Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-133, 78189-78190 [E6-22268]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 249 / Thursday, December 28, 2006 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project—Rate Order No. WAPA–133 Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Order Extending Transmission Service Rates and Notice of Extension of Public Process for Rate Adjustment. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This action is to extend the existing Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project (Intertie) transmission service rates through December 31, 2007. Simultaneously, the Western Area Power Administration (Western) is extending the public process for a rate adjustment that was initiated in July 2006 under Rate Order No. WAPA–130. Without this action, the existing transmission service rates will expire December 31, 2006, and no rates will be in effect for these services. Western initiated a public process to modify the transmission service rates for the Intertie, via a notice published in the Federal Register on July 12, 2006. Western is extending the comment and consultation period to allow sufficient time to evaluate additional alternatives to the proposed rates. In conjunction with extending the comment and consultation period, Western will hold an additional public information forum and public comment forum. DATES: The extended consultation and comment period begins today and will end March 28, 2007. A public information forum will be held on February 8, 2007, beginning at 10 a.m. MST in Phoenix, AZ. A public comment forum will be held February 27, 2007, beginning at 10 a.m. MST in Phoenix, AZ. Western will accept written comments any time during the consultation and comment period. ADDRESSES: The public information forum and public comment forum will be held at the Desert Southwest Region Customer Service Office, 615 South 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, on the dates cited above. Send written comments to Mr. J. Tyler Carlson, Regional Manager, Desert Southwest Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 6457, Phoenix, AZ 85005–6457, e-mail carlson@wapa.gov. Written comments may also be faxed to (602) 605–2490, attention: Jack Murray. Western will post information about the rate process on its Web site at http://www.wapa.gov/ dsw/pwrmkt/Intertie/RateAdjust.htm. Western will post official comments received via letter, fax, and e-mail to its VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:03 Dec 27, 2006 Jkt 211001 Web site after the close of the comment period. Western must receive written comments by the end of the consultation and comment period to ensure they are considered in Western’s decision process. As access to Western facilities is controlled, any U.S. citizen wishing to attend any meeting held at Western must present an official form of picture identification, such as a U.S. driver’s license, U.S. passport, U.S. Government ID, or U.S. Military ID, at the time of the meeting. Foreign nationals should contact Western at least 45 days in advance of the meeting to obtain the necessary form for admittance to Western. Mr. Jack Murray, Rates Team Lead, Desert Southwest Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 6457, Phoenix, AZ 85005–6457, (602) 605– 2442, e-mail jmurray@wapa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: By Delegation Order No. 00–037.00, effective December 6, 2001, the Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) The authority to develop power and transmission rates to Western’s Administrator; (2) the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Deputy Secretary of Energy; and (3) the authority to confirm, approve, and place into effect on a final basis, to remand, or to disapprove such rates to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The existing Rate Schedules consist of separate firm transmission service rates for the 230/345-kilovolt (kV) and 500-kV transmission systems and a nonfirm transmission service rate for the 230/ 345/500-kV transmission system. Rate Schedules INT-FT2 and INT-NFT2, Rate Order No. WAPA–71 1, were approved for a 53-month period, beginning February 1, 1996, and ending September 30, 2000. Rate Order No. WAPA–91 2 extended these rate schedules for a 39month period, beginning October 1, 2000, through December 31, 2003. Rate Order No. WAPA–108 3 extended these SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1 WAPA–71 (published 2/7/96, 61 FR 4650) was approved by FERC on a final basis on July 24, 1996, through September 30, 2000, in Docket No. EF96– 5191–000 (76 FERC ¶62,061). 2 WAPA–91 (published 8/29/00, 65 FR 52423) (which extended the WAPA–71 rates from October 1, 2000, through December 31, 2003) was approved by the Deputy Secretary on August 15, 2000. FERC ‘‘accepted’’ this extension pursuant to a letter order from Michael A. Coleman, Director, Division of Tariffs and Rates—West dated October 19, 2000 (Docket EF00–5191–000). 