Boulder Canyon Project, 36586-36588 [2018-16248]

Download as PDF 36586 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 146 / Monday, July 30, 2018 / Notices Regulations (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. Protests may be considered, but intervention is necessary to become a party to the proceeding. eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/ docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Dated: July 24, 2018. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–16218 Filed 7–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 14879–000] daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Notice of Preliminary Permit Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Competing Applications: Go With the Flow Hydro Power, LLC On June 8, 2018, Go With the Flow Hydro Power, LLC (Go With the Flow) filed an application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act, proposing to study the feasibility of the Go With the Flow Hydroelectric Project (project) to be located on the Umatilla River about 8.7 river miles upstream from the confluence with the Columbia River, and 2.1 miles west southwest of Hermiston in Umatilla county, Oregon. On July 11, 2018, the applicant filed an amended permit application for the project. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners’ express permission. The proposed project will be at the site of the existing, abandoned Jim Boyd Hydroelectric Project (P–7269). The license for the Jim Boyd Project was terminated in 2011, and Go With the Flow has purchased these facilities. The proposed run-of-river project will involve rehabilitation and upgrade of the following existing facilities: A 3.5foot-high concrete diversion weir; a VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:33 Jul 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 canal intake with trashracks and fish screens; A 5,350-foot-long power canal; four 5-foot-diameter, 280-foot-long steel penstocks; a powerhouse with 4 turbine/generators with rated capacity of 300 kilowatts (kW) each for a total capacity of 1,200 kW; a 60-foot-wide, 20 foot-long concrete-lined tailrace; a 0.25mile-long, 12.47 kilovolt transmission line; and access roads. The estimated averaged annual generation of the project would be 3 gigawatt-hours and would be conveyed from the powerhouse to the existing Pacific Power and Light Company substation. Applicant Contact: Mark Sigl, Go With the Flow Hydro Power, LLC, 8021 Firestone Way, Antelope, CA 95843, phone (916) 812–5051. FERC Contact: Kim Nguyen, (202) 502–6105. 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–14879–000. More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link of Commission’s website at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibary.asp. Enter the docket number (P–14879) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Dated: July 24, 2018. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–16232 Filed 7–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Boulder Canyon Project Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of proposed fiscal year 2019 base charge and rates for electric service. AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) is proposing to calculate formula rates for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Boulder Canyon Project (BCP) electric service. The expiration of the FY 2018 base charge and rates on September 30, 2018, requires this action. The proposed base charge will provide sufficient revenue to recover all annual costs and repay investment obligations within the allowable period. The proposed base charge and rates are scheduled to become effective on October 1, 2018, and will remain in effect through September 30, 2019. Publication of this Federal Register notice will initiate the public process. DATES: The consultation and comment period begins today and will end October 29, 2018. WAPA will present a detailed explanation of the proposed FY 2019 base charge and rates at a public information forum that will be held on August 29, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) in Phoenix, Arizona. WAPA will also host a public comment forum that will be held on September 28, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MST in Phoenix, Arizona. Written comments will be accepted any time during the consultation and comment period. ADDRESSES: The public information forum and public comment forum will be held at WAPA’s Desert Southwest Customer Service Regional Office located at 615 South 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85009. Send written comments to Mr. Ronald E. Moulton, Regional Manager and Senior Vice President, Desert Southwest Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 6457, Phoenix, Arizona 85005–6457, or email dswpwrmrk@wapa.gov. WAPA will post information about the rate process and written comments received on its website at: http://www.wapa.gov/ regions/DSW/Rates/Pages/bouldercanyon-rates.aspx. Written comments must be received by the end of the consultation and comment period to be considered by WAPA in its decision process. As access to federal facilities is controlled, any U.S. citizen wishing to attend a public forum at WAPA must SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 146 / Monday, July 30, 2018 / Notices present an official form of picture identification (ID), such as a U.S. driver’s license, U.S. passport, U.S. government ID, or U.S. military ID at the time of the meeting. Foreign nationals should contact Ms. Tina Ramsey, Rates Manager, Desert Southwest Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, at (602) 605–2565 