Amistad and Falcon Projects Rate Order No. WAPA-143, 29682-29685 [E9-14683]

Download as PDF 29682 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 23, 2009 / Notices Dated: June 18, 2009. Angela C. Arrington, Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Type of Review: New. Title: Evaluation and Accountability Reports for Title II, Part D of ESEA. Abstract: This submission requests emergency approval to require States to submit to the Department two written reports: (1) The State’s most recent Ed Tech evaluation report; and (2) A description of the States System of Accountability for Ed Tech funds which will include: (a) A description of how the SEA will ensure, for school years (SYs) 2009–2010 and 2010–2011, that LEAs and eligible local entities that receive Ed Tech funds (either competitively or by formula) are meeting their evaluation responsibilities; and (b) a description of the process and accountability measures that the SEA will use, for SYs 2009– 2010 and 2010–2011, to evaluate the effectiveness of Ed Tech-supported activities. Additional Information: Approval is needed by June 30, 2009 so that the Department can issue relevant program guidance and accountability reporting requirements on July 1, 2009, when the Department issues the Title II, D ARRA grant awards. 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Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:15 Jun 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. Requests may also be electronically mailed to the Internet address ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202– 401–0920. Please specify the complete title of the information collection when making your request. Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. [FR Doc. E9–14751 Filed 6–22–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Amistad and Falcon Projects Rate Order No. WAPA–143 AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Order Concerning a Power Rate Formula. SUMMARY: The Deputy Secretary of Energy confirmed and approved Rate Order No. WAPA–143 placing a power rate formula for the Amistad and Falcon Projects of the Western Area Power Administration (Western) into effect on an interim basis. The provisional power rate formula will be in effect on an interim basis until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirms, approves, and places it into effect on a final basis, or until the power rate formula is replaced by another power rate formula. DATES: The provisional rate formula will be placed into effect on an interim basis on June 8, 2009, and will be in effect until the FERC confirms, approves, and places the provisional rate formula into effect on a final basis through June 7, 2014, or until superseded. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bradley S. Warren, CRSP Manager, Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, Western Area Power Administration, 150 East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111–1580, (801) 524–5493, e-mail warren@wapa.gov, or Ms. Carol Loftin, Rates Manager, Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, Western Area Power Administration, 150 East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111–1580, (801) 524–6380, e-mail loftinc@wapa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Amistad and Falcon Dams are features PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of international water storage projects located on the Rio Grande River between Texas and Mexico. Under the terms of Contract No. 7–07–50–P0890 (Contract) dated August 9, 1977, Western marketed the power from these dams to two electric cooperatives, South Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. (STEC or Customer), and Medina Electric Cooperative (MEC). Under an October 19, 1995, amendment to the Contract, MEC notified Western that it had transferred its generation and transmission facilities to STEC and would be a distribution cooperative served by STEC and requested that MEC’s interest in the Contract be assigned to STEC. Western approved the Contract amendment. The power rate formula of the Contract was approved by the Federal Power Commission (FPC), predecessor to FERC, in Docket No. E–9566 on August 12, 1977 (59 FPC 1653), for a 5-year period effective on the date of initial operation of the Amistad Power Plant, June 8, 1983.1 According to article 9(a) of the Contract, Western calculates the annual installment to be paid by the Customer, for the power generated at the Amistad and Falcon power plants on or before August 31 of the year preceding the fiscal year to which it pertains, and codifies this amount in a revised Exhibit A to the Contract. Each annual installment pays the annual amortized portion of the United States’ investment in the Amistad and Falcon hydroelectric facilities with interest, and the associated operation, maintenance, and administrative costs. This repayment schedule is not dependent upon the power and energy made available for sale or the rate of generation each year. 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, 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 Department of Energy procedures for public participation in power rate adjustments (10 CFR 903) were published on September 18, 1985. 1 A 5-year rate renewal of this same rate formula through June 7, 1993, was approved by FERC on July 20, 1988, at 44 FERC ¶ 62,058. Subsequent 5year renewals of the rate formula have been approved by FERC. The most recent approval was on January 31, 2005, in Docket No. EF04–5101–000, which approved the same rate formula through June 7, 2009 (110 FERC ¶ 62,083). E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 23, 2009 / Notices 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–143 into effect on an interim basis. The rate formula will be promptly submitted to FERC for confirmation and approval on a final basis. Dated: Jun 15, 2009. Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary. Department Of Energy Secretary Rate Order No. WAPA–143. In the Matter of: Western Area Power Administration Power Rate Formula Adjustment for the Amistad and Falcon Projects: Order Confirming, Approving, and Placing the Power Rate Formula for Amistad and Falcon Projects Into Effect on an Interim Basis This renewal of this power rate formula for the Amistad and Falcon Projects of the Western Area Power Administration (Western) was 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 (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 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: Contract: Contract No. 7–07–50–P0890 dated August 9, 1977, and amended on October 19, 2005, between Western and South Texas Electric Cooperative. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:15 Jun 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 Customer: South Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. DOE: Department of Energy. DOE Order RA 6120.2: An order outlining power marketing administration financial reporting and ratemaking procedures. FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FPC: Federal Power Commission— Predecessor to FERC. FY: Fiscal year is the period from October 1 to September 30. MEC: Medina Electric Cooperative. NEPA: National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.). O&M: Operation and maintenance. PRS: Power repayment study. Reclamation: United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. Secretary: Secretary of Energy. STEC: South Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. U.S. Section: United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission. Western: United States Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration. Effective Date The power rate formula will take effect June 8, 2009, and will remain in effect until June 7, 2014, pending approval by FERC on a final basis. Public Notice and Comment Subsection 903.23(a) of 10 CFR 903 does not require either a consultation and comment period, or public information or comment forums for rate extensions. Western considers this rate order a rate extension since the power rate formula is not changing; rather it is going through the course of a 5-year renewal. Western’s sole customer under this rate extension, South Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Customer or STEC), expressed its desire to continue using the power rate formula through an email dated December 8, 2008. In addition, on April 2, 2009, Western met with the Customer in Nursery, Texas, where Western notified it of Western’s intent to continue the power rate formula. Western also discussed the number of years covered in the annual installments, operation and maintenance funding, answered questions, and received comments and suggestions. The Customer expressed support for a renewal of the power rate formula. Project Description The Amistad and Falcon Dams are features of international water storage projects located on the Rio Grande River between Texas and Mexico. Western markets the power from these dams under the terms of Contract No. 7–07– 50–P0890 (Contract), dated August 9, 1977. On August 12, 1977, in Docket No. E– 9566, the Federal Power Commission PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29683 (FPC) approved for a 5-year period the power rate formula contained in the Contract between Reclamation, and two electric cooperatives, STEC and Medina Electric Cooperative (MEC), to become effective on the date of initial operation of Amistad Power Plant (59 FPC 1653). The effective date of the FPC order was June 8, 1983. STEC and MEC agreed to purchase all of the output of the Amistad and Falcon Power Plants and to pay the United States an annual installment as discussed in the Contract for a 50-year period, beginning when electric service initially became available from Amistad. On October 1, 1977, the power marketing functions of Reclamation were transferred to Western and Western became responsible for the administration of the Contract. Western, STEC and MEC executed Supplement No. 1 to the Contract on April 10, 1986, to clarify the method for determining the annual installment consistent with DOE Order No. RA 6120.2. Those clarifications address repayment of Falcon hydroelectric facilities within the remaining period, establish interest during construction at seven (7) percent, discuss capitalization of major replacements and additions at current interest rates, and specify the actual date of initial service as June 8, 1983. Under an October 19, 1995, amendment to the Contract, MEC notified Western that it had transferred its generation and transmission facilities to STEC and would be a distribution cooperative served by STEC and requested that MEC’s interest in the Contract be assigned to STEC. Western approved the Contract amendment. Supplement No. 1 required the amount of each annual installment be established in advance by the contracting officer in consultation with the U.S. Section and submitted to STEC as Exhibit A on or before August 31 of the year preceding the appropriate FY in accordance with the following: The amount of each annual installment shall be the sum of: (1) An annual repayment installment including interest, to amortize within the remaining period, the unpaid United States investment in the Falcon hydroelectric facilities and in the penstocks at Amistad Dam; plus (2) An annual installment to amortize over a 50-year period, the United States actual total investment costs with interest, for hydroelectric power facilities, not including penstocks, at Amistad Dam to be under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Section, including the costs of engineering plans, supervision, administration of construction, and interest during construction * * * and (3) The annual operation, maintenance, replacement, and administration costs of the E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 29684 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 23, 2009 / Notices U.S. Section and the administration costs of Western related directly or indirectly to the United