Parker-Davis Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-138, 54588-54594 [E8-22096]

Download as PDF 54588 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices adequately represented by any other parties. You do not need intervenor status to have your environmental comments considered. Availability of Additional Information Additional information about the project is available from the Commission’s Office of External Affairs, at 1–866–208–FERC or on the FERC Internet Web site (http://www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on ‘‘General Search’’ and enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field. Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FercOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at 1–866–208–3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings. In addition, the Commission now offers a free service called eSubscription which allows you to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of these filings, document summaries and direct links to the documents. Go to http:// www.ferc.gov/esubscribenow.htm. Finally, public meetings or site visits will be posted on the Commission’s calendar located at http://www.ferc.gov/ EventCalendar/EventsList.aspx along with other related information. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–22008 Filed 9–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Parker-Davis Project-Rate Order No. WAPA–138 Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Order Concerning Firm Electric and Transmission Service Formula Rates. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Deputy Secretary of Energy confirmed and approved Rate Order No. WAPA–138 and Rate Schedules PD–F7, PD–FT7, PD–FCT7, and PD–NFT7 placing firm electric and transmission service formula rates for the Parker-Davis Project (P–DP) of the Western Area Power Administration (Western) into effect on an interim basis. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:11 Sep 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 The provisional rates will be in effect until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirms, approves, and places them into effect on a final basis or until they are replaced by other rates. The provisional formula rates will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expense, and repayment of investment, within the allowable periods. DATES: Rate Schedules PD–F7, PD–FT7, PD–FCT7, and PD–NFT7 will be placed into effect on an interim basis on the first day of the first full billing period beginning on or after October 1, 2008, and will be in effect until FERC confirms, approves, and places the rate schedules in effect on a final basis through September 30, 2013, or until the rate schedule is superseded. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. J. Tyler Carlson, Regional Manager, Desert Southwest Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 6457, Phoenix, AZ 85005–6457, (602) 605– 2453, carlson@wapa.gov, or 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, jmurray@wapa.gov. Rate Schedules PD–F6, PD–FT6, PD–FCT6, and PD–NFT6 were approved under Rate Order No. WAPA–75 for the period beginning November 1, 1997, and ending September 30, 2002.1 These rate schedules were extended through September 30, 2004, by the approval of Rate Order No. WAPA–98 on September 13, 2002.2 These rate schedules were extended again through September 30, 2006, by the approval of Rate Order No. WAPA–113 approved on September 2, 2004.3 These rate schedules were extended again through September 30, 2008, by Rate Order No. WAPA–131 approved on September 22, 2006.4 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1 WAPA–75 was approved by the Deputy Secretary of Energy on November 18, 1997 (62 FR 63150), and confirmed and approved by FERC on a final basis on March 10, 1998, in Docket No. EF98–5041–000 (82 FERC 62164). 2 WAPA–98 was approved by the Secretary of Energy on September 13, 2002 (67 FR 60655), filed with FERC for informational purposes only, and docketed by FERC on September 24, 2002, in Docket No. EF02–5041–000. 3 WAPA–113 was approved by the Deputy Secretary of Energy on September 2, 2004 (69 FR 55429), filed with FERC for informational purposes only, and docketed by FERC on September 3, 2004, in Docket No. EF04–5042–000. 4 WAPA–131 was approved by the Deputy Secretary of Energy on September 22, 2006 (71 FR 57941), and filed with FERC for informational purposes only, and docketed by FERC on September 22, 2006, in Docket No. EF06–5042–000. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Rate Schedule PD–F6 for firm electric service is being superseded by Rate Schedule PD–F7. Under Rate Schedule PD–F7, the capacity rate is $17.45 per kilowattyear (kWyear), and the energy rate is 3.32 mills per kilowatthour (mills/kWh). The provisional rates in Rate Schedule PD–F7 equal the existing rates under Rate Schedule PD–F6. Rate Schedules PD–FT6 and PD–FCT6 for firm point-to-point transmission service and firm transmission of Salt Lake City Area/Integrated Projects power are being superseded by Rate Schedules PD–FT7 and PD–FCT7. The provisional transmission rates under Rate Schedules PD–FT7 and PD–FCT7 are $12.96/kWyear, which is equal to the existing rates under Rate Schedules PD–FT6 and PD–FCT6. Rate Schedule PD–NFT6 for nonfirm transmission service is being superseded by Rate Schedule PD–NFT7. Under Rate Schedule PD–NFT6, the existing nonfirm transmission rate is 2.47 mills/kWh. The provisional nonfirm transmission rate under Rate Schedule PD–NFT7 is 1.48 mills/kWh. A change to the existing formula for calculating the nonfirm transmission rate resulted in a 40 percent decrease when compared to the existing rate. The modification to the nonfirm transmission rate formula ensures that the nonfirm transmission rate will not exceed the firm transmission rate. 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 FERC. Existing DOE procedures for public participation in power rate adjustments (10 CFR part 903) were published on September 18, 1985. Under Delegation Order Nos. 00– 037.00 and 00–001.00C, 10 CFR part 903, and 18 CFR part 300, I hereby confirm, approve, and place Rate Order No. WAPA–138, the proposed P–DP firm electric and transmission service formula rates, into effect on an interim basis. The new Rate Schedules PD–F7, PD–FT7, PD–FCT7, and PD–NFT7 will be promptly submitted to FERC for confirmation and approval on a final basis. E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices Dated: September 12, 2008. Jeffery F. Kupfer, Acting Deputy Secretary. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Rate Order No. WAPA–138. In the matter of: Western Area Power Administration Rate Adjustment for the Parker-Davis Project Firm Electric and Transmission Service Formula Rates: Order Confirming, Approving, and Placing the Parker-Davis Project Firm Electric and Transmission Service Formula Rates Into Effect on an Interim Basis These rates were established in accordance with 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 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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Existing DOE procedures for public participation in power rate adjustments (10 CFR part 903) were published on September 18, 1985. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Acronyms and Definitions As used in this Rate Order, the following acronyms and definitions apply: Administrator: The Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration. Capacity: The electric capability of a generator, transformer, transmission circuit, or other equipment. It is expressed in kilowatts. Capacity Rate: The rate which sets forth the charges for capacity. It is expressed in dollars per killowattyear and applied to each kW of reservation. CME: Capitalized Moveable Equipment. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:11 Sep 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 Customer: An entity with a contract that is receiving firm electric service or transmission service from the ParkerDavis Project. DOE: United States Department of Energy. DOE Order RA 6120.2: An order outlining power marketing administration financial reporting and ratemaking procedures. Energy: Measured in terms of the work it is capable of doing over a period of time. It is expressed in kilowatthours. Energy Rate: The rate which sets forth the charges for energy. It is expressed in mills per kilowatthour and applied to each kilowatthour of reservation. FERC: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Firm: A type of product and/or service guaranteed to be available in accordance with the terms of the contract. FRN: Federal Register notice. FY: Fiscal year; October 1 to September 30. kW: Kilowatt—the electrical unit of capacity that equals 1,000 watts. kWh: Kilowatthour—the electrical unit of energy that equals 1,000 watts in 1 hour. kWyear: Kilowattyear—the electrical unit of the yearly amount of capacity. Mill: A monetary denomination of the United States that equals one tenth of a cent or one thousandth of a dollar. Mills/kWh: Mills per kilowatthour—a unit of charge for energy. Nonfirm: A type of product and/or service not always available at the time requested by the Customer. O&M: Operation and Maintenance. MWD: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. P–DP: The Parker-Davis Project. Power: Capacity and energy. Proposed Rate: A rate that has been recommended by Western to the Deputy Secretary of the DOE for approval. Provisional Rate: A rate which has been confirmed, approved, and placed into effect on an interim basis by the Deputy Secretary of the DOE. PRS: Power Repayment Study. Rate Brochure: A document explaining the rationale and background for the rate proposal contained in this Rate Order. Reclamation: United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. Reclamation Law: A series of Federal laws. Viewed as a whole, these laws create the originating framework under which Western markets power. Revenue Requirement: The revenue required to recover annual expenses, such as O&M, purchase power, transmission service expenses, PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54589 interest, deferred expenses, repayment of Federal investments, and other assigned costs. SCADA: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. SLCA/IP: Salt Lake City Area/Integrated Projects—the resources of the Collbran, Dolores, Rio Grande, and Seedskadee projects blended together with the CRSP to create the SLCA/IP. Supporting Documentation: A compilation of data and documents that support the Rate Brochure and the rate proposal. Western: United States Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration. Effective Date The new interim formula rates will take effect on the first day of the first full billing period beginning on or after October 1, 2008, and will remain in effect until September 30, 2013, pending approval by FERC on a final basis. Public Notice and Comment Western followed the Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments and Extensions, 10 CFR part 903, in developing these formula rates. The proposed action constituted a minor rate adjustment as defined by 10 CFR part 903.2. As such, Western determined that it was not necessary to hold public information or comment forums. The steps Western took to involve interested parties in the rate process were: 1. On October 11, 2007, Western’s Desert Southwest Region mailed a notice announcing an informal meeting to the P–DP customers and interested parties. The informal meeting was held November 14, 2007, in Phoenix, Arizona. At this informal meeting, Western explained the rationale for the rate adjustment, presented options for the proposed formula rates, and answered questions. 