Robert D. Willis Power Rate, 51033-51034 [05-17104]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 166 / Monday, August 29, 2005 / Notices The filings in the above proceedings are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the appropriate link in the above list. They are also available for review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an eSubscription link on the web site that enables subscribers to receive e-mail notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email FERCOnlinSupport@ferc.gov. or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Linda Mitry, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–4705 Filed 8–26–05; 8:45 am] Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Room 1–A, Washington, DC 20426. Please affix ‘‘Orono Project No. 2710’’ to all comments. Comments may be filed electronically via Internet in lieu of paper. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site under the ‘‘eFiling’’ link. For further information, contact Patrick Murphy (202) 502–8755. Linda Mitry, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–4703 Filed 8–26–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY BILLING CODE 6717–01–P Southwestern Power Administration DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Robert D. Willis Power Rate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2710–035–ME] PPL Maine, LLC; Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment August 19, 2005. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s regulations, 18 CFR part 380 (Order No. 486, 52 FR 47879), the Office of Energy Projects has reviewed the application for a new license for the Orono Hydroelectric Project, located on the Stillwater Branch of the Penobscot River, in Penobscot County, Maine, and has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA). In the EA, Commission staff analyze the potential environmental effects of relicensing the project and conclude that issuing a new license for the project, with appropriate environmental measures, would not constitute a major federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment. A copy of the EA is on file with the Commission and is available for public inspection. The EA may also be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or tollfree at 1–866–208–3676, or for TTY, (202) 502–8659. Any comments should be filed within 30 days from the issuance date of this notice, and should be addressed to the Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:17 Aug 26, 2005 Southwestern Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of public review and comment. AGENCY: Jkt 205001 SUMMARY: The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), has prepared Current and Revised 2005 Power Repayment Studies that show the need for an increase in annual revenues to meet cost recovery criteria. Such increased revenues are required primarily due to significant increases in expected U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ generation investment and increases in operations and maintenance expenses at the project. The Administrator has developed a proposed Robert D. Willis rate schedule, which is supported by a power repayment study, to recover the required revenues. Beginning January 1, 2006, the proposed rates would increase annual revenues approximately 43.1 percent from $452,952 to $648,096. DATES: The consultation and comment period will begin on the date of publication of this Federal Register notice and will end October 28, 2005. 1. Public Information Forum— September 13, 2005, 1 p.m. central time, Tulsa, OK. 2. Public Comment Forum—October 13, 2005, 1 p.m. central time, Tulsa, OK. ADDRESSES: If forums are requested, they will be held in Southwestern’s offices, Room 1402, Williams Center Tower I, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Forrest E. Reeves, Assistant Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, U.S. Department of PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51033 Energy, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103, (918) 595–6696, gene.reeves@swpa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Department of Energy was created by an Act of the U.S. Congress, Department of Energy Organization Act, Pub. L. 95–91, dated August 4, 1977. Southwestern’s power marketing activities were transferred from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Energy, effective October 1, 1977. Guidelines for preparation of power repayment studies are included in DOE Order No. RA 6120.2 entitled Power Marketing Administration Financial Reporting. Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments of the Power Marketing Administrations are found at Title 10, part 903, Subpart A of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR part 903). Procedures for the confirmation and approval of rates for the Federal Power Marketing Administrations are found at title 18, part 300, Subpart L of the Code of Federal Regulations (18 CFR part 300). Southwestern markets power from 24 multi-purpose reservoir projects, with hydroelectric power facilities constructed and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These projects are located in the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Southwestern’s marketing area includes these States plus Kansas and Louisiana. The costs associated with the hydropower facilities of 22 of the 24 projects are repaid via revenues received under the Integrated System rates, as are Southwestern’s transmission facilities that consist of 1,380 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, 24 substations, and 46 microwave and VHF radio sites. Costs associated with the Robert D. Willis and Sam Rayburn Dams, two projects that are isolated hydraulically, electrically, and financially from the Integrated System are repaid by separate rate schedules. Following Department of Energy guidelines, the Administrator, Southwestern, prepared a Current Power Repayment study using the existing Robert D. Willis rate. The Study indicates that Southwestern’s legal requirement to repay the investment in the power generating facility for power and energy marketed by Southwestern will not be met without an increase in revenues. The need for increased revenues is due to expected increases in generation investment and operations and maintenance power-related expenses. The Revised Power Repayment Study shows that an increase in annual revenue of $195,144 E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 51034 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 166 / Monday, August 29, 2005 / Notices (a 43.1 percent increase), beginning January 1, 2006, is needed to satisfy repayment criteria. Opportunity is presented for Southwestern customers and other interested parties to receive copies of the Robert D. Willis Power Repayment Studies and