Sam Rayburn Dam Power Rate Schedule, 54652-54654 [E7-18950]

Download as PDF mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 54652 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 26, 2007 / Notices Filed Date: 09/18/2007. Accession Number: 20070919–0055. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, October 01, 2007. Docket Numbers: RP99–301–169. Applicants: ANR Pipeline Company. Description: ANR Pipeline Co submits an amendment to Rate Schedule ETS negotiated rate agreement with Wisconsin Gas, LLC under RP99–301. Filed Date: 09/18/2007. Accession Number: 20070919–0054. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, October 01, 2007. Docket Numbers: RP99–301–170. Applicants: ANR Pipeline Company. Description: ANR Pipeline Co submits an amendment to Rate Schedule FTS–3 negotiated rate agreement with Wisconsin Power & Light Co. Filed Date: 09/18/2007. Accession Number: 20070919–0053. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, October 01, 2007. Docket Numbers: RP99–301–171. Applicants: ANR Pipeline Company. 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Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the intervention or protest to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St., NE., Washington, DC 20426. 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 dockets(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please e-mail FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Acting Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–18941 Filed 9–25–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Southwestern Power Administration Sam Rayburn Dam Power Rate Schedule Southwestern Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Rate Order. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to Delegation Order Nos. 00–037.00, effective December 6, 2001, and 00–001.00C, effective January 31, 2007, the Deputy Secretary of Energy has approved and placed into effect on an interim basis Rate Order No. SWPA– 58, which increases the power rate for the Sam Rayburn Dam (Rayburn) pursuant to the following Sam Rayburn Dam Rate Schedule: Rate Schedule SRD–07, Wholesale Rates for Hydropower and Energy Sold to Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc., (Contract No. DE–PM75–92SW00215). The effective period for the rate schedule specified in Rate Order No. SWPA–58 is October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James K. McDonald, Assistant Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, Department of Energy, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103, (918) 595–6690, jim.mcdonald@swpa.gov. DATES: The existing hydroelectric power rate for Rayburn is $2,816,064 per year. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved this rate on a final basis on June 15, 2006, for the period January 1, 2006, through September 30, 2009. The 2007 Rayburn Power Repayment Studies indicates the need for an increase in the annual rate by $640,632 or 22.8 percent beginning October 1, 2007. The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) has followed Title 10, Part 903 Subpart A, of the Code of Federal Regulations, ‘‘Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments and Extensions’’ in connection with the proposed rate schedule. On May 23, 2007, Southwestern published notice in the Federal Register (72 FR 28963) of a 90day comment period, together with a Public Information and Comment Forum, to provide an opportunity for customers and other interested members of the public to review and comment on a proposed rate increase for Rayburn. The public forum was canceled when no one expressed an intention to SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 26, 2007 / Notices participate. Written comments were accepted through August 21, 2007. One comment was received from Gillis & Angley, LLP, Counsellors at Law, on behalf of Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Authority, the Vinton Public Power Authority, and the Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, which stated that they had no objection to the proposed rate adjustment. Information regarding this rate proposal, including studies and other supporting material, is available for public review and comment in the offices of Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103. Following review of Southwestern’s proposal within the Department of Energy, I approved Rate Order No. SWPA–58, on an interim basis, which increases the existing Rayburn rate to $3,456,696, per year, for the period October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2011. Dated: September 13, 2007. Clay Sell, Deputy Secretary of Energy. United States of America, Department of Energy, Deputy Secretary of Energy [Rate Order No. SWPA–58] mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES In the Matter of: Southwestern Power Administration; Sam Rayburn Dam Project Rate; Order Confirming, Approving and Placing Increased Power Rate Schedule in Effect on an Interim Basis Pursuant to sections 302(a) and 301(b) of the Department of Energy Organization Act, Public Law 95–91, the functions of the Secretary of the Interior and the Federal Power Commission under section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, 16 U.S.C. 825s, relating to the Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) were transferred to and vested in the Secretary of Energy. By Delegation Order No. 0204–108, effective December 14, 1983, the Secretary of Energy delegated to the Administrator of Southwestern the authority to develop power and transmission rates, delegated to the Deputy Secretary of Energy the authority to confirm, approve, and place in effect such rates on an interim basis, and delegated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the authority to confirm and approve and place in to effect on a final basis or to disapprove rates developed by the Administrator under the delegation. Delegation Order No. 0204–108, as amended, was rescinded and subsequently replaced by Delegation Orders 00–037.00 (December 6, 2001) VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:57 Sep 25, 2007 Jkt 211001 and 00–001–00C (January 31, 2007). The Deputy Secretary of Energy issued this rate order pursuant to said delegations. Background The Sam Rayburn Dam (Rayburn) is located on the Angelina River in the State of Texas in the Neches River Basin. Since the beginning of its operation in 1965, it has been marketed as an isolated project, under contract with Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SRDEC) (Contract No. DE–PM75–92SW00215). SRDEC is comprised of two separate entities, the Sam Rayburn G&T, and the Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency. On June 15, 2006, in Docket No. EF06–4021–000, FERC confirmed and approved the current annual Rayburn rate of $2,816,064 for the period January 1, 2006, through September 30, 2009. Discussion Southwestern’s 2007 Current Power Repayment Study (PRS) indicates that the existing annual power rate of $2,816,064 does not meet cost recovery criteria. The increased revenue requirement is due to an increase in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projected future replacement investment. The Revised PRS indicates that an increase in annual revenues of $640,632 beginning October 1, 2007, is sufficient to accomplish repayment of the Federal investment in the required number of years. Accordingly, Southwestern developed a proposed rate schedule based on that increased revenue requirement. Title 10, Part 903, Subpart A of the Code of Federal Regulations, ‘‘Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments and Extensions,’’ has been followed in connection with the proposed rate adjustment. More specifically, opportunities for public review and