Sam Rayburn Dam Power Rate, 51034-51035 [05-17105]

Download as PDF 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 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 166 / Monday, August 29, 2005 / Notices 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. The Sam Rayburn Dam project is addressed in this notice. Following Department of Energy guidelines, the Administrator, Southwestern, prepared a Current Power Repayment study using the existing Sam Rayburn Dam 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 increases in expected generation investment and operation and maintenance power-related expenses. The Revised Power Repayment Study shows that an increase in annual revenue of $302,364 (12 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 Sam Rayburn Dam Power Repayment Studies and the proposed rate schedule. Persons desiring a copy of the Power Repayment Data Package with the proposed Rate Schedule should submit a request to the Director, Rates and Repayment, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third Street, Tulsa, OK 74103, (918) 595–6673 or via email to swparates@swpa.gov. A Public Information Forum is scheduled 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 so VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:17 Aug 26, 2005 Jkt 205001 indicate in writing by letter, email 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 for 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 so indicate in writing by letter or facsimile transmission (918–595–6656) by October 3, 2005, their intent to appear at such Forum. Should no one so indicate an intent to attend by the above-cited deadline, no such Forum will be held. Persons interested in speaking at the Forum should submit a request in writing by October 3, 2005, to the Administrator, Southwestern, indicated 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 all documents introduced will also be available from the transcribing service for a fee. Written comments on the proposed Sam Rayburn Dam Rate are due on or before November 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 Sam Rayburn Dam 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. PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51035 Dated: August 15, 2005. Michael A. Deihl, Administrator. [FR Doc. 05–17105 Filed 8–26–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Washoe Project-Rate Order No. WAPA–119 Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of order concerning a non-firm power formula rate. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Deputy Secretary of Energy confirmed and approved Rate Order No. WAPA–119 and Rate Schedule SNF–6, placing a non-firm power formula rate from the Stampede Powerplant of the Washoe Project (Stampede) of the Western Area Power Administration (Western) into effect on an interim basis. The provisional formula rate will be in effect until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) confirms, approves, and places it into effect on a final basis or until replaced by other rates. The provisional rate will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expense, and repay power investment and irrigation aid, within the allowable periods. DATES: Rate Schedule SNF–6 will be placed into effect on an interim basis on the first day of the first full billing period beginning on or after October 1, 2005, and will be in effect until the Commission confirms, approves, and places the rate schedule in effect on a final basis through September 30, 2010, or until the rate schedule is superseded. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James D. Keselburg, Regional Manager, Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630–4710, (916) 353–4418, or Mr. Sean Sanderson, Rates Manager, Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630–4710, (916) 353–4466. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Deputy Secretary of Energy approved existing Rate Schedule SNF–5 for Stampede non-firm energy on August 22, 2000 (Rate Order No. WAPA–93, September 1, 2000). The Commission confirmed and approved the rate schedule on October 19, 2000, in FERC Docket No. EF00–5161–000. The existing rate schedule is effective from E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 166 (Monday, August 29, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51034-51035]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-17105]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Southwestern Power Administration


Sam Rayburn Dam 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 due to 
significant increases in expected U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 
generation investment and slight increases in operations and 
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.

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, 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

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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. The Sam Rayburn Dam project is 
addressed in this notice.
    Following Department of Energy guidelines, the Administrator, 
Southwestern, prepared a Current Power Repayment study using the 
existing Sam Rayburn Dam 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 increases in expected generation investment and operation and 
maintenance power-related expenses. The Revised Power Repayment Study 
shows that an increase in annual revenue of $302,364 (12 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 Sam Rayburn Dam Power 
Repayment Studies and the proposed rate schedule. Persons desiring a 
copy of the Power Repayment Data Package with the proposed Rate 
Schedule should submit a request to the Director, Rates and Repayment, 
Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, One 
West Third Street, Tulsa, OK 74103, (918) 595-6673 or via email to 
swparates@swpa.gov.
    A Public Information Forum is scheduled 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 
so indicate in writing by letter, email 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 for 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 so 
indicate in writing by letter or facsimile transmission (918-595-6656) 
by October 3, 2005, their intent to appear at such Forum. Should no one 
so indicate an intent to attend by the above-cited deadline, no such 
Forum will be held. Persons interested in speaking at the Forum should 
submit a request in writing by October 3, 2005, to the Administrator, 
Southwestern, indicated 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 all documents introduced will also be available from the 
transcribing service for a fee.
    Written comments on the proposed Sam Rayburn Dam Rate are due on or 
before November 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 Sam Rayburn Dam 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. 05-17105 Filed 8-26-05; 8:45 am]
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