Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program Finding of No Significant Impact, 50026 [2013-19954]

Download as PDF 50026 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 159 / Friday, August 16, 2013 / Notices oral statement should request in writing to be scheduled on the agenda 5 days prior to the meeting date. Written comments and requests for time to present oral comments must be sent to Lynn Wright, RAC Committee Coordinator, 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA. 95501; Email: hwright02@fs.fed.us; or Facsimile: 707– 445–8677. A summary of the meeting will be posted at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ srnf/home within 21 days of the meeting. If you are a person requiring resonable accomodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices or other reasonable accomodation for access to the facility or procedings by contacting the person listed under For Further Information Contact. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis. Dated: August 9, 2013. Tyrone Kelley, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2013–19933 Filed 8–15–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program Finding of No Significant Impact Rural Utilities Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability of a Finding of No Significant Impact. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has made a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for implementing its new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program. The FONSI decision document is based on impact analysis documented in a programmatic environmental assessment of the new program that was issued for 30-day public comment beginning February 26, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deirdre M. Remley, Environmental Protection Specialist, RUS, Water and Environmental Programs, Engineering and Environmental Staff, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250–1571, Telephone: (202) 720–9640 or email: deirdre.remley@wdc.usda.gov. The FONSI is available online at http:// www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-ea.htm or you may contact Ms. Remley for a hard copy. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:06 Aug 15, 2013 Jkt 229001 On May 22, 2008, the U.S. Congress enacted the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) as Public Law 110–234. The 2008 Farm Bill amended Section 12 to authorize energy audits and energy efficiency measures and devices to reduce demand on electric systems. Section 6101 of the 2008 Farm Bill amended Sections 2(a) and 4 of the Rural Electrification Act (RE Act) by inserting ‘‘efficiency and’’ before ‘‘conservation’’ each place it appears. Under the authority of the ‘‘efficiency’’ provisions added to the RE Act by the 2008 Farm Bill, RUS proposes to amend 7 CFR part 1710 by adding a new subpart H entitled ‘‘Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program,’’ which expands upon policies and procedures specific to loans for a new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan program. The program would provide loans to eligible rural utility providers (Primary Recipients) who would act as intermediaries to make Energy Efficiency (EE) loans to consumers (Ultimate Recipients) in the Primary Recipients’ service territories for EE improvements at the Ultimate Recipients’ premises. This program is funded through existing authorizations and appropriations. RUS expects that $250 million per year will be dedicated to the EE program. On July 26, 2012, RUS published a proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register at 77 FR 43723, with a 60-day comment period, for the subpart H of 7 CFR part 1710, which would implement the EE program. The final rule will outline the procedures for providing loans to eligible Primary Recipients who will establish EE activities in their service territories and to pay reasonable administrative expenses associated with their loans under the program. The proposed rule defines an ‘‘Eligible Borrower’’ (Primary Recipient) as an electric utility that has direct or indirect responsibility for providing retail electric service to persons in a rural area. Certain financing actions taken by RUS are Federal actions subject to compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and RUS ‘‘Environmental Policies and Procedures’’ (7 CFR part 1794). The Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) considered two Federal actions under the new EE program: (1) Loans awarded by RUS to Primary Recipients, and (2) Loans and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 other EE activities that the Primary Recipient executes for the benefit of Ultimate Recipients. Based on its analysis in the PEA for the EE program, RUS has concluded that agency actions implementing the new program would have no significant impact to the quality of the human environment. Therefore, RUS will not prepare an environmental impact statement for its rulemaking adding subpart H to 7 CFR part 1710 nor its actions related to implementing the EE program. The FONSI will be available on RUS’s Web site at http:// www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-ea.htm. Dated: July 2, 2013. Nivin Elgohary, Assistant Administrator, Electric Programs, USDA, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2013–19954 Filed 8–15–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.: Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), intends to prepare a supplemental draft environmental impact statement (SDEIS) for Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s (Basin Electric) proposed Antelope Valley Station (AVS) to Neset 345-kV Transmission Project (Project) in North Dakota. RUS is issuing this Notice of Intent (NOI) to inform the public and interested parties about a change in the proposed Project and invite the public to comment on the scope, proposed action, and other issues to be addressed in the SDEIS. RUS made the decision to prepare an SDEIS for the AVS Project to evaluate significant project changes. These changes are due to an increase in the electric load forecast for western North Dakota which is changing the scope of the project. To accommodate this change, the SDEIS will evaluate a new alternative for the transmission line. The SDEIS will address the construction, operation, and maintenance of Basin Electric’s proposed Project. The Project includes construction, operation and maintenance of approximately 275 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program Finding of No 
Significant Impact

