Central Valley Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-139, 48381-48382 [E8-19153]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 161 / Tuesday, August 19, 2008 / Notices This filing is available for review at the Commission or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number filed to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERC OnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free at (866) 206–3676, or, for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. Comments, protests and interventions may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See, 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site under the ‘‘e-Filing’’ link. The Commission strongly encourages intervenors to file electronically. Any person or the Commission’s staff may, within 60 days after issuance of the instant notice by the Commission, file pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission’s Procedural Rules (18 CFR 385.214) a motion to intervene or notice of intervention and pursuant to section 157.205 of the regulations under the NGA (18 CFR 157.205), a protest to the request. If no protest is filed within the time allowed therefore, the proposed activity shall be deemed to be authorized effective the day after the time allowed for filing a protest. If a protest is filed and not withdrawn within 30 days after the allowed time for filing a protest, the instant request shall be treated as an application for authorization pursuant to section 7 of the NGA. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–19124 Filed 8–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Central Valley Project—Rate Order No. WAPA–139 Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Order Temporarily Extending Formula Rates for Power, Transmission, and Ancillary Services. AGENCY: This action is to temporarily extend the existing formula rates for power, transmission, and ancillary services for the Central Valley Project (CVP), transmission service on the California-Oregon Transmission Project (COTP), transmission service on the Pacific Alternating Current Intertie (PACI), and third-party transmission service through September 30, 2011. This action also extends the Western ebenthall on PRODPC60 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:12 Aug 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 Area Power Administration’s (Western) recovery methodology of the Path 15 revenue requirement through September 30, 2011. Without this extension, formula rates for power, transmission, and ancillary services for the CVP, transmission service on the COTP, transmission service on the PACI, and third-party transmission service will expire September 30, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas R. Boyko, Regional Manager, Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630–4710, (916) 353–4418, e-mail boyko@wapa.gov or Mr. Charles J. Faust, Rates Manager, Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630–4710, (916) 353– 4468, e-mail faust@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 the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration, (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 formula rates contained under Rate Order No. WAPA–1151 became effective on January 1, 2005, and were approved for 4 years and 9 months through September 30, 2009. Subsequent to Rate Order No. WAPA– 115, Western completed a minor rate adjustment, Rate Order No. WAPA– 128,2 which removed the reactive power costs from the Transmission Revenue Requirement and recovered these costs in the Power Revenue Requirement. This rate adjustment modified the formula rates associated with power and transmission service for the CVP and transmission service on the COTP and PACI. WAPA–128 became effective on September 1, 2006, and was approved for a period of 3 years and 1 month. Both rate orders (WAPA–115 and WAPA–128) expire on September 30, 2009. Western is extending the existing formula rates for power, transmission, and ancillary services on the CVP, 1 WAPA–115 was approved by FERC on a final basis on October 11, 2005, in Docket No. EF05– 5011–000 (113 FERC ¶ 61,026). 2 WAPA–128 was approved by FERC on a final basis on January 25, 2007, in Docket No. EF06– 5011–000 (118 FERC ¶ 61,052 (2007)). PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48381 transmission service on the COTP, transmission service on the PACI, thirdparty transmission service, and the Path 15 revenue requirement methodology in accordance with 10 CFR part 903.23(b). Western seeks this extension to provide sufficient time for an informal rate process which will allow Western to meet and collaborate with its customers on the development of rates to replace the current rates. This extension allows Western and its customers the opportunity to evaluate the impacts of proposed market and industry initiatives, such as the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU) and FERC Orders 890 and 890A, on the existing rate designs. The existing formula rate methodology collects annual revenue sufficient to recover annual expenses (including interest) and capital requirements, thus ensuring repayment of the project within the cost recovery criteria set forth in DOE Order RA 6120.2. This extension will permit a concurrent public process and rate approval period for the formula rates for power, transmission, and ancillary services for the CVP, transmission service on the COTP, transmission service on the PACI, and third-party transmission service through September 30, 2011. Upon its approval, Rate Order No. WAPA–115 and Rate Order No. WAPA– 128 will be extended under Rate Order No. WAPA–139. Western did not have a consultation and comment period and did not hold public information and comment forums which, in accordance with 10 CFR part 903.23(b), are not required. Following review of Western’s proposal within the DOE, I hereby approve Rate Order No. WAPA–139 which extends the existing formula rates for the power, transmission, and ancillary services for the CVP, transmission service for the COTP, transmission service for the PACI, and third-party transmission service through September 30, 2011. This approval also extends Western’s recovery of the Path 15 revenue requirement through the same time period. Dated: August 12, 2008. Jeffrey F. Kupfer, Acting Deputy Secretary. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Rate Order No. WAPA–139. In the Matter of: Western Area Power Administration Rate Extension for the Central Valley Project, the California-Oregon Transmission Project, the Pacific Alternating Current Intertie, and Third-Party E:\FR\FM\19AUN1.SGM 19AUN1 48382 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 161 / Tuesday, August 19, 2008 / Notices Transmission. Extend Path 15 Revenue Requirement Methodology Order Confirming and Approving a Temporary Extension of the Formula Rates for Power, Transmission, and Ancillary Services for the Central Valley Project, Transmission Service for the CaliforniaOregon Transmission Project, Transmission Service for the Pacific Alternating Current Intertie, and Third-Party Transmission Service The formula rates for power, transmission, and ancillary services 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 (FERC). Background The existing formula rates for custom product power, ancillary services, and thirdparty transmission service contained in Rate Order No. WAPA–1151 were approved for 4 years and 9 months and are effective through September 30, 2009. The existing formula rates for power and transmission service on the Central Valley Project (CVP), transmission service on the CaliforniaOregon Transmission Project (COTP), and the Pacific-Alternating Current Intertie (PACI) contained in Rate Order No. WAPA–128 2 were approved for 3 years and 1 month and are effective through September 30, 2009. ebenthall on PRODPC60 with NOTICES Discussion Western is entering a public process to modify the existing formula rates for power, transmission, and ancillary services for the CVP, transmission service on the COTP, transmission service on the PACI, and thirdparty transmission service. This public process will also address Western’s recovery of the Path 15 revenue requirement. Western seeks this extension to provide more time for an informal rate process which will allow Western to meet and collaborate with its customers on the development of rates to 1 Rate Order No. WAPA–115, 69 FR 70510 (December 6, 2004). Approved by FERC on October 11, 2005 (113 Commission ¶ 61,026). 2 Rate Order No. WAPA–128, 71 FR 45821 (August 10, 2006). Approved by FERC on January 25, 2007 (118 Commission ¶ 61,052). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:12 Aug 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 replace the current rates. This extension allows Western and its customers the opportunity to evaluate the impacts of proposed market and industry initiatives, such as the California Independent System Operator’s Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade and FERC Orders 890 and 890A, on the existing rate designs. The existing power, transmission, and ancillary services formula rate methodologies collect annual revenues sufficient to recover annual expenses, including interest and capital requirements, thus ensuring repayment of the project within the cost recovery criteria set forth in DOE Order RA 6120.2. As permitted by 10 CFR part 903.23(b), Western did not have an advanced notice and comment period and did not hold public information and comment forums on the temporary extension of the formula rates for power, transmission, and ancillary services for the CVP, transmission service on the COTP, transmission service on the PACI, and thirdparty transmission service. Order In view of the above and under the authority delegated to me, I hereby extend for a period effective from October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2011, the existing formula rates under Rate Schedules CV–F12, CPP–1, CV–T2, CV–NWT4, PACI–T2, COTP– T2, CV–TPT6, CV–SPR3, CV–SUR3, CV– RFS3, CV–EID3 for the Central Valley and the California-Oregon Transmission Projects, and the Pacific-Alternating Current Intertie of the Western Area Power Administration. Dated: August 12, 2008. Jeffrey F. Kupfer, Acting Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–19153 Filed 8–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Loveland Area Projects—Rate Order No. WAPA–141 Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of rate order extending transmission and ancillary services formula rates. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This action is being taken to extend the existing Loveland Area Projects (LAP) transmission and ancillary services formula rates through February 28, 2011. The existing LAP transmission and ancillary services formula rates will expire February 28, 2009, with the exception of the Regulation and Frequency Response service rate which expires May 31, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James D. Keselburg, Regional Manager, Rocky Mountain Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 3700, Loveland, CO 80539–3003, (970) 461– PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7201, e-mail keselbrg@wapa.gov, or Ms. Sheila Cook, Rates Manager, Rocky Mountain Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 3700, Loveland, CO 80539–3003, (970) 461– 7211, e-mail scook@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 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 (FERC). The existing formula rates approved under Rate Order No. WAPA–106 1 became effective on March 1, 2004, and are approved through February 28, 2009. Subsequently, Rate Schedule L– AS3, Regulation and Frequency Response, was revised and approved under Rate Order No. WAPA–118 and became effective June 1, 2006, and is approved through May 31, 2011.2 Western is proposing to extend the existing LAP transmission and ancillary services formula rates pursuant to 10 CFR part 903.23 (b). The existing LAP rate formula methodology collects annual revenue sufficient to recover annual expenses, including interest and capital requirements, thus ensuring repayment of the project within the cost recovery criteria set forth in DOE order RA 6120.2. Western is seeking this extension to provide more time for the evaluation of new rate requirements for transmission and ancillary services mandated under FERC Order 890 and the evaluation of adjustments to the formulae for ancillary services. For these reasons, Western is extending the existing rate formulae for transmission and ancillary services through February 28, 2011. Western did not have a consultation and comment period and did not hold public information and comment forums, in accordance with 10 CFR part 903.23(b). Following review of Western’s proposal with the DOE, I hereby approve Rate Order No. WAPA– 141 which extends the existing LAP transmission and ancillary services rate 1 WAPA–106 was approved by FERC on a final basis on January 31, 2005, in Docket No. EF045182– 000 (110 FERC ¶ 62,084). 2 WAPA–118 was approved by FERC on a final basis on November 17, 2006, in Docket No. EF065182000 (117 FERC ¶ 62,163). E:\FR\FM\19AUN1.SGM 19AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 161 (Tuesday, August 19, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 48381-48382]
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[FR Doc No: E8-19153]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Central Valley Project--Rate Order No. WAPA-139

