Integrated System Power Rates, 34925-34928 [E6-9443]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 116 / Friday, June 16, 2006 / Notices Commission to grant a 30-day extension of time to comply with Ordering Paragraph C of the April 21 Order. PNM’s motion for technical conference is granted. However, PNM’s motion for extension of time to comply with the April 21 Order is denied. Take notice that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold a technical conference to discuss mitigation for the El Paso control area. This technical conference will be held on June 14, 2006, in Hearing Room 2 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC, from approximately 9 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. (EST). Federal Energy Regulatory Commission conferences are accessible under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For accessibility accommodations please send an e-mail to accessibility@ferc.gov or call toll free (866) 208–3372 (voice) or 202–208–1659 (TTY), or send a FAX to 202–208–2106 with the required accommodations. All interested parties and staff are permitted to attend the technical conference. For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Cynthia Henry at Cynthia.Henry@ferc.gov no later than 5 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, June 13, 2006. Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–9390 Filed 6–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. AD06–9–000] RTO Border Utility Issues; Notice of Technical Conference on RTO Border Utility Issues wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES June 8, 2006. Take notice that on July 10, 2006, staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will convene a technical conference on RTO border utility issues. The conference will be held at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. The conference will be open to the public. Commission staff will lead the conference and the Commissioners plan to attend. In a recent Commission proceeding, parties raised the issue of an electric utility’s ability to benefit from an RTO/ ISO’s regional markets while avoiding some or all of the costs attributable to VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Jun 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 membership in the RTO/ISO.1 The Commission found that the issues raised ‘‘generic concerns with implications applicable to all RTOs and ISOs and to all market participants with whom they interact, whether directly or indirectly.’’ The Commission then announced its intention to establish a technical conference to hear from interested parties concerning this issue. Conference participants are asked to identify discrete concerns and contrasting views, establish which specific market services, reliability functions, and other features of RTO/ ISO markets provide non-members with benefits for which they may not bear an appropriate share of the respective costs, or otherwise should not be entitled to, and propose solutions to identified problems. The Commission wishes to be informed about this issue across the country and invites representatives of all regions to participate. Persons wishing to participate as panelists in the conference are asked to e-mail the following information to Commission staff by June 15, 2006: Name, organizational affiliation name and mailing address, title, voice and fax telephone numbers, e-mail address, brief bio, and a description of the proposed topic of presentation. 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Anyone with Internet access who desires to view this event can do so by navigating to http://www.ferc.gov’s Calendar of Events and locating this event in the Calendar. The event will contain a link to its webcast. The Capitol Connection provides technical support for the webcasts. It also offers 1 Louisville Gas and Electric Company, et al., 114 FERC ¶ 61,282 (2006) at P 64–65. PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34925 access to open meetings via television in the DC area and via phone bridge for a fee. Visit http:// www.CapitolConnection.org or contact Danelle Perkowski or David Reininger at 703–993–3100. During the summer months, Commission employees adopt business casual dress, and the Commission encourages conference participants and attendees to do the same. Commission conferences are accessible under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For accessibility accommodations please send an e-mail to accessibility@ferc.gov or call toll free 866–208–3372 (voice) or 202–208–1659 (TTY), or send a Fax to 202–208–2106 with the required accommodations. For further information on this conference, please contact: Udi Helman, Office of Energy Markets and Reliability, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. 202–502–8080. Udi.Helman@ferc.gov. Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–9383 Filed 6–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Southwestern Power Administration Integrated System Power Rates Southwestern Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of public review and comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), has prepared Current and Revised 2006 Power Repayment Studies which show the need for an increase in annual revenues to meet cost recovery criteria. Such increased revenues are needed primarily to cover increased investments and replacements in hydroelectric generating facilities and increased purchased power expenses. The Administrator has developed proposed Integrated System rates, which are supported by a rate design study, to recover the required revenues. The May 2006 Revised Study indicates that the proposed rates would increase annual system revenues approximately 25.9 percent from $136,267,400 to $171,505,848, over a three-year period to meet projected annual expenses and repay the investments in facilities over the required number of years. DATES: The consultation and comment period will begin on the date of E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 34926 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 116 / Friday, June 16, 2006 / Notices publication of this Federal Register notice and will end August 15, 2006. The consultation and comment period has been shortened by the Administrator in accordance with Sec. 903.14(a) of 10 CFR part 903, because of the need to assure new rates are in place by October 1, 2006, to respond to financial difficulties resulting from FY 2006 drought conditions. A combined Public Information and Comment Forum (Forum) will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 9 a.m. on July 12, 2006. ADDRESSES: The Forum will be held in Southwestern’s offices, Room 1460, 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: Originally established by Secretarial Order No. 1865 dated August 31, 1943, Southwestern is an agency within the U.S. Department of Energy which was created by an Act of the U.S. Congress, entitled the Department of Energy Organization Act, Public Law 95–91, dated August 4, 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 those of Southwestern’s transmission facilities, which consist of 1,380 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, 24 substations, and 46 microwave and VHF radio sites. Costs associated VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Jun 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 with the Sam Rayburn and Robert D. Willis Dams, two Corps of Engineers projects that are isolated hydraulically, electrically, and financially from the Integrated System are repaid under separate rate schedules and are not addressed in this notice. Following Department of Energy guidelines, Southwestern’s Administrator, prepared a Current Power Repayment Study using existing system rates. The Study indicates that Southwestern’s financial requirement to repay annual operating costs and the investment in power generating and transmission facilities for power and energy marketed by Southwestern will not be met without an increase in revenues. The need for increased revenues is primarily due to projected increases in investments and replacements at hydroelectric generating facilities of the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers. Increased revenues are also needed because of higher projected average purchased power expenses due to market price increases and a severe drought during FY 2006 which has caused Southwestern to incur substantially more than average purchased power costs. The Revised Power Repayment Study shows that additional annual revenues of $35,238,448 (a 25.9 percent increase) are needed to meet these increased operating expense requirements and satisfy repayment criteria. A Rate Design Study has also been completed which allocates the revenue requirement to the various system rate schedules for recovery, and provides for transmission service rates in general conformance with FERC Order Nos. 888 (A–C). The proposed rates would increase estimated annual revenues from $136,267,400 to $171,505,848 and would meet annual operating expenses and repay project and transmission system investments within the required number of years. As indicated in the Integrated System Rate Design Study, this revenue would be developed through increases in the charges for sales of capacity and energy, and transmission services, including some of the ancillary services for deliveries of both Federal and non-Federal power and associated energy from the transmission system of Southwestern. Another component of the Integrated System rates for power and energy, the Purchased Power Adder (PPA), produces revenues to cover the cost of power purchased to meet contractual obligations. The PPA is