Sam Rayburn Dam Power Rate Schedule, 79877-79878 [E8-30967]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 30, 2008 / Notices interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is 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. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on January 14, 2009. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–30926 Filed 12–29–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Southern California Edison Company; Notice of Institution of Proceeding and Refund Effective Date pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES December 19, 2008. On December 19, 2008, the Commission issued an order that instituted a proceeding in Docket No. EL09–19–000, pursuant to section 206 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), 16 U.S.C. 824e (2005), to consider the justness and reasonableness of Southern California Edison Company’s proposed rate reduction and whether a further decrease in rates may be warranted. Southern California Edison Co., 125 FERC ¶ 61,329 (2008). The refund effective date in Docket No. EL09–19–000, established pursuant to section 206(b) of the FPA, will be the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–30925 Filed 12–29–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P 00:29 Dec 30, 2008 Southwestern Power Administration Sam Rayburn Dam Power Rate Schedule AGENCY: Southwestern Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Rate Order. SUMMARY: Pursuant to Delegation Order Nos. 00–037.00, effective December 6, 2001, and 00–001.00C, effective January 31, 2007, the Deputy Secretary has approved and placed into effect on an interim basis Rate Order No. SWPA–60, which increases the power rate for the Sam Rayburn Dam (Rayburn) pursuant to the following Sam Rayburn Dam Rate Schedule: Rate Schedule SRD–08, Wholesale Rates for Hydropower and Energy Sold to Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc., (Contract No. DE–PM75–92SW00215). DATES: The effective period for the rate schedule specified in Rate Order No. SWPA–60 is January 1, 2009, through September 30, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James K. McDonald, Assistant Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, Department of Energy, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103, (918) 595–6690, jim.mcdonald@swpa.gov. The existing hydroelectric power rate for Rayburn is $3,456,696 per year. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved this rate on a final basis on February 29, 2008, for the period October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2011, under Docket No. EF07–4021–000 (122 FERC ¶ 62,196). However, the current rate is inadequate to meet cost recovery criteria for the period January 1, 2009 through September 30, 2012. The 2008 Rayburn Power Repayment Studies indicate the need for an increase in the annual rate by $493,176 or 14.3 percent beginning January 1, 2009. The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) has followed Title 10, Part 903 Subpart A, of the Code of Federal Regulations, ‘‘Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments and Extensions’’ in connection with the proposed rate schedule. On November 3, 2008, Southwestern published notice in the Federal Register (73 FR 65306) of a 30day comment period, together with a Public Information and Comment Forum, to provide an opportunity for customers and other interested members SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [Docket No. EL09–19–000] VerDate Aug<31>2005 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79877 of the public to review and comment on a proposed rate increase for Rayburn. The public forum was canceled when no one expressed an intention to participate. Written comments were accepted through December 3, 2008. One comment was received from Gillis & Angley, LLP, Counsellors at Law, on behalf of Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Authority, the Vinton Public Power Authority, Sam Rayburn G&T and the Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, which stated that they had no objection to the proposed rate adjustment. Information regarding this rate proposal, including studies and other supporting material, is available for public review and comment in the offices of Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103. Following review of Southwestern’s proposal within the Department of Energy, I approved Rate Order No. SWPA–60, on an interim basis, which increases the existing Rayburn rate to $3,949,872, per year, for the period January 1, 2009, through September 30, 2012. Dated: December 17, 2008. Jeffrey F. Kupfer, Deputy Secretary. United States of America. Department of Energy. Deputy Secretary of Energy. In the Matter of: Southwestern Power Administration; Sam Rayburn Dam Project Rate; Order Confirming, Approving and Placing Increased Power Rate Schedule in Effect on an Interim Basis Rate Order No. SWPA– 60. Pursuant to Sections 302(a) and 301(b) of the Department of Energy Organization Act, Public Law 95–91, the functions of the Secretary of the Interior and the Federal Power Commission under Section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, 16 U.S.C. 825s, relating to the Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) were transferred to and vested in the Secretary of Energy. By Delegation Order No. 0204–108, effective December 14, 1983, the Secretary of Energy delegated to the Administrator of Southwestern the authority to develop power and transmission rates, delegated to the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy the authority to confirm, approve, and place in effect such rates on an interim basis and delegated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the authority to confirm and approve on a final basis or to disapprove rates developed by the Administrator under the delegation. Delegation Order E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 79878 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 30, 2008 / Notices No. 0204–108, as amended, was rescinded and subsequently replaced by Delegation Orders 00–037.00 (December 6, 2001) and 00–001–00C (January 31, 2007). The Deputy Secretary issued this rate order pursuant to said delegations. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Background The Sam Rayburn Dam (Rayburn) is located on the Angelina River in the State of Texas in the Neches River Basin. Since the beginning of its operation in 1965, it has been marketed as an isolated project, under contract with Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SRDEC) (Contract No. DE–PM75–92SW00215). SRDEC is comprised of two separate entities, the Sam Rayburn G&T, and the Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency. In the FERC Docket No. EF07–4021– 000 (122 FERC ¶ 62196), issued February 29, 2008, for the period October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2011, the FERC confirmed and approved the current annual Rayburn rate of $3,456,696). However, the current rate is inadequate to meet cost recovery criteria for the period January 1, 2009 through September 30, 2012. Discussion Southwestern’s 2008 Current Power Repayment Study (PRS) indicates that the existing annual power rate of $3,456,696 does not represent the lowest possible rate needed to meet cost recovery criteria. The increased revenue requirement is due to an increase in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) projected operations and maintenance costs. The Revised PRS indicates that an increase in annual revenues of $493,176 beginning January 1, 2009, is sufficient to accomplish repayment of the Federal investment in the required number of years. Accordingly, Southwestern developed a proposed rate schedule based on that increased revenue requirement. Title 10, Part 903, Subpart A of the Code of Federal Regulations, ‘‘Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments and Extensions,’’ has been followed in connection with the proposed rate adjustment. More specifically, opportunities for public review and comment during a 30-day period on the proposed Rayburn power rate were announced by a Federal Register (73 FR 65306) notice published on November 3, 2008. A Public Information and Comment Forum was scheduled to be held November 18, 2008, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The forum was canceled as no one expressed an intention to participate. Written comments were due by December 3, VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:29 Dec 30, 2008 Jkt 217001 2008. Southwestern provided the Federal Register notice, together with requested supporting data, to the customer and interested parties for review and comment during the formal period of public participation. In addition, prior to the formal 30-day public participation process, Southwestern discussed with the customer representatives the preliminary information on the proposed rate adjustment. Only one formal comment was received from Gillis & Angley, LLP, Counsellors at Law, on behalf of Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency, Vinton Public Power Authority, Sam Rayburn G&T and the Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc., which stated that they had no objection to the proposed rate adjustment. Upon conclusion of the comment period in December 2008, Southwestern finalized the PRS and rate schedule for the proposed annual rate of $3,949,872, which is the lowest possible rate needed to satisfy repayment criteria. This rate represents an annual increase of 14.3 percent. Availability of Information Information regarding this rate increase, including studies and other supporting material, is available for public review and comment in the offices of Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103. Environment The environmental impact of the rate increase proposal was evaluated in consideration of DOE’s guidelines for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, 10 CFR 1021, and was determined to fall within the class of actions that are categorically excluded from the requirements of preparing either an Environmental Impact Statement or an Environmental Assessment. Order In view of the foregoing and pursuant to the authority delegated to me, I hereby confirm, approve and place in effect on an interim basis, for the period January 1, 2009, through September 30, 2012, the annual Sam Rayburn Dam rate of $3,949,872 for the sale of power and energy from Sam Rayburn Dam to the Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc., under Contract No. DE–PM75– 92SW00215, dated October 7, 1992. This rate shall remain in effect on an interim basis through September 30, 2012, or until the FERC confirms and approves the rate on a final basis. Dated: December 17, 2008. Jeffrey F. Kupfer, Acting Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–30967 Filed 12–29–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Comments and Responses Southwestern received one written comment in which the customer representative expressed no objection to the proposed rate adjustment. Other Issues There were no other issues raised during the informal period or during the formal public participation period. Administrator’s Certification The 2008 Revised Rayburn PRS indicates that the annual power rate of $3,949,872 will repay all costs of the project, including amortization of the power investment consistent with provisions of the Department of Energy (DOE) Order No. RA 6120.2. In accordance with Delegation Order Nos. 00–037.00 (December 6, 2001) and 00– 001.00C (January 31, 2007), and Section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, the Administrator has determined that the proposed Rayburn power rate is consistent with applicable law and the lowest possible rate consistent with sound business principles. PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2015 Resource Pool AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Final 2015 Resource Pool Size and Revised Eligibility Criteria. SUMMARY: The Western Area Power Administration (Western), a Federal power marketing agency of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), published its 2004 Power Marketing Plan (Marketing Plan) for Western’s Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region (SNR) in the Federal Register on June 25, 1999 (64 FR 34417). The Marketing Plan specifies the terms and conditions under which Western will market power from the Central Valley Project (CVP) and the Washoe Project beginning January 1, 2005, and continuing through December 31, 2024. The Marketing Plan provides for a 2015 Resource Pool of up to 2 percent of SNR’s marketable power resources. The 2015 Resource Pool will be available for power allocations to preference entities that meet the Eligibility Criteria. Western published E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1

