Loveland Area Projects/Western Area Colorado Missouri Balancing Authority-Rate Order No. WAPA-154, 1429-1431 [2011-211]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 6 / Monday, January 10, 2011 / Notices The following is a list of off-therecord communications recently received by the Secretary of the Commission. The communications listed are grouped by docket numbers in ascending order. These filings are available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the eLibrary link. Enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits, in the Docket No. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–177 Filed 1–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP11–54–000] Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES December 29, 2010. Take notice that on December 16, 2010 Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC (FGT), 5444 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77056, filed in Docket No. CP11–54–000, a Prior Notice request pursuant to sections 157.205 and 157.216 of the Commission’s Regulations under the Natural Gas Act for authorization to abandon 0.4-mile segment of 24-inch mainline facilities located in Broward County, Florida. Specifically, FGT proposes to disconnect this 0.4-mile segment of 24inch mainline, then purge and grout this 24-inch mainline from approximate mile post (MP) 882.6 to MP 883.0, 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, contact FERC at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (866) 208–3676 or TTY, (202) 502–8659. Any questions regarding this Application should be directed to Stephen Veatch, Senior Director of Certificates & Tariffs, Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC, 5444 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77056, or call (713) 989–2024, or fax (713) 989–1158, or by e-mail Stephen.Veatch@sug.com. Any person may, within 60 days after the issuance of the instant notice by the VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:19 Jan 07, 2011 Jkt 223001 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 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. Persons who wish to comment only on the environmental review of this project should submit an original and two copies of their comments to the Secretary of the Commission. Environmental commenters will be placed on the Commission’s environmental mailing list, will receive copies of the environmental documents, and will be notified of meetings associated with the Commission’s environmental review process. Environmental commenters will not be required to serve copies of filed documents on all other parties. However, the non-party commentary, will not receive copies of all documents filed by other parties or issued by the Commission (except for the mailing of environmental documents issued by the Commission) and will not have the right to seek court review of the Commission’s final order. 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. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–180 Filed 1–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P PO 00000 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 for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. File date Exempt: 1. P–2079–000 ................................................................................................................... Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1429 12–21–10 Presenter or requester Hon. Dianne Feinstein. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Loveland Area Projects/Western Area Colorado Missouri Balancing Authority—Rate Order No. WAPA–154 Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Rate Order Temporarily Extending Loveland Area Projects Transmission and Western Area Colorado Missouri Balancing Authority Ancillary Services Formula Rates. AGENCY: This action is being taken to temporarily extend the existing Loveland Area Projects (LAP) Transmission and Western Area Colorado Missouri Balancing Authority (WACM) Ancillary Services Formula Rates through February 28, 2013. The existing transmission and ancillary services formula rates will expire February 28, 2011, with the exception of the Regulation and Frequency Response Service formula rate which expires May 31, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bradley S. Warren, Regional Manager, Rocky Mountain Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 3700, Loveland, CO 80539–3003, (970) 461– 7201, e-mail warren@wapa.gov, or Ms. Sheila Cook, Rates Manager, Rocky Mountain Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 3700, Loveland, CO 80539–3003, (970) 461– 7211, e-mail scook@wapa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration (Western); (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). SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10JAN1.SGM 10JAN1 1430 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 6 / Monday, January 10, 2011 / Notices srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES The existing formula rates approved under Rate Order No. WAPA–106 1 became effective on March 1, 2004, through February 28, 2009. The rates, with the exception of Rate Schedule L– AS3, were extended through February 28, 2011, under Rate Order No. WAPA– 141.2 Rate Schedule L–AS3, Regulation and Frequency Response Service, was revised and approved under Rate Order No. WAPA–118,3 which became effective June 1, 2006, through May 31, 2011. The existing rate formulae methodology collects annual revenue sufficient to recover annual expenses, including interest and capital requirements, thus ensuring repayment of the project costs within the cost recovery criteria set forth in DOE Order RA 6120.2. Since the rate formulas were originally extended, Western has worked both internally and with customers to evaluate new rate requirements and develop new rate formulas for transmission and ancillary services. These new requirements are necessary to address Western’s revised Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) that was submitted to FERC in October 2009 and approved by FERC on December 2, 2010, pending an acceptable compliance filing.4 Western also made the decision that the