Loveland Area Projects, Colorado River Storage Project, Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project, Central Arizona Project, and Parker-Davis Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-163, 66695-66696 [2013-26572]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 215 / Wednesday, November 6, 2013 / Notices Dated: November 1, 2013. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Loveland Area Projects, Colorado River Storage Project, Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project, Central Arizona Project, and Parker-Davis Project—Rate Order No. WAPA–163 [FR Doc. 2013–26596 Filed 11–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Notice of Availability for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Announcement of Public Hearings for the Proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express Transmission Line Project; Correction AGENCY: U.S. Department of Energy. Notice of availability and public hearings; correction. 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ACTION: Notice of Proposed Formula Rates for Western Area Power Administration (Western) Transmission Projects to Enter into WestConnect’s Point-to-Point Regional Transmission Service Participation Agreement (PA). AGENCY: [OE Docket No. PP–362] Jkt 232001 Western is proposing new formula rates to participate in WestConnect’s PA. The proposed formula rates under Rate Schedule WC– 8 would become effective June 1, 2014, and remain in effect through May 30, 2019. Western, along with other WestConnect participants (Participants), has participated in the WestConnect Pricing Experiment (Experiment) since its inception in June 2009. On June 28, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order (143 FERC ¶ 61,291) conditionally accepting the PA and regional tariffs. FERC ordered that the Participants in the filing submit separate compliance filings. Western has determined that no changes are necessary to Western’s Open Access Transmission Tariff (Tariff) because Western will continue to offer this transmission service under the existing Tariff Schedule 8. For Western to implement the permanent arrangement, however, Western needs to adopt new formula rates. Publication of this Federal Register notice begins the formal process for the proposed formula rates. DATES: The consultation and comment period will begin today and will end December 6, 2013. Western will accept written comments any time during the consultation and comment period. The proposed action constitutes a minor rate adjustment as defined by 10 CFR part 903. As such, Western has determined it is not necessary to hold a public information or public comment forum. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Ms. Lynn C. Jeka, Colorado River Storage Project Manager, Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, 150 East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111–1580, fax (801) 524–5017, or email WestConnect@ wapa.gov. Western will post information about the rate process on its Web site at http://www.wapa.gov/dsw/ SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 66695 pwrmkt/WestConnect/Default.htm. Western will post official comments received to its Web site after the close of the comment period. Western must receive comments by the end of the consultation and comment period to ensure they are considered in Western’s decision process. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Hackett, Rates Team Lead, Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, 150 East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111–1580, telephone (801) 524– 5503, or email hackett@wapa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: WestConnect consists of a group of electric utilities currently providing transmission service in the Western Interconnection. Its members are a mixture of investor- and consumerowned utilities and Western. The WestConnect membership encompasses an interconnected grid stretching from western Nebraska to southern California and from Wyoming to the United StatesMexico border. Western began participating in the Experiment in June 2009, which offered potential customers the option of scheduling a single transaction for hourly, non-firm, pointto-point transmission service over multiple transmission providers’ systems at a single rate. The original term of the Experiment was 2 years and expired on June 30, 2011. In 2011, WestConnect filed with FERC to extend the term of the Experiment for 2 additional years, until June 30, 2013. To participate in the Experiment during its total 4-year term, Western had to convert its ‘‘all-hours,’’ non-firm, point-to-point transmission rates into on-peak and off-peak rates, similar to other Participants. Western’s FERCapproved Tariff transmission rate designs for all regions yield an ‘‘allhours’’ transmission rate. Western’s transmission rates do not make a rate distinction between on-peak