Sam Rayburn Dam Power Rate, 65306-65307 [E8-26137]

Download as PDF 65306 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 213 / Monday, November 3, 2008 / Notices eRegistration link. Select the eFiling link to log on and submit the intervention or protests. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the intervention or protest to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St. NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filings in the above-referenced proceeding are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the appropriate link in the above list. They are also available for review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an eSubscription link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive e-mail notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please e-mail FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–26113 Filed 10–31–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Southwestern Power Administration Sam Rayburn Dam Power Rate Southwestern Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of public review and comment. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), has prepared Current and Revised 2008 Power Repayment Studies that show the need for an increase in annual revenues to meet cost recovery criteria. Such increased revenues are required primarily due to increases in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ operations and maintenance estimates. The Administrator has developed a proposed Sam Rayburn Dam rate schedule, which is supported by a power repayment study, to recover the required revenues. Beginning January 1, 2009, the proposed rates would increase annual revenues approximately 14.3 percent from $3,456,696 to $3,949,872. DATES: The consultation and comment period will begin on the date of publication of this Federal Register notice and will end December 3, 2008. A combined Public Information and Comment Forum is scheduled to be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 1 p.m. central VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:58 Oct 31, 2008 Jkt 217001 time on November 18, 2008, if requested. ADDRESSES: If the Forum is requested, it will be held in Southwestern’s offices, Room 1500, Williams Center Tower I, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James K. McDonald, Assistant Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103, (918) 595–6690, jim.mcdonald@swpa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Department of Energy was created by an Act of the U.S. Congress, Department of Energy Organization Act, Public Law 95–91, dated August 4, 1977. Southwestern’s power marketing activities were transferred from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Energy, effective October 1, 1977. Guidelines for preparation of power repayment studies are included in DOE Order No. RA 6120.2 entitled Power Marketing Administration Financial Reporting. Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments of the Power Marketing Administrations are found at Title 10, part 903, Subpart A of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR part 903). Procedures for the confirmation and approval of rates for the Federal Power Marketing Administrations are found at Title 18, part 300, Subpart L of the Code of Federal Regulations (18 CFR part 300). Southwestern markets power from 24 multi-purpose reservoir projects, with hydroelectric power facilities constructed and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These projects are located in the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Southwestern’s marketing area includes these states plus Kansas and Louisiana. The costs associated with the hydropower facilities of 22 of the 24 projects are repaid via revenues received under the Integrated System rates, as are Southwestern’s transmission facilities that consist of 1,380 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, 24 substations, and 46 microwave and VHF radio sites. Costs associated with the Robert D. Willis and Sam Rayburn Dams, two projects that are isolated hydraulically, electrically, and financially from the Integrated System, are repaid by separate rate schedules. Following Department of Energy guidelines, Southwestern’s Administrator prepared a Current Power Repayment Study using the existing Sam Rayburn Dam rate. The Study PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 indicates that Southwestern’s legal requirement to repay the investment in the power generating facility for power and energy marketed by Southwestern will not be met without an increase in revenues. The need for increased revenues is due primarily to increases in Corps of Engineers’ operations and maintenance expenses at the project. The Revised Power Repayment Study shows that an increase in annual revenue of $493,176 (a 14.3 percent increase), beginning January 1, 2009, is needed to satisfy repayment criteria. Opportunity is presented for Southwestern customers and other interested parties to receive copies of the Sam Rayburn Dam Power Repayment Studies and the proposed rate schedule. If you desire a copy of the Sam Rayburn Dam Power Repayment Data Package with the proposed Rate Schedule, submit your request to the Director, Resources