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of Order Temporarily Extending Formula Rates for Power, 
Transmission, and Ancillary Services.

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SUMMARY: This action is to temporarily extend the existing formula 
rates for power, transmission, and ancillary services for the Central 
Valley Project (CVP), transmission service on the California-Oregon 
Transmission Project (COTP), transmission service on the Pacific 
Alternating Current Intertie (PACI), and third-party transmission 
service through September 30, 2011. This action also extends the 
Western Area Power Administration's (Western) recovery methodology of 
the Path 15 revenue requirement through September 30, 2011. Without 
this extension, formula rates for power, transmission, and ancillary 
services for the CVP, transmission service on the COTP, transmission 
service on the PACI, and third-party transmission service will expire 
September 30, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas R. Boyko, Regional Manager, 
Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region, Western Area Power 
Administration, 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630-4710, (916) 353-
4418, e-mail boyko@wapa.gov or Mr. Charles J. Faust, Rates Manager, 
Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region, Western Area Power 
Administration, 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630-4710, (916) 353-
4468, e-mail faust@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 the Administrator of the 
Western Area Power Administration, (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 formula rates contained under Rate Order No. WAPA-
115\1\ became effective on January 1, 2005, and were approved for 4 
years and 9 months through September 30, 2009. Subsequent to Rate Order 
No. WAPA-115, Western completed a minor rate adjustment, Rate Order No. 
WAPA-128,\2\ which removed the reactive power costs from the 
Transmission Revenue Requirement and recovered these costs in the Power 
Revenue Requirement. This rate adjustment modified the formula rates 
associated with power and transmission service for the CVP and 
transmission service on the COTP and PACI. WAPA-128 became effective on 
September 1, 2006, and was approved for a period of 3 years and 1 
month. Both rate orders (WAPA-115 and WAPA-128) expire on September 30, 
2009. Western is extending the existing formula rates for power, 
transmission, and ancillary services on the CVP, transmission service 
on the COTP, transmission service on the PACI, third-party transmission 
service, and the Path 15 revenue requirement methodology in accordance 
with 10 CFR part 903.23(b). Western seeks this extension to provide 
sufficient time for an informal rate process which will allow Western 
to meet and collaborate with its customers on the development of rates 
to replace the current rates. This extension allows Western and its 
customers the opportunity to evaluate the impacts of proposed market 
and industry initiatives, such as the California Independent System 
Operator's (CAISO) Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU) and 
FERC Orders 890 and 890A, on the existing rate designs. The existing 
formula rate methodology collects annual revenue sufficient to recover 
annual expenses (including interest) and capital requirements, thus 
ensuring repayment of the project within the cost recovery criteria set 
forth in DOE Order RA 6120.2. This extension will permit a concurrent 
public process and rate approval period for the formula rates for 
power, transmission, and ancillary services for the CVP, transmission 
service on the COTP, transmission service on the PACI, and third-party 
transmission service through September 30, 2011. Upon its approval, 
Rate Order No. WAPA-115 and Rate Order No. WAPA-128 will be extended 
under Rate Order No. WAPA-139.
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    \1\ WAPA-115 was approved by FERC on a final basis on October 
11, 2005, in Docket No. EF05-5011-000 (113 FERC ] 61,026).
    \2\ WAPA-128 was approved by FERC on a final basis on January 
25, 2007, in Docket No. EF06-5011-000 (118 FERC ] 61,052 (2007)).
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    Western did not have a consultation and comment period and did not 
hold public information and comment forums which, in accordance with 10 
CFR part 903.23(b), are not required. Following review of Western's 
proposal within the DOE, I hereby approve Rate Order No. WAPA-139 which 
extends the existing formula rates for the power, transmission, and 
ancillary services for the CVP, transmission service for the COTP, 
transmission service for the PACI, and third-party transmission service 
through September 30, 2011. This approval also extends Western's 
recovery of the Path 15 revenue requirement through the same time 
period.

