Central Valley Project, California-Oregon Transmission Project, Pacific Alternating Current Intertie, and Third-Party Transmission Service-Rate Order No. WAPA-185, 30712-30714 [2019-13714]

Download as PDF 30712 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 124 / Thursday, June 27, 2019 / Notices Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/12/19. The filings are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the links or querying the docket number. Any person desiring to intervene or protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s 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: June 21, 2019. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–13718 Filed 6–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP19–118–000] jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Trans-Foreland Pipeline Company, LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Kenai LNG Cool Down Project On March 29, 2019, Trans-Foreland Pipeline Company, LLC filed an application in Docket No. CP19–118– 000 requesting an authorization pursuant to Section 3(a) of the Natural Gas Act to construct and operate certain liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. The proposed project is known as the Kenai LNG Cool Down Project (Project), and would allow the Kenai LNG Plant to provide up to 7.0 million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas to Trans-Foreland’s affiliated Kenai Refinery adjacent to the Kenai LNG Plant. On April 12, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) issued its Notice of Application for the Project. Among other things, that notice alerted agencies issuing federal authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on a request for a federal authorization within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff’s Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Project. This instant notice VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:15 Jun 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 identifies the FERC staff’s planned schedule for the completion of the EA for the Project. Schedule for Environmental Review Issuance of EA—December 13, 2019 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline—March 12, 2020 If a schedule change becomes necessary, additional notice will be provided so that the relevant agencies are kept informed of the Project’s progress. Project Description Trans-Foreland proposes to make facility modifications to bring parts of Kenai LNG Plant out of its current warm idle status to allow for the import of LNG. Trans-Foreland proposes to install, construct, and operate a new 1,000 horsepower electric-driven boiloff-gas (BOG) booster compressor unit, trim vaporizers, additional LNG transfer system valves, equipment to manage the existing BOG facilities (collectively referred to as the BOG Management System), and ancillary facilities to facilitate the import of LNG to cool down the existing LNG storage tanks and associated LNG facilities. Background On May 13, 2019, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Kenai LNG Cool Down Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues (NOI). The NOI was sent to affected landowners; federal, state, and local government agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. In response to the NOI, the Commission received comments from the Alaska State Historic Preservation Office regarding the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act consultation, noting that the existing LNG facilities may be a historic property. All substantive comments will be addressed in the EA. The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Transportation are cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EA. Additional Information In order to receive notification of the issuance of the EA and to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of these filings, document PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 summaries, and direct links to the documents. Go to www.ferc.gov/docsfiling/esubscription.asp. Additional information about the Project is available from the Commission’s Office of External Affairs at (866) 208–FERC or on the FERC website (www.ferc.gov). Using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link, select ‘‘General Search’’ from the eLibrary menu, enter the selected date range and ‘‘Docket Number’’ excluding the last three digits (i.e., CP19–118), and follow the instructions. For assistance with access to eLibrary, the helpline can be reached at (866) 208–3676, TTY (202) 502–8659, or at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. The eLibrary link on the FERC website also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rule makings. Dated: June 19, 2019. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–13717 Filed 6–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Central Valley Project, CaliforniaOregon Transmission Project, Pacific Alternating Current Intertie, and ThirdParty Transmission Service—Rate Order No. WAPA–185 Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of rate order extending Sierra Nevada Region’s power, transmission, and ancillary services formula rates. AGENCY: The Under Secretary of Energy confirms, approves, and places into effect, on an interim basis, the extension of the existing Central Valley Project power, transmission, and ancillary service; California-Oregon Transmission Project transmission; Pacific Alternating Current Intertie transmission; and third-party transmission formula rates. Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) will submit them to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for confirmation and approval on a final basis. The existing formula rates are set to expire on September 30, 2019. This rate extension makes no changes to the existing formula rates and extends them through September 30, 2024. DATES: The formula rates will be placed into effect on an interim basis on October 1, 2019. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27JNN1.SGM 27JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 124 / Thursday, June 27, 2019 / Notices Ms. Sonja Anderson, Regional Manager, Sierra Nevada Region, Western Area Power Administration, 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630–4710, (916) 353–4418, e-mail: sanderso@wapa.gov; or Ms. Autumn Wolfe, Rates Manager, Sierra Nevada Region, (916) 353–4686, e-mail: wolfe@wapa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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, or to remand or disapprove such rates, to FERC. In Delegation Order No. 00–002.00Q, effective November 1, 2018, the Secretary of Energy also delegated to the Under Secretary of Energy the authority to confirm, approve, and place into effect on an interim basis power and transmission rates for WAPA. By Redelegation Order 00–002.10D, effective June 4, 2019, the Under Secretary of Energy further delegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Assistant Secretary for Electricity. This extension is issued in accordance with the Delegation Order and DOE’s rate extension procedures at 10 CFR 903.23(a).1 On July 14, 2016, FERC approved Rate Order No. WAPA–173: WAPA’s rates for the Central Valley Project power, transmission, and ancillary service; and transmission service for CaliforniaOregon Transmission Project, Pacific Alternating Current Intertie, and ThirdParty Transmission.2 FERC approved the rates for three years from October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2019. Under the approved formula rates, WAPA recalculates the charges and revenue requirements each year based on updated financial and operational data. The existing formula rates provide sufficient revenue to repay all annual expenses, including interest expense, and repay capital investments within the allowable periods; this ensures repayment within the cost recovery criteria set forth in DOE Order RA 6120.2. Given the pending expiration of these rates, WAPA proposed to extend jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 1 84 FR 5347 (Feb. 21, 2019). 2 Order Confirming and Approving Rate Schedule on Final Basis, FERC Docket No. EF16–3–000, 156 FERC ¶ 62,039 (2016). FERC originally approved the rate on December 2, 2011. Order Confirming and Approving Rate Schedule on a Final Basis, FERC Docket No. EF11–9–000, 137 FERC ¶ 62,201 (2011). VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:15 Jun 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 them under Rate Order No. 185.3 The rate extension makes no change to the existing formula rates and extends the rates through September 30, 2024. Following DOE’s review of WAPA’s proposal,4 I hereby confirm, approve, and place into effect Rate Order No. WAPA–185 on an interim basis. This extends, without adjustment, the existing rate schedules listed below, through September 30, 2024: • CV–F13 (Base Resource and First Preference Power), • CPP–2 (Custom Product Power), • CV–T3 (Firm and Non-Firm Point-toPoint Transmission Service), • CV–NWT5 (Network Integration Transmission Service), • COTP–T3 (Firm and Non-Firm Pointto-Point Transmission Service), • PACI–T3 (Firm and Non-Firm Pointto-Point Transmission Service), • CV–TPT7 (Third-Party Transmission Service), • CV–UUP1 (Unreserved Use Penalties), • CV–RFS4 (Regulation and Frequency Response), • CV–SPR4 (Spinning Reserves), • CV–SUR4 (Supplemental Reserves), • CV–EID4 (Energy Imbalance Service), and • CV–GID1 (Generator Imbalance). WAPA will submit Rate Order No. WAPA–185 and the extended rate schedules to FERC for confirmation and approval on a final basis. Dated: June 21, 2019. Bruce J. Walker, Assistant Secretary. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY UNDER SECRETARY In the Matter of: Western Area Power Administration Extension for the Central Valley Project, California-Oregon Transmission Project, Pacific Alternating Current Intertie, and Third-Party Transmission Service Formula Rates. Rate Order No. WAPA-185 ORDER CONFIRMING, APPROVING, AND PLACING THE FORMULA RATES FOR THE CENTRAL VALLEY PROJECT, CALIFORNIA-OREGON TRANSMISSION PROJECT, PACIFIC ALTERNATING CURRENT INTERTIE, AND THIRD-PARTY TRANSMISSION SERVICE FORMULA RATES INTO EFFECT ON AN INTERIM BASIS This Rate Order extends formula rates. The extension is undertaken pursuant to section 302 of the Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7152), which transferred to, and vested in, the 3 80 4 83 PO 00000 FR 51556 (Aug. 25, 2015). FR 63857 (Dec. 12, 2018). Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30713 Secretary of Energy the power marketing functions of the Secretary of the Interior and the Bureau of 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 other acts that specifically apply to the project involved. 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 the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA); (2) the authority to confirm, approve, and place into effect such rates 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, or to remand or disapprove such rates, to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). By Delegation Order No. 00-002.00Q, effective November 1, 2018, the Secretary of Energy also delegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Under Secretary of Energy. By Redelegation Order No. 00-002.10D, effective June 4, 2019, the Under Secretary of Energy further delegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Assistant Secretary for Electricity. This Rate Order’s extension is issued under the latter Delegation Order and DOE’s rate extension procedures codified at 10 CFR 903.23(a).1 BACKGROUND On July 14, 2016, FERC confirmed, approved, and placed into effect Rate Order No. WAPA-173,2 which extended the rates listed below for three years from October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2019: • CV-F13 (Base Resource and First Preference Power), • CPP-2 (Custom Product Power), • CV-T3 (Firm and Non-Firm Point-toPoint Transmission Service), • CV-NWT5 (Network Integration Transmission Service), • COTP-T3 (Firm and Non-Firm Pointto-Point Transmission Service), 1 84 FR 5347 (Feb. 21, 2019). Confirming and Approving Rate Schedule on Final Basis, FERC Docket No. EF16-3-000, 156 FERC ¶ 62,039 (2016). FERC originally approved the rate on December 2, 2011. Order Confirming and Approving Rate Schedule on a Final Basis, FERC Docket No. EF11-9-000, 137 FERC ¶ 62,201 (2011). 2 Order E:\FR\FM\27JNN1.SGM 27JNN1 30714 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 124 / Thursday, June 27, 2019 / Notices • PACI-T3 (Firm and Non-Firm Pointto-Point Transmission Service), • CV-TPT7 (Third-Party Transmission Service), • CV-UUP1 (Unreserved Use Penalties), • CV-RFS4 (Regulation and Frequency Response), • CV-SPR4 (Spinning Reserves), • CV-SUR4 (Supplemental Reserves), • CV-EID4 (Energy Imbalance Service), and • CV-GID1 (Generator Imbalance). These rates apply to power, transmission, and ancillary services for the Central Valley Project, and transmission service for the Pacific AC Intertie, California-Oregon Transmission Project, and third party transmission. On December 12, 2018, pursuant to 10 CFR 903.23(a), WAPA filed a notice in the Federal Register proposing to extend, without adjustment, the above rates as Rate Order No. WAPA-185.3 WAPA determined it was not necessary to hold public information or public comment forums on the proposed formula rate extension, but provided a 30-day consultation and comment period. The consultation and comment period ended on January 11, 2019, and WAPA