3 WAPA–108 (published 11/7/03, 68 FR 63083) (which extended the WAPA–76 and WAPA–71/91 rates) was approved by FERC on a final basis on PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78189 rate schedules again beginning January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2006. Rate Schedule INT-FT3, contained in Rate Order No. WAPA–76, 4 was approved for a 5-year period, beginning January 1, 1999, and ending December 31, 2003. Rate Order No. WAPA–108 extended this rate schedule beginning January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2006. Western’s Desert Southwest Customer Service Region entered into a rate adjustment process with aFederal Register notice published on July 12, 2006, (71 FR 39310), which began the initial public consultation and comment period that ended on October 10, 2006. Western seeks this extension to provide more time to evaluate additional alternatives to the proposed rates. During the original consultation and comment period, Western was evaluating the impacts of a transmission sale arrangement that would have mitigated the proposed rate increase. However, a deferral of that transaction requires Western to assess the impact on the proposed rates as presented in the public process. The evaluation period and public process will take approximately 6 months to complete, including additional formal public forums. This makes it necessary to extend the current rates under 10 CFR 903.23(b). Upon its approval, Rate Order No. WAPA–71 and Rate Order No. WAPA–76, previously extended under Rate Order No. WAPA–91 and Rate Order No. WAPA–108, will be extended under Rate Order No. WAPA–133. Rate Order No. WAPA–133 will be submitted to FERC for confirmation and approval on a final basis. Following review of Western’s proposal within DOE, I approve Rate Order No. WAPA–133, which extends the existing Intertie firm and nonfirm transmission service rates, Rate Schedules INT-FT2, INT-FT3, and INTNFT2, through December 31, 2007. March 25, 2004, through December 31, 2006, in Docket No. EF04–5191–000 (106 FERC ¶62,227) 4 WAPA–76 (published 2/9/99, 64 FR 6344) was approved by FERC on a final basis on June 22, 1999, through December 31, 2003, in Docket No. EF99– 5191–000 (87 FERC ¶61,346). E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 78190 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 249 / Thursday, December 28, 2006 / Notices Dated: December 21, 2006. Clay Sell, Deputy Secretary. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, DEPUTY SECRETARY In the Matter of: Western Area Power Administration Rates Extension for the Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project Transmission Service Rates sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Order Confirming and Approving an Extension of the Pacific NorthwestPacific Southwest Intertie Project Transmission Service Rates These transmission service rates were established following section 302 of the Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7152). This Act transferred to and vested in the Secretary of Energy the power marketing functions of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation under the Reclamation Act of 1902 (ch. 1093, 32 Stat. 388), as amended and supplemented by subsequent laws, particularly section 9(c) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)), and other Acts that specifically apply to the project system involved. By Delegation Order No. 00–037.00, effective December 6, 2001, the Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) the authority to develop power and transmission rates to the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration (Western); (2) the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Deputy Secretary of Energy; and (3) the authority to confirm, approve, and place into effect on a final basis, to remand, or to disapprove such rates to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Background The existing Rate Schedules consist of separate firm transmission service rates for the 230/345-kilovolt (kV) and 500-kV transmission systems and a nonfirm transmission service rate for the 230/ 345/500-kV transmission system. Rate Schedules INT-FT2 and INT-NFT2, Rate Order No. WAPA–71, were approved for a 53-month period, beginning February 1, 1996, and ending September 30, 2000. Rate Order No. WAPA–91 extended these rate schedules for a 39-month period, beginning October 1, 2000, through December 31, 2003. Rate Order No. WAPA–108 extended these rate schedules again beginning January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2006. Rate Schedule INT-FT3, contained in Rate Order No. WAPA–76, was approved for VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:35 Dec 27, 2006 Jkt 211001 a 5-year period, beginning January 1, 1999, and ending December 31, 2003. Rate Order No. WAPA–108 extended this rate schedule beginning January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2006. ACTION: Discussion SUMMARY: By this decision, issued under section 209(b) of the Clean Air Act, as amended, (hereafter ‘‘Act’’), 42 U.S.C. 7543(b), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today has determined that provisions of the California Air Resources Board‘s (CARB’s) 1999–2003 amendments to the California ZeroEmission Vehicle (ZEV) regulations as they affect 2006 and prior model years (MYs) are within-the-scope of previous waivers of federal preemption granted to California for its ZEV regulations. In the alternative, EPA is also granting a waiver of federal preemption for these MYs. EPA is also granting California(s request for a waiver of federal preemption to enforce provisions of the ZEV regulations as they affect 2007 through 2011 MYs. As explained below, EPA is also making a finding that although we believe it appropriate to grant a full waiver of federal preemption for the 2007 MY, we also believe it appropriate to consider the 2007 MY regulations within-the-scope of previous waivers of federal preemption as they apply to certain vehicles that were already subject to the preexisting ZEV regulations, with the exception that requirements pertaining to heavier lightduty trucks (LDT2s) are subject to a full waiver of federal preemption. EPA, by this decision, is not making any findings or determinations with regard to the 2012 and later model years under CARB’s ZEV regulations. DATES: Any objections to the findings in this notice regarding EPA’s confirmation that CARB’s ZEV amendments, as they affect the 2007 MY, are within-the-scope of previous waivers must be filed January 29, 2007. Otherwise, at the end of the 30-day period, these findings will become final. Upon receipt of any timely objection, EPA will consider scheduling a public hearing to reconsider these finding in a subsequent Federal Register Notice. Under section 307(b)(1) of the Act, judicial review of this final action may be sought only in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Petitions for review must be filed February 26, 2007. Under section 307(b)(2) of the Act, judicial review of this final action may not be obtained in subsequent enforcement proceedings. ADDRESSES: Any objections to the within-the-scope findings in this notice, applicable to the 2007 MY, should be filed with David Dickinson at the Western’s Desert Southwest Customer Service Region entered into a rate adjustment process with a Federal Register notice published on July 12, 2006, (71 FR 39310), which began the initial public consultation and comment period that ended on October 10, 2006. Western seeks an extension of the public process to provide more time to evaluate additional alternatives to the proposed rates. During the original consultation and comment period, Western was evaluating the impacts of a transmission sale arrangement that would have mitigated the proposed rate increase. However, a deferral of that transaction requires Western to assess the impact on the proposed rates as presented in the public process. The evaluation period and public process will take approximately 6 months to complete, including additional formal public forums. This makes it necessary to extend the current rates pursuant to 10 CFR part 903.23(b). Upon its approval, Rate Order No. WAPA–71 and Rate Order No. WAPA–76, previously extended under Rate Order No. WAPA– 91 and Rate Order No. WAPA–108, will be extended under Rate Order No. WAPA–133. ORDER In view of the above and under the authority delegated to me by the Secretary, I hereby extend the existing Rate Schedules INT-FT2, INT-FT3, and INT-NFT2 for firm and nonfirm transmission service from January 1, 2007, through December 31, 2007. Dated: 12/21/06. Clay Sell, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–22268 Filed 12–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8263–2] California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Notice of Within-the-Scope Determination for Amendments To California’s ZeroEmission Vehicle (ZEV) Standards and Notice of Waiver of Federal Preemption Decision for Other ZEV standards Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notice Regarding Confirmation of Within-the-Scope Finding and Waiver of Federal Preemption for Amendments to California’s Emission Regulations for Zero Emission Vehicles. E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 249 (Thursday, December 28, 2006)]
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[Pages 78189-78190]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project--Rate Order 
No. WAPA-133

