Robert D. Willis Power Rate, 40609-40610 [2012-16815]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 132 / Tuesday, July 10, 2012 / Notices issued by the Public Utility Commission of Texas in PUC Docket No. 37361 1 fails to implement PURPA and the Commission’s Regulations.2 Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. On or before the comment date, it is not necessary to serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and 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 email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on July 30, 2012. Dated: July 2, 2012. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2012–16753 Filed 7–9–12; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 6717–01–P 1 See Application of Southwestern Public Service Company for Authority to Revise its Tariff for Purchase of Non-Firm Energy from Qualifying Facilities, PUC Docket No. 37361, Order of Aug. 19 2010, superseded by Order on Rehearing of Oct. 6, 2010. 2 18 CFR part 292 (2012). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:28 Jul 09, 2012 Jkt 226001 FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. PR12–30–000] SourceGas Distribution LLC; Notice of Petition for Rate Approval and Revised Statement of Operating Conditions Take notice that on June 29, 2012, SourceGas Distribution LLC (SourceGas) filed a Rate Election and revised Statement of Operating Conditions (SOC) pursuant to sections 284.123 and 284.224 of the Commission’s regulations, (18 CFR 284.123 and 284.224). SourceGas proposes to utilize rates that are the same as those contained in SourceGas’ transportation rate schedules for comparable intrastate service on file with the Public Service Commission of Wyoming. In addition, SourceGas proposes to make certain housekeeping revisions to its SOC as more fully detailed in the petition. Any person desiring to participate in this rate filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the date as indicated below. Anyone filing an intervention or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant. Anyone filing an intervention or protest on or before the intervention or protest date need not serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 7 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 email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40609 Dated: July 2, 2012. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2012–16748 Filed 7–9–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Southwestern Power Administration Robert D. Willis Power Rate Southwestern Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of public review and comment. AGENCY: The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), has prepared Current and Revised 2012 Power Repayment Studies which show the need for an increase in annual revenues to meet cost recovery criteria. Such increased revenues are needed to cover increased costs associated with operating and maintaining the facilities as well as increased costs associated with compliance requirements of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. Additional revenues are also needed to recover increased costs associated with investments and replacements to the hydroelectric generating facilities. The Administrator has developed a proposed Robert D. Willis rate schedule, which is supported by a power repayment study, to recover the required revenues. The June 2012 Revised Power Repayment Study indicates that the proposed rate schedule would increase annual revenues approximately 15.4 percent from $929,388 to $1,072,332 effective October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2016.1 DATES: The consultation and comment period will begin on the date of publication of this Federal Register notice and will end on August 9, 2012. If requested, a combined Public Information and Comment Forum (Forum) will be held on July 31, 2012, in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 9 a.m. Persons desiring the Forum to be held should indicate in writing to the Southwestern Administrator (see FOR FUTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) by letter, email or facsimile transmission (918– SUMMARY: 1 FERC on April 27, 2009 confirmed and approved the existing Robert D. Willis rate for the period October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2012. See 127 FERC ¶ 62072. E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 40610 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 132 / Tuesday, July 10, 2012 / Notices 595–6656) by July 16, 2012, their intent to appear at such Forum. ADDRESSES: The Forum will be held in Southwestern’s office, Room 1460, Williams Center Tower I, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James K. McDonald, Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103, (918) 595–6690, jim.mcdonald@swpa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Originally established by Secretarial Order No. 1865 dated August 31, 1943, Southwestern is an agency within the U.S. Department of Energy created by the Department of Energy Organization Act, Public Law 95–91, dated August 4, 1977. Guidelines for preparation of power repayment studies are included in DOE Order No. RA 6120.2 entitled Power Marketing Administration Financial Reporting. Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments of the Power Marketing Administrations are found at title 10, part 903, subpart A of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR part 903). Procedures for the confirmation and approval of rates for the Federal Power Marketing Administrations are found at title 18, part 300, subpart L of the Code of Federal Regulations (18 CFR part 300). Southwestern markets power from 24 multi-purpose reservoir projects with hydroelectric power facilities constructed and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). These projects are located in the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Southwestern’s marketing area includes these States plus Kansas and Louisiana. The costs associated with the hydropower facilities of 22 of the 24 projects are repaid via revenues received under the Integrated System rates, as are those of Southwestern’s transmission facilities, which consist of 1,380 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, 25 substations, and 46 microwave and VHF radio sites. Costs associated with the Sam Rayburn and Robert D. Willis Dams, two Corps projects that are isolated hydraulically, electrically, and financially from the Integrated System, are repaid by separate rate schedules. Following Department of Energy guidelines, the Administrator, Southwestern, prepared a Current Power Repayment Study using the existing rate. The Study indicates that Southwestern’s legal requirement to repay the investment in power generating facility for power and energy marketed by Southwestern will not be VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:28 Jul 09, 2012 Jkt 226001 met without an increase in annual revenues. The need for increased revenues is due to increased costs associated with annual operations and maintenance and to recover increased investments and replacements in the Corps hydroelectric generating facility. The Revised Power Repayment Study shows that additional annual revenues of $142,944 (a 15.4 percent increase) are needed to satisfy repayment criteria. Because of concerns expressed by Southwestern’s customers, during their informal participation in the development of the Power Repayment Studies, regarding the magnitude of the proposed increase, Southwestern is proposing to increase revenue in two steps over a two-year period. Since our current rates are sufficient to recover all average operation and maintenance expenses during the next two years, our ability to meet both annual and longterm repayment criteria is satisfied by increasing revenues in steps over the period. The first step of the rate increase, beginning October 1, 2012, would incorporate one half of the required revenue or 7.7 percent ($71,472). The second step of the rate increase, beginning October 1, 2013, and ending on September 30, 2016, would incorporate the remaining one half of the revenue requirement ($71,472 or 7.7 percent). Southwestern will continue to perform its Power Repayment Studies annually, and if the 2013 results should indicate the need for additional revenues, another rate filing will be conducted and updated revenue requirements implemented for FY 2013 and thereafter. Opportunity is presented for Southwestern’s customers and other interested parties to receive copies of the Robert D. Willis Studies and the proposed rate schedule. If you desire a copy of the Robert D. Willis Power Repayment Studies with the proposed Rate Schedule, submit your request to the Director, Division of Resources and Rates, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third, Tulsa, OK 74103, (918) 595–6680 or via email to swparates@swpa.gov. A Public Information and Comment Forum (Forum) is tentatively scheduled to be held on July 31, 2012, to explain to customers and interested parties the proposed rate and supporting studies and to allow for comments. A chairman, who will be responsible for orderly procedure, will conduct the Forum if a Forum is requested. Questions concerning the rate, studies, and information presented at the Forum will be answered, to the extent possible, at PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 the Forum. Questions not answered at the Forum will be answered in writing. Questions involving voluminous data contained in Southwestern’s records may best be answered by consultation and review of pertinent records at Southwestern’s offices. Persons desiring the Forum to be held should indicate in writing to the Southwestern Administrator (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) by letter, email or facsimile transmission (918– 595–6656) by July 16, 2012, their intent to appear at such Forum. If no one so indicates his or her intent to attend, no such Forum will be held. Persons interested in speaking at the Forum should submit a request to Mr. James K. McDonald, Administrator, Southwestern, at least seven (7) calendar days prior to the Forum so that a list of forum participants can be developed. The chairman may allow others to speak if time permits. A transcript of the Forum will be made. Copies of the transcript and all documents introduced will be available for review at Southwestern’s offices (see ADDRESSES) during normal business hours. Copies of the transcript and all documents introduced may also be obtained, for a fee, from the transcribing service. A copy of all written comments or an electronic copy in MS Word on the proposed Robert D. Willis Rate is due on or before August 9, 2012. Comments should be submitted to Mr. James K. McDonald, Administrator, Southwestern (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Following review of the oral and written comments and the information gathered in the course of the proceeding, the Administrator will submit the finalized Robert D. Willis Rate Proposal and Power Repayment Studies in support of the proposed rate to the Deputy Secretary of Energy for confirmation and approval on an interim basis, and subsequently to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) for confirmation and approval on a final basis. The Commission will allow the public an opportunity to provide written comments on the proposed rate increase before making a final decision. Dated: June 28, 2012. James K. McDonald, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2012–16815 Filed 7–9–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 132 (Tuesday, July 10, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 40609-40610]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16815]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Southwestern Power Administration