States power facilities at Amistad Dam and at Falcon Dam, provided that such costs shall be based on prudent and businesslike management practices and in accordance with established electric industry operation and maintenance practices * * * The billing procedures contained in Supplement No. 1 require Western to submit an invoice to the Customer for each monthly payment toward the annual installment on or before the tenth day of the month for which such payment is due. Payments are due and payable by the Customer on the first day of the following month. Western divides the calculated annual installment by twelve and bills the Customer monthly for this amount. As detailed above, the rate formula of the Contract was approved by the FPC, for a 5-year period beginning June 8, 1983, and subsequent 5-year renewals of the power rate formula have been approved by FERC through June 7, 2009.1 Consequently, FERC’s approval is now sought for an additional 5-year period. The effective dates are scheduled to be June 8, 2009, through June 7, 2014. Power Repayment Studies The Contract requires that Western calculate the annual installment to be paid by the Customer for the power generated at the Amistad and Falcon Power Plants, in consultation with the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (U.S. Section), and submit it to the Customer in the form of a contract exhibit on or before August 31 of the year preceding the FY to which it pertains. Western calculates the annual installment based on 2 years of data. The calculation includes the projected costs of the rate installment year (future FY) and an adjustment from the last historic FY. The adjustment is the surplus or deficit that occurs in the last historic FY when actual costs and repayment obligations are subtracted from actual revenues. This surplus or deficit is combined with the projected rate installment year costs to arrive at the rate installment. Statement of Revenue and Related Expenses The following table provides a summary of revenues and expenses for the current power rate formula and the actual revenues and expenses for the same period. AMISTAD/FALCON COMPARISON OF 6-YEAR REVENUES AND EXPENSES FY 2004–2009 ($000) 1Actual Projected from FY 2004 PRS Item Total Revenues ............................................................................................................................ Revenues Distribution: O&M ...................................................................................................................................... Interest .................................................................................................................................. Repayment ........................................................................................................................... (Deficit)/Surplus .................................................................................................................... Total Revenue Distribution ................................................................................................... from FY 2008 PRS 28,825 29,702 877 14,479 11,629 2,717 ........................ 28,825 14,273 11,743 2,775 911 29,702 (206) 114 58 911 877 Difference 1 Although this rate process seeks approval for a 5-year period (FY 2009–2014), 6 years of data are shown in the above table due to FY 2009 data being an estimate, and is used for the current 2009 rate installment. letters, e-mail, and other supporting material made or kept by Western and used to develop the power rate formula, is available for public review at the Colorado River Storage Project AMISTAD/FALCON 6-YEAR PROJECManagement Center, Western Area Power Administration, 150 East Social TIONS1 REVENUES AND EXPENSES Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, ($000) UT 84111. Some of these documents are FY 2009–2014 available at http://www.wapa.gov/crsp/ ratescrsp/adjustments.htm under CRSP Total Revenues .................... 28,789 Rate Adjustment documents for the Revenue Distribution: Amistad and Falcon Projects section. The following table provides a summary of the projected revenues and expenses during the provisional power rate formula period. O&M .............................. Interest ........................... Investment Repayment Total ........................... 14,080 11,035 3,674 28,789 Ratemaking Procedure Requirements Environmental Compliance Availability of Information Information regarding this power rate formula renewal, including a PRS, In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.); Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508); and DOE NEPA Regulations (10 CFR part 1021), Western has determined that this action is categorically excluded from the 1A 5-year rate renewal of this same rate formula through June 7, 1993, was approved by FERC on July 20, 1988, at 44 FERC § 62,058. Subsequent 5- year renewals of the rate formula have been approved by FERC. The most recent approval was on January 31, 2005, in Docket No. EF04–5101–000, 1 Although this rate process seeks approval for a 5-year period (FY 2009–2014), 6 years of data are shown in the above table due to FY 2009 data being an estimate, and is used for the current 2009 rate installment. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:15 Jun 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 preparation of an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. 