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, 27298-27302 [2014-11026]

Download as PDF 27298 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 92 / Tuesday, May 13, 2014 / Notices kV underwater transmission lines; and (5) appurtenant facilities. The estimated annual generation of the St. Clair River Project would be 840 megawatt-hours. Applicant Contact: Michael M. Bernitsas, Vortex Hydro Energy, 330 East Liberty, Lower Level, Ann Arber, MI 48104; phone: (734) 253–2451. FERC Contact: Tyrone A. Williams; phone: (202) 502–6331, email: tyrone.williams@ferc.gov. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications: 60 days from the issuance of this notice. Competing applications and notices of intent must meet the requirements of 18 CFR 4.36. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and competing applications using the Commission’s eFiling system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket number P–14587–000. More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link of Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (P–14587) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Dated: May 6, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2014–10884 Filed 5–12–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:27 May 12, 2014 Jkt 232001 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 Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Order Concerning Formula Rates for Western Area Power Administration (Western) Transmission Projects to use under the WestConnect Point-to-Point Regional Transmission Service Participation Agreement (PA). AGENCY: The Deputy Secretary of Energy confirmed and approved Rate Order No. WAPA–163 and Rate Schedule WC–8, placing new hourly, non-firm, point-to-point transmission service formula rates for the Loveland Area Projects (LAP), Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP), Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project (INT), Central Arizona Project (CAP), and Parker-Davis Project (P–DP) in use under WestConnect’s PA into effect on an interim basis. DATES: The provisional rates under Rate Schedule WC–8 will be placed into effect on an interim basis on the first day of the first full billing period beginning on or after June 1, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lynn C. Jeka, CRSP Manager, Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, 150 East Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111– 1580, telephone (801) 524–6372; or 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 WestConnect@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. In June 2009, Western began participating in the WestConnect Pricing Experiment (Experiment), 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 single rate. The original term of the Experiment was 2 years and expired on June 30, 2011. In 2011, WestConnect filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to extend the term of the Experiment for 2 additional years, until June 30, 2013. To participate in the Experiment, Western converted its ‘‘all-hours,’’ nonfirm, point-to-point, formula transmission rates into on-peak and offpeak rates, similar to other Experiment participants. Western established these on-peak and off-peak rates for the Experiment on an annual basis using the authority granted to Western’s Administrator in Delegation Order No. 00–037.00 and 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 offers the coordinated hourly, non-firm, point-to-point transmission service 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 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 standard tariff provisions. Since the PA is now offering this coordinated, hourly, non-firm, point-topoint transmission service on a permanent basis, Western proposed to establish a permanent rate schedule for hourly, non-firm, point-to-point transmission for on-peak and off-peak hours for the WestConnect transmission product (78 FR 66695, Nov. 6, 2013). By Delegation Order No. 00–037.00A, effective October 25, 2013, 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 procedures for public participation in power rate adjustments (10 CFR part 903) were published on September 18, 1985. Under Delegation Order Nos. 00– 037.00A and 00–001.00E and in compliance with 10 CFR part 903 and 18 CFR part 300, I hereby confirm, approve, and place Rate Order No. WAPA–163, the provisional formula rates for hourly, non-firm, point-to-point transmission service, into effect on an interim basis. The new Rate Schedule WC–8 will be promptly submitted to E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 92 / Tuesday, May 13, 2014 / Notices FERC for confirmation and approval on a final basis. The interim rates will be in effect until FERC confirms, approves, and places the rate schedule in effect on a final basis through May 31, 2019, unless Western withdraws from the WestConnect PA, and posts notice of such withdrawal on the Open Access Same-Time Information System (OASIS), prior to May 31, 2019. Dated: May 6, 2014. Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY DEPUTY SECRETARY In the matter of: Western Area Power Administration) Rate Adjustment for the) Loveland Area Projects) Colorado River Storage Project) Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project) Central Arizona Project) Experiment: .................................... Formula Rates: ............................... Open Access Same-Time Information System (OASIS):. Provisional Formula Rate: ............. Tariff: .............................................. Transmission Provider: .................. WestConnect PA: ............................ mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Public Notice and Comment Western has followed the Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments and Extensions, 10 CFR part 903, in the development of these formula rates and rate schedule. The steps Western took to involve interested parties in the rate process were: 1. Western published a Federal Register notice on November 6, 2013 (78 FR 66695), officially announcing the proposed formula transmission rates, initiating the public comment period that ended December 6, 2013, and outlining procedures for public participation. 