received no comments on the proposed formula rate extension. DISCUSSION The power, transmission, and ancillary service formula rates, approved under Rate Order No. WAPA173, expire on September 30, 2019. WAPA recalculates the charges under the existing formula rate methodologies at least annually, which provides adequate revenue to recover annual expenses, including interest expense, and repay capital investments within allowable time. This ensures repayment within the cost recovery criteria set forth in DOE Order RA 6120.2. Rate Order No. WAPA-185 extends, without adjustment, the existing formula rates listed above, through September 30, 2024, thereby continuing to ensure project repayment within the cost recovery criteria. ORDER In view of the above and under the authority delegated to me, I hereby confirm, approve, and place into effect, on an interim basis, Rate Order No. WAPA-185, which extends the existing power, transmission, and ancillary services formula rates: Rate Schedules CV-F13, CPP-2, CV-T3, CV-NWT5, COTP-T3, PACI-T3, CV-TPT7, CVUUP1, CV-SPR4, CV-SUR4, CV-RFS4, CV-EID4, and CV-GID1, through September 30, 2024. The rates will remain in effect on an interim basis until: (1) FERC confirms and approves this extension on a final basis; (2) subsequent rates are confirmed and approved; or (3) such rates are superseded. Dated: June 21, 2019. Bruce J. Walker, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–13714 Filed 6–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection Renewal; Comment Request (OMB No. 3064–0001) Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: The FDIC, as part of its obligations under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the renewal of the existing information collection described below (3064–0001). SUMMARY: Comments must be submitted on or before August 26, 2019. ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments to the FDIC by any of the following methods: • https://www.FDIC.gov/regulations/ laws/federal. • Email: comments@fdic.gov. Include the name and number of the collection in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Manny Cabeza (202–898– 3767), Counsel, MB–3128, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20429. • Hand Delivery: Comments may be hand-delivered to the guard station at the rear of the 17th Street Building (located on F Street), on business days between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. All comments should refer to the relevant OMB control number. A copy of the comments may also be submitted to the OMB desk officer for the FDIC: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Manny Cabeza, Counsel, (202) 898– 3767, mcabeza@fdic.gov, MB–3128, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20429. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposal to renew the following currently approved collection of information: 1. Title: Interagency Charter and Federal Deposit Insurance Application. OMB Number: 3064–0001. Form: Interagency Charter and Federal Deposit Insurance Application. Affected Public: Banks or Savings Associations wishing to become FDICinsured depository institutions. Burden Estimate: SUMMARY OF ANNUAL BURDEN Information collection (IC) description jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Interagency Charter and Federal Deposit Insurance Application. Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours. Obligation to respond Reporting ..... Mandatory .... 34 ...................... ...................... ........................ General Description of Collection: The Federal Deposit Insurance Act requires 3 83 Estimated number of respondents Type of burden Estimated time per response (Hours) Frequency of response Total estimated annual burden (Hours) 1 125 On Occasion 4,250 ........................ ........................ ...................... 4,250 Estimated number of responses financial institutions to apply to the FDIC to obtain deposit insurance. This collection provides FDIC with the FR 63857 (Dec. 12, 2018). VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:15 Jun 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\27JNN1.SGM 27JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 124 (Thursday, June 27, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 30712-30714]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Central Valley Project, California-Oregon Transmission Project, 
Pacific Alternating Current Intertie, and Third-Party Transmission 
Service--Rate Order No. WAPA-185