2. On December 14, 2007, Western’s Desert Southwest Region e-mailed the P–DP customers and interested parties to provide the Web site address to obtain the supplemental information that was requested by the customers at the informal meeting held November 14, 2007. 3. On February 1, 2008, Western’s Desert Southwest Region mailed a notice announcing a second informal meeting to the P–DP customers and interested parties. The second informal meeting was held March 12, 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona. At this informal meeting, Western explained the minor rate adjustment process and presented proposed formula rates that included E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1 54590 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices customer input from the informal meeting held November 14, 2008. 4. An FRN published on April 29, 2008 (73 FR 23248), announced the proposed formula rates. This notice began a public consultation and comment period. 5. On May 1, 2008, Western’s Desert Southwest Region e-mailed the FRN (73 FR 23248) to the P–DP customers and interested parties and provided the Web site address to obtain a copy of the Rate Brochure and supporting documentation. 6. Western received one comment letter during the consultation and comment period, which ended on May 29, 2008. All formally submitted comments have been considered in preparing this Rate Order. Comments Written comments were received from the Irrigation & Electrical Districts Association of Arizona. Project Description The P–DP was formed by consolidating two projects, Parker Dam and Davis Dam, under the terms of the Act of May 28, 1954. All facilities of the P–DP were operated and maintained by Reclamation until the formation of the Department of Energy pursuant to the Department of Energy Organization Act (DOE Act). Pursuant to the DOE Act, responsibility for the power marketing functions of Reclamation, including the construction, operation, and maintenance of substations, transmission lines, and attendant facilities, was transferred to the DOE. The responsibility for operation and maintenance of the dams and powerplants remains with Reclamation. Parker Dam, which created Lake Havasu 155 miles below Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, was authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act of August 30, 1935. Construction of Parker Dam began in 1934 and was completed in 1942. Reclamation constructed the project partly with funds advanced by the MWD. MWD receives half of the capacity and energy from the four generating units at Parker Dam. Davis Dam, which created Lake Mohave 67 miles below Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, was authorized under the Reclamation Project Act of 1939. Construction began in 1941, but due to construction delays caused by World War II, it was not completed until 1953. Davis Dam has five generating units. Power generated from the P–DP is marketed to customers in Arizona, Nevada, and California. Excluding project use, the marketing period effective FY 2009 provides for 198,337 kW of capacity in the winter season and 259,206 kW of capacity in the summer season. Customers receive 1,703 kWh per kW in the winter season and 3,441 kWh per kW in the summer season. The P–DP transmission system includes 48 substations and over 1,500 circuit miles of transmission lines in Arizona, southern Nevada, and along the Colorado River in California. Power Repayment Study Western prepares a PRS each FY to determine if revenues will be sufficient to repay, within the required time, all costs assigned to the P–DP. Repayment criteria are based on law, policies, including DOE Order RA 6120.2, and authorizing legislation. The provisional formula rates under Rate Schedules, PD–F7, PD–FT–7, and PD–FCT7 are equal to the existing rates. The provisional firm electric service capacity rate under Rate Schedule PD– F7 is $17.45 per kWyear. The provisional firm electric service energy rate under Rate Schedule PD–F7 is 3.32 mills per kWh. The provisional firm point-to-point transmission service rate under Rate Schedule PD–FT7 is $12.96 per kWyear. The provisional firm transmission service rate for transmission of SLCA/IP power under Rate Schedule PD–FCT7 is $12.96 per kWyear. Under Rate Schedule PD– NFT7, the provisional rate for nonfirm transmission service will result in a rate decrease of 40 percent when compared to the existing rate. The existing rate for nonfirm transmission service under Rate Schedule PD–NFT6 is 2.47 mills per kWh. The provisional rate for nonfirm transmission service under Rate Schedule PD–NFT7 is 1.48 mills per kWh. Existing and Provisional Rates A comparison of the existing and provisional firm electric and transmission service rates follows: PARKER-DAVIS PROJECT COMPARISON OF EXISTING AND PROVISIONAL RATES Service Existing rates Firm Electric Service—Capacity ($/kWyear) ............................................................................... Firm Electric Service—Energy (mills/kWh) .................................................................................. Firm Point-to-Point Transmission ($/kWyear) ............................................................................. Firm Transmission of SLCA/IP Power ($/kWyear) ...................................................................... Nonfirm Transmission (mills/kWh) ............................................................................................... sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Certification of Rates Western’s Administrator certified that the provisional rates for P–DP firm electric and transmission service are the lowest possible rates consistent with sound business principles. The provisional rates were developed following administrative policies and applicable laws. Firm Electric and Transmission Service Formula Rates Discussion According to Reclamation Law, Western must establish power and VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:11 Sep 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 transmission rates sufficient to recover operation, maintenance, purchased power expenses, interest expenses, and repayment of power investment and irrigation aid. Formula rates for P–DP firm electric and transmission service are calculated annually. Under the rate methodology, costs that are readily identifiable as supporting either generation or transmission functions are directly allocated to generation or transmission revenue requirements. All other costs are apportioned between generation and PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $17.45 3.32 $12.96 $12.96 2.47 Provisional rates (effective 10/01/08) $17.45 3.32 $12.96 $12.96 1.48 Change 0% 0% 0% 0% (40%) transmission revenue requirements based on cost allocation factors. Existing cost allocation factors include SCADA, CME, percentage allocation of Western O&M, labor hours devoted to billing, and historic project investment. Western will modify the existing rate methodology by eliminating the CME, labor hours devoted to billing, and historic project investment cost allocation factors. Western will implement a new cost allocation factor that is the ratio of the number of customers receiving firm electric or E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1 54591 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices transmission service to the total number of customers. A comparison of the affected cost allocation factors follows: PARKER-DAVIS PROJECT COMPARISON OF COST ALLOCATION FACTORS Cost Existing factor Systemwide (Billing and Finance) ...................... Operations/Dispatch ........................................... CME .................................................................... Western Principal & Interest ............................... Billing Hours ..................................................... SCADA/Billing Hours ....................................... CME Calculation .............................................. Historic Investment .......................................... Western prepared a detailed impact analysis that determined, over the last seven years, the cost allocation factor changes would have resulted in an average annual change to either the transmission or generation revenue requirements of approximately $388,000 or 0.96%. At this time, the firm electric service and firm transmission service rates resulting from the modifications to the rate methodology are equal to existing rates and will provide sufficient revenue to recover generation and transmission revenue requirements. The nonfirm transmission rate is being decreased due to a change in the rate formula, and as a result, it will not exceed the firm point-to-point transmission rate. The change in the nonfirm transmission rate is Proposed factor independent of the changes to the cost allocation factors. During informal discussions prior to the commencement of the rate adjustment process, Western received a request from customers to modify the billing practices for P–DP long-term firm transmission service. In the request, the customers noted that payments for firm electric service are