Rocky Mountain and Desert Southwest Regional Offices would work together in an attempt to make their ancillary service rate formulas consistent to the extent possible as a result of the operations consolidation of the two Regions. These are complex issues that have taken a considerable amount of time to resolve. As a result, pursuant to 10 CFR 903.23 (b), Western is again temporarily extending the existing LAP Transmission and WACM Ancillary Services Formula Rates, including Rate Schedule L–AS3, through February 28, 2013, or until the rate schedules are superseded. This extension will provide the time Western needs to complete the informal and formal public process associated with the new rate formulas. Western did not have a consultation and comment period and did not hold public information and comment forums for this extension, in accordance with 10 CFR 903.23(b). Following review of Western’s proposal with DOE, 1 WAPA–106 was approved by FERC on a final basis on January 31, 2005, in Docket No. EF–04– 5182–000 (110 FERC ¶ 62,084). 2 WAPA–141 Extension of Rate Order No. WAPA 106, 2-year extension through February 28, 2011. 73 FR 48382, August 19, 2008. 3 WAPA–118 was approved by FERC on a final basis on November 17, 2006, in Docket No. EF–06– 5182–000 (117 FERC ¶ 62,163). 4 Western Area Power Administration, 133 FERC ¶ 61,193 (2010). VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:19 Jan 07, 2011 Jkt 223001 I hereby approve Rate Order No. WAPA–154 which temporarily extends the existing LAP Transmission and WACM Ancillary Services rate schedules L–NT1, L–FPT1, L–NFPT1,L– AS1, L–AS2, L–AS3, L–AS4, L–AS5, L– AS6 and L–AS7 through February 28, 2013. Dated: December 30, 2010. Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary. Order Confirming and Approving a Temporary Extension of the Loveland Area Projects Transmission and Western Area Colorado Missouri Balancing Authority Ancillary Services Formula Rates Section 302(a) of the Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7152) transferred to and vested in the Secretary of Energy the power marketing functions of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation under the Reclamation Act of 1902 (ch. 1093, 32 Stat. 388), as amended and supplemented by subsequent laws, particularly section 9(c) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)), and other acts that specifically apply to the project involved. By Delegation Order No. 00–037.00 effective December 6, 2001, the Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) The authority to develop power and transmission rates to the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration (Western); (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). This rate extension is issued pursuant to the Delegation Order and the DOE rate extension procedures at 10 CFR 903.23(b). Background Under Rate Order No. WAPA–106, the existing formula rates were approved for five (5) years. They were extended, with the exception of Rate Schedule L–AS3, under Rate Order No. WAPA–141, effective through February 28, 2011. Rate Schedule L–AS3, Regulation and Frequency Response Service, was revised and approved through May 31, 2011, under Rate Order No. WAPA–118. Western temporarily extends all transmission and ancillary service formula rates, including Rate Schedule L–AS3. PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Discussion Western temporarily extends the existing LAP Transmission and WACM Ancillary Services formula rates pursuant to 10 CFR 903.23(b). The existing rate formula methodologies collect annual revenue sufficient to recover annual expenses (including interest) and capital requirements, thus ensuring repayment of the project costs within the cost recovery criteria set forth in DOE Order RA 6120.2. Since the rate formulas were originally extended, Western has worked both internally and with customers to evaluate new rate requirements and develop new rate formulas for transmission and ancillary services. These new requirements are necessary to address Western’s revised Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) that was submitted to FERC in October 2009 and approved by FERC on December 2, 2010, pending an acceptable compliance filing. Western also made the decision that the Rocky Mountain and Desert Southwest Regional Offices would work together in an attempt to make their ancillary service rate formulas consistent to the extent possible as a result of the operations consolidation of the two Regions. These are complex issues that have taken a considerable amount of time to resolve. As a result, pursuant to 10 CFR 903.23 (b), Western is again temporarily extending the existing LAP Transmission and WACM Ancillary Services Formula Rates, including Rate Schedule L–AS3, through February 28, 2013, or until the rate schedules are superseded. This extension will provide the time Western needs to complete the informal and formal public process associated with the new rate formulas. The process to evaluate new rate requirements for transmission and ancillary services is complex and will take several months to complete. During this time, Western will hold public forums to provide interested parties with relevant information and the opportunity to comment on Western’s proposals. For these reasons, Western extends existing rate schedules L–NT1, L–FPT1, L–NFPT1, L–AS1, L–AS2, L– AS3, L–AS4, L–AS5, L–AS6 and L–AS7. Western did not have a consultation and comment period and did not hold public information and comment forums for this extension, in accordance with 10 CFR 903.23(b). Order In view of the above and under the authority delegated to me, I hereby extend for a period effective from March 1, 2011, through February 28, 2013, the existing rate schedules L–NT1, L–FPT1, E:\FR\FM\10JAN1.SGM 10JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 6 / Monday, January 10, 2011 / Notices National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology or moreau.megan@epa.gov by Friday, January 14, 2011. The public is welcome to attend all portions of the meeting, but seating is limited and is allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Members of the public wishing to attend should contact Megan Moreau at (202) 564– 5320 or moreau.megan@epa.gov by January 14, 2011. Meeting Access: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Megan Moreau at (202) 564–5320 or moreau.megan@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Megan, preferably 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of Meeting. Dated: January 5, 2011. Timothy Sherer, Acting Designated Federal Officer. L–NFPT1, L–AS1, L–AS2, L–AS3, L– AS4, L–AS5, L–AS6 and L–AS7 for LAP Transmission and WACM Ancillary Services. Dated: December 30, 2010. Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–211 Filed 1–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9250–3] AGENCY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a public meeting of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NACEPT represents diverse interests from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and local, State, and Tribal governments. The Council will continue discussing the workplans it is developing to respond to EPA’s request for advice on workforce issues the Agency is facing and how EPA can best address the needs of vulnerable populations. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http:// www.epa.gov/ofacmo/nacept/calnacept.htm. DATES: NACEPT will hold a public meeting on Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, January 21, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Due to logistical circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days public notice. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington Hotel 815 14th Street, NW., in Washington, DC 20005, phone number 202–783– 7800. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Joyce, Acting Designated Federal Officer, joyce.mark@epa.gov, (202) 564– 2130, U.S. EPA, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Requests to make oral comments or to provide written comments to NACEPT should be sent to Megan Moreau at (202) 564–5320 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:19 Jan 07, 2011 Jkt 223001 [FR Doc. 2011–220 Filed 1–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9249–9] Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of New Mexico United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of tentative approval. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the State of New Mexico is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. New Mexico has adopted the Ground Water Rule (GWR), the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2) and the Stage 2 Disinfection By Products Rule (ST2). The purpose of these rules is to improve control and reduce the risk of microbial pathogens in drinking water and to address risk trade-offs with disinfection byproducts. EPA has determined that the GWR, LT2, and ST2 revisions submitted by New Mexico are no less stringent than the corresponding Federal regulation. Therefore, EPA intends to approve the program revisions. DATES: All interested parties may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing must be submitted by February 9, 2011 to the Regional Administrator at the EPA Region 6 address shown below. Frivolous or insubstantial requests for a hearing may be denied by the Regional Administrator. However, if a substantial request for a public hearing is made by February 9, 2011, a public hearing will be held. If no timely and appropriate SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 1431 request for a hearing is received and the Regional Administrator does not elect to hold a hearing on his own motion, this determination shall become final and effective on February 9, 2011. Any request for a public hearing shall include the following information: The name, address, and telephone number of the individual, organization, or other entity requesting a hearing; a brief statement of the requesting person’s interest in the Regional Administrator’s determination and a brief statement of the information that the requesting person intends to submit at such hearing; and the signature of the individual making the request, or, if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the signature of a responsible official of the organization or other entity. ADDRESSES: All documents relating to this determination are available for inspection between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the following offices: New Mexico Environment Department, Drinking Water Bureau, 525 Camino De Los Marquez, Suite 4, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505 and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6, Drinking Water Section (6WQ–SD), 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas 75202. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Hurlbut or Dzung Kim Ngo Kidd, EPA Region 6, Drinking Water Section at the Dallas address given above or at telephone 214–665–8305/7158 (Hurlbut/Ngo Kidd), or by e-mail (hurlbut.bill@epa.gov, ngo.kim@epa.gov). Authority: Section 1413 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended (1996), and 40 CFR part 142 of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations. Dated: December 22, 2010. Carl E. Edlund, Acting Regional Administrator, Region 6. In accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act as amended, and 40 CFR 142, the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation, the State of New Mexico proposes to revise its approved Public Water System Supervision Primacy Program. This is the program which oversees drinking water facilities in New Mexico. Specifically, New Mexico has revised adopted drinking water regulations including the Ground Water Rule (GWR), the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2), and the Stage 2 Disinfection By Products Rule (ST2). EPA has determined that these GWR, LT2, and ST2 revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding Federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends to approve these program revisions. [FR Doc. 2011–244 Filed 1–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P E:\FR\FM\10JAN1.SGM 10JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Loveland Area Projects/Western Area Colorado Missouri Balancing 
Authority--Rate Order No. WAPA-154