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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission The interim rate formula renewal herein confirmed, approved, and placed into effect on an interim basis, together with supporting documents, will be submitted to FERC for confirmation and approval on a final basis. Order In view of the foregoing and under the authority delegated to me, I confirm and approve and place into effect on an which approved the same rate formula through June 7, 2009 (110 FERC 62,083). E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 23, 2009 / Notices or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. Comments, recommendations, terms and conditions, and prescriptions may Dated: June 15, 2009. be filed electronically via the Internet in Daniel B. Poneman. lieu of paper. The Commission strongly Deputy Secretary. encourages electronic filings. See CFR [FR Doc. E9–14683 Filed 6–22–09; 8:45 am] 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions BILLING CODE 6450–01–P on the Commission’s Web site (http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ferconline.asp) under the ‘‘e-filing’’ link. For a simpler DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY method of submitting text only comments, click on ‘‘Quick Comment.’’ Federal Energy Regulatory k. This application has been accepted, Commission and is ready for environmental analysis at this time. [Project No. 503–048] l. The project consists of: (1) A 1,218Idaho Power Company; Notice of foot-long concrete gravity and rock-fill dam composed of an abutment Application Ready for Environmental embankment, a spillway section, a Analysis and Soliciting Comments, center island, the old powerhouse Recommendations, Terms and section, the intermediate dam, and the Conditions, and Prescriptions new powerhouse; (2) a 12-mile-long June 16, 2009. 1,525-acre reservoir with a normal Take notice that the following maximum water surface elevation of hydroelectric application has been filed 2,314 feet mean sea level (msl); (3) with the Commission and is available twelve equal-width, concrete spillways for public inspection. with a capacity of 105,112 cubic feet per a. Type of Application: New license. second (cfs) at reservoir elevation 2,318 b. Project No.: 503–048. msl, divided into two sections (western c. Date filed: June 26, 2008. and eastern)—the western section, d. Applicant: Idaho Power Company. contiguous with the abutment e. Name of Project: Swan Falls embankment, is a gated, concrete ogee Project. section with eight radial gates, and the f. Location: On the Snake River in Ada eastern section, which is adjacent to the and Owyhee counties, Idaho, about 35 island, contains four radial gates; (4) miles southwest of Boise. The project two concrete flow channels; (5) two pitoccupies federal lands administered by bulb turbine generators with a the Bureau of Land Management. nameplate rating of 25 MW; (6) a g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power powerhouse completed in 1994; (7) a Act 16 USC 791 (a)–825(r). 1,400-foot-long, 120-foot-wide h. Applicant Contact: Mr. Rex excavated tailrace channel; (8) a 33,600Blackburn, Senior Vice President and kilovolt ampere (kVA) main power General Counsel, Idaho Power transformer; (9) a 1-mile-long, 138Company, P.O. Box 70, Boise, Idaho, kilovolt (kV) transmission line; and (10) 83707, rblackburn@idahopower.com. appurtenant equipment. The estimated i. FERC Contact: Jim Puglisi, (202) average annual energy production from 502–6241, james.puglisi@ferc.gov. the project is about 125,720 megawattj. Deadline for filing comments, hours (MWh), with an average monthly recommendations, terms and generation ranging from 8,740 MWh in conditions, and prescriptions is 60 days June to 11,750 MWh in January. The from the issuance of this notice; reply applicant proposes to continue the runcomments are due 105 days from the of-river operations of the project with a issuance date of this notice. minor change to the minimum flow All documents (original and eight regime and continuation of the existing copies) should be filed with: Kimberly ramping rate restrictions. The applicant D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy also proposes a net reduction in the Regulatory Commission, 888 First acreage within the project boundary. m. A copy of the application is Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. available for review at the Commission The Commission’s Rules of Practice require all intervenors filing documents in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at with the Commission to serve a copy of http://www.ferc.gov using the that document on each person on the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket official service list for the project. Further, if an intervenor files comments number excluding the last three digits in interim basis a renewal of the rate formula, effective June 8, 2009. The rate formula shall remain in effect on an interim basis, pending FERC’s confirmation and approval of this or a substitute rate formula on a final basis through June 7, 2014. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:15 Jun 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29685 the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or tollfree at 1–866–208–3676, or for TTY, (202) 502–8659. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item h above. All filings must (1) bear in all capital letters the title ‘‘COMMENTS’’, ‘‘REPLY COMMENTS’’, ‘‘RECOMMENDATIONS,’’ ‘‘TERMS AND CONDITIONS,’’ or ‘‘PRESCRIPTIONS;’’ (2) set forth in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) furnish the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the filing; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All comments, recommendations, terms and conditions or prescriptions must set forth their evidentiary basis and otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 4.34(b). Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. Each filing must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed on the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b), and 385.2010. You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. n. A license applicant must file no later than 60 days following the date of issuance of this notice: (1) A copy of the water quality certification; (2) a copy of the request for certification, including proof of the date on which the certifying agency received the request; or (3) evidence of waiver of water quality certification. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Amistad and Falcon Projects Rate Order No. WAPA-143