required one month in advance of service and suggested that all parties be subject to the same billing terms and conditions. Existing billing practices for P–DP long-term firm transmission service allow customers to pay after the fact, usually one month after service is provided. Additionally, the P–DP rate calculations assume the full and timely collection of revenues. To the extent that customer payments are late or Ratio of Customers. SCADA. Percentage Allocation of Western O&M. None (Allocated to Transmission Only). uncollectible, rates may be insufficient to recover revenue requirements. This could result in a rate increase, adversely affecting all P–DP customers. In response to the customers’ request, Western will modify the billing practices so that customers will be required to pay for P–DP long-term firm transmission service one month in advance of service. This requirement is incorporated into Rate Schedules PD– FT7 and PD–FCT7. Statement of Revenue and Related Expenses The following table provides a summary of projected revenue and expense data for the firm electric and transmission services formula rates through the 5-year provisional rate approval period. PARKER-DAVIS PROJECT COMPARISON OF 5-YEAR RATE PERIOD (FY 2009–FY 2013) TOTAL REVENUES AND EXPENSES Existing rates ($000) Provisional rates ($000) Difference ($000) Total Revenues 1 ......................................................................................................................... Revenue Distribution Expenses: O&M ...................................................................................................................................... Purchased Power and Wheeling .......................................................................................... Interest .................................................................................................................................. Other ..................................................................................................................................... $295,256 $295,256 $0 161,701 21,043 86,266 7,282 161,701 21,043 86,266 7,282 0 0 0 0 Total Expenses .............................................................................................................. Principal Payments: Capitalized Expenses ........................................................................................................... Original Project and Additions .............................................................................................. Replacements ....................................................................................................................... Irrigation ................................................................................................................................ 276,292 276,292 0 0 110 18,804 50 0 110 18,804 50 0 0 0 0 Total Principal Payments .............................................................................................. 18,964 18,964 0 Total Revenue Distribution ............................................................................................ 295,256 295,256 0 1 Total revenues include approximately $41,625,000 of available revenues from prior periods. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Basis for Rate Development The existing formula rates for P–DP firm electric and transmission service under Rate Schedules PD–F6, PD–FT6, PD–FCT6, and PD–NFT6 expire September 30, 2008. The provisional formula rates will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expense, and VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:11 Sep 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 repayment of power investment and irrigation aid within the allowable periods. The provisional formula rates will take effect on October 1, 2008, to correspond with the start of the Federal fiscal year, and will remain in effect through September 30, 2013. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Comments The comments and responses regarding the firm electric and transmission service rates, paraphrased for brevity when not affecting the meaning of the statement(s), are discussed below. A. Comment: An interested party made a statement with regard to Senate E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1 54592 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices 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: Senate Bill S.2739 was signed into law on May 8, 2008. Reclamation is in the process of determining which costs in these rate calculations will be deemed nonreimbursable under the new law. Any security costs ultimately deemed nonreimbursable will be carried into the next fiscal year, reducing FY 2010 revenue requirements. B. Comment: An interested party sought assurance that the firm electric and transmission service formula rates will include hydrologic data to be collected by Reclamation in July of 2008. Response: Generation and purchase power forecasts used in the firm electric and transmission service formula rates are based on the most recent Annual Operating Plan (AOP) produced by Western and presented to the customers. The FY 2009 AOP, used to calculate the rates, was based on hydrologic data released by Reclamation on April 7, 2008. Additional revenues or expenses resulting from changes in hydrology will be included in the annual rate calculation for the subsequent year. Availability of Information Information about this rate adjustment, including power repayment studies, comments, letters, memorandums, and other supporting material made or kept by Western and used to develop the provisional rates, is available for public review in the Desert Southwest Regional Office, Western Area Power Administration, 615 South 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. Ratemaking Procedure Requirements Determination Under Executive Order 12866 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 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. Submission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission The interim formula rates herein confirmed, approved, and placed into effect, together with supporting documents, will be submitted to FERC for confirmation and final approval. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:11 Sep 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 Order Rate Schedule PD–F7 (Supersedes Schedule PD–F6). percent of the annual generation revenue requirement divided by the estimated total generation delivery commitments, rounded to two decimal places. Transmission Charge: Each firm electric service customer shall be billed monthly a transmission charge. This charge is equal to the customer’s contractual reservation multiplied by the rate calculated in accordance with PD–FT7, rounded to the penny. Lower Basin Development Fund Contribution Charge: The contribution charge is 4.5 mills/kWh for each kWh measured or scheduled to an Arizona purchaser and 2.5 mills/kWh for each kWh measured or scheduled to a California or Nevada purchaser. United States Department of Energy Billing of Excess Energy In view of the above and under the authority delegated to me, I confirm and approve on an interim basis, effective October 1, 2008, Rate Schedules PD–F7, PD–FT7, PD–FCT7, and PD–NFT7 for the Parker-Davis Project of the Western Area Power Administration. The rate schedules shall remain in effect on an interim basis, pending FERC’s confirmation and approval of them or substitute rates on a final basis through September 30, 2013. Dated: September 12, 2008. Jeffery F. Kupfer, Acting Deputy Secretary. Western Area Power Administration Parker-Davis Project; Schedule of Rates for Firm Electric Service Effective The first day of the first full billing period beginning on or after October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2013, or until superseded, whichever occurs earlier. Available In the area served by the Parker-Davis Project (P–DP). Applicable To firm electric service customers for firm power service supplied through one meter at one point of delivery, unless otherwise provided by service agreement or contract. For each month in which there is excess energy available, offered, and delivered to the firm electric service customer, such excess energy shall be billed at the Energy Rate. Billing for Unauthorized Overruns For each month in which there is a contract violation involving an unauthorized overrun of energy and/or capacity, such overruns shall be billed at 10 times the Energy and/or Capacity Rate in this rate schedule. For each month in which there is a contract violation involving an unauthorized overrun of transmission, such overrun shall be billed at two times the Transmission Charge in this rate schedule. Transformer Losses Alternating current at 60 hertz, threephase, delivered and metered at the voltages and points of delivery established by service agreement or contract. If delivery is made at transmission voltage but metered on the low-voltage side of the substation, the meter readings will be increased to compensate for transformer losses as provided for in the contract. Charges Power Factor Energy Charge: Each firm electric service customer shall be billed monthly an energy charge. This charge is equal to the customer’s monthly contractual energy reservation multiplied by the Energy Rate, rounded to the penny. The Energy Rate shall be equal to 50 percent of the annual generation revenue requirement divided by the estimated total generation delivery commitments, rounded to two decimal places. Capacity Charge: Each firm electric service customer shall be billed monthly a capacity charge. This charge is equal to the customer’s monthly contractual capacity reservation multiplied by the Capacity Rate, rounded to the penny. The Capacity Rate shall be equal to 50 The firm electric service customer will normally be required to maintain a power factor at all points of measurement between 95-percent lagging and 95-percent leading. Rate Schedule PD–FT7 (Supersedes Schedule PD–FT6). Character and Conditions of Service PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 United States Department of Energy Western Area Power Administration Parker-Davis Project; Schedule of Rates for Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Service Effective The first day of the first full billing period beginning on or after October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2013, or E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices transfers may be mutually agreed upon by the customer and Western or their authorized representatives. until superseded, whichever occurs earlier. Available In the area served by the Parker-Davis Project (P–DP). Applicable To firm point-to-point transmission service customers where capacity and energy are supplied to the P–DP system at points of interconnection with other systems and transmitted and delivered, less losses, to points of delivery on the P–DP system. Character and Conditions of Service Alternating current at 60 hertz, threephase, delivered and metered at the voltages and points of delivery established by service agreement or contract. Long-Term Rate For transmission service one year or longer, the annual rate for each kilowatt per year is equal to the annual transmission revenue requirement divided by the estimated transmission delivery commitments, rounded to the nearest 12 cent increment. The annual rate for long-term service is payable monthly at a rate for each kilowatt per month equal to the annual rate for longterm service divided by 12. Short-Term Rates For transmission service up to one year, the maximum rate for each kW is as follows: Monthly: Equal to the annual longterm rate, divided by 12 and rounded to two decimal places. Weekly: Equal to the annual long term rate, divided by 52 and rounded to two decimal places. Daily: Equal to the annual long term rate, divided by 365 and rounded to two decimal places. Hourly: Equal to the annual long term rate, divided by 8,760 and rounded to five decimal places. Discounts may be offered from time to time in accordance with Western’s Open Access Transmission Tariff. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Billing Western will bill firm point-to-point transmission service customers monthly by applying the rates under this rate schedule to the amount of capacity reserved. Payment for service will be required one month in advance of service. Adjustments for Reactive Power There shall be no entitlement to transfer of reactive kilovolt-amperes at delivery points, except when such VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:11 Sep 19, 2008 Jkt 214001 Adjustments for Losses Capacity and energy losses incurred in connection with the transmission and delivery of capacity and energy under this rate schedule shall be supplied by the customer in accordance with the service agreement or contract. Overrun of Capacity Reserved Western will assess a charge for unauthorized use of transmission service at a rate equal to two times the applicable rate for the service at issue. The charge will be applied to use in excess of the reservation amount, which shall be the difference between the amount of transmission service actually used by the customer less the amount of transmission service the customer has reserved. The customer will incur the charge for an overrun during the calendar month or for the period of transmission service if such service is for a term of less than one month. Rate Schedule PD–FCT7 (Supersedes Schedule PD–FCT6). United States Department of Energy Western Area Power Administration Parker-Davis Project; Schedule of Rate for Firm Transmission Service of Salt Lake City Area/Integrated Projects Power Effective The first day of the first full billing period beginning on or after October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2013, or until superseded, whichever occurs earlier. Available In the area served by the Parker-Davis Project (P–DP). Applicable To Salt Lake City Area/Integrated Projects (SLCA/IP) southern division customers, where SLCA/IP capacity and energy are supplied to the P–DP system by the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) at points of interconnection with the CRSP system and transmitted and delivered on a uni-directional basis, less losses, to southern division customers at points of delivery on the P–DP system. Character and Conditions of Service Alternating current at 60 hertz, threephase, delivered and metered at the voltages and points of delivery established by service agreement or contract. PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54593 Rate The annual rate for each kilowatt per year is equal to the annual transmission revenue requirement divided by the estimated transmission delivery commitments, rounded to the nearest 12 cent increment. The annual rate is payable monthly at a rate for each kilowatt per month equal to the annual rate divided by 12. Billing Western will bill firm transmission service customers monthly by applying the rates under this rate schedule to the amount of capacity reserved. Payment for service will be required one month in advance of said service. Adjustments for Reactive Power There shall be no entitlement to transfer of reactive kilovolt-amperes at delivery points, except when such transfers may be mutually agreed upon by the customer and Western or their authorized representatives. Adjustments for Losses Capacity and energy losses incurred in connection with the transmission and delivery of capacity and energy under this rate schedule shall be supplied by the customer in accordance with the service agreement or contract. Overrun of Capacity Reserved Western will asses a charge for unauthorized use of transmission service at a rate equal to two times the applicable rate for the service at issue. The charge will be applied to use in excess of the reservation amount, which shall be the difference between the amount of transmission service actually used by the customer less the amount of transmission service the customer has reserved. The customer will incur the charge for an overrun during the calendar month or for the period of transmission service if such service is for a term of less than one month. Rate Schedule PD–NFT7 (Supersedes Schedule PD–NFT6). United States Department of Energy Western Area Power Administration Parker-Davis Project; Schedule of Rate for Nonfirm Transmission Service Effective The first day of the first full billing period beginning on or after October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2013, or until superseded, whichever occurs earlier. Available In the area served by the Parker-Davis Project (P–DP). E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1 54594 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 184 / Monday, September 22, 2008 / Notices Applicable To nonfirm transmission service customers where capacity and energy are supplied to the P–DP system at points of interconnection with other systems and transmitted and delivered, less losses, to points of delivery on the P–DP system. Character and Conditions of Service Alternating current at 60 hertz, threephase, delivered and metered at the voltages and points of delivery established by service agreement or contract. Rate The nonfirm transmission service rate for each kilowatt per hour is equal to the annual transmission revenue requirement divided by the estimated transmission delivery commitments, divided by 8,760 and rounded to five decimal places. Discounts may be offered from time to time in accordance with Western’s Open Access Transmission Tariff. Billing Western will bill nonfirm transmission customers monthly by applying the nonfirm rate under this rate schedule to the amount of capacity reserved. Adjustments for Reactive Power There shall be no entitlement to transfer of reactive kilovolt-amperes at delivery points, except when such transfers may be mutually agreed upon by the customer and Western or their authorized representatives. Adjustments for Losses Capacity and energy losses incurred in connection with the transmission and delivery of capacity and energy under this rate schedule shall be supplied by the customer in accordance with the service agreement or contract. [FR Doc. E8–22096 Filed 9–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES [EPA–HQ–OPP–2008–0143; FRL–8381–1] The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Pesticide Operations and Management; Notice of Public Meeting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Roelofs, Field and External Affairs Division, (7506P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 308–2964; fax number: (703) 308–1850; e-mail address: roelofs.jim@epa.gov or Grier Stayton, SFIREG Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 466, Milford, DE 19963; telephone number: (302) 422–8152; fax (302) 422– 2435; e-mail address: aapcosfireg@comcast.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this Action Apply to Me? You may be potentially affected by this action if you are interested in SFIREG information exchange relationship with EPA regarding important issues related to human health, environmental exposure to pesticides, and insight into EPA’s decision-making process are invited and encouraged to attend the meetings and participate as appropriate. Potentially affected entities may include, but are not limited to, those persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), or the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information? 1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPP–2008–0143. PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S–4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305–5805. 2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the ‘‘Federal Register’’ listings at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr. II. Background 1. Discussion on risk mitigation measures for soil fumigants. 2. Follow up report on updated spray drift language for agricultural pyrethroids. 3. State concerns with proposed labeling changes for picloram. 4. Refining a system for SFIREG/POM review of proposed pesticide labeling. 5. Improving groundwater advisory statements on pesticide labels. 6. Developing acceptable, boiler plate language to replace ‘‘For Use By’’ statements. 7. Risk of eye injury from certain 2,4D products. 8. Food safety issues following pesticide misuse. 9. EPA Update/Briefing. a. Office of Pesticide Programs Update. b. Office of Enforcement Compliance Assurance Update. 10. POM Working Committee Workgroups Issue Papers/Updates. List of Subjects Environmental protection, Dated: September 4, 2008. William R. 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 184 (Monday, September 22, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54588-54594]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Parker-Davis Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-138

