Salt Lake City Area Integrated Projects Firm Power, Colorado River Storage Project Transmission and Ancillary Services Rates-Rate Order No. WAPA-137, 15519-15520 [E8-5868]

Download as PDF mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 57 / Monday, March 24, 2008 / Notices has involved or would involve any construction subsequent to 1935 that may have increased or would increase the project’s head or generating capacity, or have otherwise significantly modified the project’s pre-1935 design or operation. l. Locations of the application: Copies of this filing are on file with the Commission and are available for public inspection. This filing may be viewed on the web at http://www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or tollfree at (866) 208–3676, or TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. m. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission’s mailing list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission. n. 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Agency Comments—Federal, State, and local agencies are invited to file comments on the described application. A copy of the application may be obtained by agencies directly from the applicant. If an agency does not file comments within the time specified for filing comments, it will be presumed to have no comments. One copy of an agency’s comments must also be sent to the applicant’s representatives. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–5847 Filed 3–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:33 Mar 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 Western Area Power Administration Salt Lake City Area Integrated Projects Firm Power, Colorado River Storage Project Transmission and Ancillary Services Rates—Rate Order No. WAPA–137 Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Extension of Public Process for Rate Adjustment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Western initiated a public process to modify the Salt Lake City Area Integrated Projects (SLCA/IP) firm power rates and extend the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) transmission and ancillary services rates by publishing a notice in the Federal Register on January 4, 2008. Western held a Public Information Forum on February 5, 2008, and a Public Comment Forum on March 4, 2008. Western is extending the comment and consultation period to allow sufficient time to finalize the 2010 Work Program Review (WPR), which forms the basis of the operation, maintenance and replacement (OM&R) expenses, to propose a two-step increase and to add clarification to the Spinning and Supplement Reserves (SP–SSR–3) rates. In conjunction with extending the comment and consultation period, Western will hold an additional public information forum and public comment forum on April 10, 2008. Information will be provided at this public information forum and also on the CRSP Management Center Web site under the ‘‘FY 2009 SLCA/IP Rate Adjustment’’ section located at: http:// www.wapa.gov/CRSP/ratescrsp/ default.htm. Western mailed a brochure on January 11, 2008, that provided detailed information about the rates to all interested parties. The proposed rates in Rate Order No. WAPA–137 under Rate Schedules SLIP–F9, SP–PTP7, SP–NW3, SP–NFT6, SP–CF1, SP–SD3, SP–RS3, SP–EI3, SP–FR3, and SP–SSR3 are scheduled to go into effect on October 1, 2008. DATES: The extended consultation and comment period begins today and will end May 5, 2008. A public information forum will be held on April 10, 2008, 1:30 p.m., at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, Room 8102, 125 S. State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah. A public comment forum will follow the public information forum. Western will accept written comments any time during the consultation and comment period. Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Send written comments to Mr. Bradley S. Warren, CRSP Manager, CRSP Management Center, Western Area Power Administration, 150 East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111–1580; telephone (801) 524–5493; e-mail CRSPMCadj@wapa.gov. Western will post information about the rate process on its Web site under the ‘‘FY 2009 SLCA/IP Rate Adjustment’’ section located at: http://www.wapa.gov/CRSP/ ratescrsp/default.htm. Western will post official comments received by letter 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 consideration in Western’s decision process. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Carol A. Loftin, Rates Manager, CRSP Management Center, Western Area Power Administration, 150 East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111–1580; telephone (801) 524– 6380; e-mail loftinc@wapa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed rates for SLCA/IP firm power are designed to return an annual amount of revenue to meet the repayment of power investment, payment of interest, purchased power, OM&R expenses, and the repayment of irrigation assistance costs as required by law. The Deputy Secretary of Energy approved Rate Schedule SLIP–F8 for firm power service on August 1, 2005. Rate Schedule SLIP–F8 became effective on October 1, 2005, for a 5-year period ending September 30, 2010. The Deputy Secretary of Energy also approved a rate extension for the CRSP Transmission and Ancillary Services Rates through September 30, 2010. ADDRESSES: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PO 00000 15519 Discussion Western’s SLCA/IP Firm Power, CRSP Transmission and Ancillary Services rates entered into a rate adjustment process with a Federal Register notice published on January 4, 2008, which began the initial public consultation and comment period that would have ended on April 3, 2008. Western seeks an extension of the public process to provide additional time to finalize the 2010 WPR, which forms the basis of the OM&R expenses. The 2010 WPR shows significant increases in some program areas, and Western and the firm power customers need more time to evaluate these proposed increases. The customers are requesting Western consider a rate increase that is phased in over a 2-year period, and Western will provide options for customers’ E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1 15520 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 57 / Monday, March 24, 2008 / Notices comments. In addition, Western is proposing to eliminate the reference to the ‘‘Western System Power Pool’’ in the Rate Schedule for Spinning and Supplement Reserves (SP–SSR–3) to make it consistent with the other regions within Western and to clarify better how those rates are determined. In conjunction with extending the comment and consultation period, Western will hold an additional public information and public comment forum. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Legal Authority Since the proposed rates constitute a major rate adjustment as defined by 10 CFR part 903, Western has held both a public information forum and a public comment forum and, as indicated in this notice, will hold an additional public information and public comment forum. After a review of public comments and possible amendments or adjustments, Western will recommend a proposed rate for the Deputy Secretary of Energy to approve on an interim basis. Western is establishing firm electric service rates for the SCLA/IP under the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7152); 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 projects 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 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 Commission. Existing Department of Energy (DOE) procedures for public participation in power rate adjustments (10 CFR part 903) were published on September 18, 1985. Availability of Information All brochures, studies, comments, letters, memorandums, or other documents that Western initiates or uses to develop the proposed rates are available for inspection and copying at the CRSP Management Center, 150 East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, Utah. Many of these documents and supporting information are also available on its Web site under the ‘‘FY 2009 SLCA/IP Rate Adjustment’’ section located at: http://www.wapa.gov/CRSP/ ratescrsp/default.htm. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:33 Mar 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 Regulatory Procedure Requirements Environmental Compliance In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.); the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508); and DOE NEPA Implementing Procedures and Guidelines (10 CFR part 1021), Western has determined this action is categorically excluded from preparing an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement. Determination Under Executive Order 12866 Western has an exemption from centralized regulatory review under Executive Order 12866; accordingly, no clearance of this notice by the Office of Management and Budget is required. Dated: March 14, 2008. Timothy J. Meeks, Administrator. [FR Doc. E8–5868 Filed 3–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OAR–2008–001; FRL–8545–8] Protection of Stratospheric Ozone; Launch of Electronic Reporting System Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: EPA is prepared to receive, in electronic form, certain documents required under the regulations at 40 CFR Part 82 for the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Program. EPA is launching an electronic reporting system that will allow producers, importers, and exporters of Class I ozone-depleting substances (except methyl bromide) and Class II ozone-depleting substances to submit quarterly reports electronically. EPA believes that, for many users, electronic reporting will allow reporting to occur with greater ease, speed, and accuracy than the paper-based reporting systems. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Bohman, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Air and Radiation (6205J), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343–9548; fax number: (202) 343–2338; e-mail address: bohman.jennifer@epa.gov. Additional information, including the electronic PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 reporting forms, training and guidance documents are found at http:// www.epa.gov/ozone/record/ ereport.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. What Action is the Agency Taking? EPA is launching an electronic reporting system that will allow the electronic submission of certain quarterly reports. Over the past year, EPA has conducted a pilot effort to use and evaluate an electronic reporting system. EPA has refined the system based on recommendations from the pilot participants. EPA is now launching the electronic reporting system and providing an opportunity for all eligible participants to use the system. B. What Is the Agency’s Authority for Taking This Action? EPA is establishing this electronic reporting system under section 603(b) of the Clean Air Act which states that ‘‘on a quarterly basis, or such other basis (not less than annually) as determined by the Administrator, each person who produced, imported, or exported a class I or class II substance shall file a report with the Administrator. * * *’’ EPA offers the electronic reporting system as an alternative to the existing paper-based reporting system. The electronic reporting system does not contain any new or additional requirements. The electronic reporting system is compliant with EPA’s Cross Media Electronic Reporting Rule. C. What Reports Can Be Submitted Electronically? The electronic reporting system currently allows producers, importers, and exporters of Class I ozone-depleting substances (except methyl bromide) and Class II ozone-depleting substances to submit quarterly reports electronically. These quarterly reports, among others, are required under our regulations at 40 CFR 82.13 and 82.24. In addition to the quarterly report data, participants will also be able to submit supporting documents that would have been attached to hard copy reports under the previous system. EPA anticipates expanding the electronic reporting system to include additional reports required by the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Program’s regulations. D. Am I Required To Submit Reports Electronically? EPA strongly encourages companies to use the electronic reporting system. E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 57 (Monday, March 24, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15519-15520]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-5868]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Salt Lake City Area Integrated Projects Firm Power, Colorado 
River Storage Project Transmission and Ancillary Services Rates--Rate 
Order No. WAPA-137