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of Order Extending Transmission Service Rates and Notice 
of Extension of Public Process for Rate Adjustment.

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SUMMARY: This action is to extend the existing Pacific Northwest-
Pacific Southwest Intertie Project (Intertie) transmission service 
rates through December 31, 2007. Simultaneously, the Western Area Power 
Administration (Western) is extending the public process for a rate 
adjustment that was initiated in July 2006 under Rate Order No. WAPA-
130. Without this action, the existing transmission service rates will 
expire December 31, 2006, and no rates will be in effect for these 
services. Western initiated a public process to modify the transmission 
service rates for the Intertie, via a notice published in the Federal 
Register on July 12, 2006. Western is extending the comment and 
consultation period to allow sufficient time to evaluate additional 
alternatives to the proposed rates. In conjunction with extending the 
comment and consultation period, Western will hold an additional public 
information forum and public comment forum.

DATES: The extended consultation and comment period begins today and 
will end March 28, 2007. A public information forum will be held on 
February 8, 2007, beginning at 10 a.m. MST in Phoenix, AZ. A public 
comment forum will be held February 27, 2007, beginning at 10 a.m. MST 
in Phoenix, AZ. Western will accept written comments any time during 
the consultation and comment period.

ADDRESSES: The public information forum and public comment forum will 
be held at the Desert Southwest Region Customer Service Office, 615 
South 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, on the dates cited above. Send written 
comments to Mr. J. Tyler Carlson, Regional Manager, Desert Southwest 
Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 6457, Phoenix, AZ 
85005-6457, e-mail carlson@wapa.gov. Written comments may also be faxed 
to (602) 605-2490, attention: Jack Murray. Western will post 
information about the rate process on its Web site at http://
www.wapa.gov/dsw/pwrmkt/Intertie/RateAdjust.htm. Western will post 
official comments received via letter, fax, and e-mail to its Web site 
after the close of the comment period. Western must receive written 
comments by the end of the consultation and comment period to ensure 
they are considered in Western's decision process.
    As access to Western facilities is controlled, any U.S. citizen 
wishing to attend any meeting held at Western must present an official 
form of picture identification, such as a U.S. driver's license, U.S. 
passport, U.S. Government ID, or U.S. Military ID, at the time of the 
meeting. Foreign nationals should contact Western at least 45 days in 
advance of the meeting to obtain the necessary form for admittance to 
Western.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jack Murray, Rates Team Lead, 
Desert Southwest Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 
6457, Phoenix, AZ 85005-6457, (602) 605-2442, e-mail jmurray@wapa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By Delegation Order No. 00-037.00, effective 
December 6, 2001, the Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) The authority 
to develop power and transmission rates to Western's Administrator; (2) 
the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on 
an interim basis to the Deputy Secretary of Energy; and (3) the 
authority to confirm, approve, and place into effect on a final basis, 
to remand, or to disapprove such rates to the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (FERC).
    The existing Rate Schedules consist of separate firm transmission 
service rates for the 230/345-kilovolt (kV) and 500-kV transmission 
systems and a nonfirm transmission service rate for the 230/345/500-kV 
transmission system. Rate Schedules INT-FT2 and INT-NFT2, Rate Order 
No. WAPA-71 \1\, were approved for a 53-month period, beginning 
February 1, 1996, and ending September 30, 2000. Rate Order No. WAPA-91 
\2\ extended these rate schedules for a 39-month period, beginning 
October 1, 2000, through December 31, 2003. Rate Order No. WAPA-108 \3\ 
extended these rate schedules again beginning January 1, 2004, through 
December 31, 2006. Rate Schedule INT-FT3, contained in Rate Order No. 
WAPA-76, \4\ was approved for a 5-year period, beginning January 1, 
1999, and ending December 31, 2003. Rate Order No. WAPA-108 extended 
this rate schedule beginning January 1, 2004, through December 31, 
2006.
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    \1\ WAPA-71 (published 2/7/96, 61 FR 4650) was approved by FERC 
on a final basis on July 24, 1996, through September 30, 2000, in 
Docket No. EF96-5191-000 (76 FERC ]62,061).
    \2\ WAPA-91 (published 8/29/00, 65 FR 52423) (which extended the 
WAPA-71 rates from October 1, 2000, through December 31, 2003) was 
approved by the Deputy Secretary on August 15, 2000. FERC 
``accepted'' this extension pursuant to a letter order from Michael 
A. Coleman, Director, Division of Tariffs and Rates--West dated 
October 19, 2000 (Docket EF00-5191-000).
    \3\ WAPA-108 (published 11/7/03, 68 FR 63083) (which extended 
the WAPA-76 and WAPA-71/91 rates) was approved by FERC on a final 
basis on March 25, 2004, through December 31, 2006, in Docket No. 
EF04-5191-000 (106 FERC ]62,227)
    \4\ WAPA-76 (published 2/9/99, 64 FR 6344) was approved by FERC 
on a final basis on June 22, 1999, through December 31, 2003, in 
Docket No. EF99-5191-000 (87 FERC ]61,346).
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    Western's Desert Southwest Customer Service Region entered into a 
rate adjustment process with aFederal Register notice published on July 
12, 2006, (71 FR 39310), which began the initial public consultation 
and comment period that ended on October 10, 2006. Western seeks this 
extension to provide more time to evaluate additional alternatives to 
the proposed rates. During the original consultation and comment 
period, Western was evaluating the impacts of a transmission sale 
arrangement that would have mitigated the proposed rate increase. 
However, a deferral of that transaction requires Western to assess the 
impact on the proposed rates as presented in the public process. The 
evaluation period and public process will take approximately 6 months 
to complete, including additional formal public forums. This makes it 
necessary to extend the current rates under 10 CFR 903.23(b). Upon its 
approval, Rate Order No. WAPA-71 and Rate Order No. WAPA-76, previously 
extended under Rate Order No. WAPA-91 and Rate Order No. WAPA-108, will 
be extended under Rate Order No. WAPA-133. Rate Order No. WAPA-133 will 
be submitted to FERC for confirmation and approval on a final basis.
    Following review of Western's proposal within DOE, I approve Rate 
Order No. WAPA-133, which extends the existing Intertie firm and 
nonfirm transmission service rates, Rate Schedules INT-FT2, INT-FT3, 
and INT-NFT2, through December 31, 2007.