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of Order Concerning a Power Rate Formula.

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SUMMARY: The Deputy Secretary of Energy confirmed and approved Rate 
Order No. WAPA-143 placing a power rate formula for the Amistad and 
Falcon Projects of the Western Area Power Administration (Western) into 
effect on an interim basis. The provisional power rate formula will be 
in effect on an interim basis until the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (FERC) confirms, approves, and places it into effect on a 
final basis, or until the power rate formula is replaced by another 
power rate formula.

DATES: The provisional rate formula will be placed into effect on an 
interim basis on June 8, 2009, and will be in effect until the FERC 
confirms, approves, and places the provisional rate formula into effect 
on a final basis through June 7, 2014, or until superseded.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bradley S. Warren, CRSP Manager, 
Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, Western Area Power 
Administration, 150 East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, 
UT 84111-1580, (801) 524-5493, e-mail warren@wapa.gov, or Ms. Carol 
Loftin, Rates Manager, Colorado River Storage Project Management 
Center, Western Area Power Administration, 150 East Social Hall Avenue, 
Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-1580, (801) 524-6380, e-mail 
loftinc@wapa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Amistad and Falcon Dams are features of 
international water storage projects located on the Rio Grande River 
between Texas and Mexico. Under the terms of Contract No. 7-07-50-P0890 
(Contract) dated August 9, 1977, Western marketed the power from these 
dams to two electric cooperatives, South Texas Electric Cooperative, 
Inc. (STEC or Customer), and Medina Electric Cooperative (MEC). Under 
an October 19, 1995, amendment to the Contract, MEC notified Western 
that it had transferred its generation and transmission facilities to 
STEC and would be a distribution cooperative served by STEC and 
requested that MEC's interest in the Contract be assigned to STEC. 
Western approved the Contract amendment. The power rate formula of the 
Contract was approved by the Federal Power Commission (FPC), 
predecessor to FERC, in Docket No. E-9566 on August 12, 1977 (59 FPC 
1653), for a 5-year period effective on the date of initial operation 
of the Amistad Power Plant, June 8, 1983.\1\
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    \1\ A 5-year rate renewal of this same rate formula through June 
7, 1993, was approved by FERC on July 20, 1988, at 44 FERC ] 62,058. 
Subsequent 5-year renewals of the rate formula have been approved by 
FERC. The most recent approval was on January 31, 2005, in Docket 
No. EF04-5101-000, which approved the same rate formula through June 
7, 2009 (110 FERC ] 62,083).
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    According to article 9(a) of the Contract, Western calculates the 
annual installment to be paid by the Customer, for the power generated 
at the Amistad and Falcon power plants on or before August 31 of the 
year preceding the fiscal year to which it pertains, and codifies this 
amount in a revised Exhibit A to the Contract. Each annual installment 
pays the annual amortized portion of the United States' investment in 
the Amistad and Falcon hydroelectric facilities with interest, and the 
associated operation, maintenance, and administrative costs. This 
repayment schedule is not dependent upon the power and energy made 
available for sale or the rate of generation each year.
    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, 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 Department of Energy procedures for public 
participation in power rate adjustments (10 CFR 903) were published on 
September 18, 1985.