and Rates, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third Street, Tulsa, OK 74103, (918) 595–6680 or via e-mail to swparates@swpa.gov. A Public Information and Comment Forum (Forum) is tentatively scheduled to be held on November 18, 2008, to explain to customers and interested parties the proposed rate and supporting studies. The proceeding will be transcribed, if held. A chairman, who will be responsible for orderly procedure, will conduct the Forum. Questions concerning the rate, studies, and information presented at the Forum will be answered, to the extent possible, at the Forum. Questions not answered at the Forum will be answered in writing. However, questions involving voluminous data contained in Southwestern’s records may best be answered by consultation and review of pertinent records at Southwestern’s offices. Persons interested in attending the Forum should indicate in writing by letter, e-mail, or facsimile transmission (918–595–6656) by November 10, 2008, their intent to appear at such Forum. Should no one indicate an intent to attend by the above-cited deadline, no such Forum will be held. Persons interested in speaking at the Forum should indicate in writing by letter, e-mail, or facsimile transmission (918–595–6656) at least seven (7) calendar days prior to the Forum so that a list of speakers can be developed. The chairman may allow others to speak if time permits. A transcript of the Forum will be made. Copies of the transcripts may be obtained directly from the transcribing service for a fee. Copies of all documents introduced will also be E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 213 / Monday, November 3, 2008 / Notices available from the transcribing service for a fee. Written comments on the proposed Sam Rayburn Dam Rate are due on or before December 3, 2008. Five copies of the written comments should be submitted to James K. McDonald, Assistant Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103. Following review of the oral and written comments and the information gathered during the course of the proceedings, the Administrator will submit the final Sam Rayburn Dam Rate Proposal, and Power Repayment Studies in support of the proposed rate to the Deputy Secretary of Energy for confirmation and approval on an interim basis, and subsequently to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for confirmation and approval on a final basis. The FERC will allow the public an opportunity to provide written comments on the proposed rate increase before making a final decision. Dated: October 21, 2008. Jon C. Worthington, Administrator. [FR Doc. E8–26137 Filed 10–31–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OARM–2005–0001; FRL–8737–4] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; General Administrative Requirements for Assistance Programs; EPA ICR No. 0938.16, OMB Control Number 2030– 0020 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. ), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2009. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before January 2, 2009. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:58 Oct 31, 2008 Jkt 217001 OARM–2005–0001, by one of the following methods: • www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: oei.docket@epa.gov. • Fax: 202–566–9744. • Mail: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Information Docket, Mail Code: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. • Hand Delivery: Office of Environmental Information Docket in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OARM–2005– 0001. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The www.regulations.gov Web site is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD–ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA’s public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http:// www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William G. Hedling, Office of Grants and Debarment, National Policy, PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65307 Training and Compliance Division, Mail Code: 3903R, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202–564–5377; fax number: (202) 565–2499; e-mail address: Hedling.William@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: How Can I Access the Docket and/or Submit Comments? EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID No. EPA– HQ–OARM–2005–0001, which is available for online viewing at www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Office of Environmental Information Docket in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Reading Room is 202– 566–1744, and the telephone number for the Office of Environmental Information Docket is 202–566–1752. Use www.regulations.gov to obtain a copy of the draft collection of information, submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select ‘‘search,’’ then key in the docket ID number identified in this document. What Information Is EPA Particularly Interested in? 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 213 (Monday, November 3, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 65306-65307]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-26137]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Southwestern Power Administration