the proposed rate schedule. If you desire a copy of the Robert D. Willis Power Repayment Data Package with the proposed Rate Schedule, submit your request to Mr. Forrest E. Reeves, Assistant Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third Street, Tulsa, OK 74103, (918) 595–6696 or via e-mail to swparates@swpa.gov. A Public Information Forum is scheduled to be held on September 13, 2005, to explain to customers and interested parties the proposed rate and supporting studies. The proceeding will be transcribed, if held. A chairman, who will be responsible for orderly procedure, will conduct the Forum. Questions concerning the rate, studies, and information presented at the Forum will be answered, to the extent possible, at the Forum. Questions not answered at the Forum will be answered in writing. However, questions involving voluminous data contained in Southwestern’s records may best be answered by consultation and review of pertinent records at Southwestern’s offices. Persons interested in attending the Public Information Forum should indicate in writing by letter, e-mail, or facsimile transmission (918–595–6656) by September 6, 2005, their intent to appear at such Forum. Should no one indicate an intent to attend by the above-cited deadline, no such Forum will be held. A Public Comment Forum is scheduled to be held on October 13, 2005, at which interested persons may submit written comments or make oral presentations of their views and comments related to the rate proposal. The proceeding will be transcribed, if held. A chairman, who will be responsible for orderly procedure, will conduct the Forum. Southwestern’s representatives will be present, and they and the chairman may ask questions of the speakers. Persons interested in attending the Public Comment Forum should indicate in writing by letter, email, or facsimile transmission (918–595–6656) by October 3, 2005, their intent to appear at such Forum. Should no one indicate their intent to attend by the above-cited deadline, no such Forum will be held. Persons interested in speaking at the Forum should submit requests in writing by October 3, 2005, to the VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:17 Aug 26, 2005 Jkt 205001 Administrator, Southwestern, indicating their intent to appear at such Forum, so that a list of speakers can be developed. The chairman may allow others to speak if time permits. A transcript of each Forum will be made. Copies of the transcripts may be obtained directly from the transcribing service for a fee. Copies of the transcripts may be obtained directly from the transcribing service for a fee. Copies of all documents introduced will also be available from the transcribing service for a fee. Written comments on the proposed Robert D. Willis Rate are due on or before October 28, 2005. Five copies of the written comments, together with a diskette in MS Word or Corel Word Perfect, should be submitted to Forrest E. Reeves, Assistant Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103. Following review of the oral and written comments and the information gathered during the course of the proceedings, the Administrator will submit the final Robert D. Willis Rate Proposal, and Power Repayment Studies in support of the proposed rate to the Deputy Secretary of Energy for confirmation and approval on an interim basis, and subsequently to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for confirmation and approval on a final basis. The FERC will allow the public an opportunity to provide written comments on the proposed rate increase before making a final decision. Dated: August 15, 2005. Michael A. Deihl, Administrator. [FR Doc. 05–17104 Filed 8–26–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Southwestern Power Administration Sam Rayburn Dam Power Rate Southwestern Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of public review and comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), has prepared Current and Revised 2005 Power Repayment Studies that show the need for an increase in annual revenues to meet cost recovery criteria. Such increased revenues are required due to significant increases in expected U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ generation investment and slight increases in operations and PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 maintenance expenses at the project. The Administrator has developed a proposed Sam Rayburn Dam rate schedule, which is supported by a power repayment study, to recover the required revenues. Beginning January 1, 2006, the proposed rate would increase annual revenues 12 percent from $2,513,724 to $2,816,064. DATES: The consultation and comment period will begin on the date of publication of this Federal Register notice and will end November 28, 2005. 1. Public Information Forum— September 13, 2005, 9 a.m. central time, Tulsa, OK. 2. Public Comment Forum—October 13, 2005, 9 a.m. central time, Tulsa, OK. ADDRESSES: If forums are requested, they will be held in Southwestern’s offices, Williams Center Tower I, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103. Mr. Forrest E. Reeves, Assistant Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103, (918) 595–6696, gene.reeves@swpa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The U.S. Department of Energy was created by an Act of the U.S. Congress, in the Department of Energy Organization Act, Pub. L. 95–91, dated August 4, 1977. Southwestern’s power marketing activities were transferred from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Energy, effective October 1, 1977. Guidelines for preparation of power repayment studies are included in DOE Order No. RA 6120.2 entitled Power Marketing Administration Financial Reporting. Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments of the Power Marketing Administrations are found at Title 10, part 903, Subpart A of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR part 903). Procedures for the confirmation and approval of rates for the Federal Power Marketing Administrations are found at title 18, part 300, Subpart L of the Code of Federal Regulations (18 CFR part 300). Southwestern markets power from 24 multi-purpose reservoir projects, with hydroelectric power facilities constructed and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These projects are located in the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Southwestern’s marketing area includes these States as well as Kansas and Louisiana. The costs associated with the hydropower facilities of 22 of the 24 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 166 (Monday, August 29, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51033-51034]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-17104]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Southwestern Power Administration