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of rate order extending Sierra Nevada Region's power, 
transmission, and ancillary services formula rates.

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SUMMARY: The Under Secretary of Energy confirms, approves, and places 
into effect, on an interim basis, the extension of the existing Central 
Valley Project power, transmission, and ancillary service; California-
Oregon Transmission Project transmission; Pacific Alternating Current 
Intertie transmission; and third-party transmission formula rates. 
Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) will submit them to the 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for confirmation and 
approval on a final basis. The existing formula rates are set to expire 
on September 30, 2019. This rate extension makes no changes to the 
existing formula rates and extends them through September 30, 2024.

DATES: The formula rates will be placed into effect on an interim basis 
on October 1, 2019.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sonja Anderson, Regional Manager, 
Sierra Nevada Region, Western Area Power Administration, 114 Parkshore 
Drive, Folsom, CA 95630-4710, (916) 353-4418, e-mail: 
[email protected]; or Ms. Autumn Wolfe, Rates Manager, Sierra Nevada 
Region, (916) 353-4686, e-mail: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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, or to remand or disapprove such rates, to 
FERC. In Delegation Order No. 00-002.00Q, effective November 1, 2018, 
the Secretary of Energy also delegated to the Under Secretary of Energy 
the authority to confirm, approve, and place into effect on an interim 
basis power and transmission rates for WAPA. By Redelegation Order 00-
002.10D, effective June 4, 2019, the Under Secretary of Energy further 
delegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into 
effect on an interim basis to the Assistant Secretary for Electricity. 
This extension is issued in accordance with the Delegation Order and 
DOE's rate extension procedures at 10 CFR 903.23(a).\1\
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    \1\ 84 FR 5347 (Feb. 21, 2019).
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    On July 14, 2016, FERC approved Rate Order No. WAPA-173: WAPA's 
rates for the Central Valley Project power, transmission, and ancillary 
service; and transmission service for California-Oregon Transmission 
Project, Pacific Alternating Current Intertie, and Third-Party 
Transmission.\2\ FERC approved the rates for three years from October 
1, 2016, through September 30, 2019. Under the approved formula rates, 
WAPA recalculates the charges and revenue requirements each year based 
on updated financial and operational data. The existing formula rates 
provide sufficient revenue to repay all annual expenses, including 
interest expense, and repay capital investments within the allowable 
periods; this ensures repayment within the cost recovery criteria set 
forth in DOE Order RA 6120.2. Given the pending expiration of these 
rates, WAPA proposed to extend them under Rate Order No. 185.\3\ The 
rate extension makes no change to the existing formula rates and 
extends the rates through September 30, 2024.
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    \2\ Order Confirming and Approving Rate Schedule on Final Basis, 
FERC Docket No. EF16-3-000, 156 FERC ] 62,039 (2016). FERC 
originally approved the rate on December 2, 2011. Order Confirming 
and Approving Rate Schedule on a Final Basis, FERC Docket No. EF11-
9-000, 137 FERC ] 62,201 (2011).
    \3\ 80 FR 51556 (Aug. 25, 2015).
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    Following DOE's review of WAPA's proposal,\4\ I hereby confirm, 
approve, and place into effect Rate Order No. WAPA-185 on an interim 
basis. This extends, without adjustment, the existing rate schedules 
listed below, through September 30, 2024:
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    \4\ 83 FR 63857 (Dec. 12, 2018).

 CV-F13 (Base Resource and First Preference Power),
 CPP-2 (Custom Product Power),
 CV-T3 (Firm and Non-Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Service),
 CV-NWT5 (Network Integration Transmission Service),
 COTP-T3 (Firm and Non-Firm Point-to-Point Transmission 
Service),
 PACI-T3 (Firm and Non-Firm Point-to-Point Transmission 
Service),
 CV-TPT7 (Third-Party Transmission Service),
 CV-UUP1 (Unreserved Use Penalties),
 CV-RFS4 (Regulation and Frequency Response),
 CV-SPR4 (Spinning Reserves),
 CV-SUR4 (Supplemental Reserves),
 CV-EID4 (Energy Imbalance Service), and
 CV-GID1 (Generator Imbalance).

WAPA will submit Rate Order No. WAPA-185 and the extended rate 
schedules to FERC for confirmation and approval on a final basis.

    Dated: June 21, 2019.
Bruce J. Walker,
Assistant Secretary.

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

UNDER SECRETARY

    In the Matter of: Western Area Power Administration Extension 
for the Central Valley Project, California-Oregon Transmission 
Project, Pacific Alternating Current Intertie, and Third-Party 
Transmission Service Formula Rates.

Rate Order No. WAPA-185

ORDER CONFIRMING, APPROVING, AND PLACING THE FORMULA RATES FOR THE 
CENTRAL VALLEY PROJECT, CALIFORNIA-OREGON TRANSMISSION PROJECT, PACIFIC 
ALTERNATING CURRENT INTERTIE, AND THIRD-PARTY TRANSMISSION SERVICE 
FORMULA RATES INTO EFFECT ON AN INTERIM BASIS

    This Rate Order extends formula rates. The extension is undertaken 
pursuant to section 302 of the Department of Energy (DOE) Organization 
Act (42 U.S.C. 7152), which transferred to, and vested in, the 
Secretary of Energy the power marketing functions of the Secretary of 
the Interior and the Bureau of 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 other acts that specifically apply 
to the project involved.
    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 the Administrator of the Western Area Power 
Administration (WAPA); (2) the authority to confirm, approve, and place 
into effect such rates 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, or to remand or disapprove such rates, to the 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). By Delegation Order No. 
00-002.00Q, effective November 1, 2018, the Secretary of Energy also 
delegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into 
effect on an interim basis to the Under Secretary of Energy. By 
Redelegation Order No. 00-002.10D, effective June 4, 2019, the Under 
Secretary of Energy further delegated the authority to confirm, 
approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the 
Assistant Secretary for Electricity. This Rate Order's extension is 
issued under the latter Delegation Order and DOE's rate extension 
procedures codified at 10 CFR 903.23(a).\1\
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    \1\ 84 FR 5347 (Feb. 21, 2019).
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BACKGROUND

