Notice of Re-Opening of Public Comment Period for White River Minimum Flows-Proposed Determination of Federal and Non-Federal Hydropower Impacts, 46901-46902 [E8-18574]

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E8–18622 Filed 8–11–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46901 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Southwestern Power Administration Notice of Re-Opening of Public Comment Period for White River Minimum Flows—Proposed Determination of Federal and NonFederal Hydropower Impacts Southwestern Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of re-opening of public comment period. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) is reopening the public comment period on its proposed determination of the Federal and non-Federal hydropower impacts of the White River Minimum Flows project for an additional 45 days. The original notice, issued July 3, 2008, provided a 30-day comment period ending on August 4, 2008 (73 FR 38198). Southwestern is re-opening the comment period until September 18, 2008. The public comment period closes on September 18, 2008. Written comments on Southwestern’s proposed determination must be received by that date. ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to George Robbins, Director, Division of Resources and Rates, Southwestern Power Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. George Robbins, Director, Division of Resources and Rates, (918) 595–6680, george.robbins@swpa.gov. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Southwestern’s draft determination was published by Federal Register Notice (73 FR 6717) dated February 5, 2008. Written comments were invited through March 6, 2008. All public comments received were considered, and Southwestern’s draft determination was revised as necessary to incorporate the public comments. Since there were significant changes to Southwestern’s draft determination, Southwestern published a proposed determination for public review and comment prior to its final determination. Southwestern’s proposed determination was published by Federal Register Notice (73 FR 38198) dated July 3, 2008. Written comments were invited through August 4, 2008. Due to requests for additional time to provide public comments, Southwestern is re-opening the public comment period for 45 days. Written comments will now be accepted through September 18, 2008. Comments E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 46902 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 12, 2008 / Notices submitted between August 4, 2008 and August 12, 2008 are deemed timely submitted. Dated: August 4, 2008. Jon C. Worthington, Administrator. [FR Doc. E8–18574 Filed 8–11–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Boulder Canyon Project Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Base Charge and Rates. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Deputy Secretary of Energy approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Base Charge and Rates (Rates) for Boulder Canyon Project (BCP) electric service provided by the Western Area Power Administration (Western). The Rates will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expense, and repay investments within the allowable period. DATES: The Rates will be effective the first day of the first full billing period beginning on or after October 1, 2008. These Rates will stay in effect through September 30, 2009, or until superseded by other rates. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jack Murray, Rates Manager, Desert Southwest Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 6457, Phoenix, AZ 85005– 6457, (602) 605–2442, e-mail jmurray@wapa.gov. Rate Schedule BCP–F7, Rate Order No. WAPA–120, effective October 1, 2005, through September 30, 2010, allows for an annual recalculation of the rates.1 Under Rate Schedule BCP–F7, the existing composite rate, effective on October 1, 2007, was 17.64 mills per kilowatthour (mills/kWh). The base charge was $66,975,283, the energy rate was 8.82 mills/kWh, and the capacity rate was $1.63 per kilowattmonth (kWmonth). The re-calculated rates for BCP electric service, to be effective October 1, 2008, will result in an overall composite rate of 18.62 mills/kWh. The proposed rates were calculated using the FY 2009 Final Ten-Year Operating Plan. This resulted in an increase of sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1 WAPA–120 was approved by the Deputy Secretary of Energy on August 11, 2005 (70 FR ¶ 71280), and confirmed and approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on a final basis on August 26, 2005, in Docket No. EF05–5091–000 (115 FERC ¶ 61362). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:24 Aug 11, 2008 Jkt 214001 approximately 5.56 percent when compared with the existing BCP electric service composite rate. The increase is due to a decrease in the projected energy sales and an increase in the annual revenue requirement. The FY 2009 base charge is increasing to $70,213,497. The major contributing factor to the base charge increase is the increase in annual expenses. The FY 2009 energy rate of 9.31 mills/kWh is approximately a 5.56 percent increase from the existing energy rate of 8.82 mills/kWh. The increase in the energy rate is due to a decrease in the projected energy sales resulting from a decrease in projected water releases. The FY 2009 capacity rate of $1.73/kWmonth reflects an increase of approximately 6.13 percent compared to the existing capacity rate of $1.63/kWmonth. The increase in the capacity rate is due to dropping lake elevations. Another factor contributing to the increase in both the energy and capacity rates is the increase in the annual revenue requirement. The following summarizes the steps taken by Western to ensure involvement of all Interested Parties in determining the Rates: 1. A Federal Register notice was published on February 1, 2008 (73 FR 6177), announcing the proposed rate adjustment process, initiating a public consultation and comment period, announcing public information and public comment forums, and presenting procedures for public participation. 2. On February 4, 2008, a letter was mailed from Western’s Desert Southwest Customer Service Region to the BCP Contractors and other Interested Parties announcing an informal customer meeting and public information and comment forums. 3. Discussion of the proposed Rates was initiated at an informal BCP Contractor meeting held March 12, 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona. At this informal meeting, representatives from Western and the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) explained the basis for estimates used to calculate the Rates and held a question and answer session. 4. At the public information forum held on April 2, 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona, Western and Reclamation representatives explained the proposed Rates for FY 2009 in greater detail and held a question and answer session. 5. A public comment forum held on April 23, 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona, provided the public an opportunity to comment for the record. Three individuals commented at this forum. 6. Western received one comment letter during the 90-day consultation and comment period. The consultation and comment period ended May 1, PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2008. All comments were considered in developing the Rates for FY 2009. Written comments were received from: Irrigation & Electrical Districts Association of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona. Comments and responses, paraphrased for brevity when not affecting the meaning of the statements, are presented below. Rates Stability Comment: BCP Contractors expressed concern that the composite rate has increased from 8.93 mills/kWh in 2000 to 18.53 mills/kWh in 2009. The BCP Contractors further suggested that since major projects at Hoover which resulted in increased spending are complete and Lake Mead water levels continue to be low, Western and Reclamation should postpone expenditures where possible and strive to structure budgets in such a way to levelize or reduce rates. Response: Western and Reclamation appreciate the BCP Contractors’ concern over reduced generation and increased spending. Much of the increased spending is aimed toward maintaining the reliability of the Hoover resource and achieving maximum energy and capacity even as Lake Mead water levels decline. However, Western and Reclamation will continue to partner with the Hoover Contractors, through the Engineering and Operating Committee and the Technical Review Committee, to seek ways to structure budgets in such a way to minimize cost increases while maintaining the safe and reliable operation of the project. Security Costs Legislation Comment: An Interested Party made a statement with regard to Senate Bill S. 2739. Section 513 of that bill contains post-September 11, 2001, security cost legislation which specifies the amount of security costs which will be considered non-reimbursable. The Interested Party requested that Western and Reclamation adjust their budgets to account for the legislation. Response: The President of The United States signed Senate Bill S.2739 into law on May 8, 2008 (Pub. L. 110– 229). Reclamation will determine if any reimbursable costs in Section 513 will be deemed non-reimbursable under this new law. If the determination is made prior to the finalization of the rate package, Western will implement appropriate changes, if necessary to the FY 2009 Rates. If the determination is made after the rate package is finalized, then any security costs deemed nonreimbursable will roll into carry over, reducing FY 2010 Rates. E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 156 (Tuesday, August 12, 2008)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Southwestern Power Administration