comment during a 90-day period on the proposed Rayburn power rate were announced by a Federal Register (72 FR 28963) notice published on May 23, 2007. A Public Information and Comment Forum was scheduled to be held June 27, 2007, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The forum was canceled as no one expressed an intention to participate. Written comments were due by August 21, 2007. Southwestern provided the Federal Register notice, together with requested supporting data, to the customer and interested parties for review and comment during the formal period of public participation. In addition, prior to the formal 90-day public participation process, Southwestern discussed with the customer representatives the PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54653 preliminary information on the proposed rate adjustment. Only one formal comment was received from Gillis & Angley, LLP, Counsellors at Law, on behalf of Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency, Vinton Public Power Authority, and the Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc., which stated that they had no objection to the proposed rate adjustment. Upon conclusion of the comment period in August 2007, Southwestern finalized the PRS and rate schedule for the proposed annual rate of $3,456,696, which is the lowest possible rate needed to satisfy repayment criteria. This rate represents an annual increase of 22.8 percent. Availability of Information Information regarding this rate increase, including studies and other supporting material, is available for public review and comment in the offices of Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103. Comments and Responses Southwestern received one written comment in which the customer representative expressed no objection to the proposed rate adjustment. Other Issues There were no other issues raised during the informal period or during the formal public participation period. Administrator’s Certification The 2007 Revised Rayburn PRS indicates that the annual power rate of $3,456,696 will repay all costs of the project, including amortization of the power investment consistent with provisions of the DOE Order RA 6120.2. In accordance with Delegation Order Nos. 00–037.00 (December 6, 2001) and 00–001.00C (January 31, 2007), and section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, the Administrator has determined that the proposed Rayburn power rate is consistent with applicable law and the lowest possible rate consistent with sound business principles. Environment The environmental impact of the rate increase proposal was evaluated in consideration of DOE’s guidelines for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, (10 CFR Part 1021, Subpart D, App. B4.3), and was determined to fall within the class of actions that are categorically excluded from the requirements of preparing either an Environmental Impact Statement or an Environmental Assessment. E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1 54654 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 26, 2007 / Notices Order In view of the foregoing and pursuant to the authority delegated to me, I hereby confirm, approve and place in effect on an interim basis, for the period October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2011, the annual Sam Rayburn Dam rate of $3,456,696 for the sale of power and energy from Sam Rayburn Dam to the Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc., under Contract No. DE–PM75– 92SW00215, dated October 7, 1992. This rate shall remain in effect on an interim basis through September 30, 2011, or until the FERC confirms and approves the rate on a final basis. Dated: September 13, 2007. Clay Sell, Deputy Secretary of Energy. [Rate Schedule SRD–07] Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy Sold to Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Contract No. DE–PM75–92SW00215) Effective During the period October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2011, in accordance with Rate Order No. 58, issued by the Deputy Secretary of Energy on September 13, 2007. Applicable To the power and energy purchased by Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SRDEC) from the Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) under the terms and conditions of the Power Sales Contract dated October 7, 1992, for the sale of all Hydro Power and Energy generated at the Sam Rayburn Dam. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Character and Conditions of Service Three-phase alternating current, delivered at approximately 60 hertz, at the nominal voltage and point of delivery, and in such quantities as provided by contract. Monthly Rates SRDEC shall compensate Southwestern for Sam Rayburn Dam Hydro Power and Energy purchased by SRDEC, in the amount of $288,058 per month ($3,456,696 per year). The preceding rate shall be applicable regardless of the quantity of Hydro Power and Energy available or delivered to SRDEC; provided, however, that if an ‘‘Uncontrollable Force’’ prevents utilization of both of the project’s power generating units for an entire billing VerDate Aug<31>2005 Rate Schedule SRD–05. 17:57 Sep 25, 2007 Jkt 211001 [FR Doc. E7–18950 Filed 9–25–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OAR–2004–0058 and EPA–HQ– OAR–2007–0904; FRL–8473–6] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collections; Request for Comment on Two Proposed Information Collection Requests (ICRs) United States Department of Energy; Southwestern Power Administration * Supersedes period, and if during such billing period water releases were being made which otherwise would have been used to generate Hydro Power and Energy, then Southwestern shall, upon request by SRDEC, suspend billing for subsequent billing periods, until such time as at least one of the project’s generating units is again available. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew two existing approved Information Collection Requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). These ICRs are schedule to expire January 31, 2008. Before submitting these ICRs to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before November 26, 2007. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by the Docket ID numbers provided for each item in the text, by one of the following methods: • www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov • Fax: (202) 566–9744 • Mail: Air Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. • Hand Delivery: Docket Center, (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your comments to the Docket ID Numbers identified for each item in the text. EPA’s policy is PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The www.regulations.gov Web site is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA’s public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http:// www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nydia Yanira Reyes-Morales, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Mail Code 6403J, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202–343–9264; fax number: 202–343–2804; e-mail address: reyes-morales.nydia@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: How Can I Access the Docket and/or Submit Comments? EPA has established a public docket for each of the ICRs identified in this document (see the Docket ID numbers for each ICR that are provided in the text), which is available for online viewing at www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Air Docket in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/ DC Public Reading Room is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Reading Room is 202–566–1744, and the telephone E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1

