Billing Procedures for Annual Charges for Recompensing the United States for the Use, Occupancy, and Enjoyment of Federal Lands; Notice of Statement of Annual Charges for the Use of Government Lands for Fiscal Year 2016, 9192 [2016-03829]

Download as PDF 9192 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 36 / Wednesday, February 24, 2016 / Notices time) at 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426. 60. From FERC’s Home Page on the Internet, this information is available on eLibrary. The full text of this document is available on eLibrary in PDF and Microsoft Word format for viewing, printing, and/or downloading. To access this document in eLibrary, type the docket number excluding the last three digits of this document in the docket number field. 61. User assistance is available for eLibrary and the FERC’s Web site during normal business hours from FERC Online Support at 202–502–6652 (toll free at 1–866–208–3676) or email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or the Public Reference Room at (202) 502– 8371, TTY (202) 502–8659. Email the Public Reference Room at public.referenceroom@ferc.gov. By direction of the Commission. Issued: February 18, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–03837 Filed 2–23–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RM11–6–000] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Billing Procedures for Annual Charges for Recompensing the United States for the Use, Occupancy, and Enjoyment of Federal Lands; Notice of Statement of Annual Charges for the Use of Government Lands for Fiscal Year 2016 By this notice, the Commission states that in accordance to the Final Rule issued on January 17, 2013 1 the federal lands fee schedule of per-acre rates have been calculated for Fiscal Years (FY) 2016 through 2020. Pursuant to the Final Rule, the Commission recalculates the federal lands fee schedule every five years by using the per-acre land values published in the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Census. The Commission established the FY 2016 through FY 2020 federal lands fee schedule based on data published in the 2012 NASS Census. In addition, the Commission determines a state-specific reduction that removes the value of irrigated lands on a state-bystate basis, plus a seven percent reduction to remove the value of buildings. An encumbrance factor of 50 1 Annual Charges for Use of Government Lands, Final Rule, Order No. 774, 78 FR 5256 (January 25, 2013), 142 FERC Stats & Regs. ¶ 61,045 (2013). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Feb 23, 2016 Jkt 238001 percent along with a rate of return of 5.77 percent are calculated with the peracre land values less the state-specific reduction to derive at the individual state/county per-acre federal land rates assessed to hydropower projects. The FY 2016 federal lands fee schedule rates have significantly increased in comparison to the FY 2015 federal lands fee schedule rates issued on January 8, 2015 for a number of hydropower projects located in multiple states/counties. In particular, hydropower projects located in the Kenai Peninsula Area of Alaska land rates increased by 71 percent in comparison to land rates assessed in FY 2015. The FY 2016 increase of per-acre land rates was mainly attributed to the increase of per-acre land and building values published in the 2012 NASS Census. The per-acre land value for land in the Kenai Peninsula Area was increased from $1,328 in the 2007 NASS Census to $2,423 in the 2012 NASS Census. This increase along with factoring in the state-specific reduction, the 50 percent encumbrance factor, and the 5.77 percent rate of return ultimately resulted in a 71 percent increase of peracre land rates assessed to hydropower projects located in the Kenai Peninsula Area. In addition, per-acre land values for San Bernardino County located in California, Boulder and Clear Creek Counties located in Colorado, and Blaine County located in Idaho all significantly increased as a result of the 2012 published NASS Census. Conversely, the FY 2016 federal lands fee schedule rates have significantly decreased in comparison to the FY 2015 federal lands fee schedule rates issued on January 8, 2015 for a number of hydropower projects located in other locations as a result of the decreased per-acre land values published in the 2012 NASS Census. Specifically hydropower projects occupying federal lands in Alpine, Lake, and Riverside Counties located in California, Aleutian Islands Area located in Alaska, and Grays Harbor County located in Washington will receive as much as a 37 percent decrease in comparison to the federal lands annual charges issued in FY 2015. If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact Steven Bromberek at (202) 502–8001 or Norman Richardson at (202) 502–6219. Dated: February 18, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–03829 Filed 2–23–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Notice Revising Post-Technical Conference Comment Schedule Docket Nos. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C ... Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. v. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. Linden VFT, LLC v. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. Delaware Public Service Commission and Maryland Public Service Commission v. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. PJM Interconnection, L.L.C ... PJM Interconnection, L.L.C ... ER15–2562–000, ER15–2563–000. EL15–18–001. EL15–67–000. EL15–95–000. ER14–972–003. ER14–1485–005, Not Consolidated. In an order dated November 24, 2015,1 the Commission found that the assignment of cost allocation for the projects in the filings and complaints listed in the caption using PJM’s solution-based distribution factor (DFAX) cost allocation method had not been shown to be just and reasonable and may be unjust, unreasonable, or unduly discriminatory or preferential. The Commission directed its staff to establish a technical conference to explore both whether there is a definable category of reliability projects within PJM for which the solution-based DFAX cost allocation method may not be just and reasonable, such as projects addressing reliability violations that are not related to flow on the planned transmission facility, and whether an alternative just and reasonable ex ante cost allocation method could be established for any such category of projects. The technical conference was held on January 12, 2016. At the technical conference, staff indicated that it would establish a schedule for post-technical conference comments after reviewing the technical conference transcript. On February 9, 2016 a technical conference transcript was place in the abovereferenced dockets, and a post-technical conference comment schedule was established. On February 18, 2016, an errata transcript of the February 9, 2016 transcript was placed in the dockets. The schedule for post-technical conference comments is revised accordingly. Post-technical conference comments, not to exceed 20 pages, are due on or before March 9, 2016. 1 PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., et al., 153 FERC ¶ 61,245 (2015). E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 36 (Wednesday, February 24, 2016)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-03829]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. RM11-6-000]