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[FR Doc No: E8-30967]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Southwestern Power Administration


Sam Rayburn Dam Power Rate Schedule

AGENCY: Southwestern Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of Rate Order.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Delegation Order Nos. 00-037.00, effective 
December 6, 2001, and 00-001.00C, effective January 31, 2007, the 
Deputy Secretary has approved and placed into effect on an interim 
basis Rate Order No. SWPA-60, which increases the power rate for the 
Sam Rayburn Dam (Rayburn) pursuant to the following Sam Rayburn Dam 
Rate Schedule:

    Rate Schedule SRD-08, Wholesale Rates for Hydropower and Energy 
Sold to Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc., (Contract No. 
DE-PM75-92SW00215).


DATES: The effective period for the rate schedule specified in Rate 
Order No. SWPA-60 is January 1, 2009, through September 30, 2012.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The existing hydroelectric power rate for 
Rayburn is $3,456,696 per year. The Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission approved this rate on a final basis on February 29, 2008, 
for the period October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2011, under 
Docket No. EF07-4021-000 (122 FERC ] 62,196). However, the current rate 
is inadequate to meet cost recovery criteria for the period January 1, 
2009 through September 30, 2012. The 2008 Rayburn Power Repayment 
Studies indicate the need for an increase in the annual rate by 
$493,176 or 14.3 percent beginning January 1, 2009.
    The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) 
has followed Title 10, Part 903 Subpart A, of the Code of Federal 
Regulations, ``Procedures for Public Participation in Power and 
Transmission Rate Adjustments and Extensions'' in connection with the 
proposed rate schedule. On November 3, 2008, Southwestern published 
notice in the Federal Register (73 FR 65306) of a 30-day comment 
period, together with a Public Information and Comment Forum, to 
provide an opportunity for customers and other interested members of 
the public to review and comment on a proposed rate increase for 
Rayburn. The public forum was canceled when no one expressed an 
intention to participate. Written comments were accepted through 
December 3, 2008. One comment was received from Gillis & Angley, LLP, 
Counsellors at Law, on behalf of Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Authority, 
the Vinton Public Power Authority, Sam Rayburn G&T and the Sam Rayburn 
Dam Electric Cooperative, which stated that they had no objection to 
the proposed rate adjustment.
    Information regarding this rate proposal, including studies and 
other supporting material, is available for public review and comment 
in the offices of Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third 
Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103.
    Following review of Southwestern's proposal within the Department 
of Energy, I approved Rate Order No. SWPA-60, on an interim basis, 
which increases the existing Rayburn rate to $3,949,872, per year, for 
the period January 1, 2009, through September 30, 2012.

    Dated: December 17, 2008.
Jeffrey F. Kupfer,
Deputy Secretary.

United States of America.
Department of Energy.
Deputy Secretary of Energy.

In the Matter of: Southwestern Power Administration; Sam Rayburn Dam 
Project Rate; Order Confirming, Approving and Placing Increased Power 
Rate Schedule in Effect on an Interim Basis Rate Order No. SWPA-60.

    Pursuant to Sections 302(a) and 301(b) of the Department of Energy 
Organization Act, Public Law 95-91, the functions of the Secretary of 
the Interior and the Federal Power Commission under Section 5 of the 
Flood Control Act of 1944, 16 U.S.C. 825s, relating to the Southwestern 
Power Administration (Southwestern) were transferred to and vested in 
the Secretary of Energy. By Delegation Order No. 0204-108, effective 
December 14, 1983, the Secretary of Energy delegated to the 
Administrator of Southwestern the authority to develop power and 
transmission rates, delegated to the Deputy Secretary of the Department 
of Energy the authority to confirm, approve, and place in effect such 
rates on an interim basis and delegated to the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission (FERC) the authority to confirm and approve on a 
final basis or to disapprove rates developed by the Administrator under 
the delegation. Delegation Order

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No. 0204-108, as amended, was rescinded and subsequently replaced by 
Delegation Orders 00-037.00 (December 6, 2001) and 00-001-00C (January 
31, 2007). The Deputy Secretary issued this rate order pursuant to said 
delegations.