based on Southwestern’s average annual purchased power needs and has been increased from the existing rate to reflect projected power costs based on PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 present market rates. Southwestern is further proposing to expand the Administrator’s authority to adjust the PPA at his discretion (Discretionary Purchased Power Adder Adjustment) to increase the size of the Discretionary PPA Adjustment and the frequency of its application to no more than twice annually (limited to ±$0.0067 (6.7 mills)/kWh per year) based on the need for greater flexibility to better manage cash flow during drought conditions. With increased flexibility, Southwestern will be able to alleviate some of the increased revenue pressure of drought situations, such as has occurred during the drought of 2006, by implementing increases more frequently. Because of concerns expressed by Southwestern’s customers, during their informal participation in the development of the Power Repayment and Rate Design Studies, regarding the magnitude and underlying causes of the proposed increase, Southwestern is proposing to increase revenue in three steps over a three-year period. The first step of the rate increase, beginning October 1, 2006, will incorporate increased PPA costs ($8,562,500 or 6.3 percent), with the PPA increasing from $0.0029 (2.9 mills)/ kWh to $0.0067 (6.7 mills)/kWh during the period that the rates are in effect. The Administrator’s Discretionary PPA Adjustment will be set to recover purchased power costs for all of FY 2006 resulting from the drought which far exceed the average. Presently, this rate would be $0.0034 (3.4 mills)/kWh ($7,620,216 or 5.6 percent) based on current costs through May 2006. All other rates currently approved will remain in effect through September 30, 2007. The second step of the rate increase, beginning October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2008, will incorporate 1⁄2 of the remaining revenue requirement ($9,527,866 or 7.0 percent) caused by increased investments and replacements in facilities. As a result, the rate for supplemental peaking energy will increase to $0.0082 (8.2 mills)/kWh and the capacity charge will increase to $3.18/KW/Mo. The final step of the rate increase, beginning October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2010, will reach the full revenue requirement of $19,055,732, or 14.0 percent revenue increase, caused by the increased investments and replacements, and combined with the PPA increase to $0.0067 (6.7 mills)/kWh ($8,562 500 or 6.3 percent) and the $0.0034 (3.4 mills)/kWh Discretionary PPA Adjustment increase ($7,620,216 or 5.6 percent) from the first and second years, will ensure that cost recovery will E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 34927 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 116 / Friday, June 16, 2006 / Notices be accomplished as required. The capacity rate will increase to $3.51/kW/ Mo and ancillary services will increase modestly, while the transmission capacity rate will increase to $0.95/kW/ Mo, as well as the rate for network service. Existing rates Below is a general comparison of the existing and proposed system rates: Proposed rates Rate schedule P–05 (System Peaking) Generation rates Capacity Grid or 138–161 kV ........................................ Required Ancillary Services (generation in control area). Regulation & Freq. Response (generation in control area). Reserve Ancillary Services (generation in control area). Transformation Service 69 kV (applied to usage, not reservation). Energy Peaking Energy .............................................. Supplemental Peaking Energy ....................... Purchased Power Adder (PPA) ..................... Administrator’s Discretionary PPA Adjustment Applied. Administrator’s Discretionary PPA Adjustment Authority. Rate schedule P–06 (System Peaking) Step 1 10/1/06–9/30/07 Rate schedule P–06 (System Peaking) Step 2 10/1/07–9/30/08 $3.03/kW/Mo .............. $0.09/kW/Mo .............. $3.03/kW/Mo .............. $0.09/kW/Mo .............. $3.18/kW/Mo .............. $0.09/kW/Mo .............. $3.51/kW/Mo. $0.10/kW/Mo. $0.08/kW/Mo .............. $0.08/kW/Mo .............. $0.08/kW/Mo .............. $0.09/kW/Mo. $0.0158/kW/Mo .......... $0.0158/kW/Mo .......... $0.0158/kW/Mo .......... $0.0184/kW/Mo. $0.30/kW/Mo .............. $0.30/kW/Mo .............. $0.30/kW/Mo .............. $0.30/kW/Mo. $0.0082/kWh .............. $0.0055/kWh .............. $0.0029/kWh .............. $0.0/kWh .................... $0.0082/kWh $0.0055/kWh $0.0067/kWh $0.0034/kWh $0.0082/kWh $0.0082/kWh $0.0067/kWh $0.0034/kWh $0.0082/kWh. $0.0082/kWh $0.0067/kWh. $0.0034/kWh. ±$0.0011/kWh annually. ±$0.0067/kWh annually. Rate schedule NFTS–5 (Transmission) Transmission rates Capacity (Firm Reservation with energy) Grid or 138–161 kV. Required Ancillary Services ........................... Reserve Ancillary Services (generation in control area). Regulation & Freq Response (deliveries within control area). Transformation Service 69 kV and below (applied on usage, not reservation) No weekly/daily rates. Capacity (Non-firm with energy) .................... Network Service ............................................. Required Ancillary Services ........................... Reserve Ancillary Services (generation in control area). Regulation & Freq Response (deliveries within control area). .