Notice of Re-Opening of Public Comment Period for White River 
Minimum Flows--Proposed Determination of Federal and Non-Federal 
Hydropower Impacts

AGENCY: Southwestern Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of re-opening of public comment period.

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SUMMARY: Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) is re-opening 
the public comment period on its proposed determination of the Federal 
and non-Federal hydropower impacts of the White River Minimum Flows 
project for an additional 45 days. The original notice, issued July 3, 
2008, provided a 30-day comment period ending on August 4, 2008 (73 FR 
38198). Southwestern is re-opening the comment period until September 
18, 2008.

DATES: The public comment period closes on September 18, 2008. Written 
comments on Southwestern's proposed determination must be received by 
that date.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to George Robbins, Director, 
Division of Resources and Rates, Southwestern Power Administration, 
U.S. Department of Energy, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 
74103.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. George Robbins, Director, Division 
of Resources and Rates, (918) 595-6680, george.robbins@swpa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Southwestern's draft determination was 
published by Federal Register Notice (73 FR 6717) dated February 5, 
2008. Written comments were invited through March 6, 2008. All public 
comments received were considered, and Southwestern's draft 
determination was revised as necessary to incorporate the public 
comments. Since there were significant changes to Southwestern's draft 
determination, Southwestern published a proposed determination for 
public review and comment prior to its final determination.
    Southwestern's proposed determination was published by Federal 
Register Notice (73 FR 38198) dated July 3, 2008. Written comments were 
invited through August 4, 2008. Due to requests for additional time to 
provide public comments, Southwestern is re-opening the public comment 
period for 45 days. Written comments will now be accepted through 
September 18, 2008. Comments

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submitted between August 4, 2008 and August 12, 2008 are deemed timely 
submitted.

    Dated: August 4, 2008.
Jon C. Worthington,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. E8-18574 Filed 8-11-08; 8:45 am]
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