Sam Rayburn Dam Power Rate

AGENCY: Southwestern Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of public review and comment.

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SUMMARY: The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration 
(Southwestern), has prepared Current and Revised 2008 Power Repayment 
Studies that show the need for an increase in annual revenues to meet 
cost recovery criteria. Such increased revenues are required primarily 
due to increases in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' operations and 
maintenance estimates. The Administrator has developed a proposed Sam 
Rayburn Dam rate schedule, which is supported by a power repayment 
study, to recover the required revenues. Beginning January 1, 2009, the 
proposed rates would increase annual revenues approximately 14.3 
percent from $3,456,696 to $3,949,872.

DATES: The consultation and comment period will begin on the date of 
publication of this Federal Register notice and will end December 3, 
2008. A combined Public Information and Comment Forum is scheduled to 
be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 1 p.m. central time on November 18, 2008, 
if requested.

ADDRESSES: If the Forum is requested, it will be held in Southwestern's 
offices, Room 1500, Williams Center Tower I, One West Third Street, 
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Department of Energy was created by 
an Act of the U.S. Congress, Department of Energy Organization Act, 
Public Law 95-91, dated August 4, 1977. Southwestern's power marketing 
activities were transferred from the Department of the Interior to the 
Department of Energy, effective October 1, 1977. Guidelines for 
preparation of power repayment studies are included in DOE Order No. RA 
6120.2 entitled Power Marketing Administration Financial Reporting. 
Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate 
Adjustments of the Power Marketing Administrations are found at Title 
10, part 903, Subpart A of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR part 
903). Procedures for the confirmation and approval of rates for the 
Federal Power Marketing Administrations are found at Title 18, part 
300, Subpart L of the Code of Federal Regulations (18 CFR part 300).
    Southwestern markets power from 24 multi-purpose reservoir 
projects, with hydroelectric power facilities constructed and operated 
by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These projects are located in the 
states of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Southwestern's 
marketing area includes these states plus Kansas and Louisiana. The 
costs associated with the hydropower facilities of 22 of the 24 
projects are repaid via revenues received under the Integrated System 
rates, as are Southwestern's transmission facilities that consist of 
1,380 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, 24 substations, and 46 
microwave and VHF radio sites. Costs associated with the Robert D. 
Willis and Sam Rayburn Dams, two projects that are isolated 
hydraulically, electrically, and financially from the Integrated 
System, are repaid by separate rate schedules.
    Following Department of Energy guidelines, Southwestern's 
Administrator prepared a Current Power Repayment Study using the 
existing Sam Rayburn Dam rate. The Study indicates that Southwestern's 
legal requirement to repay the investment in the power generating 
facility for power and energy marketed by Southwestern will not be met 
without an increase in revenues. The need for increased revenues is due 
primarily to increases in Corps of Engineers' operations and 
maintenance expenses at the project. The Revised Power Repayment Study 
shows that an increase in annual revenue of $493,176 (a 14.3 percent 
increase), beginning January 1, 2009, is needed to satisfy repayment 
criteria.
    Opportunity is presented for Southwestern customers and other 
interested parties to receive copies of the Sam Rayburn Dam Power 
Repayment Studies and the proposed rate schedule. If you desire a copy 
of the Sam Rayburn Dam Power Repayment Data Package with the proposed 
Rate Schedule, submit your request to the Director, Resources and 
Rates, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power 
Administration, One West Third Street, Tulsa, OK 74103, (918) 595-6680 
or via e-mail to swparates@swpa.gov.
    A Public Information and Comment Forum (Forum) is tentatively 
scheduled to be held on November 18, 2008, to explain to customers and 
interested parties the proposed rate and supporting studies. The 
proceeding will be transcribed, if held. A chairman, who will be 
responsible for orderly procedure, will conduct the Forum. Questions 
concerning the rate, studies, and information presented at the Forum 
will be answered, to the extent possible, at the Forum. Questions not 
answered at the Forum will be answered in writing. However, questions 
involving voluminous data contained in Southwestern's records may best 
be answered by consultation and review of pertinent records at 
Southwestern's offices.
    Persons interested in attending the Forum should indicate in 
writing by letter, e-mail, or facsimile transmission (918-595-6656) by 
November 10, 2008, their intent to appear at such Forum. Should no one 
indicate an intent to attend by the above-cited deadline, no such Forum 
will be held.
    Persons interested in speaking at the Forum should indicate in 
writing by letter, e-mail, or facsimile transmission (918-595-6656) at 
least seven (7) calendar days prior to the Forum so that a list of 
speakers can be developed. The chairman may allow others to speak if 
time permits.
    A transcript of the Forum will be made. Copies of the transcripts 
may be obtained directly from the transcribing service for a fee. 
Copies of all documents introduced will also be

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available from the transcribing service for a fee.
    Written comments on the proposed Sam Rayburn Dam Rate are due on or 
before December 3, 2008. Five copies of the written comments should be 
submitted to James K. McDonald, Assistant Administrator, Southwestern 
Power Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, One West Third Street, 
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103.
    Following review of the oral and written comments and the 
information gathered during the course of the proceedings, the 
Administrator will submit the final Sam Rayburn Dam Rate Proposal, and 
Power Repayment Studies in support of the proposed rate to the Deputy 
Secretary of Energy for confirmation and approval on an interim basis, 
and subsequently to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for 
confirmation and approval on a final basis. The FERC will allow the 
public an opportunity to provide written comments on the proposed rate 
increase before making a final decision.

    Dated: October 21, 2008.
Jon C. Worthington,
Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E8-26137 Filed 10-31-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6450-01-P