2. On November 15, 2013, Western emailed a copy of the published 19:27 May 12, 2014 825s); and other acts that specifically apply to the projects involved. By Delegation Order No. 00–037.00A, effective October 25, 2013, the Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) the authority to develop power and transmission rates to Western Area Power Administration’s (Western) 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/Terms and Definitions As used in this Rate Order, the following acronyms/terms and definitions apply: WestConnect’s Pricing Experiment offers customers the option of purchasing point-to-point transmission service across multiple Transmission Providers’ systems at a single regional rate, as an alternative to point-to-point service with pancaked rates currently offered under the individual open access transmission tariffs. Formula rates use a series of calculations to produce an annual revenue requirement. This is the transmission owner’s FERC-approved, filed rate, which can change from year to year. This obviates the need for transmission owners to file traditional rate cases at set intervals and prevents regulatory lag. An electronic posting system that the TransmissionProvider maintains for transmission access data that allows all transmission customers to view the data simultaneously. A formula rate which has been confirmed, approved, and placed into effect on an interim basis by the Deputy Secretary. Western Area Power Administration’s Open Access Transmission Service Tariff. An entity that administers a transmission tariff and provides transmission service to Transmission Customers under applicable transmission service agreements. WestConnect’s Point-to-Point Regional Transmission Service Participation Agreement. Effective Date The Provisional Formula Rates will take effect on the first day of the first full billing period beginning on or after June 1, 2014. VerDate Mar<15>2010 Parker-Davis Project) Rate Order No. WAPA–163 ORDER CONFIRMING, APPROVING, AND PLACING THE WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION’S TRANSMISSION SERVICE FORMULA RATES FOR USE UNDER THE WESTCONNECT PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT INTO EFFECT ON AN INTERIM BASIS These transmission service formula rates are established pursuant to 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 Project Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)) and section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944 (16 U.S.C. 27299 Jkt 232001 Federal Register notice to Loveland Area Projects (LAP), Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP), Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project (INT), Central Arizona Project (CAP), and Parker-Davis Project (P–DP) transmission customers and interested parties. Additionally, the link to Western’s Web site was provided, which contains the WestConnect Rate Conversion Table. 3. Written comments were received from the Arizona Municipal Power Users’ Association, Phoenix, Arizona, and the Irrigation & Electrical Districts Association of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona, during the consultation-andcomment period. These comments are addressed below. All comments received have been considered in the preparation of this Rate Order. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Description 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. E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1 27300 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 92 / Tuesday, May 13, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES To participate in the Experiment, Western had to convert its ‘‘all-hours,’’ non-firm, point-to-point formula transmission rates into on-peak and offpeak rates similar to other Experiment participants. Western’s FERC-approved Tariff transmission rate designs for all regions yield an ‘‘all-hours’’ transmission rate that does not make a rate distinction between on-peak and off-peak, but rather spreads the annual revenue requirements over all hours of the year. Western established on-peak and off-peak rates for the Experiment using the authority granted to Western’s Administrator in Delegation Order No. 00–037.00 and, subsequently, 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 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 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 standard tariff provisions. Formula Rate for Transmission Service under WestConnect PA Since the PA is now offering a coordinated, hourly, non-firm, point-topoint transmission service on a permanent basis, Western established a permanent rate schedule (Rate Schedule WC–8) for hourly, non-firm, point-topoint transmission for on-peak and offpeak hours for the WestConnect transmission product. The single rate schedule with separate project rates, which applies to the applicable Western Transmission Projects, is effective June 1, 2014. The interim rates will be in effect until FERC confirms, approves, and places the rate schedule in effect on a final basis through May 31, 2019, unless Western withdraws from the WestConnect PA, and posts notice of such withdrawal on the OASIS, prior to May 31, 2019. Rate Schedule WC–8 establishes a conversion factor that is applied to the existing Transmission Provider’s non-firm transmission service formula rates, which have been established under separate rate schedules and under separate rate orders (Rate Schedule SP–NFT6 under No. WAPA–161; L–NFPT1 under No. WAPA–155; INT–NFT3 under No. WAPA–157; CAP–NFT2 under No. WAPA–158; and PD–NFT7 under No. WAPA–138) in order to convert VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:27 May 12, 2014 Jkt 232001 Western’s ‘‘all-hours’’ transmission rates to on-peak and off-peak transmission rates. Certification of Rates Western’s Administrator certified that the Provisional Formula Rates for transmission service under WestConnect’s PA in Rate Schedule WC–8 are the lowest possible rates consistent with sound business principles. The Provisional Formula Rates were developed following administrative policies and applicable laws. Comments Western received two comment letters during the public consultation-andcomment period. The comments expressed in these letters have been paraphrased, where appropriate, without compromising the meaning of the comments. Comment: A commenter expressed concern about the fact that only 8 of 18 WestConnect participants are part of the WestConnect PA, and the lack of participation should caution Western’s continued participation. Response: It is accurate that of the 18 members of WestConnect, only 8, including Western, have executed the PA. However, those eight entities have been participating since the inception of the Experiment in July 2009, and these are the only WestConnect members operating contiguous transmission systems that create a rate pancake for customers that may want or need to move across multiple systems. Additionally, the PA executed by Western and the other entities allows Western to withdraw at any time due to the occurrence or material risk of adverse regulatory action, such as subjecting its rates to review under the Federal Power Act (FPA), or to withdraw in 90-days by written notice for any reason. Therefore, Western