and offpeak, but rather spread the annual revenue requirements over all hours of the year. Western established these onpeak and off-peak rates using the authority granted to Western’s Administrator in Delegation Order No. 00–037.00A to set rates for short-term sales. On April 16, 2013, WestConnect submitted to FERC an Amended and Restated PA that, in essence, offers the coordinated hourly, non-firm, point-topoint transmission service at a single rate on a permanent basis, effective July 1, 2013. On June 28, 2013, FERC issued an order conditionally accepting the PA and regional tariffs. In its order, FERC stated it was approving the proposal E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 66696 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 215 / Wednesday, November 6, 2013 / Notices rates for on-peak and off-peak hours and the appropriate rate schedule for the WestConnect transmission product. Western is proposing a single rate schedule, effective June 1, 2014, through May 30, 2019, for all applicable Western Transmission Projects (TP): Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP), Loveland Area Projects (LAP), Pacific NorthwestPacific Southwest Intertie Project (INT), Central Arizona Project (CAP), and Parker-Davis Project (P–DP). Rate Schedule WC–8 will describe the formula and reference the individual TP’s converted rates posted on the appropriate Web sites and Open Access Same Time Information System (OASIS). Proposed Formula Rate Calculation: Legal Authority Availability of Information The proposed action constitutes a minor rate adjustment. Western has determined it is not necessary to hold a public information or a public comment forum for this proposed minor rate adjustment as defined by 10 CFR part 903. After a review of public comments, Western will take further action on the proposed rates consistent with 10 CFR part 903. Western is proposing converted rates for non-firm transmission service rates for CRSP, LAP, INT, CAP, and P–DP under the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7152); 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)); section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944 (16 U.S.C. 825s); and other acts that specifically apply to the projects involved. By Delegation Order No. 00–037.00A, effective October 25, 20013, 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 FERC. Existing Department of Energy (DOE) procedures for public participation in power rate adjustments (10 CFR part 903) were published on September 18, 1985. All documents related to this action are available for inspection and copying at the following Western locations: Desert Southwest Regional Office, 615 South 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona; Rocky Mountain Regional Office, 5555 East Crossroads Boulevard, Loveland, Colorado; and Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, 150 East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, Utah. These documents are also available on Western’s Web site at http: //www.wapa.gov/dsw/pwrmkt/ WestConnect/Default.htm. Dated: October 29, 2013. Mark A. Gabriel, Administrator. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Nov 05, 2013 Jkt 232001 [FR Doc. 2013–26572 Filed 11–5–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPPT–2003–0004; FRL–9402–1] Access to Confidential Business Information by Arcadis U.S., Inc. Ratemaking Procedure Requirements Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. Environmental Compliance SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and DOE NEPA Implementing Procedures and Guidelines (10 CFR part 1021), Western has determined this action is categorically excluded from preparing an environmental assessment or an 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. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 AGENCY: EPA has authorized its contractor, Arcadis U.S., Inc. of Highlands Ranch, CO, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under section 8 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI). DATES: Access to the confidential data occurred on or about October 21, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information contact: Scott Sherlock, Environmental Assistance Division (7408M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (202) 564–8257; fax number: (202) 564– 8251; email address: Sherlock.Scott@ epa.gov. For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 422 E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 EN06NO13.001</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES based on voluntary participation, and any customer that does not want to take service under the WestConnect Tariff provision may continue to take service under the Participant’s standard tariff provisions. In order for Western to participate in the PA on a permanent basis, Western needs to establish permanent, hourly, non-firm, point-to-point transmission