or email at ramsey@wapa.gov in advance of a forum to obtain the necessary form for admittance to the Desert Southwest Customer Service Regional Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Tina Ramsey, Rates Manager, Desert Southwest Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 6457, Phoenix, Arizona 85005– 6457, (602) 605–2565, or email ramsey@ wapa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Hoover Dam, authorized by the Boulder Canyon Project Act (45 Stat. 1057, December 21, 1928), sits on the Colorado River along the ArizonaNevada border. Hoover Dam’s power plant has 19 generating units (two for plant use) and an installed capacity of 2,078.8 megawatts (4,800 kilowatts for plant use). High-voltage transmission lines and substations deliver this power to southern Nevada, Arizona, and southern California, where it is marketed and sold by WAPA in collaboration with the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation). The rate-setting methodology for BCP calculates an annual base charge rather than a unit rate for power. Though WAPA determines a unit rate for comparative purposes, BCP contractors are billed the base charge in proportion to their allocation of BCP power. Rate Schedule BCP–F10 was confirmed and approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) 36587 for a five-year period ending September 30, 2022.1 Rate Schedule BCP–F10 requires the base charge and rate formulas be calculated annually based on current financial and hydrology data. The base charge is designed to recover an annual revenue requirement that includes investment repayment, interest, operations, maintenance and replacements, payments to states, and Hoover Dam visitor services. The total costs are offset by projected revenue from water sales, the Hoover Dam visitor services, ancillary services, and late fees. The annual revenue requirement is the base charge for electric service divided equally between capacity and energy. The annual composite rate is the base charge divided by annual energy sales. COMPARISON OF BASE CHARGE AND RATES Existing FY 2018 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Base Charge ($) .............................................................................................. Composite Rate (mills/kWh) ............................................................................ Energy Rate (mills/kWh) .................................................................................. Capacity Rate ($/kW-Mo) ................................................................................ The Federal Register notice initiating the FY 2018 public process proposed a one-time $15 million working capital collection for Reclamation for the new 50-year marketing period beginning October 1, 2017, which caused an increase to the base charge for FY 2018.2 At the time, WAPA anticipated a corresponding $15 million reduction to the base charge for FY 2019. During the FY 2018 public process, Reclamation and WAPA worked collaboratively with BCP customers to address customer concerns about the increase in the base charge resulting from the working capital collection. Reclamation and WAPA moderated the impact of the base charge increase by lowering some costs in FY 2018 and deferring other costs to FY 2019. The final result was a $7.2 million increase to the base charge rather than the $15 million increase originally proposed. The proposed FY 2019 base charge is decreasing $7.2 million from the FY 2018 base charge. This change is attributed to deferred costs, adjusted non-power revenue projections, and working capital. Reclamation’s costs for operations, maintenance and replacements, and visitor services are increasing $2.7 million primarily as a 1 EF18–1–000 VerDate Sep<11>2014 2 82 Jkt 244001 $76,910,193 19.98 9.99 $1.99 $69,741,657 18.92 9.46 $1.88 result of deferrals from FY 2018, while WAPA’s costs remain relatively flat. Non-power revenue projections are decreasing $5.1 million due to decreased tourism projections while the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and elevators are being renovated. The $15 million working capital for the new marketing period was collected in FY 2018 and no further collections are necessary in FY 2019. Reclamation and WAPA will continue to review projections to further reduce the proposed FY 2019 base charge, thereby benefitting all BCP customers. A lower base charge will also help offset the impact of financial obligations from the previous marketing period, referred to as transitional items, assessed to new customers independent of the base charge calculation. Any resulting changes to the proposed FY 2019 base charge will be presented at the public information forum. The proposed FY 2019 composite and energy rates decreased 5.3 percent and the capacity rate decreased 5.4 percent compared to the FY 2018 rates. The percentage decrease between the proposed base charge and rates differs due to energy and capacity projections. (June 6, 2018). 