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of Rate Order Temporarily Extending Loveland Area 
Projects Transmission and Western Area Colorado Missouri Balancing 
Authority Ancillary Services Formula Rates.

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SUMMARY: This action is being taken to temporarily extend the existing 
Loveland Area Projects (LAP) Transmission and Western Area Colorado 
Missouri Balancing Authority (WACM) Ancillary Services Formula Rates 
through February 28, 2013. The existing transmission and ancillary 
services formula rates will expire February 28, 2011, with the 
exception of the Regulation and Frequency Response Service formula rate 
which expires May 31, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bradley S. Warren, Regional 
Manager, Rocky Mountain Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. 
Box 3700, Loveland, CO 80539-3003, (970) 461-7201, e-mail 
warren@wapa.gov, or Ms. Sheila Cook, Rates Manager, Rocky Mountain 
Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 3700, Loveland, CO 
80539-3003, (970) 461-7211, e-mail scook@wapa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 the Administrator of the 
Western Area Power Administration (Western); (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).

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    The existing formula rates approved under Rate Order No. WAPA-106 
\1\ became effective on March 1, 2004, through February 28, 2009. The 
rates, with the exception of Rate Schedule L-AS3, were extended through 
February 28, 2011, under Rate Order No. WAPA-141.\2\ Rate Schedule L-
AS3, Regulation and Frequency Response Service, was revised and 
approved under Rate Order No. WAPA-118,\3\ which became effective June 
1, 2006, through May 31, 2011. The existing rate formulae methodology 
collects annual revenue sufficient to recover annual expenses, 
including interest and capital requirements, thus ensuring repayment of 
the project costs within the cost recovery criteria set forth in DOE 
Order RA 6120.2. Since the rate formulas were originally extended, 
Western has worked both internally and with customers to evaluate new 
rate requirements and develop new rate formulas for transmission and 
ancillary services. These new requirements are necessary to address 
Western's revised Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) that was 
submitted to FERC in October 2009 and approved by FERC on December 2, 
2010, pending an acceptable compliance filing.\4\ Western also made the 
decision that the Rocky Mountain and Desert Southwest Regional Offices 
would work together in an attempt to make their ancillary service rate 
formulas consistent to the extent possible as a result of the 
operations consolidation of the two Regions. These are complex issues 
that have taken a considerable amount of time to resolve. As a result, 
pursuant to 10 CFR 903.23 (b), Western is again temporarily extending 
the existing LAP Transmission and WACM Ancillary Services Formula 
Rates, including Rate Schedule L-AS3, through February 28, 2013, or 
until the rate schedules are superseded. This extension will provide 
the time Western needs to complete the informal and formal public 
process associated with the new rate formulas.
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    \1\ WAPA-106 was approved by FERC on a final basis on January 
31, 2005, in Docket No. EF-04-5182-000 (110 FERC ] 62,084).
    \2\ WAPA-141 Extension of Rate Order No. WAPA 106, 2-year 
extension through February 28, 2011. 73 FR 48382, August 19, 2008.
    \3\ WAPA-118 was approved by FERC on a final basis on November 
17, 2006, in Docket No. EF-06-5182-000 (117 FERC ] 62,163).
    \4\ Western Area Power Administration, 133 FERC ] 61,193 (2010).
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    Western did not have a consultation and comment period and did not 
hold public information and comment forums for this extension, in 
accordance with 10 CFR 903.23(b). Following review of Western's 
proposal with DOE, I hereby approve Rate Order No. WAPA-154 which 
temporarily extends the existing LAP Transmission and WACM Ancillary 
Services rate schedules L-NT1, L-FPT1, L-NFPT1,L-AS1, L-AS2, L-AS3, L-
AS4, L-AS5, L-AS6 and L-AS7 through February 28, 2013.