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of Order Concerning Firm Electric and Transmission 
Service Formula Rates.

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SUMMARY: The Deputy Secretary of Energy confirmed and approved Rate 
Order No. WAPA-138 and Rate Schedules PD-F7, PD-FT7, PD-FCT7, and PD-
NFT7 placing firm electric and transmission service formula rates for 
the Parker-Davis Project (P-DP) of the Western Area Power 
Administration (Western) into effect on an interim basis. The 
provisional rates will be in effect until the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (FERC) confirms, approves, and places them into effect on a 
final basis or until they are replaced by other rates. The provisional 
formula rates will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, 
including interest expense, and repayment of investment, within the 
allowable periods.

DATES: Rate Schedules PD-F7, PD-FT7, PD-FCT7, and PD-NFT7 will be 
placed into effect on an interim basis on the first day of the first 
full billing period beginning on or after October 1, 2008, and will be 
in effect until FERC confirms, approves, and places the rate schedules 
in effect on a final basis through September 30, 2013, or until the 
rate schedule is superseded.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. J. Tyler Carlson, Regional 
Manager, Desert Southwest Customer Service Region, Western Area Power 
Administration, P.O. Box 6457, Phoenix, AZ 85005-6457, (602) 605-2453, 
carlson@wapa.gov, or 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, jmurray@wapa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Rate Schedules PD-F6, PD-FT6, PD-FCT6, and 
PD-NFT6 were approved under Rate Order No. WAPA-75 for the period 
beginning November 1, 1997, and ending September 30, 2002.\1\ These 
rate schedules were extended through September 30, 2004, by the 
approval of Rate Order No. WAPA-98 on September 13, 2002.\2\ These rate 
schedules were extended again through September 30, 2006, by the 
approval of Rate Order No. WAPA-113 approved on September 2, 2004.\3\ 
These rate schedules were extended again through September 30, 2008, by 
Rate Order No. WAPA-131 approved on September 22, 2006.\4\
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    \1\ WAPA-75 was approved by the Deputy Secretary of Energy on 
November 18, 1997 (62 FR 63150), and confirmed and approved by FERC 
on a final basis on March 10, 1998, in Docket No. EF98-5041-000 (82 
FERC 62164).
    \2\ WAPA-98 was approved by the Secretary of Energy on September 
13, 2002 (67 FR 60655), filed with FERC for informational purposes 
only, and docketed by FERC on September 24, 2002, in Docket No. 
EF02-5041-000.
    \3\ WAPA-113 was approved by the Deputy Secretary of Energy on 
September 2, 2004 (69 FR 55429), filed with FERC for informational 
purposes only, and docketed by FERC on September 3, 2004, in Docket 
No. EF04-5042-000.
    \4\ WAPA-131 was approved by the Deputy Secretary of Energy on 
September 22, 2006 (71 FR 57941), and filed with FERC for 
informational purposes only, and docketed by FERC on September 22, 
2006, in Docket No. EF06-5042-000.
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    Rate Schedule PD-F6 for firm electric service is being superseded 
by Rate Schedule PD-F7. Under Rate Schedule PD-F7, the capacity rate is 
$17.45 per kilowattyear (kWyear), and the energy rate is 3.32 mills per 
kilowatthour (mills/kWh). The provisional rates in Rate Schedule PD-F7 
equal the existing rates under Rate Schedule PD-F6.
    Rate Schedules PD-FT6 and PD-FCT6 for firm point-to-point 
transmission service and firm transmission of Salt Lake City Area/
Integrated Projects power are being superseded by Rate Schedules PD-FT7 
and PD-FCT7. The provisional transmission rates under Rate Schedules 
PD-FT7 and PD-FCT7 are $12.96/kWyear, which is equal to the existing 
rates under Rate Schedules PD-FT6 and PD-FCT6.
    Rate Schedule PD-NFT6 for nonfirm transmission service is being 
superseded by Rate Schedule PD-NFT7. Under Rate Schedule PD-NFT6, the 
existing nonfirm transmission rate is 2.47 mills/kWh. The provisional 
nonfirm transmission rate under Rate Schedule PD-NFT7 is 1.48 mills/
kWh. A change to the existing formula for calculating the nonfirm 
transmission rate resulted in a 40 percent decrease when compared to 
the existing rate. The modification to the nonfirm transmission rate 
formula ensures that the nonfirm transmission rate will not exceed the 
firm transmission rate.
    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 FERC. Existing DOE procedures for public 
participation in power rate adjustments (10 CFR part 903) were 
published on September 18, 1985.
    Under Delegation Order Nos. 00-037.00 and 00-001.00C, 10 CFR part 
903, and 18 CFR part 300, I hereby confirm, approve, and place Rate 
Order No. WAPA-138, the proposed P-DP firm electric and transmission 
service formula rates, into effect on an interim basis. The new Rate 
Schedules PD-F7, PD-FT7, PD-FCT7, and PD-NFT7 will be promptly 
submitted to FERC for confirmation and approval on a final basis.


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    Dated: September 12, 2008.
Jeffery F. Kupfer,
Acting Deputy Secretary.

Department of Energy

Deputy Secretary

Rate Order No. WAPA-138.

In the matter of: Western Area Power Administration Rate Adjustment for 
the Parker-Davis Project Firm Electric and Transmission Service Formula 
Rates: Order Confirming, Approving, and Placing the Parker-Davis 
Project Firm Electric and Transmission Service Formula Rates Into 
Effect on an Interim Basis

    These rates were established in accordance with 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 
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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
(FERC). Existing DOE procedures for public participation in power rate 
adjustments (10 CFR part 903) were published on September 18, 1985.

Acronyms and Definitions

    As used in this Rate Order, the following acronyms and definitions 
apply:
Administrator: The Administrator of the Western Area Power 
Administration.
Capacity: The electric capability of a generator, transformer, 
transmission circuit, or other equipment. It is expressed in kilowatts.
Capacity Rate: The rate which sets forth the charges for capacity. It 
is expressed in dollars per killowattyear and applied to each kW of 
reservation.
CME: Capitalized Moveable Equipment.
Customer: An entity with a contract that is receiving firm electric 
service or transmission service from the Parker-Davis Project.
DOE: United States Department of Energy.
DOE Order RA 6120.2: An order outlining power marketing administration 
financial reporting and ratemaking procedures.
Energy: Measured in terms of the work it is capable of doing over a 
period of time. It is expressed in kilowatthours.
Energy Rate: The rate which sets forth the charges for energy. It is 
expressed in mills per kilowatthour and applied to each kilowatthour of 
reservation.
FERC: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Firm: A type of product and/or service guaranteed to be available in 
accordance with the terms of the contract.
FRN: Federal Register notice.
FY: Fiscal year; October 1 to September 30.
kW: Kilowatt--the electrical unit of capacity that equals 1,000 watts.
kWh: Kilowatthour--the electrical unit of energy that equals 1,000 
watts in 1 hour.
kWyear: Kilowattyear--the electrical unit of the yearly amount of 
capacity.
Mill: A monetary denomination of the United States that equals one 
tenth of a cent or one thousandth of a dollar.
Mills/kWh: Mills per kilowatthour--a unit of charge for energy.
Nonfirm: A type of product and/or service not always available at the 
time requested by the Customer.
O&M: Operation and Maintenance.
MWD: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
P-DP: The Parker-Davis Project.
Power: Capacity and energy.
Proposed Rate: A rate that has been recommended by Western to the 
Deputy Secretary of the DOE for approval.
Provisional Rate: A rate which has been confirmed, approved, and placed 
into effect on an interim basis by the Deputy Secretary of the DOE.
PRS: Power Repayment Study.
Rate Brochure: A document explaining the rationale and background for 
the rate proposal contained in this Rate Order.
Reclamation: United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of 
Reclamation.
Reclamation Law: A series of Federal laws. Viewed as a whole, these 
laws create the originating framework under which Western markets 
power.
Revenue Requirement: The revenue required to recover annual expenses, 
such as O&M, purchase power, transmission service expenses, interest, 
deferred expenses, repayment of Federal investments, and other assigned 
costs.
SCADA: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition.
SLCA/IP: Salt Lake City Area/Integrated Projects--the resources of the 
Collbran, Dolores, Rio Grande, and Seedskadee projects blended together 
with the CRSP to create the SLCA/IP.
Supporting Documentation: A compilation of data and documents that 
support the Rate Brochure and the rate proposal.
Western: United States Department of Energy, Western Area Power 
Administration.