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[Notices]
[Pages 54652-54654]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Southwestern Power Administration


Sam Rayburn Dam Power Rate Schedule

AGENCY: Southwestern Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of Rate Order.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Delegation Order Nos. 00-037.00, effective 
December 6, 2001, and 00-001.00C, effective January 31, 2007, the 
Deputy Secretary of Energy has approved and placed into effect on an 
interim basis Rate Order No. SWPA-58, which increases the power rate 
for the Sam Rayburn Dam (Rayburn) pursuant to the following Sam Rayburn 
Dam Rate Schedule:

    Rate Schedule SRD-07, Wholesale Rates for Hydropower and Energy 
Sold to Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc., (Contract No. 
DE-PM75-92SW00215).


DATES: The effective period for the rate schedule specified in Rate 
Order No. SWPA-58 is October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James K. McDonald, Assistant 
Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power 
Administration, Department of Energy, One West Third Street, Tulsa, 
Oklahoma 74103, (918) 595-6690, jim.mcdonald@swpa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The existing hydroelectric power rate for 
Rayburn is $2,816,064 per year. The Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission approved this rate on a final basis on June 15, 2006, for 
the period January 1, 2006, through September 30, 2009. The 2007 
Rayburn Power Repayment Studies indicates the need for an increase in 
the annual rate by $640,632 or 22.8 percent beginning October 1, 2007.
    The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) 
has followed Title 10, Part 903 Subpart A, of the Code of Federal 
Regulations, ``Procedures for Public Participation in Power and 
Transmission Rate Adjustments and Extensions'' in connection with the 
proposed rate schedule. On May 23, 2007, Southwestern published notice 
in the Federal Register (72 FR 28963) of a 90-day comment period, 
together with a Public Information and Comment Forum, to provide an 
opportunity for customers and other interested members of the public to 
review and comment on a proposed rate increase for Rayburn. The public 
forum was canceled when no one expressed an intention to