has determined its continued participation is warranted at this time. Comment: A commenter noted the pending litigation in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia regarding FERC Order 1000 and surmised that the outcome of the litigation will determine the level of risk Western and other non-jurisdictional utilities might have in dealing with WestConnect. Thus, the commenter stated Western should wait until the outcome of the pending litigation to make a decision about making rates used for the WestConnect PA a permanent offering. Response: The litigation referred to by the commenter generally concerns the PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 authority of FERC to mandate regional planning and mandatory cost allocation under FERC Order 1000. It has no relevance to WestConnect’s PA and the efforts to reduce transmission rate pancaking. A transmission provider choosing to participate in the WestConnect transmission pricing methodology does not increase its risk of ultimately falling under the requirements of FERC Order 1000. Further, prior to beginning the Experiment, the participants sought a declaratory order from FERC confirming that the proposal was structured in such a way that the rates, revenue requirements, and costs of nonjurisdictional participants would not become subject to FERC review. In response, on September 18, 2008, FERC issued a declaratory order agreeing that participation by the non-jurisdictional participants in the proposal would not subject their rates, revenue requirements, or costs to review under FPA sections 205 or 206.1 Also, the June 2013 approval by FERC of the WestConnect PA specifically acknowledged it is based on voluntary participation and that customers not wishing to take service under the WestConnect tariff could continue to take service under each Transmission Provider’s standard tariff provisions. Therefore, the pending litigation referenced by the commenter provides no basis for Western to delay this rate process. Comment: A commenter stated the proposed rate filing would result in cross-subsidization among the projects. Response: It is not accurate to assume there will be cross-subsidies among the projects simply by virtue of the development of Rate Schedule WC–8. Although Western is publishing a single rate schedule for WestConnect transactions, the rate schedule points back to the transmission rate schedule for each individual project. The rates for each of Western’s transmission projects will continue to be developed individually in a public process, just as they are now, and will continue to maintain separate rate schedules. Revenues from one project will not in any way be transferred to or used to cover the costs of another project as a result of Western establishing Rate Schedule WC–8. The rate order will take Western’s publically-developed, nonfirm, point-to-point transmission rates and convert these into on-peak and offpeak rates only for purposes of the PA. This effort does not set a single rate across multiple Western projects, nor will it change in any way how Western’s 1 Docket E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM No. EL08–68 (124 FERC ¶ 62,240). 13MYN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 92 / Tuesday, May 13, 2014 / Notices existing formula transmission rates are structured for any of the projects. For WestConnect transactions crossing multiple transmission systems, all are electronically tagged in such a way that each project gets the appropriate share of revenue from each transaction based on the pricing of all the transmission providers in a given transaction. This ensures that revenues are assigned to the appropriate project. Comment: Comments were received questioning Western’s use of a ‘‘minor rate adjustment’’ process, including Western’s failure to hold public information and/or comment forums. Response: The administrative processes followed by Western in establishing power and transmission rates are set out in 10 CFR part 903. Section 903.2(f) defines a ‘‘minor rate adjustment’’ as one that will (1) produce less than 1 percent change in the annual revenues of the power system, or (2) is for a power system which has either annual sales normally less than 100 million kilowatt-hours or an installed capacity of less than 20,000 kilowatts. Western began participating in the WestConnect Experiment upon its inception in July 2009 and notified customers and interested parties. The pricing experiment uses segments of five Western transmission systems (CAP, CRSP, INT, LAP, and P–DP). Since that time, the total Western revenues received from WestConnect transactions consistently meet the less than 1 percent change in annual revenues threshold. Western followed the requirements of a minor rate adjustment by allowing for a 30-day consultation-and-comment period, as outlined in 10 CFR part 903.14. Comment: Comments were received questioning Western’s use of formula rates in this effort. Response: The rate-setting regulation followed by Western, 10 CFR part 903, in effect since 1985, allows for the use of formula rates. Section 903.2(m) specifically excludes a change in the monetary charge pursuant to a formula stated in a rate schedule or contract from the definition of a rate adjustment. Any and all of Western’s existing formula rates have been established in formal public processes following the requirements of 10 CFR part 903. Therefore, Western’s use of formula rates in this instance is authorized and appropriate. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:27 May 12, 2014 Jkt 232001 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. Submission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission The Provisional Formula Rates herein confirmed, approved, and placed into effect on an interim basis, together with supporting documents, will be submitted to FERC for confirmation and final approval. ORDER In view of the foregoing and under the authority delegated to me, I confirm and approve on an interim basis, effective on the first full billing period on or after June 1, 2014, formula rates, under Rate Schedule WC–8, for use under WestConnect’s Point-to-Point Regional Transmission Service. This rate schedule shall remain in effect on an interim basis, pending FERC’s confirmation and approval of it or substitute formula rates on a final basis through May 31, 2019, unless Western withdraws from the WestConnect PA, and posts notice of such withdrawal on the OASIS, prior to May 31, 2019. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27301 Dated: May 6, 2014. Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary. Rate Schedule WC–8 Schedule 8 to Tariff Effective June 1, 2014 UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION LOVELAND AREA PROJECTS COLORADO RIVER STORAGE PROJECT PACIFIC NORTHWEST–PACIFIC SOUTHWEST INTERTIE PROJECT CENTRAL ARIZONA PROJECT PARKER-DAVIS PROJECT SCHEDULE OF RATES FOR USE UNDER WESTCONNECT REGIONAL NON-FIRM TRANSMISSION SERVICE (Approved Under Rate Order No. WAPA–163) Effective: The first day of the first full billing period beginning on or after June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2019, unless Western withdraws from the WestConnect Point-to-Point Regional Transmission Service Participation Agreement, and posts notice of such withdrawal on the Open Access SameTime Information System (OASIS), prior to May 31, 2019. Applicable: This schedule of rates applies to any WestConnect Regional, Non-Firm, Point-to-Point Transmission Service that uses a Western Area Power Administration Transmission Project (TP), i.e., Central Arizona Project, Colorado River Storage Project, Loveland Area Projects, Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project, and Parker-Davis Project. Rate: The transmission rates to be used in this formula rate calculation will be the applicable TP’s in effect hourly, nonfirm, point-to-point transmission rate as posted on the applicable TP’s Web site and on the OASIS. Formula Rate Calculation: On-peak, hourly, non-firm, point-topoint transmission rate: E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1 27302 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 92 / Tuesday, May 13, 2014 / Notices [FR Doc. 2014–11026 Filed 5–12–14; 8:45 am] refinery exemption petition to the EPA under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program as described in 40 CFR part 80, Subpart M. If you have further questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular party, please contact the person listed in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. BILLING CODE 6450–01–P II. How can I get copies of this document and other related information? ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY A. Electronically The EPA has established a public docket for this Federal Register notice under Docket EPA–HQ–OAR–2012– 0546. All documents in the docket are identified in the docket index available at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, such as confidential business information (CBI) or other information for which disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain materials, such as copyrighted material, will only be available in hard copy at the EPA Docket Center. [EPA–HQ–OAR–2012–0546; FRL–9910–79– OAR] Contractor Access to Information Claimed as Confidential Business Information Submitted Under Title II of the Clean Air Act and Related to the Renewable Fuel Standard Program Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality plans to authorize a contractor to access information which has been and will be submitted to the EPA under Title II of the Clean Air Act and that may be claimed as, or may be determined to be, confidential business information. Such information is related to small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. DATES: The EPA will accept comments on this notice through May 19, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Manners, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Compliance Division; 2000 Traverwood, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48105; telephone number: 734–214–4873; fax number: 734–214–4053; email address: manners.mary@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: I. Does this notice apply to me? This action is directed to the general public. However, this action may be of particular interest to parties who submit or have previously submitted a small VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:27 May 12, 2014 Jkt 232001 B. EPA Docket Center Materials listed under Docket EPA– HQ–OAR–2012–0546 will be available either electronically through http:// www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566–1742. III. Description of Program and Potential Disclosure of Information Claimed as CBI to Contractors The RFS program as established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 exempted small refineries from the renewable fuel standards through December 31, 2010. After this initial period, the statute PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 allows that small refineries may, on a case-by-case basis, petition the EPA for an extension of their exemption. The EPA may approve such petitions if it finds that disproportionate economic hardship exists. The EPA continues to implement these provisions. In evaluating such petitions, the EPA must consult with the Department of Energy (DOE), and must consider the findings of the DOE study required under CAA 211(o)(9)(A)(ii)(I) and other economic factors. Historically, companies seeking a small refinery exemption have claimed their petitions to be CBI. Information submitted under such a claim is handled in accordance with the EPA’s regulations at 40 CFR part 2, subpart B and in accordance with EPA procedures, including comprehensive system security plans (SSPs) that are consistent with those regulations. When the EPA has determined that disclosure of information claimed as CBI to contractors is necessary, the corresponding contract must address the appropriate use and handling of the information by the contractor and the contractor must require its personnel who require access to information claimed as CBI to sign written nondisclosure agreements before they are granted access to data. In accordance with 40 CFR 2.301(h), we have determined that the contractor listed below requires access to CBI submitted to the EPA under the Clean Air Act and in connection with the RFS program (40 CFR part 80, Subpart M). We are issuing this Federal Register notice to inform all affected submitters of information that we plan to grant access to material that may be claimed as CBI to the contractors identified below on a need-to-know basis. Under DOE Contract Number DE– BP0003293, Stillwater Associates, 3 Rainstar, Irvine, California 92614, has provided and will continue to provide technical support that involves access to information claimed as CBI related to 40 CFR Part 80, Subpart M. Access to data, including information claimed as CBI, will commence immediately upon publication of this notice in the Federal Register and will continue indefinitely E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1 EN13MY14.012</GPH> The converted rates resulting from using this formula will be posted on the applicable TP’s Web site and on the OASIS and will be used for applicable WestConnect Regional Non-Firm Pointto-Point Transmission Service transactions only. EN13MY14.013</GPH> Off-peak, hourly, non-firm, point-topoint transmission rate:

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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 Order Concerning Formula Rates for Western Area Power 
Administration (Western) Transmission Projects to use under the 
WestConnect Point-to-Point Regional Transmission Service Participation 
Agreement (PA).

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SUMMARY: The Deputy Secretary of Energy confirmed and approved Rate 
Order No. WAPA-163 and Rate Schedule WC-8, placing new hourly, non-
firm, point-to-point transmission service formula rates for the 
Loveland Area Projects (LAP), Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP), 
Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project (INT), Central 
Arizona Project (CAP), and Parker-Davis Project (P-DP) in use under 
WestConnect's PA into effect on an interim basis.

DATES: The provisional rates under Rate Schedule WC-8 will be placed 
into effect on an interim basis on the first day of the first full 
billing period beginning on or after June 1, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lynn C. Jeka, CRSP Manager, 
Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, 150 East Social Hall 
Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-1580, telephone (801) 524-
6372; or 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 
WestConnect@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. In June 
2009, Western began participating in the WestConnect Pricing Experiment 
(Experiment), 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 the Federal 
Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to extend the term of the 
Experiment for 2 additional years, until June 30, 2013.
    To participate in the Experiment, Western converted its ``all-
hours,'' non-firm, point-to-point, formula transmission rates into on-
peak and off-peak rates, similar to other Experiment participants. 
Western established these on-peak and off-peak rates for the Experiment 
on an annual basis using the authority granted to Western's 
Administrator in Delegation Order No. 00-037.00 and 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 offers the coordinated hourly, non-firm, point-to-
point transmission service 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 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 standard tariff provisions.
    Since the PA is now offering this coordinated, hourly, non-firm, 
point-to-point transmission service on a permanent basis, Western 
proposed to establish a permanent rate schedule for hourly, non-firm, 
point-to-point transmission for on-peak and off-peak hours for the 
WestConnect transmission product (78 FR 66695, Nov. 6, 2013).
    By Delegation Order No. 00-037.00A, effective October 25, 2013, 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 procedures 
for public participation in power rate adjustments (10 CFR part 903) 
were published on September 18, 1985.
    Under Delegation Order Nos. 00-037.00A and 00-001.00E and in 
compliance with 10 CFR part 903 and 18 CFR part 300, I hereby confirm, 
approve, and place Rate Order No. WAPA-163, the provisional formula 
rates for hourly, non-firm, point-to-point transmission service, into 
effect on an interim basis. The new Rate Schedule WC-8 will be promptly 
submitted to

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FERC for confirmation and approval on a final basis. The interim rates 
will be in effect until FERC confirms, approves, and places the rate 
schedule in effect on a final basis through May 31, 2019, unless 
Western withdraws from the WestConnect PA, and posts notice of such 
withdrawal on the Open Access Same-Time Information System (OASIS), 
prior to May 31, 2019.

    Dated: May 6, 2014.
Daniel B. Poneman,
Deputy Secretary.