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. ±$0.0067/kWh annually. Rate schedule NFTS–06 (Transmission) wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Opportunity is presented for Southwestern’s customers and other interested parties to receive copies of VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Jun 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 ±$0.0067/kWh annually. Rate schedule NFTS–06 (Transmission) Rate schedule NFTS–06 (Transmission) $0.90/kW/Mo, $0.225/ $0.90/kW/Mo, $0.225/ $0.90/kW/Mo, $0.225/ $0.95/kW/Mo, $0.238/ kW/Week, $0.0409/ kW/Week, $0.0409/ kW/Week, $0.0409/ kW/Week, $0.0432/ kW/Day. kW/Day. kW/Day. kW/Day. $0.09/kW/Mo, or $0.09/kW/Mo, or $0.09/kW/Mo, or $0.10/kW/Mo, or $0.023/kW/Week, or $0.023/kW/Week, or $0.023/kW/Week, or $0.025/kW/Week, or $0.0041/kW/Day. $0.0041/kW/Day. $0.0041/kW/Day. $0.0045/kW/Day. $0.0158/kW/Mo, or $0.0158/kW/Mo, or $0.0158/kW/Mo, or $0.0184/kW/Mo, or $0.00395/kW/Week, $0.00395/kW/Week, $0.00395/kW/Week, $0.0046/kW/Week, or $0.00072/kW/Day. or $0.00072/kW/Day. or $0.00072/kW/Day. or $0.00084/kW/ Day. $0.08/kW/Mo, or $0.08/kW/Mo, or $0.08/kW/Mo, or $0.09/kW/Mo, or $0.020/kW/Week, or $0.020/kW/Week, or $0.020/kW/Week, or $0.023/kW/Week, or $0.0036/kW/Day. $0.0036/kW/Day. $0.0036/kW/Day. $0.0041/kW/Day. $0.30/kW/Mo .............. $0.30/kW/Mo .............. $0.30/kW/Mo .............. $0.30/kW/Mo. No capacity charge 80% of firm monthly charge divided by 4 for weekly rate, divided by 22 for daily rate, and divided by 352 for hourly rate. $0.90/kW/Mo .............. $0.09/kW/Mo .............. $0.00158/kW/Mo ........ No capacity charge 80% of firm monthly charge divided by 4 for weekly rate, divided by 22 for daily rate, and divided by 352 for hourly rate. $0.90/kW/Mo .............. $0.09/kW/Mo .............. $0.00158/kW/Mo ........ No capacity charge 80% of firm monthly charge divided by 4 for weekly rate, divided by 22 for daily rate, and divided by 352 for hourly rate. $0.90/kW/Mo .............. $0.09/kW/Mo .............. $0.00158/kW/Mo ........ No capacity charge 80% of firm monthly charge divided by 4 for weekly rate, divided by 22 for daily rate, and divided by 352 for hourly rate. $0.95/kW/Mo. $0.10/kW/Mo. $0.00184/kW/Mo. $0.08/kW/Mo .............. $0.08/kW/Mo .............. $0.08/kW/Mo .............. $0.09/kW/Mo. Rate schedule EE–05 (Excess Energy) Energy .......................................................... Rate schedule P–06 (System Peaking) Step 3 10/1/08—9/30/10 Rate schedule EE–06 (Excess Energy) Rate schedule EE–06 (Excess Energy) $0.0055/kWh ............ $0.0055/kWh ............ $0.0082/kWh ............ the Integrated System Studies. If you desire a copy of the Integrated System Power Repayment Studies and Rate PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Rate schedule EE–06 (Excess Energy) $0.0082/kWh. Design Study Data Package, submit your request to Mr. Forrest E. Reeves, Assistant Administrator, Office of E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 34928 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 116 / Friday, June 16, 2006 / Notices Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third, Tulsa, OK 74103 (918) 595–6696. A Public Information and Comment Forum is scheduled for July 12, 2006, to explain to the public the proposed rates and supporting studies and to allow for comment. The proceeding will be transcribed. A chairman, who will be responsible for orderly procedure, will conduct the Forum. Questions concerning the rates, 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, except that 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 desiring to attend the Forum should indicate in writing (address cited above) by letter, email or facsimile transmission (918–595–6656) by July 1, 2006, their intent to appear at such Forum. If no one so indicates his or her intent to attend, no such Forum will be held. Persons interested in speaking at the Forum should submit a request to Mr. Forrest E. Reeves, Assistant Administrator, Southwestern, at least seven (7) calendar days prior to the Forum so that a list of forum participants can be developed. The chairman may allow others to speak if time permits. A transcript of the Forum will be made. Copies of the transcript may be obtained, for a fee, from the transcribing