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participate. Written comments were accepted through August 21, 2007. 
One comment was received from Gillis & Angley, LLP, Counsellors at Law, 
on behalf of Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Authority, the Vinton Public 
Power Authority, and the Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, which 
stated that they had no objection to the proposed rate adjustment.
    Information regarding this rate proposal, including studies and 
other supporting material, is available for public review and comment 
in the offices of Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third 
Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103.
    Following review of Southwestern's proposal within the Department 
of Energy, I approved Rate Order No. SWPA-58, on an interim basis, 
which increases the existing Rayburn rate to $3,456,696, per year, for 
the period October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2011.

    Dated: September 13, 2007.
Clay Sell,
Deputy Secretary of Energy.

United States of America, Department of Energy, Deputy Secretary of 
Energy

[Rate Order No. SWPA-58]

In the Matter of: Southwestern Power Administration; Sam Rayburn Dam 
Project Rate; Order Confirming, Approving and Placing Increased Power 
Rate Schedule in Effect on an Interim Basis

    Pursuant to sections 302(a) and 301(b) of the Department of Energy 
Organization Act, Public Law 95-91, the functions of the Secretary of 
the Interior and the Federal Power Commission under section 5 of the 
Flood Control Act of 1944, 16 U.S.C. 825s, relating to the Southwestern 
Power Administration (Southwestern) were transferred to and vested in 
the Secretary of Energy. By Delegation Order No. 0204-108, effective 
December 14, 1983, the Secretary of Energy delegated to the 
Administrator of Southwestern the authority to develop power and 
transmission rates, delegated to the Deputy Secretary of Energy the 
authority to confirm, approve, and place in effect such rates on an 
interim basis, and delegated to the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (FERC) the authority to confirm and approve and place in to 
effect on a final basis or to disapprove rates developed by the 
Administrator under the delegation. Delegation Order No. 0204-108, as 
amended, was rescinded and subsequently replaced by Delegation Orders 
00-037.00 (December 6, 2001) and 00-001-00C (January 31, 2007). The 
Deputy Secretary of Energy issued this rate order pursuant to said 
delegations.

Background

    The Sam Rayburn Dam (Rayburn) is located on the Angelina River in 
the State of Texas in the Neches River Basin. Since the beginning of 
its operation in 1965, it has been marketed as an isolated project, 
under contract with Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SRDEC) 
(Contract No. DE-PM75-92SW00215). SRDEC is comprised of two separate 
entities, the Sam Rayburn G&T, and the Sam Rayburn Municipal Power 
Agency.
    On June 15, 2006, in Docket No. EF06-4021-000, FERC confirmed and 
approved the current annual Rayburn rate of $2,816,064 for the period 
January 1, 2006, through September 30, 2009.

Discussion

    Southwestern's 2007 Current Power Repayment Study (PRS) indicates 
that the existing annual power rate of $2,816,064 does not meet cost 
recovery criteria. The increased revenue requirement is due to an 
increase in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projected future 
replacement investment. The Revised PRS indicates that an increase in 
annual revenues of $640,632 beginning October 1, 2007, is sufficient to 
accomplish repayment of the Federal investment in the required number 
of years. Accordingly, Southwestern developed a proposed rate schedule 
based on that increased revenue requirement.
    Title 10, Part 903, Subpart A of the Code of Federal Regulations, 
``Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate 
Adjustments and Extensions,'' has been followed in connection with the 
proposed rate adjustment. More specifically, opportunities for public 
review and comment during a 90-day period on the proposed Rayburn power 
rate were announced by a Federal Register (72 FR 28963) notice 
published on May 23, 2007. A Public Information and Comment Forum was 
scheduled to be held June 27, 2007, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The forum was 
canceled as no one expressed an intention to participate. Written 
comments were due by August 21, 2007. Southwestern provided the Federal 
Register notice, together with requested supporting data, to the 
customer and interested parties for review and comment during the 
formal period of public participation. In addition, prior to the formal 
90-day public participation process, Southwestern discussed with the 
customer representatives the preliminary information on the proposed 
rate adjustment. Only one formal comment was received from Gillis & 
Angley, LLP, Counsellors at Law, on behalf of Sam Rayburn Municipal 
Power Agency, Vinton Public Power Authority, and the Sam Rayburn Dam 
Electric Cooperative, Inc., which stated that they had no objection to 
the proposed rate adjustment.
    Upon conclusion of the comment period in August 2007, Southwestern 
finalized the PRS and rate schedule for the proposed annual rate of 
$3,456,696, which is the lowest possible rate needed to satisfy 
repayment criteria. This rate represents an annual increase of 22.8 
percent.

