and appurtenances hereto, used or useful in the generation, production, transmission, purchase, sale, exchange, or interchange of electric energy or any interest therein or capacity thereof;

(9)    "Public agency," any city or other municipal corporation, political subdivision, governmental unit, or public corporation created by or pursuant to the laws of this state or of another state or of the United States, and any state or the United States, and any person, board, or other body declared by the laws of any state or the United States to be a department, agency, or instrumentality thereof;

(10)    "Real property," lands, structures, franchises, and interests in land, including but not limited to lands under water, riparian rights, fees simple absolute, lesser interests such as easements, rights-of-way, uses, leases, licenses, and all other incorporeal hereditaments, legal and equitable estates, interests, and rights, terms of years, liens on real property by way of judgments, mortgages, or otherwise, and claims for damage to real property;

(11)    "Transmission," the transfer of electric energy from a generating facility to, between, or among one or more cities or municipal power agencies or other persons with whom they may contract, and includes but is not limited to conversion of current and voltage and transfer of energy from another source in exchange for energy supplied by the contracting parties, but does not include distribution.

Source: SL 1978, ch 66, § 1.