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

DEPUTY SECRETARY

In the matter of:


Western Area Power Administration)
Rate Adjustment for the)
Loveland Area Projects)
Colorado River Storage Project)
Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project)
Central Arizona Project)
Parker-Davis Project)
Rate Order No. WAPA-163
    ORDER CONFIRMING, APPROVING, AND PLACING THE WESTERN AREA POWER 
ADMINISTRATION'S TRANSMISSION SERVICE FORMULA RATES FOR USE UNDER THE 
WESTCONNECT PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT INTO EFFECT ON AN INTERIM BASIS
    These transmission service formula rates are established pursuant 
to 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 Project Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)) and 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, 2013, the 
Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) the authority to develop power and 
transmission rates to Western Area Power Administration's (Western) 
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/Terms and Definitions

As used in this Rate Order, the following acronyms/terms and 
definitions apply:

Experiment:.......................  WestConnect's Pricing Experiment
                                     offers customers the option of
                                     purchasing point-to-point
                                     transmission service across
                                     multiple Transmission Providers'
                                     systems at a single regional rate,
                                     as an alternative to point-to-point
                                     service with pancaked rates
                                     currently offered under the
                                     individual open access transmission
                                     tariffs.
Formula Rates:....................  Formula rates use a series of
                                     calculations to produce an annual
                                     revenue requirement. This is the
                                     transmission owner's FERC-approved,
                                     filed rate, which can change from
                                     year to year. This obviates the
                                     need for transmission owners to
                                     file traditional rate cases at set
                                     intervals and prevents regulatory
                                     lag.
Open Access Same-Time Information   An electronic posting system that
 System (OASIS):.                    the TransmissionProvider maintains
                                     for transmission access data that
                                     allows all transmission customers
                                     to view the data simultaneously.
Provisional Formula Rate:.........  A formula rate which has been
                                     confirmed, approved, and placed
                                     into effect on an interim basis by
                                     the Deputy Secretary.
Tariff:...........................  Western Area Power Administration's
                                     Open Access Transmission Service
                                     Tariff.
Transmission Provider:............  An entity that administers a
                                     transmission tariff and provides
                                     transmission service to
                                     Transmission Customers under
                                     applicable transmission service
                                     agreements.
WestConnect PA:...................  WestConnect's Point-to-Point
                                     Regional Transmission Service
                                     Participation Agreement.
 

Effective Date

    The Provisional Formula Rates will take effect on the first day of 
the first full billing period beginning on or after June 1, 2014.

Public Notice and Comment

    Western has followed the Procedures for Public Participation in 
Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments and Extensions, 10 CFR part 
903, in the development of these formula rates and rate schedule. The 
steps Western took to involve interested parties in the rate process 
were:

1. Western published a Federal Register notice on November 6, 2013 (78 
FR 66695), officially announcing the proposed formula transmission 
rates, initiating the public comment period that ended December 6, 
2013, and outlining procedures for public participation.
2. On November 15, 2013, Western emailed a copy of the published 
Federal Register notice to Loveland Area Projects (LAP), Colorado River 
Storage Project (CRSP), Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie 
Project (INT), Central Arizona Project (CAP), and Parker-Davis Project 
(P-DP) transmission customers and interested parties. Additionally, the 
link to Western's Web site was provided, which contains the WestConnect 
Rate Conversion Table.
3. Written comments were received from the Arizona Municipal Power 
Users' Association, Phoenix, Arizona, and the Irrigation & Electrical 
Districts Association of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona, during the 
consultation-and-comment period. These comments are addressed below.

All comments received have been considered in the preparation of this 
Rate Order.

Description

    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.

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    To participate in the Experiment, Western had to convert its ``all-
hours,'' non-firm, point-to-point formula transmission rates into on-
peak and off-peak rates similar to other Experiment participants. 
Western's FERC-approved Tariff transmission rate designs for all 
regions yield an ``all-hours'' transmission rate that does not make a 
rate distinction between on-peak and off-peak, but rather spreads the 
annual revenue requirements over all hours of the year. Western 
established on-peak and off-peak rates for the Experiment using the 
authority granted to Western's Administrator in Delegation Order No. 
00-037.00 and, subsequently, 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 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 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 
standard tariff provisions.