Availability of Information

    Information regarding this rate increase, including studies and 
other supporting material, is available for public review and comment 
in the offices of Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third 
Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103.

Comments and Responses

    Southwestern received one written comment in which the customer 
representative expressed no objection to the proposed rate adjustment.

Other Issues

    There were no other issues raised during the informal period or 
during the formal public participation period.

Administrator's Certification

    The 2007 Revised Rayburn PRS indicates that the annual power rate 
of $3,456,696 will repay all costs of the project, including 
amortization of the power investment consistent with provisions of the 
DOE Order RA 6120.2. In accordance with Delegation Order Nos. 00-037.00 
(December 6, 2001) and 00-001.00C (January 31, 2007), and section 5 of 
the Flood Control Act of 1944, the Administrator has determined that 
the proposed Rayburn power rate is consistent with applicable law and 
the lowest possible rate consistent with sound business principles.

Environment

    The environmental impact of the rate increase proposal was 
evaluated in consideration of DOE's guidelines for implementing the 
procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, (10 CFR 
Part 1021, Subpart D, App. B4.3), and was determined to fall within the 
class of actions that are categorically excluded from the requirements 
of preparing either an Environmental Impact Statement or an 
Environmental Assessment.

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Order

    In view of the foregoing and pursuant to the authority delegated to 
me, I hereby confirm, approve and place in effect on an interim basis, 
for the period October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2011, the annual 
Sam Rayburn Dam rate of $3,456,696 for the sale of power and energy 
from Sam Rayburn Dam to the Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc., 
under Contract No. DE-PM75-92SW00215, dated October 7, 1992.
    This rate shall remain in effect on an interim basis through 
September 30, 2011, or until the FERC confirms and approves the rate on 
a final basis.

Dated: September 13, 2007.

Clay Sell,

Deputy Secretary of Energy.

United States Department of Energy; Southwestern Power Administration

[Rate Schedule SRD-07]
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    \*\ Supersedes Rate Schedule SRD-05.

Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy Sold to Sam Rayburn Dam 
Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Contract No. DE-PM75-92SW00215)

Effective

    During the period October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2011, in 
accordance with Rate Order No. 58, issued by the Deputy Secretary of 
Energy on September 13, 2007.

Applicable

    To the power and energy purchased by Sam Rayburn Dam Electric 
Cooperative, Inc. (SRDEC) from the Southwestern Power Administration 
(Southwestern) under the terms and conditions of the Power Sales 
Contract dated October 7, 1992, for the sale of all Hydro Power and 
Energy generated at the Sam Rayburn Dam.

Character and Conditions of Service

    Three-phase alternating current, delivered at approximately 60 
hertz, at the nominal voltage and point of delivery, and in such 
quantities as provided by contract.

Monthly Rates

    SRDEC shall compensate Southwestern for Sam Rayburn Dam Hydro Power 
and Energy purchased by SRDEC, in the amount of $288,058 per month 
($3,456,696 per year).
    The preceding rate shall be applicable regardless of the quantity 
of Hydro Power and Energy available or delivered to SRDEC; provided, 
however, that if an ``Uncontrollable Force'' prevents utilization of 
both of the project's power generating units for an entire billing 
period, and if during such billing period water releases were being 
made which otherwise would have been used to generate Hydro Power and 
Energy, then Southwestern shall, upon request by SRDEC, suspend billing 
for subsequent billing periods, until such time as at least one of the 
project's generating units is again available.
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