20:33 Jul 27, 2018 Proposed FY 2019 PO 00000 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ¥ $7,168,536 ¥ 1.06 ¥ 0.53 ¥ $0.11 Percent change ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ 9.3 5.3 5.3 5.4 This proposal, to be effective October 1, 2018, is preliminary and subject to change based on modifications to forecasts before publication of the final base charge and rates. Legal Authority The proposed formulas for electric service and the base charge and rates constitute a major rate adjustment, as defined by 10 CFR 903.2(e); therefore WAPA will hold public information and public comment forums for this rate adjustment, pursuant to 10 CFR 903.15 and 903.16. WAPA will review and consider all timely public comments and amend or adjust the proposal as appropriate. Proposed rates will be forwarded to the Deputy Secretary of Energy for approval. WAPA is proposing this action in accordance with 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 Reclamation under the Reclamation Act of 1902 (ch. 1093, 32 Stat. 388), as amended and supplemented by subsequent laws, particularly section FR 27814 (September 18, 2017). Frm 00075 Amount change E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 36588 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 146 / Monday, July 30, 2018 / Notices 9(c) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)); and other acts that specifically apply to the BCP. By Delegation Order No. 00–037.00B effective November 19, 2016, the Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) The authority to develop power and transmission rates to WAPA’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 DOE procedures for public participation in rate adjustments (10 CFR 903) were published on September 18, 1985 (50 FR 37835). Availability of Information All studies, comments, letters, memorandums, and other documents WAPA prepares or uses to develop the proposed base charge and rates will be available for inspection and copying at the Desert Southwest Customer Service Regional Office, Western Area Power Administration, located at 615 South 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85009. Many of these documents and supporting information are available on WAPA’s website at: http:// www.wapa.gov/regions/DSW/Rates/ Pages/boulder-canyon-rates.aspx. Ratemaking Procedure Requirements Environmental Compliance In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4321–4347; 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), WAPA is in the process of determining whether an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement should be prepared or if this action can be categorically excluded from those requirements. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Determination Under Executive Order 12866 WAPA 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: July 20, 2018. Mark A. Gabriel, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2018–16248 Filed 7–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:33 Jul 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION [OMB 3060–0562] Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission Under Delegated Authority Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collections. Comments are requested concerning: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the Commission’s burden estimate; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and ways to further reduce the information collection burden on small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees. The FCC may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the PRA that does not display a valid OMB control number. DATES: Written PRA comments should be submitted on or before September 28, 2018. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the contact listed below as soon as possible. ADDRESSES: Direct all PRA comments to Cathy Williams, FCC, via email to PRA@ fcc.gov and to Cathy.Williams@fcc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information about the information collection, contact Cathy Williams at (202) 418–2918. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 3060–0562. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Title: Section 76.916, Petition for Recertification. Form Number: Not applicable. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Respondents: Business or other forprofit entities; State, local or tribal government. Number of Respondents and Responses: 10 respondents; 15 responses. Estimated Time per Response: 10 hours. Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement; Third party disclosure requirement. Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The statutory authority for this information collection is contained in Sections 4(i) and 623 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. Total Annual Burden: 150 hours. Total Annual Cost: None. Privacy Act Impact Assessment: No impact(s). Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no need for confidentiality with this collection of information. Needs and Uses: 47 CFR 76.916 provides that a franchising authority wishing to assume jurisdiction to regulate basic cable service and associated rates after its request for certification has been denied or revoked, may file a petition for recertification with the Commission. The petition must be served on the cable operator and on any interested party that participated in the proceeding denying or revoking the original certification. Oppositions to petitions may be filed within 15 days after the petition is filed. Replies may be filed within seven days of filing of oppositions. Federal Communications Commission. Marlene Dortch, Secretary, Office of the Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–16199 Filed 7–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Radio Broadcasting Services; AM or FM Proposals To Change the Community of License Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The agency must receive comments on or before September 28, 2018. DATES: E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 146 (Monday, July 30, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36586-36588]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-16248]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Boulder Canyon Project