Background

    The Sam Rayburn Dam (Rayburn) is located on the Angelina River in 
the State of Texas in the Neches River Basin. Since the beginning of 
its operation in 1965, it has been marketed as an isolated project, 
under contract with Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SRDEC) 
(Contract No. DE-PM75-92SW00215). SRDEC is comprised of two separate 
entities, the Sam Rayburn G&T, and the Sam Rayburn Municipal Power 
Agency.
    In the FERC Docket No. EF07-4021-000 (122 FERC ] 62196), issued 
February 29, 2008, for the period October 1, 2007, through September 
30, 2011, the FERC confirmed and approved the current annual Rayburn 
rate of $3,456,696). However, the current rate is inadequate to meet 
cost recovery criteria for the period January 1, 2009 through September 
30, 2012.

Discussion

    Southwestern's 2008 Current Power Repayment Study (PRS) indicates 
that the existing annual power rate of $3,456,696 does not represent 
the lowest possible rate needed to meet cost recovery criteria. The 
increased revenue requirement is due to an increase in the U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers (Corps) projected operations and maintenance costs. 
The Revised PRS indicates that an increase in annual revenues of 
$493,176 beginning January 1, 2009, is sufficient to accomplish 
repayment of the Federal investment in the required number of years. 
Accordingly, Southwestern developed a proposed rate schedule based on 
that increased revenue requirement.
    Title 10, Part 903, Subpart A of the Code of Federal Regulations, 
``Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate 
Adjustments and Extensions,'' has been followed in connection with the 
proposed rate adjustment. More specifically, opportunities for public 
review and comment during a 30-day period on the proposed Rayburn power 
rate were announced by a Federal Register (73 FR 65306) notice 
published on November 3, 2008. A Public Information and Comment Forum 
was scheduled to be held November 18, 2008, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 
forum was canceled as no one expressed an intention to participate. 
Written comments were due by December 3, 2008. Southwestern provided 
the Federal Register notice, together with requested supporting data, 
to the customer and interested parties for review and comment during 
the formal period of public participation. In addition, prior to the 
formal 30-day public participation process, Southwestern discussed with 
the customer representatives the preliminary information on the 
proposed rate adjustment. Only one formal comment was received from 
Gillis & Angley, LLP, Counsellors at Law, on behalf of Sam Rayburn 
Municipal Power Agency, Vinton Public Power Authority, Sam Rayburn G&T 
and the Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc., which stated that 
they had no objection to the proposed rate adjustment.
    Upon conclusion of the comment period in December 2008, 
Southwestern finalized the PRS and rate schedule for the proposed 
annual rate of $3,949,872, which is the lowest possible rate needed to 
satisfy repayment criteria. This rate represents an annual increase of 
14.3 percent.

Availability of Information

    Information regarding this rate increase, including studies and 
other supporting material, is available for public review and comment 
in the offices of Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third 
Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103.

Comments and Responses

    Southwestern received one written comment in which the customer 
representative expressed no objection to the proposed rate adjustment.

Other Issues

    There were no other issues raised during the informal period or 
during the formal public participation period.

Administrator's Certification

    The 2008 Revised Rayburn PRS indicates that the annual power rate 
of $3,949,872 will repay all costs of the project, including 
amortization of the power investment consistent with provisions of the 
Department of Energy (DOE) Order No. RA 6120.2. In accordance with 
Delegation Order Nos. 00-037.00 (December 6, 2001) and 00-001.00C 
(January 31, 2007), and Section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, the 
Administrator has determined that the proposed Rayburn power rate is 
consistent with applicable law and the lowest possible rate consistent 
with sound business principles.

Environment

    The environmental impact of the rate increase proposal was 
evaluated in consideration of DOE's guidelines for implementing the 
procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, 10 CFR 
1021, and was determined to fall within the class of actions that are 
categorically excluded from the requirements of preparing either an 
Environmental Impact Statement or an Environmental Assessment.

Order

    In view of the foregoing and pursuant to the authority delegated to 
me, I hereby confirm, approve and place in effect on an interim basis, 
for the period January 1, 2009, through September 30, 2012, the annual 
Sam Rayburn Dam rate of $3,949,872 for the sale of power and energy 
from Sam Rayburn Dam to the Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc., 
under Contract No. DE-PM75-92SW00215, dated October 7, 1992.
    This rate shall remain in effect on an interim basis through 
September 30, 2012, or until the FERC confirms and approves the rate on 
a final basis.

    Dated: December 17, 2008.
Jeffrey F. Kupfer,
Acting Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. E8-30967 Filed 12-29-08; 8:45 am]
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