    On July 14, 2016, FERC confirmed, approved, and placed into effect 
Rate Order No. WAPA-173,\2\ which extended the rates listed below for 
three years from October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2019:
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    \2\ Order Confirming and Approving Rate Schedule on Final Basis, 
FERC Docket No. EF16-3-000, 156 FERC ] 62,039 (2016). FERC 
originally approved the rate on December 2, 2011. Order Confirming 
and Approving Rate Schedule on a Final Basis, FERC Docket No. EF11-
9-000, 137 FERC ] 62,201 (2011).

 CV-F13 (Base Resource and First Preference Power),
 CPP-2 (Custom Product Power),
 CV-T3 (Firm and Non-Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Service),
 CV-NWT5 (Network Integration Transmission Service),
 COTP-T3 (Firm and Non-Firm Point-to-Point Transmission 
Service),

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 PACI-T3 (Firm and Non-Firm Point-to-Point Transmission 
Service),
 CV-TPT7 (Third-Party Transmission Service),
 CV-UUP1 (Unreserved Use Penalties),
 CV-RFS4 (Regulation and Frequency Response),
 CV-SPR4 (Spinning Reserves),
 CV-SUR4 (Supplemental Reserves),
 CV-EID4 (Energy Imbalance Service), and
 CV-GID1 (Generator Imbalance).

These rates apply to power, transmission, and ancillary services for 
the Central Valley Project, and transmission service for the Pacific AC 
Intertie, California-Oregon Transmission Project, and third party 
transmission. On December 12, 2018, pursuant to 10 CFR 903.23(a), WAPA 
filed a notice in the Federal Register proposing to extend, without 
adjustment, the above rates as Rate Order No. WAPA-185.\3\ WAPA 
determined it was not necessary to hold public information or public 
comment forums on the proposed formula rate extension, but provided a 
30-day consultation and comment period. The consultation and comment 
period ended on January 11, 2019, and WAPA received no comments on the 
proposed formula rate extension.
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    \3\ 83 FR 63857 (Dec. 12, 2018).
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DISCUSSION

    The power, transmission, and ancillary service formula rates, 
approved under Rate Order No. WAPA-173, expire on September 30, 2019. 
WAPA recalculates the charges under the existing formula rate 
methodologies at least annually, which provides adequate revenue to 
recover annual expenses, including interest expense, and repay capital 
investments within allowable time. This ensures repayment within the 
cost recovery criteria set forth in DOE Order RA 6120.2.
    Rate Order No. WAPA-185 extends, without adjustment, the existing 
formula rates listed above, through September 30, 2024, thereby 
continuing to ensure project repayment within the cost recovery 
criteria.

ORDER

    In view of the above and under the authority delegated to me, I 
hereby confirm, approve, and place into effect, on an interim basis, 
Rate Order No. WAPA-185, which extends the existing power, 
transmission, and ancillary services formula rates: Rate Schedules CV-
F13, CPP-2, CV-T3, CV-NWT5, COTP-T3, PACI-T3, CV-TPT7, CV-UUP1, CV-
SPR4, CV-SUR4, CV-RFS4, CV-EID4, and CV-GID1, through September 30, 
2024. The rates will remain in effect on an interim basis until: (1) 
FERC confirms and approves this extension on a final basis; (2) 
subsequent rates are confirmed and approved; or (3) such rates are 
superseded.

Dated: June 21, 2019.

Bruce J. Walker,

Assistant Secretary.

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