Robert D. Willis Power Rate

AGENCY: Southwestern Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of public review and comment.

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SUMMARY: The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration 
(Southwestern), has prepared Current and Revised 2005 Power Repayment 
Studies that show the need for an increase in annual revenues to meet 
cost recovery criteria. Such increased revenues are required primarily 
due to significant increases in expected U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 
generation investment and increases in operations and maintenance 
expenses at the project. The Administrator has developed a proposed 
Robert D. Willis rate schedule, which is supported by a power repayment 
study, to recover the required revenues. Beginning January 1, 2006, the 
proposed rates would increase annual revenues approximately 43.1 
percent from $452,952 to $648,096.

DATES: The consultation and comment period will begin on the date of 
publication of this Federal Register notice and will end October 28, 
2005.
    1. Public Information Forum--September 13, 2005, 1 p.m. central 
time, Tulsa, OK.
    2. Public Comment Forum--October 13, 2005, 1 p.m. central time, 
Tulsa, OK.

ADDRESSES: If forums are requested, they will be held in Southwestern's 
offices, Room 1402, Williams Center Tower I, One West Third Street, 
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Forrest E. Reeves, Assistant 
Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power 
Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, One West Third Street, 
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103, (918) 595-6696, gene.reeves@swpa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Department of Energy was created by 
an Act of the U.S. Congress, Department of Energy Organization Act, 
Pub. L. 95-91, dated August 4, 1977. Southwestern's power marketing 
activities were transferred from the Department of the Interior to the 
Department of Energy, effective October 1, 1977. Guidelines for 
preparation of power repayment studies are included in DOE Order No. RA 
6120.2 entitled Power Marketing Administration Financial Reporting. 
Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate 
Adjustments of the Power Marketing Administrations are found at Title 
10, part 903, Subpart A of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR part 
903). Procedures for the confirmation and approval of rates for the 
Federal Power Marketing Administrations are found at title 18, part 
300, Subpart L of the Code of Federal Regulations (18 CFR part 300).
    Southwestern markets power from 24 multi-purpose reservoir 
projects, with hydroelectric power facilities constructed and operated 
by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These projects are located in the 
states of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Southwestern's 
marketing area includes these States plus Kansas and Louisiana. The 
costs associated with the hydropower facilities of 22 of the 24 
projects are repaid via revenues received under the Integrated System 
rates, as are Southwestern's transmission facilities that consist of 
1,380 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, 24 substations, and 46 
microwave and VHF radio sites. Costs associated with the Robert D. 
Willis and Sam Rayburn Dams, two projects that are isolated 
hydraulically, electrically, and financially from the Integrated System 
are repaid by separate rate schedules.
    Following Department of Energy guidelines, the Administrator, 
Southwestern, prepared a Current Power Repayment study using the 
existing Robert D. Willis rate. The Study indicates that Southwestern's 
legal requirement to repay the investment in the power generating 
facility for power and energy marketed by Southwestern will not be met 
without an increase in revenues. The need for increased revenues is due 
to expected increases in generation investment and operations and 
maintenance power-related expenses. The Revised Power Repayment Study 
shows that an increase in annual revenue of $195,144

