Solicitation of Interest for Transmission Line Projects Under EPAct05 Section 1222 Associated With Renewable Generation Sources, 70636-70637 [E8-27719]

Download as PDF dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES 70636 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 226 / Friday, November 21, 2008 / Notices list for the aforementioned project as follows: Don Klima or Representative, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, The Old Post Office Building, Suite 803, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004 Michael Graves, Hall Estil Attorneys at Law, 320 South Boston Ave., Suite 400, Tulsa, OK 74103 Olen Hill or Representative, City Manager, City of Broken Bow, 210 North Broadway, Broken Bow, OK 74728 Melvena Heisch or Representative, Deputy SHPO, Oklahoma Historical Society, 2401 N. Laird Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 Robert L. Brooks or Representative, State Archaeologist, Oklahoma Archeological Survey, 111 E. Chesapeake St., Norman, OK 73019– 5111 Gregory E. Pyle or Representative, Chief, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, P.O. Drawer 1210, Durant, OK 74702–1210 LaRue Martin Parker or Representative, Chairperson, Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, PO Box 487, Binger, OK 73009 Scott Henderson, US Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, 1645 S. 101st East Ave., Tulsa, OK 74128 Any person on the official service list for the above-captioned proceeding may request inclusion on the restricted service list, or may request that a restricted service list not be established, by filing a motion to that effect within 15 days of this notice date. In any such request for inclusion, the requesting entity should identify the reason(s) why there is an interest to be included. Also, please identify any concerns about historic properties, including Traditional Cultural Properties. If historic properties are identified within the motion, a separate page, labeled NON-PUBLIC Information, should be used and attached to the request. An original and 8 copies of any such motion must be filed with Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. The motion also must be served on each person whose name appears on the official service list. Please put the project name ‘‘Pine Creek Lake Dam Hydroelectric Project’’ and number ‘‘P–12646–001’’ on the front page of any motion. Motions may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site (http://www.ferc.gov) under the ‘‘e-Filing’’ link. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:24 Nov 20, 2008 Jkt 217001 If no such motions are filed, the restricted service list will be effective at the end of the 15 day period. Otherwise, a further notice will be issued ruling on any motion or motions filed within the 15 day period. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–27687 Filed 11–20–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP09–21–000] Carolina Gas Transmission Corporation; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization November 17, 2008. Take notice that on November 7, 2008, Carolina Gas Transmission Corporation (CGT), 1426 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201, filed with the Commission in docket number CP09–21–000, a prior notice request pursuant to sections 157.205 and 157.214, Subpart F (2008), of the Commission’s Regulations under the Natural Gas Act, and CGT’s blanket certificate issued in Docket No. CP06– 72–000, to construct and operate a delivery point located in Effingham County, Georgia to serve Georgia Pacific Consumer Products LP facility. The construction of this delivery point will constitute a bypass of Atlanta Gas Light, a local distribution company that currently is serving the Georgia-Pacific facility. CTG’s facilities will have the capability of delivering up to 15,000 Dth per day. The estimated construction costs for these facilities are $194,385, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. The filing may also be viewed on the Web at http://www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at (866) 208–3676, or TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. Any questions concerning this application may be directed to Randy D. Traylor, Jr., Manager of Engineering— Capital Projects, Carolina Gas Transmission Corporation, 601 Old Taylor Road, Cayce, South Carolina 29033, at (803) 217–2255 or by e-mail dtraoylor@scana.com. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Any person may, within 60 days after the issuance of the instant notice by the Commission, file pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission’s Procedural Rules (18 CFR 385.214) a motion to intervene or notice of intervention. Any person filing to intervene or the Commission’s staff may, pursuant to section 157.205 of the Commission’s Regulations under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) (18 CFR 157.205) file a protest to the request. If no protest is filed within the time allowed therefore, the proposed activity shall be deemed to be authorized effective the day after the time allowed for protest. If a protest is filed and not withdrawn within 30 days after the time allowed for filing a protest, the instant request shall be treated as an application for authorization pursuant to section 7 of the NGA. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests, and interventions via the Internet in lieu of paper. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site (http:// www.ferc.gov) under the ‘‘e-Filing’’ link. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–27689 Filed 11–20–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Southwestern Power Administration Solicitation of Interest for Transmission Line Projects Under EPAct05 Section 1222 Associated With Renewable Generation Sources United States Department of Energy, Southwestern Power Administration. ACTION: Request for Statements of Interest. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The United States Department of Energy (DOE or Department) acting through the Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), a power marketing administration within the Department, is seeking Statements of Interest (SOIs) from entities that are interested in providing contributed funds for Southwestern’s participation in the upgrade of Southwestern’s existing transmission facilities or the construction of new transmission line projects in the states in which Southwestern operates. The purpose of the request for SOIs is to identify potential projects which would facilitate the transmission of wind generation or other renewable generation sources to load centers under the authority granted the Secretary of Energy in section 1222 E:\FR\FM\21NON1.SGM 21NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 226 / Friday, November 21, 2008 / Notices of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05) (Pub. L. 109–58; 119 Stat. 952). To be assured of consideration, all SOIs should be received at Southwestern Power Administration by January 5, 2009. ADDRESSES: SOIs should be mailed to: Mr. James K. McDonald, Assistant Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third Street, Suite 1400, Tulsa, OK 74103. Responses may also be e-mailed to jim.mcdonald@swpa.gov. DATES: For further information concerning the SOIs, contact: Mr. James K. McDonald, Assistant Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third Street, Suite 1400, Tulsa, OK 74103, telephone 918–595–6690, e-mail jim.mcdonald@swpa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pursuant to Section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, Southwestern, a DOE agency, markets and transmits wholesale electrical power from 24 multiple purpose reservoir projects constructed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers to cooperatives, government agencies, and municipalities. Southwestern operates and maintains 1,380 miles of highvoltage transmission lines located in the states of Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Southwestern markets power in the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Under the Energy and Water Appropriations Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108–37), Southwestern was granted permanent authority to accept contributed funds under section 5 of the Flood Control Act. Those contributed funds can only be used to fund work for projects that would be used to transport federally produced electricity. Since 2005, the Secretary of Energy (Secretary), acting through the Administrators of Southwestern or Western Area Power Administration (Western), has had the authority to accept contributed funds under section 1222(c) of EPAct05 to design, develop, construct, operate, maintain, or own, or participate with other entities in designing, developing, constructing, operating, maintaining, or owning, an electric power transmission facility and related facilities needed to upgrade existing transmission facilities owned by Southwestern and Western if the electric transmission facilities are located in a national interest electric transmission corridor designated pursuant to section 216 of the Federal dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:24 Nov 20, 2008 Jkt 217001 Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824o), or are necessary to accommodate an actual or projected increase in demand for electric transmission capacity. Section 1222(b) of EPAct05 grants the Secretary, acting through the Administrators of Southwestern or Western authority for developing new electric transmission facilities, similar to that provided in section 1222(a) for existing facilities, in states in which Southwestern and Western operate. Section 1222(c) provides for the Secretary to accept and use funds contributed by another entity for the purpose of carrying out a project. Section 1222(g) of EPAct05 provides that through September 30, 2015, the Secretary may accept no more than $100 million from other entities for use in developing projects. In order to exercise these authorities, the Secretary, in consultation with the applicable Administrator, must make certain determinations provided in section 1222 of EPAct05 with respect to the project. Given the economic, environmental, and national security benefits flowing from the use of electricity generated from renewable energy resources, Southwestern is seeking SOIs from entities that are interested in providing contributed funds for Southwestern’s participation in the design, development, or construction of upgraded or new transmission projects that would facilitate the transmission of wind generation or other renewable generation from remote locations to distant load centers. The SOIs should include the following information: 1. Name and general description of the entity submitting the SOI. 2. Name, mailing address, telephone number, facsimile number, and e-mail address of that entity’s primary contact. 3. A description of the proposed transmission project including project location (location must be within states in which Southwestern operates), minimum transfer capability, descriptions of any previous transmission work done for the proposed project (plan of service, cost estimate, schedule, system studies, environmental activity, siting activity, etc.), and any other information that would be useful in evaluating the proposed transmission project. 4. Description of the renewable energy resources the proposed project would serve, including type(s) of renewable resource, size and general location of the resource, general location of load or markets, availability of generationrelated ancillary services, a description of the entity’s involvement in the renewable energy resource, if any, and PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70637 any other information that would be useful in evaluating the project. 5. Amount of transmission rights or long-term transmission service the entity may desire if and when the project is completed. 6. The proposed role that Southwestern might play in the development of the transmission project. 7. The amount of funds the entity might be willing to contribute to Southwestern to accomplish its role. 8. A brief description of any other information that would be useful in evaluating the SOI. Each SOI will be evaluated by Southwestern, for ultimate recommendation to the Secretary, based on the feasibility of developing a project that meets the criteria set forth in EPAct05 section 1222, while advancing the goal of facilitating the transmission of wind generation or other renewable generation sources from remote locations to distant load centers. Given the $100 million limit through September 15, 2015, on the Secretary’s authority to accept contributed funds, the SOIs received in response to this request, and the request for SOIs simultaneously being issued by Western, will be evaluated through a competitive evaluation process. Environmental Compliance In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.); the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508); and DOE NEPA Implementing Procedures and Guidelines (10 CFR part 1021), Southwestern has determined this action is categorically excluded from further NEPA analysis. Future actions that the Secretary and Southwestern may undertake under EPAct05 section 1222 as a result of this request will undergo separate NEPA analysis on a project by project basis. Dated: November 13, 2008. Jon C. Worthington, Administrator. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Southwestern Power Administration