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of Extension of Public Process for Rate Adjustment.

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SUMMARY: Western initiated a public process to modify the Salt Lake 
City Area Integrated Projects (SLCA/IP) firm power rates and extend the 
Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) transmission and ancillary 
services rates by publishing a notice in the Federal Register on 
January 4, 2008. Western held a Public Information Forum on February 5, 
2008, and a Public Comment Forum on March 4, 2008.
    Western is extending the comment and consultation period to allow 
sufficient time to finalize the 2010 Work Program Review (WPR), which 
forms the basis of the operation, maintenance and replacement (OM&R) 
expenses, to propose a two-step increase and to add clarification to 
the Spinning and Supplement Reserves (SP-SSR-3) rates. In conjunction 
with extending the comment and consultation period, Western will hold 
an additional public information forum and public comment forum on 
April 10, 2008. Information will be provided at this public information 
forum and also on the CRSP Management Center Web site under the ``FY 
2009 SLCA/IP Rate Adjustment'' section located at: http://www.wapa.gov/
CRSP/ratescrsp/default.htm.
    Western mailed a brochure on January 11, 2008, that provided 
detailed information about the rates to all interested parties. The 
proposed rates in Rate Order No. WAPA-137 under Rate Schedules SLIP-F9, 
SP-PTP7, SP-NW3, SP-NFT6, SP-CF1, SP-SD3, SP-RS3, SP-EI3, SP-FR3, and 
SP-SSR3 are scheduled to go into effect on October 1, 2008.

DATES: The extended consultation and comment period begins today and 
will end May 5, 2008. A public information forum will be held on April 
10, 2008, 1:30 p.m., at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, Room 
8102, 125 S. State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah. A public comment forum 
will follow the public information forum. Western will accept written 
comments any time during the consultation and comment period.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Mr. Bradley S. Warren, CRSP 
Manager, CRSP Management Center, Western Area Power Administration, 150 
East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-1580; 
telephone (801) 524-5493; e-mail CRSPMCadj@wapa.gov. Western will post 
information about the rate process on its Web site under the ``FY 2009 
SLCA/IP Rate Adjustment'' section located at: http://www.wapa.gov/CRSP/
ratescrsp/default.htm.
    Western will post official comments received by letter 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 consideration in Western's decision process.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Carol A. Loftin, Rates Manager, 
CRSP Management Center, Western Area Power Administration, 150 East 
Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-1580; telephone 
(801) 524-6380; e-mail loftinc@wapa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed rates for SLCA/IP firm power 
are designed to return an annual amount of revenue to meet the 
repayment of power investment, payment of interest, purchased power, 
OM&R expenses, and the repayment of irrigation assistance costs as 
required by law.
    The Deputy Secretary of Energy approved Rate Schedule SLIP-F8 for 
firm power service on August 1, 2005. Rate Schedule SLIP-F8 became 
effective on October 1, 2005, for a 5-year period ending September 30, 
2010. The Deputy Secretary of Energy also approved a rate extension for 
the CRSP Transmission and Ancillary Services Rates through September 
30, 2010.

Discussion

    Western's SLCA/IP Firm Power, CRSP Transmission and Ancillary 
Services rates entered into a rate adjustment process with a Federal 
Register notice published on January 4, 2008, which began the initial 
public consultation and comment period that would have ended on April 
3, 2008. Western seeks an extension of the public process to provide 
additional time to finalize the 2010 WPR, which forms the basis of the 
OM&R expenses. The 2010 WPR shows significant increases in some program 
areas, and Western and the firm power customers need more time to 
evaluate these proposed increases. The customers are requesting Western 
consider a rate increase that is phased in over a 2-year period, and 
Western will provide options for customers'

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comments. In addition, Western is proposing to eliminate the reference 
to the ``Western System Power Pool'' in the Rate Schedule for Spinning 
and Supplement Reserves (SP-SSR-3) to make it consistent with the other 
regions within Western and to clarify better how those rates are 
determined. In conjunction with extending the comment and consultation 
period, Western will hold an additional public information and public 
comment forum.

Legal Authority

    Since the proposed rates constitute a major rate adjustment as 
defined by 10 CFR part 903, Western has held both a public information 
forum and a public comment forum and, as indicated in this notice, will 
hold an additional public information and public comment forum. After a 
review of public comments and possible amendments or adjustments, 
Western will recommend a proposed rate for the Deputy Secretary of 
Energy to approve on an interim basis.
    Western is establishing firm electric service rates for the SCLA/IP 
under the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7152); 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 projects 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 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 Commission. Existing Department of Energy 
(DOE) procedures for public participation in power rate adjustments (10 
CFR part 903) were published on September 18, 1985.

Availability of Information

    All brochures, studies, comments, letters, memorandums, or other 
documents that Western initiates or uses to develop the proposed rates 
are available for inspection and copying at the CRSP Management Center, 
150 East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, Utah. Many of 
these documents and supporting information are also available on its 
Web site under the ``FY 2009 SLCA/IP Rate Adjustment'' section located 
at: http://www.wapa.gov/CRSP/ratescrsp/default.htm.

Regulatory Procedure Requirements

Environmental Compliance

    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.); the Council on Environmental Quality 
Regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508); and DOE 
NEPA Implementing Procedures and Guidelines (10 CFR part 1021), Western 
has determined this action is categorically excluded from preparing an 
environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement.

Determination Under Executive Order 12866

    Western has an exemption from centralized regulatory review under 
Executive Order 12866; accordingly, no clearance of this notice by the 
Office of Management and Budget is required.

    Dated: March 14, 2008.
Timothy J. Meeks,
Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E8-5868 Filed 3-21-08; 8:45 am]
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