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(a 43.1 percent increase), beginning January 1, 2006, is needed to 
satisfy repayment criteria.
    Opportunity is presented for Southwestern customers and other 
interested parties to receive copies of the Robert D. Willis Power 
Repayment Studies and the proposed rate schedule. If you desire a copy 
of the Robert D. Willis Power Repayment Data Package with the proposed 
Rate Schedule, submit your request to Mr. Forrest E. Reeves, Assistant 
Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power 
Administration, One West Third Street, Tulsa, OK 74103, (918) 595-6696 
or via e-mail to swparates@swpa.gov.
    A Public Information Forum is scheduled to be held on September 13, 
2005, to explain to customers and interested parties the proposed rate 
and supporting studies. The proceeding will be transcribed, if held. A 
chairman, who will be responsible for orderly procedure, will conduct 
the Forum. Questions concerning the rate, studies, and information 
presented at the Forum will be answered, to the extent possible, at the 
Forum. Questions not answered at the Forum will be answered in writing. 
However, questions involving voluminous data contained in 
Southwestern's records may best be answered by consultation and review 
of pertinent records at Southwestern's offices.
    Persons interested in attending the Public Information Forum should 
indicate in writing by letter, e-mail, or facsimile transmission (918-
595-6656) by September 6, 2005, their intent to appear at such Forum. 
Should no one indicate an intent to attend by the above-cited deadline, 
no such Forum will be held.
    A Public Comment Forum is scheduled to be held on October 13, 2005, 
at which interested persons may submit written comments or make oral 
presentations of their views and comments related to the rate proposal. 
The proceeding will be transcribed, if held. A chairman, who will be 
responsible for orderly procedure, will conduct the Forum. 
Southwestern's representatives will be present, and they and the 
chairman may ask questions of the speakers.
    Persons interested in attending the Public Comment Forum should 
indicate in writing by letter, email, or facsimile transmission (918-
595-6656) by October 3, 2005, their intent to appear at such Forum. 
Should no one indicate their intent to attend by the above-cited 
deadline, no such Forum will be held. Persons interested in speaking at 
the Forum should submit requests in writing by October 3, 2005, to the 
Administrator, Southwestern, indicating their intent to appear at such 
Forum, so that a list of speakers can be developed. The chairman may 
allow others to speak if time permits.
    A transcript of each Forum will be made. Copies of the transcripts 
may be obtained directly from the transcribing service for a fee. 
Copies of the transcripts may be obtained directly from the 
transcribing service for a fee. Copies of all documents introduced will 
also be available from the transcribing service for a fee.
    Written comments on the proposed Robert D. Willis Rate are due on 
or before October 28, 2005. Five copies of the written comments, 
together with a diskette in MS Word or Corel Word Perfect, should be 
submitted to Forrest E. Reeves, Assistant Administrator, Southwestern 
Power Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, One West Third Street, 
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103.
    Following review of the oral and written comments and the 
information gathered during the course of the proceedings, the 
Administrator will submit the final Robert D. Willis Rate Proposal, and 
Power Repayment Studies in support of the proposed rate to the Deputy 
Secretary of Energy for confirmation and approval on an interim basis, 
and subsequently to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for 
confirmation and approval on a final basis. The FERC will allow the 
public an opportunity to provide written comments on the proposed rate 
increase before making a final decision.

    Dated: August 15, 2005.
Michael A. Deihl,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 05-17104 Filed 8-26-05; 8:45 am]
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