Effective Date

    The new interim formula rates will take effect on the first day of 
the first full billing period beginning on or after October 1, 2008, 
and will remain in effect until September 30, 2013, pending approval by 
FERC on a final basis.

Public Notice and Comment

    Western followed the Procedures for Public Participation in Power 
and Transmission Rate Adjustments and Extensions, 10 CFR part 903, in 
developing these formula rates. The proposed action constituted a minor 
rate adjustment as defined by 10 CFR part 903.2. As such, Western 
determined that it was not necessary to hold public information or 
comment forums. The steps Western took to involve interested parties in 
the rate process were:
    1. On October 11, 2007, Western's Desert Southwest Region mailed a 
notice announcing an informal meeting to the P-DP customers and 
interested parties. The informal meeting was held November 14, 2007, in 
Phoenix, Arizona. At this informal meeting, Western explained the 
rationale for the rate adjustment, presented options for the proposed 
formula rates, and answered questions.
    2. On December 14, 2007, Western's Desert Southwest Region e-mailed 
the P-DP customers and interested parties to provide the Web site 
address to obtain the supplemental information that was requested by 
the customers at the informal meeting held November 14, 2007.
    3. On February 1, 2008, Western's Desert Southwest Region mailed a 
notice announcing a second informal meeting to the P-DP customers and 
interested parties. The second informal meeting was held March 12, 
2008, in Phoenix, Arizona. At this informal meeting, Western explained 
the minor rate adjustment process and presented proposed formula rates 
that included

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customer input from the informal meeting held November 14, 2008.
    4. An FRN published on April 29, 2008 (73 FR 23248), announced the 
proposed formula rates. This notice began a public consultation and 
comment period.
    5. On May 1, 2008, Western's Desert Southwest Region e-mailed the 
FRN (73 FR 23248) to the P-DP customers and interested parties and 
provided the Web site address to obtain a copy of the Rate Brochure and 
supporting documentation.
    6. Western received one comment letter during the consultation and 
comment period, which ended on May 29, 2008. All formally submitted 
comments have been considered in preparing this Rate Order.

Comments

    Written comments were received from the Irrigation & Electrical 
Districts Association of Arizona.

Project Description

    The P-DP was formed by consolidating two projects, Parker Dam and 
Davis Dam, under the terms of the Act of May 28, 1954. All facilities 
of the P-DP were operated and maintained by Reclamation until the 
formation of the Department of Energy pursuant to the Department of 
Energy Organization Act (DOE Act). Pursuant to the DOE Act, 
responsibility for the power marketing functions of Reclamation, 
including the construction, operation, and maintenance of substations, 
transmission lines, and attendant facilities, was transferred to the 
DOE. The responsibility for operation and maintenance of the dams and 
powerplants remains with Reclamation.
    Parker Dam, which created Lake Havasu 155 miles below Hoover Dam on 
the Colorado River, was authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act of 
August 30, 1935. Construction of Parker Dam began in 1934 and was 
completed in 1942. Reclamation constructed the project partly with 
funds advanced by the MWD. MWD receives half of the capacity and energy 
from the four generating units at Parker Dam.
    Davis Dam, which created Lake Mohave 67 miles below Hoover Dam on 
the Colorado River, was authorized under the Reclamation Project Act of 
1939. Construction began in 1941, but due to construction delays caused 
by World War II, it was not completed until 1953. Davis Dam has five 
generating units.
    Power generated from the P-DP is marketed to customers in Arizona, 
Nevada, and California. Excluding project use, the marketing period 
effective FY 2009 provides for 198,337 kW of capacity in the winter 
season and 259,206 kW of capacity in the summer season. Customers 
receive 1,703 kWh per kW in the winter season and 3,441 kWh per kW in 
the summer season.
    The P-DP transmission system includes 48 substations and over 1,500 
circuit miles of transmission lines in Arizona, southern Nevada, and 
along the Colorado River in California.

Power Repayment Study

    Western prepares a PRS each FY to determine if revenues will be 
sufficient to repay, within the required time, all costs assigned to 
the P-DP. Repayment criteria are based on law, policies, including DOE 
Order RA 6120.2, and authorizing legislation.
    The provisional formula rates under Rate Schedules, PD-F7, PD-FT-7, 
and PD-FCT7 are equal to the existing rates. The provisional firm 
electric service capacity rate under Rate Schedule PD-F7 is $17.45 per 
kWyear. The provisional firm electric service energy rate under Rate 
Schedule PD-F7 is 3.32 mills per kWh. The provisional firm point-to-
point transmission service rate under Rate Schedule PD-FT7 is $12.96 
per kWyear. The provisional firm transmission service rate for 
transmission of SLCA/IP power under Rate Schedule PD-FCT7 is $12.96 per 
kWyear. Under Rate Schedule PD-NFT7, the provisional rate for nonfirm 
transmission service will result in a rate decrease of 40 percent when 
compared to the existing rate. The existing rate for nonfirm 
transmission service under Rate Schedule PD-NFT6 is 2.47 mills per kWh. 
The provisional rate for nonfirm transmission service under Rate 
Schedule PD-NFT7 is 1.48 mills per kWh.

Existing and Provisional Rates

    A comparison of the existing and provisional firm electric and 
transmission service rates follows:

                        Parker-Davis Project Comparison of Existing and Provisional Rates
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                                                                                    Provisional
                                                                                       rates
                             Service                              Existing rates  (effective  10/     Change
                                                                                      01/08)
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Firm Electric Service--Capacity ($/kWyear)......................          $17.45          $17.45              0%
Firm Electric Service--Energy (mills/kWh).......................            3.32            3.32              0%
Firm Point-to-Point Transmission ($/kWyear).....................          $12.96          $12.96              0%
Firm Transmission of SLCA/IP Power ($/kWyear)...................          $12.96          $12.96              0%
Nonfirm Transmission (mills/kWh)................................            2.47            1.48           (40%)
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Certification of Rates

    Western's Administrator certified that the provisional rates for P-
DP firm electric and transmission service are the lowest possible rates 
consistent with sound business principles. The provisional rates were 
developed following administrative policies and applicable laws.