Billing Procedures for Annual Charges for Recompensing the United 
States for the Use, Occupancy, and Enjoyment of Federal Lands; Notice 
of Statement of Annual Charges for the Use of Government Lands for 
Fiscal Year 2016

    By this notice, the Commission states that in accordance to the 
Final Rule issued on January 17, 2013 \1\ the federal lands fee 
schedule of per-acre rates have been calculated for Fiscal Years (FY) 
2016 through 2020. Pursuant to the Final Rule, the Commission re-
calculates the federal lands fee schedule every five years by using the 
per-acre land values published in the National Agricultural Statistics 
Service (NASS) Census. The Commission established the FY 2016 through 
FY 2020 federal lands fee schedule based on data published in the 2012 
NASS Census. In addition, the Commission determines a state-specific 
reduction that removes the value of irrigated lands on a state-by-state 
basis, plus a seven percent reduction to remove the value of buildings. 
An encumbrance factor of 50 percent along with a rate of return of 5.77 
percent are calculated with the per-acre land values less the state-
specific reduction to derive at the individual state/county per-acre 
federal land rates assessed to hydropower projects.
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    \1\ Annual Charges for Use of Government Lands, Final Rule, 
Order No. 774, 78 FR 5256 (January 25, 2013), 142 FERC Stats & Regs. 
] 61,045 (2013).
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    The FY 2016 federal lands fee schedule rates have significantly 
increased in comparison to the FY 2015 federal lands fee schedule rates 
issued on January 8, 2015 for a number of hydropower projects located 
in multiple states/counties. In particular, hydropower projects located 
in the Kenai Peninsula Area of Alaska land rates increased by 71 
percent in comparison to land rates assessed in FY 2015. The FY 2016 
increase of per-acre land rates was mainly attributed to the increase 
of per-acre land and building values published in the 2012 NASS Census. 
The per-acre land value for land in the Kenai Peninsula Area was 
increased from $1,328 in the 2007 NASS Census to $2,423 in the 2012 
NASS Census. This increase along with factoring in the state-specific 
reduction, the 50 percent encumbrance factor, and the 5.77 percent rate 
of return ultimately resulted in a 71 percent increase of per-acre land 
rates assessed to hydropower projects located in the Kenai Peninsula 
Area. In addition, per-acre land values for San Bernardino County 
located in California, Boulder and Clear Creek Counties located in 
Colorado, and Blaine County located in Idaho all significantly 
increased as a result of the 2012 published NASS Census.
    Conversely, the FY 2016 federal lands fee schedule rates have 
significantly decreased in comparison to the FY 2015 federal lands fee 
schedule rates issued on January 8, 2015 for a number of hydropower 
projects located in other locations as a result of the decreased per-
acre land values published in the 2012 NASS Census. Specifically 
hydropower projects occupying federal lands in Alpine, Lake, and 
Riverside Counties located in California, Aleutian Islands Area located 
in Alaska, and Grays Harbor County located in Washington will receive 
as much as a 37 percent decrease in comparison to the federal lands 
annual charges issued in FY 2015.
    If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact 
Steven Bromberek at (202) 502-8001 or Norman Richardson at (202) 502-
6219.

    Dated: February 18, 2016.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-03829 Filed 2-23-16; 8:45 am]
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