Formula Rate for Transmission Service under WestConnect PA

    Since the PA is now offering a coordinated, hourly, non-firm, 
point-to-point transmission service on a permanent basis, Western 
established a permanent rate schedule (Rate Schedule WC-8) for hourly, 
non-firm, point-to-point transmission for on-peak and off-peak hours 
for the WestConnect transmission product. The single rate schedule with 
separate project rates, which applies to the applicable Western 
Transmission Projects, is effective June 1, 2014. The interim rates 
will be in effect until FERC confirms, approves, and places the rate 
schedule in effect on a final basis through May 31, 2019, unless 
Western withdraws from the WestConnect PA, and posts notice of such 
withdrawal on the OASIS, prior to May 31, 2019. Rate Schedule WC-8 
establishes a conversion factor that is applied to the existing 
Transmission Provider's non-firm transmission service formula rates, 
which have been established under separate rate schedules and under 
separate rate orders (Rate Schedule SP-NFT6 under No. WAPA-161; L-NFPT1 
under No. WAPA-155; INT-NFT3 under No. WAPA-157; CAP-NFT2 under No. 
WAPA-158; and PD-NFT7 under No. WAPA-138) in order to convert Western's 
``all-hours'' transmission rates to on-peak and off-peak transmission 
rates.

Certification of Rates

    Western's Administrator certified that the Provisional Formula 
Rates for transmission service under WestConnect's PA in Rate Schedule 
WC-8 are the lowest possible rates consistent with sound business 
principles. The Provisional Formula Rates were developed following 
administrative policies and applicable laws.

Comments

    Western received two comment letters during the public 
consultation-and-comment period. The comments expressed in these 
letters have been paraphrased, where appropriate, without compromising 
the meaning of the comments.
Comment: A commenter expressed concern about the fact that only 8 of 18 
WestConnect participants are part of the WestConnect PA, and the lack 
of participation should caution Western's continued participation.
Response: It is accurate that of the 18 members of WestConnect, only 8, 
including Western, have executed the PA. However, those eight entities 
have been participating since the inception of the Experiment in July 
2009, and these are the only WestConnect members operating contiguous 
transmission systems that create a rate pancake for customers that may 
want or need to move across multiple systems.

    Additionally, the PA executed by Western and the other entities 
allows Western to withdraw at any time due to the occurrence or 
material risk of adverse regulatory action, such as subjecting its 
rates to review under the Federal Power Act (FPA), or to withdraw in 
90-days by written notice for any reason. Therefore, Western has 
determined its continued participation is warranted at this time.

Comment: A commenter noted the pending litigation in the Court of 
Appeals for the District of Columbia regarding FERC Order 1000 and 
surmised that the outcome of the litigation will determine the level of 
risk Western and other non-jurisdictional utilities might have in 
dealing with WestConnect. Thus, the commenter stated Western should 
wait until the outcome of the pending litigation to make a decision 
about making rates used for the WestConnect PA a permanent offering.
Response: The litigation referred to by the commenter generally 
concerns the authority of FERC to mandate regional planning and 
mandatory cost allocation under FERC Order 1000. It has no relevance to 
WestConnect's PA and the efforts to reduce transmission rate pancaking. 
A transmission provider choosing to participate in the WestConnect 
transmission pricing methodology does not increase its risk of 
ultimately falling under the requirements of FERC Order 1000. Further, 
prior to beginning the Experiment, the participants sought a 
declaratory order from FERC confirming that the proposal was structured 
in such a way that the rates, revenue requirements, and costs of non-
jurisdictional participants would not become subject to FERC review. In 
response, on September 18, 2008, FERC issued a declaratory order 
agreeing that participation by the non-jurisdictional participants in 
the proposal would not subject their rates, revenue requirements, or 
costs to review under FPA sections 205 or 206.\1\ Also, the June 2013 
approval by FERC of the WestConnect PA specifically acknowledged it is 
based on voluntary participation and that customers not wishing to take 
service under the WestConnect tariff could continue to take service 
under each Transmission Provider's standard tariff provisions. 
Therefore, the pending litigation referenced by the commenter provides 
no basis for Western to delay this rate process.
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    \1\ Docket No. EL08-68 (124 FERC ] 62,240).
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Comment: A commenter stated the proposed rate filing would result in 
cross-subsidization among the projects.
Response: It is not accurate to assume there will be cross-subsidies 
among the projects simply by virtue of the development of Rate Schedule 
WC-8. Although Western is publishing a single rate schedule for 
WestConnect transactions, the rate schedule points back to the 
transmission rate schedule for each individual project. The rates for 
each of Western's transmission projects will continue to be developed 
individually in a public process, just as they are now, and will 
continue to maintain separate rate schedules. Revenues from one project 
will not in any way be transferred to or used to cover the costs of 
another project as a result of Western establishing Rate Schedule WC-8. 
The rate order will take Western's publically-developed, non-firm, 
point-to-point transmission rates and convert these into on-peak and 
off-peak rates only for purposes of the PA. This effort does not set a 
single rate across multiple Western projects, nor will it change in any 
way how Western's