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    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-143 into effect on an interim basis. The rate formula 
will be promptly submitted to FERC for confirmation and approval on a 
final basis.

    Dated: Jun 15, 2009.
Daniel B. Poneman,
Deputy Secretary.

Department Of Energy

Secretary

    Rate Order No. WAPA-143.

In the Matter of: Western Area Power Administration Power Rate Formula 
Adjustment for the Amistad and Falcon Projects: Order Confirming, 
Approving, and Placing the Power Rate Formula for Amistad and Falcon 
Projects Into Effect on an Interim Basis

    This renewal of this power rate formula for the Amistad and Falcon 
Projects of the Western Area Power Administration (Western) was 
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 (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 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:

Contract: Contract No. 7-07-50-P0890 dated August 9, 1977, and 
amended on October 19, 2005, between Western and South Texas 
Electric Cooperative.
Customer: South Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc.
DOE: Department of Energy.
DOE Order RA 6120.2: An order outlining power marketing 
administration financial reporting and ratemaking procedures.
FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
FPC: Federal Power Commission--Predecessor to FERC.
FY: Fiscal year is the period from October 1 to September 30.
MEC: Medina Electric Cooperative.
NEPA: National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321, et 
seq.).
O&M: Operation and maintenance.
PRS: Power repayment study.
Reclamation: United States Department of Interior, Bureau of 
Reclamation.
Secretary: Secretary of Energy.
STEC: South Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc.
U.S. Section: United States Section of the International Boundary 
and Water Commission.
Western: United States Department of Energy, Western Area Power 
Administration.

Effective Date

    The power rate formula will take effect June 8, 2009, and will 
remain in effect until June 7, 2014, pending approval by FERC on a 
final basis.

Public Notice and Comment

    Subsection 903.23(a) of 10 CFR 903 does not require either a 
consultation and comment period, or public information or comment 
forums for rate extensions. Western considers this rate order a rate 
extension since the power rate formula is not changing; rather it is 
going through the course of a 5-year renewal. Western's sole customer 
under this rate extension, South Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. 
(Customer or STEC), expressed its desire to continue using the power 
rate formula through an e-mail dated December 8, 2008. In addition, on 
April 2, 2009, Western met with the Customer in Nursery, Texas, where 
Western notified it of Western's intent to continue the power rate 
formula. Western also discussed the number of years covered in the 
annual installments, operation and maintenance funding, answered 
questions, and received comments and suggestions. The Customer 
expressed support for a renewal of the power rate formula.