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    Dated: December 21, 2006.
Clay Sell,
Deputy Secretary.

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, DEPUTY SECRETARY

In the Matter of: Western Area Power Administration Rates Extension for 
the Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project Transmission 
Service Rates

Order Confirming and Approving an Extension of the Pacific Northwest-
Pacific Southwest Intertie Project Transmission Service Rates

    These transmission service rates were established following section 
302 of the Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 
7152). This Act transferred to and vested in the Secretary of Energy 
the power marketing functions of the Secretary of the Department of the 
Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation under the Reclamation Act of 
1902 (ch. 1093, 32 Stat. 388), as amended and supplemented by 
subsequent laws, particularly section 9(c) of the Reclamation Project 
Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)), and other Acts that specifically apply 
to the project system involved.
    By Delegation Order No. 00-037.00, effective December 6, 2001, the 
Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) the authority to develop power and 
transmission rates to the Administrator of the Western Area Power 
Administration (Western); (2) the authority to confirm, approve, and 
place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Deputy 
Secretary of Energy; and (3) the authority to confirm, approve, and 
place into effect on a final basis, to remand, or to disapprove such 
rates to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Background

    The existing Rate Schedules consist of separate firm transmission 
service rates for the 230/345-kilovolt (kV) and 500-kV transmission 
systems and a nonfirm transmission service rate for the 230/345/500-kV 
transmission system. Rate Schedules INT-FT2 and INT-NFT2, Rate Order 
No. WAPA-71, were approved for a 53-month period, beginning February 1, 
1996, and ending September 30, 2000. Rate Order No. WAPA-91 extended 
these rate schedules for a 39-month period, beginning October 1, 2000, 
through December 31, 2003. Rate Order No. WAPA-108 extended these rate 
schedules again beginning January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2006. 
Rate Schedule INT-FT3, contained in Rate Order No. WAPA-76, was 
approved for a 5-year period, beginning January 1, 1999, and ending 
December 31, 2003. Rate Order No. WAPA-108 extended this rate schedule 
beginning January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2006.

Discussion

    Western's Desert Southwest Customer Service Region entered into a 
rate adjustment process with a Federal Register notice published on 
July 12, 2006, (71 FR 39310), which began the initial public 
consultation and comment period that ended on October 10, 2006. Western 
seeks an extension of the public process to provide more time to 
evaluate additional alternatives to the proposed rates. During the 
original consultation and comment period, Western was evaluating the 
impacts of a transmission sale arrangement that would have mitigated 
the proposed rate increase. However, a deferral of that transaction 
requires Western to assess the impact on the proposed rates as 
presented in the public process. The evaluation period and public 
process will take approximately 6 months to complete, including 
additional formal public forums. This makes it necessary to extend the 
current rates pursuant to 10 CFR part 903.23(b). Upon its approval, 
Rate Order No. WAPA-71 and Rate Order No. WAPA-76, previously extended 
under Rate Order No. WAPA-91 and Rate Order No. WAPA-108, will be 
extended under Rate Order No. WAPA-133.

ORDER

    In view of the above and under the authority delegated to me by the 
Secretary, I hereby extend the existing Rate Schedules INT-FT2, INT-
FT3, and INT-NFT2 for firm and nonfirm transmission service from 
January 1, 2007, through December 31, 2007.

Dated: 12/21/06.

Clay Sell,
Deputy Secretary.
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