service. Copies of all documents introduced will also be available from the transcribing service upon request for a fee. Five copies of all written comments, together with a diskette or compact disk in MS Word, on the proposed Integrated System Rates are due on or before August 15, 2006. Comments should be submitted to Forrest E. Reeves, Assistant Administrator, Southwestern, at the above-mentioned address for Southwestern’s offices. Following review of the oral and written comments and the information gathered in the course of the proceeding, the Administrator will submit the finalized Integrated System Rate Proposal, Power Repayment Studies, and Rate Design Study in support of the proposed rates to the Deputy Secretary of Energy for confirmation and approval on an interim basis, and subsequently to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) for confirmation and approval on a final basis. The Commission will allow the public an VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Jun 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 opportunity to provide written comments on the proposed rate increase before making a final decision. Dated: May 30, 2006. Michael A. Deihl, Administrator. [FR Doc. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 116 (Friday, June 16, 2006)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: E6-9443]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Southwestern Power Administration


Integrated System Power Rates

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 2006 Power Repayment 
Studies which show the need for an increase in annual revenues to meet 
cost recovery criteria. Such increased revenues are needed primarily to 
cover increased investments and replacements in hydroelectric 
generating facilities and increased purchased power expenses. The 
Administrator has developed proposed Integrated System rates, which are 
supported by a rate design study, to recover the required revenues. The 
May 2006 Revised Study indicates that the proposed rates would increase 
annual system revenues approximately 25.9 percent from $136,267,400 to 
$171,505,848, over a three-year period to meet projected annual 
expenses and repay the investments in facilities over the required 
number of years.

DATES: The consultation and comment period will begin on the date of

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publication of this Federal Register notice and will end August 15, 
2006. The consultation and comment period has been shortened by the 
Administrator in accordance with Sec. 903.14(a) of 10 CFR part 903, 
because of the need to assure new rates are in place by October 1, 
2006, to respond to financial difficulties resulting from FY 2006 
drought conditions. A combined Public Information and Comment Forum 
(Forum) will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 9 a.m. on July 12, 2006.

ADDRESSES: The Forum will be held in Southwestern's offices, Room 1460, 
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: Originally established by Secretarial Order 
No. 1865 dated August 31, 1943, Southwestern is an agency within the 
U.S. Department of Energy which was created by an Act of the U.S. 
Congress, entitled the Department of Energy Organization Act, Public 
Law 95-91, dated August 4, 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 
those of Southwestern's transmission facilities, which consist of 1,380 
miles of high-voltage transmission lines, 24 substations, and 46 
microwave and VHF radio sites. Costs associated with the Sam Rayburn 
and Robert D. Willis Dams, two Corps of Engineers projects that are 
isolated hydraulically, electrically, and financially from the 
Integrated System are repaid under separate rate schedules and are not 
addressed in this notice.
    Following Department of Energy guidelines, Southwestern's 
Administrator, prepared a Current Power Repayment Study using existing 
system rates. The Study indicates that Southwestern's financial 
requirement to repay annual operating costs and the investment in power 
generating and transmission facilities for power and energy marketed by 
Southwestern will not be met without an increase in revenues. The need 
for increased revenues is primarily due to projected increases in 
investments and replacements at hydroelectric generating facilities of 
the U.S. Army's Corps of Engineers. Increased revenues are also needed 
because of higher projected average purchased power expenses due to 
market price increases and a severe drought during FY 2006 which has 
caused Southwestern to incur substantially more than average purchased 
power costs. The Revised Power Repayment Study shows that additional 
annual revenues of $35,238,448 (a 25.9 percent increase) are needed to 
meet these increased operating expense requirements and satisfy 
repayment criteria.