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of proposed fiscal year 2019 base charge and rates for 
electric service.

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SUMMARY: Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) is proposing to 
calculate formula rates for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Boulder Canyon 
Project (BCP) electric service. The expiration of the FY 2018 base 
charge and rates on September 30, 2018, requires this action. The 
proposed base charge will provide sufficient revenue to recover all 
annual costs and repay investment obligations within the allowable 
period. The proposed base charge and rates are scheduled to become 
effective on October 1, 2018, and will remain in effect through 
September 30, 2019. Publication of this Federal Register notice will 
initiate the public process.

DATES: The consultation and comment period begins today and will end 
October 29, 2018. WAPA will present a detailed explanation of the 
proposed FY 2019 base charge and rates at a public information forum 
that will be held on August 29, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Mountain Standard Time (MST) in Phoenix, Arizona. WAPA will also host a 
public comment forum that will be held on September 28, 2018, from 
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MST in Phoenix, Arizona. Written comments will 
be accepted any time during the consultation and comment period.

ADDRESSES: The public information forum and public comment forum will 
be held at WAPA's Desert Southwest Customer Service Regional Office 
located at 615 South 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85009. Send written 
comments to Mr. Ronald E. Moulton, Regional Manager and Senior Vice 
President, Desert Southwest Customer Service Region, Western Area Power 
Administration, P.O. Box 6457, Phoenix, Arizona 85005-6457, or email 
[email protected]. WAPA will post information about the rate process 
and written comments received on its website at: http://www.wapa.gov/regions/DSW/Rates/Pages/boulder-canyon-rates.aspx. Written comments 
must be received by the end of the consultation and comment period to 
be considered by WAPA in its decision process.
    As access to federal facilities is controlled, any U.S. citizen 
wishing to attend a public forum at WAPA must

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present an official form of picture identification (ID), such as a U.S. 
driver's license, U.S. passport, U.S. government ID, or U.S. military 
ID at the time of the meeting. Foreign nationals should contact Ms. 
Tina Ramsey, Rates Manager, Desert Southwest Customer Service Region, 
Western Area Power Administration, at (602) 605-2565 or email at 
[email protected] in advance of a forum to obtain the necessary form for 
admittance to the Desert Southwest Customer Service Regional Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Tina Ramsey, Rates Manager, Desert 
Southwest Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, 
P.O. Box 6457, Phoenix, Arizona 85005-6457, (602) 605-2565, or email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Hoover Dam, authorized by the Boulder Canyon Project Act (45 Stat. 
1057, December 21, 1928), sits on the Colorado River along the Arizona-
Nevada border. Hoover Dam's power plant has 19 generating units (two 
for plant use) and an installed capacity of 2,078.8 megawatts (4,800 
kilowatts for plant use). High-voltage transmission lines and 
substations deliver this power to southern Nevada, Arizona, and 
southern California, where it is marketed and sold by WAPA in 
collaboration with the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation).
    The rate-setting methodology for BCP calculates an annual base 
charge rather than a unit rate for power. Though WAPA determines a unit 
rate for comparative purposes, BCP contractors are billed the base 
charge in proportion to their allocation of BCP power.
    Rate Schedule BCP-F10 was confirmed and approved by the Federal 
Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a five-year period ending 
September 30, 2022.\1\ Rate Schedule BCP-F10 requires the base charge 
and rate formulas be calculated annually based on current financial and 
hydrology data. The base charge is designed to recover an annual 
revenue requirement that includes investment repayment, interest, 
operations, maintenance and replacements, payments to states, and 
Hoover Dam visitor services. The total costs are offset by projected 
revenue from water sales, the Hoover Dam visitor services, ancillary 
services, and late fees. The annual revenue requirement is the base 
charge for electric service divided equally between capacity and 
energy. The annual composite rate is the base charge divided by annual 
energy sales.
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    \1\ EF18-1-000 (June 6, 2018).