    Dated: August 12, 2008.
Jeffrey F. Kupfer,
Acting Deputy Secretary.

Department of Energy

Deputy Secretary

    Rate Order No. WAPA-139.
    In the Matter of: Western Area Power Administration Rate 
Extension for the Central Valley Project, the California-Oregon 
Transmission Project, the Pacific Alternating Current Intertie, and 
Third-Party

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Transmission. Extend Path 15 Revenue Requirement Methodology

Order Confirming and Approving a Temporary Extension of the Formula 
Rates for Power, Transmission, and Ancillary Services for the Central 
Valley Project, Transmission Service for the California-Oregon 
Transmission Project, Transmission Service for the Pacific Alternating 
Current Intertie, and Third-Party Transmission Service

    The formula rates for power, transmission, and ancillary 
services 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 
(FERC).

Background

    The existing formula rates for custom product power, ancillary 
services, and third-party transmission service contained in Rate 
Order No. WAPA-115\1\ were approved for 4 years and 9 months and are 
effective through September 30, 2009. The existing formula rates for 
power and transmission service on the Central Valley Project (CVP), 
transmission service on the California-Oregon Transmission Project 
(COTP), and the Pacific-Alternating Current Intertie (PACI) 
contained in Rate Order No. WAPA-128 \2\ were approved for 3 years 
and 1 month and are effective through September 30, 2009.
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    \1\ Rate Order No. WAPA-115, 69 FR 70510 (December 6, 2004). 
Approved by FERC on October 11, 2005 (113 Commission ] 61,026).
    \2\ Rate Order No. WAPA-128, 71 FR 45821 (August 10, 2006). 
Approved by FERC on January 25, 2007 (118 Commission ] 61,052).
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Discussion

    Western is entering a public process to modify the existing 
formula rates for power, transmission, and ancillary services for 
the CVP, transmission service on the COTP, transmission service on 
the PACI, and third-party transmission service. This public process 
will also address Western's recovery of the Path 15 revenue 
requirement. Western seeks this extension to provide more time for 
an informal rate process which will allow Western to meet and 
collaborate with its customers on the development of rates to 
replace the current rates. This extension allows Western and its 
customers the opportunity to evaluate the impacts of proposed market 
and industry initiatives, such as the California Independent System 
Operator's Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade and FERC Orders 
890 and 890A, on the existing rate designs. The existing power, 
transmission, and ancillary services formula rate methodologies 
collect annual revenues sufficient to recover annual expenses, 
including interest and capital requirements, thus ensuring repayment 
of the project within the cost recovery criteria set forth in DOE 
Order RA 6120.2. As permitted by 10 CFR part 903.23(b), Western did 
not have an advanced notice and comment period and did not hold 
public information and comment forums on the temporary extension of 
the formula rates for power, transmission, and ancillary services 
for the CVP, transmission service on the COTP, transmission service 
on the PACI, and third-party transmission service.

Order

    In view of the above and under the authority delegated to me, I 
hereby extend for a period effective from October 1, 2009, through 
September 30, 2011, the existing formula rates under Rate Schedules 
CV-F12, CPP-1, CV-T2, CV-NWT4, PACI-T2, COTP-T2, CV-TPT6, CV-SPR3, 
CV-SUR3, CV-RFS3, CV-EID3 for the Central Valley and the California-
Oregon Transmission Projects, and the Pacific-Alternating Current 
Intertie of the Western Area Power Administration.

    Dated: August 12, 2008.

Jeffrey F. Kupfer,

Acting Deputy Secretary.
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