    A Rate Design Study has also been completed which allocates the 
revenue requirement to the various system rate schedules for recovery, 
and provides for transmission service rates in general conformance with 
FERC Order Nos. 888 (A-C). The proposed rates would increase estimated 
annual revenues from $136,267,400 to $171,505,848 and would meet annual 
operating expenses and repay project and transmission system 
investments within the required number of years. As indicated in the 
Integrated System Rate Design Study, this revenue would be developed 
through increases in the charges for sales of capacity and energy, and 
transmission services, including some of the ancillary services for 
deliveries of both Federal and non-Federal power and associated energy 
from the transmission system of Southwestern.
    Another component of the Integrated System rates for power and 
energy, the Purchased Power Adder (PPA), produces revenues to cover the 
cost of power purchased to meet contractual obligations. The PPA is 
based on Southwestern's average annual purchased power needs and has 
been increased from the existing rate to reflect projected power costs 
based on present market rates. Southwestern is further proposing to 
expand the Administrator's authority to adjust the PPA at his 
discretion (Discretionary Purchased Power Adder Adjustment) to increase 
the size of the Discretionary PPA Adjustment and the frequency of its 
application to no more than twice annually (limited to $0.0067 (6.7 mills)/kWh per year) based on the need for greater 
flexibility to better manage cash flow during drought conditions. With 
increased flexibility, Southwestern will be able to alleviate some of 
the increased revenue pressure of drought situations, such as has 
occurred during the drought of 2006, by implementing increases more 
frequently.
    Because of concerns expressed by Southwestern's customers, during 
their informal participation in the development of the Power Repayment 
and Rate Design Studies, regarding the magnitude and underlying causes 
of the proposed increase, Southwestern is proposing to increase revenue 
in three steps over a three-year period.
    The first step of the rate increase, beginning October 1, 2006, 
will incorporate increased PPA costs ($8,562,500 or 6.3 percent), with 
the PPA increasing from $0.0029 (2.9 mills)/kWh to $0.0067 (6.7 mills)/
kWh during the period that the rates are in effect. The Administrator's 
Discretionary PPA Adjustment will be set to recover purchased power 
costs for all of FY 2006 resulting from the drought which far exceed 
the average. Presently, this rate would be $0.0034 (3.4 mills)/kWh 
($7,620,216 or 5.6 percent) based on current costs through May 2006. 
All other rates currently approved will remain in effect through 
September 30, 2007.
    The second step of the rate increase, beginning October 1, 2007, 
through September 30, 2008, will incorporate \1/2\ of the remaining 
revenue requirement ($9,527,866 or 7.0 percent) caused by increased 
investments and replacements in facilities. As a result, the rate for 
supplemental peaking energy will increase to $0.0082 (8.2 mills)/kWh 
and the capacity charge will increase to $3.18/KW/Mo.
    The final step of the rate increase, beginning October 1, 2008, 
through September 30, 2010, will reach the full revenue requirement of 
$19,055,732, or 14.0 percent revenue increase, caused by the increased 
investments and replacements, and combined with the PPA increase to 
$0.0067 (6.7 mills)/kWh ($8,562 500 or 6.3 percent) and the $0.0034 
(3.4 mills)/kWh Discretionary PPA Adjustment increase ($7,620,216 or 
5.6 percent) from the first and second years, will ensure that cost 
recovery will

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be accomplished as required. The capacity rate will increase to $3.51/
kW/Mo and ancillary services will increase modestly, while the 
transmission capacity rate will increase to $0.95/kW/Mo, as well as the 
rate for network service.
    Below is a general comparison of the existing and proposed system 
rates:

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                                    Existing rates                          Proposed rates
                                 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                      Rate schedule P-06  Rate schedule P-06  Rate schedule P-06
        Generation rates          Rate schedule P-05   (System Peaking)    (System Peaking)    (System Peaking)
                                    (System Peaking)  Step 1  10/1/06-9/  Step 2  10/1/07-9/  Step 3  10/1/08--9/
                                                             30/07               30/08               30/10
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Capacity
Grid or 138-161 kV..............  $3.03/kW/Mo.......  $3.03/kW/Mo.......  $3.18/kW/Mo.......  $3.51/kW/Mo.