                                       Comparison of Base Charge and Rates
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                                                    Existing FY     Proposed FY
                                                       2018            2019        Amount change  Percent change
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Base Charge ($).................................     $76,910,193     $69,741,657    - $7,168,536           - 9.3
Composite Rate (mills/kWh)......................           19.98           18.92          - 1.06           - 5.3
Energy Rate (mills/kWh).........................            9.99            9.46          - 0.53           - 5.3
Capacity Rate ($/kW-Mo).........................           $1.99           $1.88         - $0.11           - 5.4
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    The Federal Register notice initiating the FY 2018 public process 
proposed a one-time $15 million working capital collection for 
Reclamation for the new 50-year marketing period beginning October 1, 
2017, which caused an increase to the base charge for FY 2018.\2\ At 
the time, WAPA anticipated a corresponding $15 million reduction to the 
base charge for FY 2019. During the FY 2018 public process, Reclamation 
and WAPA worked collaboratively with BCP customers to address customer 
concerns about the increase in the base charge resulting from the 
working capital collection. Reclamation and WAPA moderated the impact 
of the base charge increase by lowering some costs in FY 2018 and 
deferring other costs to FY 2019. The final result was a $7.2 million 
increase to the base charge rather than the $15 million increase 
originally proposed.
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    \2\ 82 FR 27814 (September 18, 2017).
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    The proposed FY 2019 base charge is decreasing $7.2 million from 
the FY 2018 base charge. This change is attributed to deferred costs, 
adjusted non-power revenue projections, and working capital. 
Reclamation's costs for operations, maintenance and replacements, and 
visitor services are increasing $2.7 million primarily as a result of 
deferrals from FY 2018, while WAPA's costs remain relatively flat. Non-
power revenue projections are decreasing $5.1 million due to decreased 
tourism projections while the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and elevators 
are being renovated. The $15 million working capital for the new 
marketing period was collected in FY 2018 and no further collections 
are necessary in FY 2019.
    Reclamation and WAPA will continue to review projections to further 
reduce the proposed FY 2019 base charge, thereby benefitting all BCP 
customers. A lower base charge will also help offset the impact of 
financial obligations from the previous marketing period, referred to 
as transitional items, assessed to new customers independent of the 
base charge calculation. Any resulting changes to the proposed FY 2019 
base charge will be presented at the public information forum.
    The proposed FY 2019 composite and energy rates decreased 5.3 
percent and the capacity rate decreased 5.4 percent compared to the FY 
2018 rates. The percentage decrease between the proposed base charge 
and rates differs due to energy and capacity projections.
    This proposal, to be effective October 1, 2018, is preliminary and 
subject to change based on modifications to forecasts before 
publication of the final base charge and rates.

Legal Authority

    The proposed formulas for electric service and the base charge and 
rates constitute a major rate adjustment, as defined by 10 CFR 
903.2(e); therefore WAPA will hold public information and public 
comment forums for this rate adjustment, pursuant to 10 CFR 903.15 and 
903.16. WAPA will review and consider all timely public comments and 
amend or adjust the proposal as appropriate. Proposed rates will be 
forwarded to the Deputy Secretary of Energy for approval.
    WAPA is proposing this action in accordance with 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 Reclamation under the Reclamation Act of 1902 (ch. 1093, 32 Stat. 
388), as amended and supplemented by subsequent laws, particularly 
section

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9(c) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)); and 
other acts that specifically apply to the BCP.
    By Delegation Order No. 00-037.00B effective November 19, 2016, the 
Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) The authority to develop power and 
transmission rates to WAPA'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 DOE procedures for public 
participation in rate adjustments (10 CFR 903) were published on 
September 18, 1985 (50 FR 37835).

Availability of Information

    All studies, comments, letters, memorandums, and other documents 
WAPA prepares or uses to develop the proposed base charge and rates 
will be available for inspection and copying at the Desert Southwest 
Customer Service Regional Office, Western Area Power Administration, 
located at 615 South 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85009. Many of these 
documents and supporting information are available on WAPA's website 
at: http://www.wapa.gov/regions/DSW/Rates/Pages/boulder-canyon-rates.aspx.

Ratemaking Procedure Requirements

Environmental Compliance

    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 
1969, 42 U.S.C. 4321-4347; 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), WAPA is 
in the process of determining whether an environmental assessment or an 
environmental impact statement should be prepared or if this action can 
be categorically excluded from those requirements.

Determination Under Executive Order 12866

    WAPA 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: July 20, 2018.
Mark A. Gabriel,
Administrator.
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