Project Description

    The Amistad and Falcon Dams are features of international water 
storage projects located on the Rio Grande River between Texas and 
Mexico. Western markets the power from these dams under the terms of 
Contract No. 7-07-50-P0890 (Contract), dated August 9, 1977.
    On August 12, 1977, in Docket No. E-9566, the Federal Power 
Commission (FPC) approved for a 5-year period the power rate formula 
contained in the Contract between Reclamation, and two electric 
cooperatives, STEC and Medina Electric Cooperative (MEC), to become 
effective on the date of initial operation of Amistad Power Plant (59 
FPC 1653). The effective date of the FPC order was June 8, 1983. STEC 
and MEC agreed to purchase all of the output of the Amistad and Falcon 
Power Plants and to pay the United States an annual installment as 
discussed in the Contract for a 50-year period, beginning when electric 
service initially became available from Amistad.
    On October 1, 1977, the power marketing functions of Reclamation 
were transferred to Western and Western became responsible for the 
administration of the Contract. Western, STEC and MEC executed 
Supplement No. 1 to the Contract on April 10, 1986, to clarify the 
method for determining the annual installment consistent with DOE Order 
No. RA 6120.2. Those clarifications address repayment of Falcon 
hydroelectric facilities within the remaining period, establish 
interest during construction at seven (7) percent, discuss 
capitalization of major replacements and additions at current interest 
rates, and specify the actual date of initial service as June 8, 1983.
    Under an October 19, 1995, amendment to the Contract, MEC notified 
Western that it had transferred its generation and transmission 
facilities to STEC and would be a distribution cooperative served by 
STEC and requested that MEC's interest in the Contract be assigned to 
STEC. Western approved the Contract amendment.
    Supplement No. 1 required the amount of each annual installment be 
established in advance by the contracting officer in consultation with 
the U.S. Section and submitted to STEC as Exhibit A on or before August 
31 of the year preceding the appropriate FY in accordance with the 
following:
    The amount of each annual installment shall be the sum of:

    (1) An annual repayment installment including interest, to 
amortize within the remaining period, the unpaid United States 
investment in the Falcon hydroelectric facilities and in the 
penstocks at Amistad Dam; plus
    (2) An annual installment to amortize over a 50-year period, the 
United States actual total investment costs with interest, for 
hydroelectric power facilities, not including penstocks, at Amistad 
Dam to be under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Section, including the 
costs of engineering plans, supervision, administration of 
construction, and interest during construction * * * and
    (3) The annual operation, maintenance, replacement, and 
administration costs of the

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U.S. Section and the administration costs of Western related 
directly or indirectly to the United States power facilities at 
Amistad Dam and at Falcon Dam, provided that such costs shall be 
based on prudent and businesslike management practices and in 
accordance with established electric industry operation and 
maintenance practices * * *

    The billing procedures contained in Supplement No. 1 require 
Western to submit an invoice to the Customer for each monthly payment 
toward the annual installment on or before the tenth day of the month 
for which such payment is due. Payments are due and payable by the 
Customer on the first day of the following month. Western divides the 
calculated annual installment by twelve and bills the Customer monthly 
for this amount.
    As detailed above, the rate formula of the Contract was approved by 
the FPC, for a 5-year period beginning June 8, 1983, and subsequent 5-
year renewals of the power rate formula have been approved by FERC 
through June 7, 2009.\1\ Consequently, FERC's approval is now sought 
for an additional 5-year period. The effective dates are scheduled to 
be June 8, 2009, through June 7, 2014.
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    \1\A 5-year rate renewal of this same rate formula through June 
7, 1993, was approved by FERC on July 20, 1988, at 44 FERC Sec.  
62,058. Subsequent 5-year renewals of the rate formula have been 
approved by FERC. The most recent approval was on January 31, 2005, 
in Docket No. EF04-5101-000, which approved the same rate formula 
through June 7, 2009 (110 FERC 62,083).
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Power Repayment Studies