Required Ancillary Services       $0.09/kW/Mo.......  $0.09/kW/Mo.......  $0.09/kW/Mo.......  $0.10/kW/Mo.
 (generation in control area).
Regulation & Freq. Response       $0.08/kW/Mo.......  $0.08/kW/Mo.......  $0.08/kW/Mo.......  $0.09/kW/Mo.
 (generation in control area).
Reserve Ancillary Services        $0.0158/kW/Mo.....  $0.0158/kW/Mo.....  $0.0158/kW/Mo.....  $0.0184/kW/Mo.
 (generation in control area).
Transformation Service 69 kV      $0.30/kW/Mo.......  $0.30/kW/Mo.......  $0.30/kW/Mo.......  $0.30/kW/Mo.
 (applied to usage, not
 reservation).
Energy
Peaking Energy..................  $0.0082/kWh.......  $0.0082/kWh.......  $0.0082/kWh.......  $0.0082/kWh.
Supplemental Peaking Energy.....  $0.0055/kWh.......  $0.0055/kWh.......  $0.0082/kWh.......  $0.0082/kWh
Purchased Power Adder (PPA).....  $0.0029/kWh.......  $0.0067/kWh.......  $0.0067/kWh.......  $0.0067/kWh.
Administrator's Discretionary     $0.0/kWh..........  $0.0034/kWh.......  $0.0034/kWh.......  $0.0034/kWh.
 PPA Adjustment Applied.
Administrator's Discretionary     $0.0011/kWh   minus>$0.0067/kWh   minus>$0.0067/kWh   minus>$0.0067/kWh
                                   annually.           annually.           annually.           annually.
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                                  Rate schedule NFTS- Rate schedule NFTS- Rate schedule NFTS- Rate schedule NFTS-
       Transmission rates          5 (Transmission)    06 (Transmission)   06 (Transmission)   06 (Transmission)
 
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Capacity (Firm Reservation with   $0.90/kW/Mo,        $0.90/kW/Mo,        $0.90/kW/Mo,        $0.95/kW/Mo,
 energy) Grid or 138-161 kV.       $0.225/kW/Week,     $0.225/kW/Week,     $0.225/kW/Week,     $0.238/kW/Week,
                                   $0.0409/kW/Day.     $0.0409/kW/Day.     $0.0409/kW/Day.     $0.0432/kW/Day.
Required Ancillary Services.....  $0.09/kW/Mo, or     $0.09/kW/Mo, or     $0.09/kW/Mo, or     $0.10/kW/Mo, or
                                   $0.023/kW/Week,     $0.023/kW/Week,     $0.023/kW/Week,     $0.025/kW/Week,
                                   or $0.0041/kW/Day.  or $0.0041/kW/Day.  or $0.0041/kW/Day.  or $0.0045/kW/
                                                                                               Day.
Reserve Ancillary Services        $0.0158/kW/Mo, or   $0.0158/kW/Mo, or   $0.0158/kW/Mo, or   $0.0184/kW/Mo, or
 (generation in control area).     $0.00395/kW/Week,   $0.00395/kW/Week,   $0.00395/kW/Week,   $0.0046/kW/Week,
                                   or $0.00072/kW/     or $0.00072/kW/     or $0.00072/kW/     or $0.00084/kW/
                                   Day.                Day.                Day.                Day.
Regulation & Freq Response        $0.08/kW/Mo, or     $0.08/kW/Mo, or     $0.08/kW/Mo, or     $0.09/kW/Mo, or
 (deliveries within control        $0.020/kW/Week,     $0.020/kW/Week,     $0.020/kW/Week,     $0.023/kW/Week,
 area).                            or $0.0036/kW/Day.  or $0.0036/kW/Day.  or $0.0036/kW/Day.  or $0.0041/kW/
                                                                                               Day.
Transformation Service 69 kV and  $0.30/kW/Mo.......  $0.30/kW/Mo.......  $0.30/kW/Mo.......  $0.30/kW/Mo.
 below (applied on usage, not
 reservation) No weekly/daily
 rates.