Firm Electric and Transmission Service Formula Rates Discussion

    According to Reclamation Law, Western must establish power and 
transmission rates sufficient to recover operation, maintenance, 
purchased power expenses, interest expenses, and repayment of power 
investment and irrigation aid.
    Formula rates for P-DP firm electric and transmission service are 
calculated annually. Under the rate methodology, costs that are readily 
identifiable as supporting either generation or transmission functions 
are directly allocated to generation or transmission revenue 
requirements. All other costs are apportioned between generation and 
transmission revenue requirements based on cost allocation factors. 
Existing cost allocation factors include SCADA, CME, percentage 
allocation of Western O&M, labor hours devoted to billing, and historic 
project investment.
    Western will modify the existing rate methodology by eliminating 
the CME, labor hours devoted to billing, and historic project 
investment cost allocation factors. Western will implement a new cost 
allocation factor that is the ratio of the number of customers 
receiving firm electric or

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transmission service to the total number of customers. A comparison of 
the affected cost allocation factors follows:

       Parker-Davis Project Comparison of Cost Allocation Factors
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            Cost                 Existing factor       Proposed factor
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Systemwide (Billing and       Billing Hours.......  Ratio of Customers.
 Finance).
Operations/Dispatch.........  SCADA/Billing Hours.  SCADA.
CME.........................  CME Calculation.....  Percentage
                                                     Allocation of
                                                     Western O&M.
Western Principal & Interest  Historic Investment.  None (Allocated to
                                                     Transmission Only).
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    Western prepared a detailed impact analysis that determined, over 
the last seven years, the cost allocation factor changes would have 
resulted in an average annual change to either the transmission or 
generation revenue requirements of approximately $388,000 or 0.96%. At 
this time, the firm electric service and firm transmission service 
rates resulting from the modifications to the rate methodology are 
equal to existing rates and will provide sufficient revenue to recover 
generation and transmission revenue requirements. The nonfirm 
transmission rate is being decreased due to a change in the rate 
formula, and as a result, it will not exceed the firm point-to-point 
transmission rate. The change in the nonfirm transmission rate is 
independent of the changes to the cost allocation factors.
    During informal discussions prior to the commencement of the rate 
adjustment process, Western received a request from customers to modify 
the billing practices for P-DP long-term firm transmission service. In 
the request, the customers noted that payments for firm electric 
service are required one month in advance of service and suggested that 
all parties be subject to the same billing terms and conditions.
    Existing billing practices for P-DP long-term firm transmission 
service allow customers to pay after the fact, usually one month after 
service is provided. Additionally, the P-DP rate calculations assume 
the full and timely collection of revenues. To the extent that customer 
payments are late or uncollectible, rates may be insufficient to 
recover revenue requirements. This could result in a rate increase, 
adversely affecting all P-DP customers. In response to the customers' 
request, Western will modify the billing practices so that customers 
will be required to pay for P-DP long-term firm transmission service 
one month in advance of service. This requirement is incorporated into 
Rate Schedules PD-FT7 and PD-FCT7.

Statement of Revenue and Related Expenses

    The following table provides a summary of projected revenue and 
expense data for the firm electric and transmission services formula 
rates through the 5-year provisional rate approval period.

       Parker-Davis Project Comparison of 5-Year Rate Period (FY 2009-FY 2013) Total Revenues and Expenses
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                                                                  Existing rates    Provisional     Difference
                                                                      ($000)       rates ($000)       ($000)
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Total Revenues \1\..............................................        $295,256        $295,256              $0
Revenue Distribution
Expenses:
    O&M.........................................................         161,701         161,701               0
    Purchased Power and Wheeling................................          21,043          21,043               0
    Interest....................................................          86,266          86,266               0
    Other.......................................................           7,282           7,282               0
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        Total Expenses..........................................         276,292         276,292               0
Principal Payments:
    Capitalized Expenses........................................               0               0               0
    Original Project and Additions..............................             110             110               0
    Replacements................................................          18,804          18,804               0
    Irrigation..................................................              50              50               0
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        Total Principal Payments................................          18,964          18,964               0
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
        Total Revenue Distribution..............................         295,256         295,256              0
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\1\ Total revenues include approximately $41,625,000 of available revenues from prior periods.

Basis for Rate Development

    The existing formula rates for P-DP firm electric and transmission 
service under Rate Schedules PD-F6, PD-FT6, PD-FCT6, and PD-NFT6 expire 
September 30, 2008. The provisional formula rates will provide 
sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expense, 
and repayment of power investment and irrigation aid within the 
allowable periods. The provisional formula rates will take effect on 
October 1, 2008, to correspond with the start of the Federal fiscal 
year, and will remain in effect through September 30, 2013.

Comments

    The comments and responses regarding the firm electric and 
transmission service rates, paraphrased for brevity when not affecting 
the meaning of the statement(s), are discussed below.
    A. Comment: An interested party made a statement with regard to 
Senate

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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: Senate Bill S.2739 was signed into law on May 8, 2008. 
Reclamation is in the process of determining which costs in these rate 
calculations will be deemed non-reimbursable under the new law. Any 
security costs ultimately deemed non-reimbursable will be carried into 
the next fiscal year, reducing FY 2010 revenue requirements.
    B. Comment: An interested party sought assurance that the firm 
electric and transmission service formula rates will include hydrologic 
data to be collected by Reclamation in July of 2008.
    Response: Generation and purchase power forecasts used in the firm 
electric and transmission service formula rates are based on the most 
recent Annual Operating Plan (AOP) produced by Western and presented to 
the customers. The FY 2009 AOP, used to calculate the rates, was based 
on hydrologic data released by Reclamation on April 7, 2008. Additional 
revenues or expenses resulting from changes in hydrology will be 
included in the annual rate calculation for the subsequent year.

Availability of Information

    Information about this rate adjustment, including power repayment 
studies, comments, letters, memorandums, and other supporting material 
made or kept by Western and used to develop the provisional rates, is 
available for public review in the Desert Southwest Regional Office, 
Western Area Power Administration, 615 South 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, 
Arizona.

Ratemaking Procedure Requirements

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.

Submission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    The interim formula rates herein confirmed, approved, and placed 
into effect, together with supporting documents, will be submitted to 
FERC for confirmation and final approval.

Order

    In view of the above and under the authority delegated to me, I 
confirm and approve on an interim basis, effective October 1, 2008, 
Rate Schedules PD-F7, PD-FT7, PD-FCT7, and PD-NFT7 for the Parker-Davis 
Project of the Western Area Power Administration. The rate schedules 
shall remain in effect on an interim basis, pending FERC's confirmation 
and approval of them or substitute rates on a final basis through 
September 30, 2013.

    Dated: September 12, 2008.

Jeffery F. Kupfer,
Acting Deputy Secretary.
    Rate Schedule PD-F7 (Supersedes Schedule PD-F6).

United States Department of Energy

Western Area Power Administration

Parker-Davis Project; Schedule of Rates for Firm Electric Service

Effective

    The first day of the first full billing period beginning on or 
after October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2013, or until superseded, 
whichever occurs earlier.

Available

    In the area served by the Parker-Davis Project (P-DP).

Applicable

    To firm electric service customers for firm power service supplied 
through one meter at one point of delivery, unless otherwise provided 
by service agreement or contract.

Character and Conditions of Service

    Alternating current at 60 hertz, three-phase, delivered and metered 
at the voltages and points of delivery established by service agreement 
or contract.

Charges

    Energy Charge: Each firm electric service customer shall be billed 
monthly an energy charge. This charge is equal to the customer's 
monthly contractual energy reservation multiplied by the Energy Rate, 
rounded to the penny. The Energy Rate shall be equal to 50 percent of 
the annual generation revenue requirement divided by the estimated 
total generation delivery commitments, rounded to two decimal places.
    Capacity Charge: Each firm electric service customer shall be 
billed monthly a capacity charge. This charge is equal to the 
customer's monthly contractual capacity reservation multiplied by the 
Capacity Rate, rounded to the penny. The Capacity Rate shall be equal 
to 50 percent of the annual generation revenue requirement divided by 
the estimated total generation delivery commitments, rounded to two 
decimal places.
    Transmission Charge: Each firm electric service customer shall be 
billed monthly a transmission charge. This charge is equal to the 
customer's contractual reservation multiplied by the rate calculated in 
accordance with PD-FT7, rounded to the penny.
    Lower Basin Development Fund Contribution Charge: The contribution 
charge is 4.5 mills/kWh for each kWh measured or scheduled to an 
Arizona purchaser and 2.5 mills/kWh for each kWh measured or scheduled 
to a California or Nevada purchaser.