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability of a Finding of No Significant Impact.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has made a finding of no 
significant impact (FONSI) for implementing its new Energy Efficiency 
and Conservation Loan Program. The FONSI decision document is based on 
impact analysis documented in a programmatic environmental assessment 
of the new program that was issued for 30-day public comment beginning 
February 26, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deirdre M. Remley, Environmental 
Protection Specialist, RUS, Water and Environmental Programs, 
Engineering and Environmental Staff, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 
1571, Washington, DC 20250-1571, Telephone: (202) 720-9640 or email: 
deirdre.remley@wdc.usda.gov. The FONSI is available online at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-ea.htm or you may contact Ms. Remley for a hard 
copy.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 22, 2008, the U.S. Congress enacted 
the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) as 
Public Law 110-234. The 2008 Farm Bill amended Section 12 to authorize 
energy audits and energy efficiency measures and devices to reduce 
demand on electric systems. Section 6101 of the 2008 Farm Bill amended 
Sections 2(a) and 4 of the Rural Electrification Act (RE Act) by 
inserting ``efficiency and'' before ``conservation'' each place it 
appears. Under the authority of the ``efficiency'' provisions added to 
the RE Act by the 2008 Farm Bill, RUS proposes to amend 7 CFR part 1710 
by adding a new subpart H entitled ``Energy Efficiency and Conservation 
Loan Program,'' which expands upon policies and procedures specific to 
loans for a new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan program. The 
program would provide loans to eligible rural utility providers 
(Primary Recipients) who would act as intermediaries to make Energy 
Efficiency (EE) loans to consumers (Ultimate Recipients) in the Primary 
Recipients' service territories for EE improvements at the Ultimate 
Recipients' premises.
    This program is funded through existing authorizations and 
appropriations. RUS expects that $250 million per year will be 
dedicated to the EE program. On July 26, 2012, RUS published a proposed 
rulemaking in the Federal Register at 77 FR 43723, with a 60-day 
comment period, for the subpart H of 7 CFR part 1710, which would 
implement the EE program. The final rule will outline the procedures 
for providing loans to eligible Primary Recipients who will establish 
EE activities in their service territories and to pay reasonable 
administrative expenses associated with their loans under the program. 
The proposed rule defines an ``Eligible Borrower'' (Primary Recipient) 
as an electric utility that has direct or indirect responsibility for 
providing retail electric service to persons in a rural area.
    Certain financing actions taken by RUS are Federal actions subject 
to compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) 
regulations implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR 
parts 1500-1508), and RUS ``Environmental Policies and Procedures'' (7 
CFR part 1794). The Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) 
considered two Federal actions under the new EE program: (1) Loans 
awarded by RUS to Primary Recipients, and (2) Loans and other EE 
activities that the Primary Recipient executes for the benefit of 
Ultimate Recipients.
    Based on its analysis in the PEA for the EE program, RUS has 
concluded that agency actions implementing the new program would have 
no significant impact to the quality of the human environment. 
Therefore, RUS will not prepare an environmental impact statement for 
its rulemaking adding subpart H to 7 CFR part 1710 nor its actions 
related to implementing the EE program. The FONSI will be available on 
RUS's Web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-ea.htm.

    Dated: July 2, 2013.
Nivin Elgohary,
Assistant Administrator, Electric Programs, USDA, Rural Utilities 
Service.
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