Robert D. Willis Power Rate

AGENCY: Southwestern Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of public review and comment.

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SUMMARY: The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration 
(Southwestern), has prepared Current and Revised 2012 Power Repayment 
Studies which show the need for an increase in annual revenues to meet 
cost recovery criteria. Such increased revenues are needed to cover 
increased costs associated with operating and maintaining the 
facilities as well as increased costs associated with compliance 
requirements of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. 
Additional revenues are also needed to recover increased costs 
associated with investments and replacements to the hydroelectric 
generating facilities. The Administrator has developed a proposed 
Robert D. Willis rate schedule, which is supported by a power repayment 
study, to recover the required revenues. The June 2012 Revised Power 
Repayment Study indicates that the proposed rate schedule would 
increase annual revenues approximately 15.4 percent from $929,388 to 
$1,072,332 effective October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2016.\1\
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    \1\ FERC on April 27, 2009 confirmed and approved the existing 
Robert D. Willis rate for the period October 1, 2008 through 
September 30, 2012. See 127 FERC ] 62072.

DATES: The consultation and comment period will begin on the date of 
publication of this Federal Register notice and will end on August 9, 
2012. If requested, a combined Public Information and Comment Forum 
(Forum) will be held on July 31, 2012, in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 9 a.m.
    Persons desiring the Forum to be held should indicate in writing to 
the Southwestern Administrator (see FOR FUTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) by 
letter, email or facsimile transmission (918-

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595-6656) by July 16, 2012, their intent to appear at such Forum.