Solicitation of Interest for Transmission Line Projects Under 
EPAct05 Section 1222 Associated With Renewable Generation Sources

AGENCY: United States Department of Energy, Southwestern Power 
Administration.

ACTION: Request for Statements of Interest.

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SUMMARY: The United States Department of Energy (DOE or Department) 
acting through the Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), a 
power marketing administration within the Department, is seeking 
Statements of Interest (SOIs) from entities that are interested in 
providing contributed funds for Southwestern's participation in the 
upgrade of Southwestern's existing transmission facilities or the 
construction of new transmission line projects in the states in which 
Southwestern operates. The purpose of the request for SOIs is to 
identify potential projects which would facilitate the transmission of 
wind generation or other renewable generation sources to load centers 
under the authority granted the Secretary of Energy in section 1222

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of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05) (Pub. L. 109-58; 119 Stat. 
952).

DATES: To be assured of consideration, all SOIs should be received at 
Southwestern Power Administration by January 5, 2009.

ADDRESSES: SOIs should be mailed to: Mr. James K. McDonald, Assistant 
Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power 
Administration, One West Third Street, Suite 1400, Tulsa, OK 74103. 
Responses may also be e-mailed to jim.mcdonald@swpa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information concerning the 
SOIs, contact: Mr. James K. McDonald, Assistant Administrator, Office 
of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, One West 
Third Street, Suite 1400, Tulsa, OK 74103, telephone 918-595-6690, e-
mail jim.mcdonald@swpa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Section 5 of the Flood Control 
Act of 1944, Southwestern, a DOE agency, markets and transmits 
wholesale electrical power from 24 multiple purpose reservoir projects 
constructed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers to cooperatives, government 
agencies, and municipalities. Southwestern operates and maintains 1,380 
miles of high-voltage transmission lines located in the states of 
Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Southwestern markets power in the 
states of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. 
Under the Energy and Water Appropriations Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-37), 
Southwestern was granted permanent authority to accept contributed 
funds under section 5 of the Flood Control Act. Those contributed funds 
can only be used to fund work for projects that would be used to 
transport federally produced electricity.
    Since 2005, the Secretary of Energy (Secretary), acting through the 
Administrators of Southwestern or Western Area Power Administration 
(Western), has had the authority to accept contributed funds under 
section 1222(c) of EPAct05 to design, develop, construct, operate, 
maintain, or own, or participate with other entities in designing, 
developing, constructing, operating, maintaining, or owning, an 
electric power transmission facility and related facilities needed to 
upgrade existing transmission facilities owned by Southwestern and 
Western if the electric transmission facilities are located in a 
national interest electric transmission corridor designated pursuant to 
section 216 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824o), or are necessary 
to accommodate an actual or projected increase in demand for electric 
transmission capacity. Section 1222(b) of EPAct05 grants the Secretary, 
acting through the Administrators of Southwestern or Western authority 
for developing new electric transmission facilities, similar to that 
provided in section 1222(a) for existing facilities, in states in which 