Billing of Excess Energy

    For each month in which there is excess energy available, offered, 
and delivered to the firm electric service customer, such excess energy 
shall be billed at the Energy Rate.

Billing for Unauthorized Overruns

    For each month in which there is a contract violation involving an 
unauthorized overrun of energy and/or capacity, such overruns shall be 
billed at 10 times the Energy and/or Capacity Rate in this rate 
schedule. For each month in which there is a contract violation 
involving an unauthorized overrun of transmission, such overrun shall 
be billed at two times the Transmission Charge in this rate schedule.

Transformer Losses

    If delivery is made at transmission voltage but metered on the low-
voltage side of the substation, the meter readings will be increased to 
compensate for transformer losses as provided for in the contract.

Power Factor

    The firm electric service customer will normally be required to 
maintain a power factor at all points of measurement between 95-percent 
lagging and 95-percent leading.
    Rate Schedule PD-FT7 (Supersedes Schedule PD-FT6).

United States Department of Energy

Western Area Power Administration

Parker-Davis Project; Schedule of Rates for Firm Point-to-Point 
Transmission Service

Effective

    The first day of the first full billing period beginning on or 
after October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2013, or

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until superseded, whichever occurs earlier.

Available

    In the area served by the Parker-Davis Project (P-DP).

Applicable

    To firm point-to-point transmission service customers where 
capacity and energy are supplied to the P-DP system at points of 
interconnection with other systems and transmitted and delivered, less 
losses, to points of delivery on the P-DP system.

Character and Conditions of Service

    Alternating current at 60 hertz, three-phase, delivered and metered 
at the voltages and points of delivery established by service agreement 
or contract.

Long-Term Rate

    For transmission service one year or longer, the annual rate for 
each kilowatt per year is equal to the annual transmission revenue 
requirement divided by the estimated transmission delivery commitments, 
rounded to the nearest 12 cent increment. The annual rate for long-term 
service is payable monthly at a rate for each kilowatt per month equal 
to the annual rate for long-term service divided by 12.

Short-Term Rates

    For transmission service up to one year, the maximum rate for each 
kW is as follows:
    Monthly: Equal to the annual long-term rate, divided by 12 and 
rounded to two decimal places.
    Weekly: Equal to the annual long term rate, divided by 52 and 
rounded to two decimal places.
    Daily: Equal to the annual long term rate, divided by 365 and 
rounded to two decimal places.
    Hourly: Equal to the annual long term rate, divided by 8,760 and 
rounded to five decimal places.
Discounts may be offered from time to time in accordance with Western's 
Open Access Transmission Tariff.

Billing

    Western will bill firm point-to-point transmission service 
customers monthly by applying the rates under this rate schedule to the 
amount of capacity reserved. Payment for service will be required one 
month in advance of service.

Adjustments for Reactive Power

    There shall be no entitlement to transfer of reactive kilovolt-
amperes at delivery points, except when such transfers may be mutually 
agreed upon by the customer and Western or their authorized 
representatives.

Adjustments for Losses

    Capacity and energy losses incurred in connection with the 
transmission and delivery of capacity and energy under this rate 
schedule shall be supplied by the customer in accordance with the 
service agreement or contract.

Overrun of Capacity Reserved

    Western will assess a charge for unauthorized use of transmission 
service at a rate equal to two times the applicable rate for the 
service at issue. The charge will be applied to use in excess of the 
reservation amount, which shall be the difference between the amount of 
transmission service actually used by the customer less the amount of 
transmission service the customer has reserved. The customer will incur 
the charge for an overrun during the calendar month or for the period 
of transmission service if such service is for a term of less than one 
month.
    Rate Schedule PD-FCT7 (Supersedes Schedule PD-FCT6).

United States Department of Energy

Western Area Power Administration

Parker-Davis Project; Schedule of Rate for Firm Transmission Service of 
Salt Lake City Area/Integrated Projects Power

Effective

    The first day of the first full billing period beginning on or 
after October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2013, or until superseded, 
whichever occurs earlier.

Available

    In the area served by the Parker-Davis Project (P-DP).

Applicable

    To Salt Lake City Area/Integrated Projects (SLCA/IP) southern 
division customers, where SLCA/IP capacity and energy are supplied to 
the P-DP system by the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) at points 
of interconnection with the CRSP system and transmitted and delivered 
on a uni-directional basis, less losses, to southern division customers 
at points of delivery on the P-DP system.

Character and Conditions of Service

    Alternating current at 60 hertz, three-phase, delivered and metered 
at the voltages and points of delivery established by service agreement 
or contract.

Rate

    The annual rate for each kilowatt per year is equal to the annual 
transmission revenue requirement divided by the estimated transmission 
delivery commitments, rounded to the nearest 12 cent increment. The 
annual rate is payable monthly at a rate for each kilowatt per month 
equal to the annual rate divided by 12.

Billing

    Western will bill firm transmission service customers monthly by 
applying the rates under this rate schedule to the amount of capacity 
reserved. Payment for service will be required one month in advance of 
said service.

Adjustments for Reactive Power

    There shall be no entitlement to transfer of reactive kilovolt-
amperes at delivery points, except when such transfers may be mutually 
agreed upon by the customer and Western or their authorized 
representatives.

Adjustments for Losses

    Capacity and energy losses incurred in connection with the 
transmission and delivery of capacity and energy under this rate 
schedule shall be supplied by the customer in accordance with the 
service agreement or contract.

Overrun of Capacity Reserved

    Western will asses a charge for unauthorized use of transmission 
service at a rate equal to two times the applicable rate for the 
service at issue. The charge will be applied to use in excess of the 
reservation amount, which shall be the difference between the amount of 
transmission service actually used by the customer less the amount of 
transmission service the customer has reserved. The customer will incur 
the charge for an overrun during the calendar month or for the period 
of transmission service if such service is for a term of less than one 
month.
    Rate Schedule PD-NFT7 (Supersedes Schedule PD-NFT6).

United States Department of Energy

Western Area Power Administration

Parker-Davis Project; Schedule of Rate for Nonfirm Transmission Service

Effective

    The first day of the first full billing period beginning on or 
after October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2013, or until superseded, 
whichever occurs earlier.

Available

    In the area served by the Parker-Davis Project (P-DP).

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Applicable

    To nonfirm transmission service customers where capacity and energy 
are supplied to the P-DP system at points of interconnection with other 
systems and transmitted and delivered, less losses, to points of 
delivery on the P-DP system.

Character and Conditions of Service

    Alternating current at 60 hertz, three-phase, delivered and metered 
at the voltages and points of delivery established by service agreement 
or contract.

Rate

    The nonfirm transmission service rate for each kilowatt per hour is 
equal to the annual transmission revenue requirement divided by the 
estimated transmission delivery commitments, divided by 8,760 and 
rounded to five decimal places. Discounts may be offered from time to 
time in accordance with Western's Open Access Transmission Tariff.

Billing

    Western will bill nonfirm transmission customers monthly by 
applying the nonfirm rate under this rate schedule to the amount of 
capacity reserved.

Adjustments for Reactive Power

    There shall be no entitlement to transfer of reactive kilovolt-
amperes at delivery points, except when such transfers may be mutually 
agreed upon by the customer and Western or their authorized 
representatives.

Adjustments for Losses

    Capacity and energy losses incurred in connection with the 
transmission and delivery of capacity and energy under this rate 
schedule shall be supplied by the customer in accordance with the 
service agreement or contract.

[FR Doc. E8-22096 Filed 9-19-08; 8:45 am]
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