    The Contract requires that Western calculate the annual installment 
to be paid by the Customer for the power generated at the Amistad and 
Falcon Power Plants, in consultation with the United States Section of 
the International Boundary and Water Commission (U.S. Section), and 
submit it to the Customer in the form of a contract exhibit on or 
before August 31 of the year preceding the FY to which it pertains.
    Western calculates the annual installment based on 2 years of data. 
The calculation includes the projected costs of the rate installment 
year (future FY) and an adjustment from the last historic FY. The 
adjustment is the surplus or deficit that occurs in the last historic 
FY when actual costs and repayment obligations are subtracted from 
actual revenues. This surplus or deficit is combined with the projected 
rate installment year costs to arrive at the rate installment.

Statement of Revenue and Related Expenses

    The following table provides a summary of revenues and expenses for 
the current power rate formula and the actual revenues and expenses for 
the same period.

                     Amistad/Falcon Comparison of 6-Year Revenues and Expenses FY 2004-2009
                                                     ($000)
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                                                                  Projected from  \1\Actual from
                              Item                                  FY 2004 PRS     FY 2008 PRS     Difference
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Total Revenues..................................................          28,825          29,702             877
Revenues Distribution:
    O&M.........................................................          14,479          14,273           (206)
    Interest....................................................          11,629          11,743             114
    Repayment...................................................           2,717           2,775              58
     (Deficit)/Surplus..........................................  ..............             911             911
    Total Revenue Distribution..................................          28,825          29,702             877
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\1\ Although this rate process seeks approval for a 5-year period (FY 2009-2014), 6 years of data are shown in
  the above table due to FY 2009 data being an estimate, and is used for the current 2009 rate installment.

    The following table provides a summary of the projected revenues 
and expenses during the provisional power rate formula period.

       Amistad/Falcon 6-Year Projections\1\ Revenues and Expenses
                                 ($000)
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                                                           FY 2009-2014
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Total Revenues..........................................          28,789
Revenue Distribution:
    O&M.................................................          14,080
    Interest............................................          11,035
    Investment Repayment................................           3,674
      Total.............................................          28,789
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\1\ Although this rate process seeks approval for a 5-year period (FY
  2009-2014), 6 years of data are shown in the above table due to FY
  2009 data being an estimate, and is used for the current 2009 rate
  installment.

Availability of Information

    Information regarding this power rate formula renewal, including a 
PRS, letters, e-mail, and other supporting material made or kept by 
Western and used to develop the power rate formula, is available for 
public review at the Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, 
Western Area Power Administration, 150 East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 
300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Some of these documents are available at 
http://www.wapa.gov/crsp/ratescrsp/adjustments.htm under CRSP Rate 
Adjustment documents for the Amistad and Falcon Projects section.

Ratemaking Procedure Requirements

Environmental Compliance

    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 
1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.); Council on Environmental Quality 
Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508); and DOE NEPA Regulations (10 CFR 
part 1021), Western has determined that this action is categorically 
excluded from the preparation of an environmental assessment or 
environmental impact statement.

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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    The interim rate formula renewal herein confirmed, approved, and 
placed into effect on an interim basis, together with supporting 
documents, will be submitted to FERC for confirmation and approval on a 
final basis.

Order

    In view of the foregoing and under the authority delegated to me, I 
confirm and approve and place into effect on an

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interim basis a renewal of the rate formula, effective June 8, 2009. 
The rate formula shall remain in effect on an interim basis, pending 
FERC's confirmation and approval of this or a substitute rate formula 
on a final basis through June 7, 2014.

    Dated: June 15, 2009.
Daniel B. Poneman.
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. E9-14683 Filed 6-22-09; 8:45 am]
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