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Loveland Area Projects, Colorado River Storage Project, Pacific 
Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project, Central Arizona Project, 
and Parker-Davis Project--Rate Order No. WAPA-163

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of Proposed Formula Rates for Western Area Power 
Administration (Western) Transmission Projects to Enter into 
WestConnect's Point-to-Point Regional Transmission Service 
Participation Agreement (PA).

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SUMMARY: Western is proposing new formula rates to participate in 
WestConnect's PA. The proposed formula rates under Rate Schedule WC-8 
would become effective June 1, 2014, and remain in effect through May 
30, 2019. Western, along with other WestConnect participants 
(Participants), has participated in the WestConnect Pricing Experiment 
(Experiment) since its inception in June 2009. On June 28, 2013, the 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order (143 FERC ] 
61,291) conditionally accepting the PA and regional tariffs. FERC 
ordered that the Participants in the filing submit separate compliance 
filings. Western has determined that no changes are necessary to 
Western's Open Access Transmission Tariff (Tariff) because Western will 
continue to offer this transmission service under the existing Tariff 
Schedule 8. For Western to implement the permanent arrangement, 
however, Western needs to adopt new formula rates. Publication of this 
Federal Register notice begins the formal process for the proposed 
formula rates.

DATES: The consultation and comment period will begin today and will 
end December 6, 2013. Western will accept written comments any time 
during the consultation and comment period. The proposed action 
constitutes a minor rate adjustment as defined by 10 CFR part 903. As 
such, Western has determined it is not necessary to hold a public 
information or public comment forum.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Ms. Lynn C. Jeka, Colorado River 
Storage Project Manager, Colorado River Storage Project Management 
Center, 150 East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 
84111-1580, fax (801) 524-5017, or email WestConnect@wapa.gov. Western 
will post information about the rate process on its Web site at http://www.wapa.gov/dsw/pwrmkt/WestConnect/Default.htm. Western will post 
official comments received to its Web site after the close of the 
comment period. Western must receive comments by the end of the 
consultation and comment period to ensure they are considered in 
Western's decision process.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Hackett, Rates Team Lead, 
Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, 150 East Social Hall 
Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-1580, telephone (801) 524-
5503, or email hackett@wapa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: WestConnect consists of a group of electric 
utilities currently providing transmission service in the Western 
Interconnection. Its members are a mixture of investor- and consumer-
owned utilities and Western. The WestConnect membership encompasses an 
interconnected grid stretching from western Nebraska to southern 
California and from Wyoming to the United States-Mexico border. Western 
began participating in the Experiment in June 2009, which offered 
potential customers the option of scheduling a single transaction for 
hourly, non-firm, point-to-point transmission service over multiple 
transmission providers' systems at a single rate. The original term of 
the Experiment was 2 years and expired on June 30, 2011. In 2011, 
WestConnect filed with FERC to extend the term of the Experiment for 2 
additional years, until June 30, 2013.
    To participate in the Experiment during its total 4-year term, 
Western had to convert its ``all-hours,'' non-firm, point-to-point 
transmission rates into on-peak and off-peak rates, similar to other 
Participants. Western's FERC-approved Tariff transmission rate designs 
for all regions yield an ``all-hours'' transmission rate. Western's 
transmission rates do not make a rate distinction between on-peak and 
off-peak, but rather spread the annual revenue requirements over all 
hours of the year. Western established these on-peak and off-peak rates 
using the authority granted to Western's Administrator in Delegation 
Order No. 00-037.00A to set rates for short-term sales.
    On April 16, 2013, WestConnect submitted to FERC an Amended and 
Restated PA that, in essence, offers the coordinated hourly, non-firm, 
point-to-point transmission service at a single rate on a permanent 
basis, effective July 1, 2013. On June 28, 2013, FERC issued an order 
conditionally accepting the PA and regional tariffs. In its order, FERC 
stated it was approving the proposal

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based on voluntary participation, and any customer that does not want 
to take service under the WestConnect Tariff provision may continue to 
take service under the Participant's standard tariff provisions.
    In order for Western to participate in the PA on a permanent basis, 
Western needs to establish permanent, hourly, non-firm, point-to-point 
transmission rates for on-peak and off-peak hours and the appropriate 
rate schedule for the WestConnect transmission product. Western is 
proposing a single rate schedule, effective June 1, 2014, through May 
30, 2019, for all applicable Western Transmission Projects (TP): 
Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP), Loveland Area Projects (LAP), 
Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project (INT), Central 
Arizona Project (CAP), and Parker-Davis Project (P-DP). Rate Schedule 
WC-8 will describe the formula and reference the individual TP's 
converted rates posted on the appropriate Web sites and Open Access 
Same Time Information System (OASIS).
    Proposed Formula Rate Calculation:
    [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN06NO13.001
    
Legal Authority

    The proposed action constitutes a minor rate adjustment. Western 
has determined it is not necessary to hold a public information or a 
public comment forum for this proposed minor rate adjustment as defined 
by 10 CFR part 903. After a review of public comments, Western will 
take further action on the proposed rates consistent with 10 CFR part 
903.
    Western is proposing converted rates for non-firm transmission 
service rates for CRSP, LAP, INT, CAP, and P-DP under the Department of 
Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7152); 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)); section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944 (16 
U.S.C. 825s); and other acts that specifically apply to the projects 
involved.
    By Delegation Order No. 00-037.00A, effective October 25, 20013, 
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 FERC. Existing Department of Energy (DOE) 
procedures for public participation in power rate adjustments (10 CFR 
part 903) were published on September 18, 1985.

Availability of Information

    All documents related to this action are available for inspection 
and copying at the following Western locations: Desert Southwest 
Regional Office, 615 South 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona; Rocky 
Mountain Regional Office, 5555 East Crossroads Boulevard, Loveland, 
Colorado; and Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, 150 
East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, Utah. These 
documents are also available on Western's Web site at http://www.wapa.gov/dsw/pwrmkt/WestConnect/Default.htm.

Ratemaking Procedure Requirements

Environmental Compliance

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

    Dated: October 29, 2013.
Mark A. Gabriel,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2013-26572 Filed 11-5-13; 8:45 am]
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