Capacity (Non-firm with energy).  No capacity charge  No capacity charge  No capacity charge  No capacity charge
                                   80% of firm         80% of firm         80% of firm         80% of firm
                                   monthly charge      monthly charge      monthly charge      monthly charge
                                   divided by 4 for    divided by 4 for    divided by 4 for    divided by 4 for
                                   weekly rate,        weekly rate,        weekly rate,        weekly rate,
                                   divided by 22 for   divided by 22 for   divided by 22 for   divided by 22 for
                                   daily rate, and     daily rate, and     daily rate, and     daily rate, and
                                   divided by 352      divided by 352      divided by 352      divided by 352
                                   for hourly rate.    for hourly rate.    for hourly rate.    for hourly rate.
Network Service.................  $0.90/kW/Mo.......  $0.90/kW/Mo.......  $0.90/kW/Mo.......  $0.95/kW/Mo.
Required Ancillary Services.....  $0.09/kW/Mo.......  $0.09/kW/Mo.......  $0.09/kW/Mo.......  $0.10/kW/Mo.
Reserve Ancillary Services        $0.00158/kW/Mo....  $0.00158/kW/Mo....  $0.00158/kW/Mo....  $0.00184/kW/Mo.
 (generation in control area).
Regulation & Freq Response        $0.08/kW/Mo.......  $0.08/kW/Mo.......  $0.08/kW/Mo.......  $0.09/kW/Mo.
 (deliveries within control
 area).


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                                   Rate schedule EE-   Rate schedule EE-   Rate schedule EE-   Rate schedule EE-
                                  05 (Excess Energy)  06 (Excess Energy)  06 (Excess Energy)  06 (Excess Energy)
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Energy..........................  $0.0055/kWh.......  $0.0055/kWh.......  $0.0082/kWh.......  $0.0082/kWh.
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    Opportunity is presented for Southwestern's customers and other 
interested parties to receive copies of the Integrated System Studies. 
If you desire a copy of the Integrated SystemPower Repayment Studies 
and Rate Design Study Data Package, submit your request to Mr. Forrest 
E. Reeves, Assistant Administrator, Office of

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Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, One West 
Third, Tulsa, OK 74103 (918) 595-6696.
    A Public Information and Comment Forum is scheduled for July 12, 
2006, to explain to the public the proposed rates and supporting 
studies and to allow for comment. The proceeding will be transcribed. A 
chairman, who will be responsible for orderly procedure, will conduct 
the Forum. Questions concerning the rates, 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, 
except that 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 desiring to attend the Forum should indicate in writing 
(address cited above) by letter, email or facsimile transmission (918-
595-6656) by July 1, 2006, their intent to appear at such Forum. If no 
one so indicates his or her intent to attend, no such Forum will be 
held. Persons interested in speaking at the Forum should submit a 
request to Mr. Forrest E. Reeves, Assistant Administrator, 
Southwestern, at least seven (7) calendar days prior to the Forum so 
that a list of forum participants can be developed. The chairman may 
allow others to speak if time permits.
    A transcript of the Forum will be made. Copies of the transcript 
may be obtained, for a fee, from the transcribing service. Copies of 
all documents introduced will also be available from the transcribing 
service upon request for a fee. Five copies of all written comments, 
together with a diskette or compact disk in MS Word, on the proposed 
Integrated System Rates are due on or before August 15, 2006. Comments 
should be submitted to Forrest E. Reeves, Assistant Administrator, 
Southwestern, at the above-mentioned address for Southwestern's 
offices.
    Following review of the oral and written comments and the 
information gathered in the course of the proceeding, the Administrator 
will submit the finalized Integrated System Rate Proposal, Power 
Repayment Studies, and Rate Design Study in support of the proposed 
rates to the Deputy Secretary of Energy for confirmation and approval 
on an interim basis, and subsequently to the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (Commission) for confirmation and approval on a final basis. 
The Commission will allow the public an opportunity to provide written 
comments on the proposed rate increase before making a final decision.

    Dated: May 30, 2006.
Michael A. Deihl,
Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E6-9443 Filed 6-15-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6450-01-P