ADDRESSES: The Forum will be held in Southwestern's office, Room 1460, 
Williams Center Tower I, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Originally established by Secretarial Order 
No. 1865 dated August 31, 1943, Southwestern is an agency within the 
U.S. Department of Energy created by the Department of Energy 
Organization Act, Public Law 95-91, dated August 4, 1977. Guidelines 
for preparation of power repayment studies are included in DOE Order 
No. RA 6120.2 entitled Power Marketing Administration Financial 
Reporting. Procedures for Public Participation in Power and 
Transmission Rate Adjustments of the Power Marketing Administrations 
are found at title 10, part 903, subpart A of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR part 903). Procedures for the confirmation and 
approval of rates for the Federal Power Marketing Administrations are 
found at title 18, part 300, subpart L of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (18 CFR part 300).
    Southwestern markets power from 24 multi-purpose reservoir projects 
with hydroelectric power facilities constructed and operated by the 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). These projects are located in the 
states of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Southwestern's 
marketing area includes these States plus Kansas and Louisiana. The 
costs associated with the hydropower facilities of 22 of the 24 
projects are repaid via revenues received under the Integrated System 
rates, as are those of Southwestern's transmission facilities, which 
consist of 1,380 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, 25 
substations, and 46 microwave and VHF radio sites. Costs associated 
with the Sam Rayburn and Robert D. Willis Dams, two Corps projects that 
are isolated hydraulically, electrically, and financially from the 
Integrated System, are repaid by separate rate schedules.
    Following Department of Energy guidelines, the Administrator, 
Southwestern, prepared a Current Power Repayment Study using the 
existing rate. The Study indicates that Southwestern's legal 
requirement to repay the investment in power generating facility for 
power and energy marketed by Southwestern will not be met without an 
increase in annual revenues. The need for increased revenues is due to 
increased costs associated with annual operations and maintenance and 
to recover increased investments and replacements in the Corps 
hydroelectric generating facility. The Revised Power Repayment Study 
shows that additional annual revenues of $142,944 (a 15.4 percent 
increase) are needed to satisfy repayment criteria.
    Because of concerns expressed by Southwestern's customers, during 
their informal participation in the development of the Power Repayment 
Studies, regarding the magnitude of the proposed increase, Southwestern 
is proposing to increase revenue in two steps over a two-year period. 
Since our current rates are sufficient to recover all average operation 
and maintenance expenses during the next two years, our ability to meet 
both annual and long-term repayment criteria is satisfied by increasing 
revenues in steps over the period.
    The first step of the rate increase, beginning October 1, 2012, 
would incorporate one half of the required revenue or 7.7 percent 
($71,472). The second step of the rate increase, beginning October 1, 
2013, and ending on September 30, 2016, would incorporate the remaining 
one half of the revenue requirement ($71,472 or 7.7 percent). 
Southwestern will continue to perform its Power Repayment Studies 
annually, and if the 2013 results should indicate the need for 
additional revenues, another rate filing will be conducted and updated 
revenue requirements implemented for FY 2013 and thereafter.
    Opportunity is presented for Southwestern's customers and other 
interested parties to receive copies of the Robert D. Willis Studies 
and the proposed rate schedule. If you desire a copy of the Robert D. 
Willis Power Repayment Studies with the proposed Rate Schedule, submit 
your request to the Director, Division of Resources and Rates, Office 
of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, One West 
Third, Tulsa, OK 74103, (918) 595-6680 or via email to 
swparates@swpa.gov.
    A Public Information and Comment Forum (Forum) is tentatively 
scheduled to be held on July 31, 2012, to explain to customers and 
interested parties the proposed rate and supporting studies and to 
allow for comments. A chairman, who will be responsible for orderly 
procedure, will conduct the Forum if a Forum is requested. Questions 
concerning the rate, studies, and information presented at the Forum 
will be answered, to the extent possible, at the Forum. Questions not 
answered at the Forum will be answered in writing. Questions involving 
voluminous data contained in Southwestern's records may best be 
answered by consultation and review of pertinent records at 
Southwestern's offices.
    Persons desiring the Forum to be held should indicate in writing to 
the Southwestern Administrator (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) by 
letter, email or facsimile transmission (918-595-6656) by July 16, 
2012, their intent to appear at such Forum. If no one so indicates his 
or her intent to attend, no such Forum will be held. Persons interested 
in speaking at the Forum should submit a request to Mr. James K. 
McDonald, Administrator, Southwestern, at least seven (7) calendar days 
prior to the Forum so that a list of forum participants can be 
developed. The chairman may allow others to speak if time permits.
    A transcript of the Forum will be made. Copies of the transcript 
and all documents introduced will be available for review at 
Southwestern's offices (see ADDRESSES) during normal business hours. 
Copies of the transcript and all documents introduced may also be 
obtained, for a fee, from the transcribing service. A copy of all 
written comments or an electronic copy in MS Word on the proposed 
Robert D. Willis Rate is due on or before August 9, 2012. Comments 
should be submitted to Mr. James K. McDonald, Administrator, 
Southwestern (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).
    Following review of the oral and written comments and the 
information gathered in the course of the proceeding, the Administrator 
will submit the finalized Robert D. Willis Rate Proposal and Power 
Repayment Studies in support of the proposed rate to the Deputy 
Secretary of Energy for confirmation and approval on an interim basis, 
and subsequently to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
(Commission) for confirmation and approval on a final basis. The 
Commission will allow the public an opportunity to provide written 
comments on the proposed rate increase before making a final decision.

    Dated: June 28, 2012.
James K. McDonald,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2012-16815 Filed 7-9-12; 8:45 am]
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