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existing formula transmission rates are structured for any of the 
projects. For WestConnect transactions crossing multiple transmission 
systems, all are electronically tagged in such a way that each project 
gets the appropriate share of revenue from each transaction based on 
the pricing of all the transmission providers in a given transaction. 
This ensures that revenues are assigned to the appropriate project.
Comment: Comments were received questioning Western's use of a ``minor 
rate adjustment'' process, including Western's failure to hold public 
information and/or comment forums.
Response: The administrative processes followed by Western in 
establishing power and transmission rates are set out in 10 CFR part 
903. Section 903.2(f) defines a ``minor rate adjustment'' as one that 
will (1) produce less than 1 percent change in the annual revenues of 
the power system, or (2) is for a power system which has either annual 
sales normally less than 100 million kilowatt-hours or an installed 
capacity of less than 20,000 kilowatts. Western began participating in 
the WestConnect Experiment upon its inception in July 2009 and notified 
customers and interested parties. The pricing experiment uses segments 
of five Western transmission systems (CAP, CRSP, INT, LAP, and P-DP). 
Since that time, the total Western revenues received from WestConnect 
transactions consistently meet the less than 1 percent change in annual 
revenues threshold. Western followed the requirements of a minor rate 
adjustment by allowing for a 30-day consultation-and-comment period, as 
outlined in 10 CFR part 903.14.
Comment: Comments were received questioning Western's use of formula 
rates in this effort.
Response: The rate-setting regulation followed by Western, 10 CFR part 
903, in effect since 1985, allows for the use of formula rates. Section 
903.2(m) specifically excludes a change in the monetary charge pursuant 
to a formula stated in a rate schedule or contract from the definition 
of a rate adjustment. Any and all of Western's existing formula rates 
have been established in formal public processes following the 
requirements of 10 CFR part 903. Therefore, Western's use of formula 
rates in this instance is authorized and appropriate.

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.

Submission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    The Provisional Formula Rates herein confirmed, approved, and 
placed into effect on an interim basis, together with supporting 
documents, will be submitted to FERC for confirmation and final 
approval.

ORDER

    In view of the foregoing and under the authority delegated to me, I 
confirm and approve on an interim basis, effective on the first full 
billing period on or after June 1, 2014, formula rates, under Rate 
Schedule WC-8, for use under WestConnect's Point-to-Point Regional 
Transmission Service. This rate schedule shall remain in effect on an 
interim basis, pending FERC's confirmation and approval of it or 
substitute formula rates on a final basis through May 31, 2019, unless 
Western withdraws from the WestConnect PA, and posts notice of such 
withdrawal on the OASIS, prior to May 31, 2019.

Dated: May 6, 2014.

Daniel B. Poneman,
Deputy Secretary.

Rate Schedule WC-8
Schedule 8 to Tariff
Effective June 1, 2014

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION

LOVELAND AREA PROJECTS

COLORADO RIVER STORAGE PROJECT

PACIFIC NORTHWEST-PACIFIC SOUTHWEST INTERTIE PROJECT

CENTRAL ARIZONA PROJECT

PARKER-DAVIS PROJECT

SCHEDULE OF RATES FOR USE UNDER WESTCONNECT REGIONAL

NON-FIRM TRANSMISSION SERVICE

(Approved Under Rate Order No. WAPA-163)

Effective:

The first day of the first full billing period beginning on or after 
June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2019, unless Western withdraws from the 
WestConnect Point-to-Point Regional Transmission Service Participation 
Agreement, and posts notice of such withdrawal on the Open Access Same-
Time Information System (OASIS), prior to May 31, 2019.

Applicable:

This schedule of rates applies to any WestConnect Regional, Non-Firm, 
Point-to-Point Transmission Service that uses a Western Area Power 
Administration Transmission Project (TP), i.e., Central Arizona 
Project, Colorado River Storage Project, Loveland Area Projects, 
Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project, and Parker-Davis 
Project.

Rate:

The transmission rates to be used in this formula rate calculation will 
be the applicable TP's in effect hourly, non-firm, point-to-point 
transmission rate as posted on the applicable TP's Web site and on the 
OASIS.

Formula Rate Calculation:

On-peak, hourly, non-firm, point-to-point transmission rate:

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[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN13MY14.012

Off-peak, hourly, non-firm, point-to-point transmission rate:
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN13MY14.013

The converted rates resulting from using this formula will be posted on 
the applicable TP's Web site and on the OASIS and will be used for 
applicable WestConnect Regional Non-Firm Point-to-Point Transmission 
Service transactions only.

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