Southwestern and Western operate. Section 1222(c) provides for the 
Secretary to accept and use funds contributed by another entity for the 
purpose of carrying out a project. Section 1222(g) of EPAct05 provides 
that through September 30, 2015, the Secretary may accept no more than 
$100 million from other entities for use in developing projects. In 
order to exercise these authorities, the Secretary, in consultation 
with the applicable Administrator, must make certain determinations 
provided in section 1222 of EPAct05 with respect to the project.
    Given the economic, environmental, and national security benefits 
flowing from the use of electricity generated from renewable energy 
resources, Southwestern is seeking SOIs from entities that are 
interested in providing contributed funds for Southwestern's 
participation in the design, development, or construction of upgraded 
or new transmission projects that would facilitate the transmission of 
wind generation or other renewable generation from remote locations to 
distant load centers.
    The SOIs should include the following information:
    1. Name and general description of the entity submitting the SOI.
    2. Name, mailing address, telephone number, facsimile number, and 
e-mail address of that entity's primary contact.
    3. A description of the proposed transmission project including 
project location (location must be within states in which Southwestern 
operates), minimum transfer capability, descriptions of any previous 
transmission work done for the proposed project (plan of service, cost 
estimate, schedule, system studies, environmental activity, siting 
activity, etc.), and any other information that would be useful in 
evaluating the proposed transmission project.
    4. Description of the renewable energy resources the proposed 
project would serve, including type(s) of renewable resource, size and 
general location of the resource, general location of load or markets, 
availability of generation-related ancillary services, a description of 
the entity's involvement in the renewable energy resource, if any, and 
any other information that would be useful in evaluating the project.
    5. Amount of transmission rights or long-term transmission service 
the entity may desire if and when the project is completed.
    6. The proposed role that Southwestern might play in the 
development of the transmission project.
    7. The amount of funds the entity might be willing to contribute to 
Southwestern to accomplish its role.
    8. A brief description of any other information that would be 
useful in evaluating the SOI.
    Each SOI will be evaluated by Southwestern, for ultimate 
recommendation to the Secretary, based on the feasibility of developing 
a project that meets the criteria set forth in EPAct05 section 1222, 
while advancing the goal of facilitating the transmission of wind 
generation or other renewable generation sources from remote locations 
to distant load centers. Given the $100 million limit through September 
15, 2015, on the Secretary's authority to accept contributed funds, the 
SOIs received in response to this request, and the request for SOIs 
simultaneously being issued by Western, will be evaluated through a 
competitive evaluation process.

Environmental Compliance

    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.); the Council on Environmental Quality 
Regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508); and DOE 
NEPA Implementing Procedures and Guidelines (10 CFR part 1021), 
Southwestern has determined this action is categorically excluded from 
further NEPA analysis. Future actions that the Secretary and 
Southwestern may undertake under EPAct05 section 1222 as a result of 
this request will undergo separate NEPA analysis on a project by 
project basis.

    Dated: November 13, 2008.
Jon C. Worthington,
Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E8-27719 Filed 11-20-08; 8:45 am]
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