    Dated: December 30, 2010.
Daniel B. Poneman,
Deputy Secretary.

Order Confirming and Approving a Temporary Extension of the Loveland 
Area Projects Transmission and Western Area Colorado Missouri Balancing 
Authority Ancillary Services Formula Rates

    Section 302(a) of the Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act 
(42 U.S.C. 7152) transferred to and vested in the Secretary of Energy 
the power marketing functions of the Secretary of the Department of the 
Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation under the Reclamation Act of 
1902 (ch. 1093, 32 Stat. 388), as amended and supplemented by 
subsequent laws, particularly section 9(c) of the Reclamation Project 
Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)), and other acts that specifically apply 
to the project involved.
    By Delegation Order No. 00-037.00 effective December 6, 2001, the 
Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) The authority to develop power and 
transmission rates to the Administrator of the Western Area Power 
Administration (Western); (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). This rate 
extension is issued pursuant to the Delegation Order and the DOE rate 
extension procedures at 10 CFR 903.23(b).

Background

    Under Rate Order No. WAPA-106, the existing formula rates were 
approved for five (5) years. They were extended, with the exception of 
Rate Schedule L-AS3, under Rate Order No. WAPA-141, effective through 
February 28, 2011. Rate Schedule L-AS3, Regulation and Frequency 
Response Service, was revised and approved through May 31, 2011, under 
Rate Order No. WAPA-118. Western temporarily extends all transmission 
and ancillary service formula rates, including Rate Schedule L-AS3.

Discussion

    Western temporarily extends the existing LAP Transmission and WACM 
Ancillary Services formula rates pursuant to 10 CFR 903.23(b). The 
existing rate formula methodologies collect annual revenue sufficient 
to recover annual expenses (including interest) and capital 
requirements, thus ensuring repayment of the project costs within the 
cost recovery criteria set forth in DOE Order RA 6120.2. Since the rate 
formulas were originally extended, Western has worked both internally 
and with customers to evaluate new rate requirements and develop new 
rate formulas for transmission and ancillary services. These new 
requirements are necessary to address Western's revised Open Access 
Transmission Tariff (OATT) that was submitted to FERC in October 2009 
and approved by FERC on December 2, 2010, pending an acceptable 
compliance filing. Western also made the decision that the Rocky 
Mountain and Desert Southwest Regional Offices would work together in 
an attempt to make their ancillary service rate formulas consistent to 
the extent possible as a result of the operations consolidation of the 
two Regions. These are complex issues that have taken a considerable 
amount of time to resolve. As a result, pursuant to 10 CFR 903.23 (b), 
Western is again temporarily extending the existing LAP Transmission 
and WACM Ancillary Services Formula Rates, including Rate Schedule L-
AS3, through February 28, 2013, or until the rate schedules are 
superseded. This extension will provide the time Western needs to 
complete the informal and formal public process associated with the new 
rate formulas.
    The process to evaluate new rate requirements for transmission and 
ancillary services is complex and will take several months to complete. 
During this time, Western will hold public forums to provide interested 
parties with relevant information and the opportunity to comment on 
Western's proposals. For these reasons, Western extends existing rate 
schedules L-NT1, L-FPT1, L-NFPT1, L-AS1, L-AS2, L-AS3, L-AS4, L-AS5, L-
AS6 and L-AS7. Western did not have a consultation and comment period 
and did not hold public information and comment forums for this 
extension, in accordance with 10 CFR 903.23(b).

Order

    In view of the above and under the authority delegated to me, I 
hereby extend for a period effective from March 1, 2011, through 
February 28, 2013, the existing rate schedules L-NT1, L-FPT1,

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L-NFPT1, L-AS1, L-AS2, L-AS3, L-AS4, L-AS5, L-AS6 and L-AS7 for LAP 
Transmission and WACM Ancillary Services.

    Dated: December 30, 2010.

Daniel B. Poneman,
Deputy Secretary.

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