Robert D. Willis Hydropower Project Rate Schedule, 50532-50535 [2021-19396]

Download as PDF 50532 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 172 / Thursday, September 9, 2021 / Notices Rayburn Dam, fit within the class of categorically excluded actions as listed in Appendix B to Subpart D of 10 CFR part 1021, the Implementing Procedures and Guidelines of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321–4347): Categorical exclusions applicable to B4.3: Electric power marketing rate changes, which does not require preparation of either an environmental impact statement (EIS) or an environmental assessment (EA). On May 27, 2021, Southwestern determined that categorical exclusion B4.3 applies to the current action. Administrative Procedures Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553(d)), publication or service of a substantive rule must be made not less than 30 days before its effective date, except (1) a substantive rule that grants or recognizes an exemption or relieves a restriction; (2) interpretative rules and statements of policy; or (3) as otherwise provided by the agency for good cause found and published with the rule. The Administrator finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action as unnecessary for the following reasons: (1) This is an extension of rates previously approved by FERC, pursuant to 10 CFR 903.23(a); (2) there are no substantive changes, as the existing rate schedules and anticipated revenues remain the same; and (3) the Administrator provided notice and opportunity for public comment more than 30 days prior to the effective date of the rate extension and received no comments. Order In view of the foregoing, and pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy, I hereby extend on an interim basis, for the period of two years, effective October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2023, the current Sam Rayburn Dam rate schedule: Rate Schedule SRD–15, Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 Signing Authority This document of the Department of Energy was signed on August 30, 2021, by Mike Wech, Administrator for Southwestern Power Administration, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. That document, with the original signature and date, is maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Sep 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 authorized to sign and submit the document in electronic format for publication, as an official document of DOE. This administrative process in no way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the Federal Register. Signed in Washington, DC, on September 2, 2021. Treena V. Garrett, Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy. United States Department of Energy Southwestern Power Administration Rate Schedule SRD–15 1 ** Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy Sold to Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Contract No. DE–PM75–92SW00215) Effective During the period January 1, 2016, through September 30, 2023,** in accordance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order issued in Docket No. EF16–2–000 (June 30, 2016), extension approved by the Assistant Secretary for Electricity in Rate Order No. 75 (Sept. 22, 2019), and extension approved by the Administrator in Rate Order No. 78 (August 30, 2021). Applicable To the power and energy purchased by Sam Rayburn Dam Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SRDEC) from the Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) under the terms and conditions of the Power Sales Contract dated October 7, 1992, as amended, for the sale of all Hydro Power and Energy generated at the Sam Rayburn Dam and Reservoir. Character and Conditions of Service Three-phase, alternating current, delivered at approximately 60 Hertz, at the nominal voltage, at the point of delivery, and in such quantities as are specified by contract. 1. Wholesale Rates, Terms, and Conditions for Hydro Power and Energy 1.1. This rate shall be applicable regardless of the quantity of Hydro Power and Energy available or delivered to SRDEC; provided, however, that if an Uncontrollable Force prevents utilization of both of the project’s power generating units for an entire billing period, and if during such billing period 1 Supersedes Rate Schedule SRD–13. ** Extended through September 30, 2023, by approval of Rate Order No. SWPA–78 by the Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 water releases were being made which otherwise would have been used to generate Hydro Power and Energy, then Southwestern shall, upon request by SRDEC, suspend billing for subsequent billing periods, until such time as at least one of the project’s generating units is again available. 1.2. The term ‘‘Uncontrollable Force,’’ as used herein, shall mean any force which is not within the control of the party affected, including, but not limited to, failure of water supply, failure of facilities, flood, earthquake, storm, lightning, fire, epidemic, riot, civil disturbance, labor disturbance, sabotage, war, acts of war, terrorist acts, or restraint by court of general jurisdiction, which by exercise of due diligence and foresight, such party could not reasonably have been expected to avoid. 1.3. Hydro Power Rates, Terms, and Conditions. 1.3.1. Monthly Charge for the Period of January 1, 2016, through September 30, 2023. $380,316 per month ($4,563,792 per year) for Sam Rayburn Dam Hydro Power and Energy purchased by SRDEC from January 1, 2016, through September 30, 2023. [FR Doc. 2021–19395 Filed 9–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Southwestern Power Administration Robert D. Willis Hydropower Project Rate Schedule Southwestern Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of extension of Robert D. Willis Hydropower Project rate schedule. AGENCY: The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) has approved and placed into effect on an interim basis Rate Order No. SWPA–79, which extends the following existing Southwestern Robert D. Willis Hydropower Project rate: Rate Schedule RDW–15, Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy. This is an interim rate action effective October 1, 2021, extending for a period of two years through September 30, 2023. DATES: The effective period for the rate schedule specified in Rate Order No. SWPA–79 is October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2023. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Fritha Ohlson, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Office of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 172 / Thursday, September 9, 2021 / Notices lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103, (918) 595–6684 or email: fritha.ohlson@swpa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Rate Order No. SWPA–79 is approved and placed into effect on an interim basis for the period October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2023, for the following Southwestern Robert D. Willis Hydropower Project (Robert D. Willis) rate schedule: Rate Schedule RDW–15, Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy. Decision Rationale The Southwestern Administrator completed an annual review of the continuing adequacy of the existing rate schedule for Robert D. Willis. This review, as presented in the 2021 Robert D. Willis Power Repayment Studies (PRSs), indicated the need for a 1.0 percent revenue increase to continue to satisfy cost recovery criteria. It is Southwestern practice for the Administrator to defer, on a case-bycase basis, revenue adjustments for an isolated project if such adjustments are within plus or minus five percent of the revenue estimated from the current rate schedule. The deferral of a revenue adjustment (rate change) provides for rate stability and savings on the administrative cost of implementation. The Administrator determined it to be prudent to defer the increase and allow the current rate schedule, which is set to expire September 30, 2021, to remain in effect. To ensure that Southwestern has a rate schedule in effect for collection of revenue in order to meet its repayment obligations, the Administrator has approved and placed into effect a twoyear extension of the Robert D. Willis rate schedule for the period October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2023. The Administrator followed part 903, subpart A of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), ‘‘Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments and Extensions’’ for the extension to the rate schedule. The public was informed by notice published in the Federal Register (86 FR 31500 (June 14, 2021)) of the proposed extension of the rate schedule and of the opportunity to provide written comments for a period of 30 days ending July 14, 2021. No comments were received. Legal Authority By Delegation Order No. 00–037.00B, effective November 19, 2016, the Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) The authority to develop power and VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Sep 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 transmission rates to the Southwestern 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. By Delegation Order No. S1–DEL–S4–2021, effective February 25, 2021, the Acting Secretary of Energy also delegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Under Secretary for Science (and Energy). By Redelegation Order No. S4– DEL–OE1–2021, effective March 25, 2021, the Acting Under Secretary for Science (and Energy) redelegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Assistant Secretary for Electricity. And by Redelegation Order No. 00– 002.10–04, effective July 8, 2020, the Assistant Secretary for Electricity further redelegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Southwestern Administrator. This redelegation order, despite predating the February 2021 delegation and March 2021 redelegations, remains valid. By these delegations, and in accordance with 10 CFR 903.22(h) and 10 CFR 903.23(a), as amended (84 FR 5347, 5350 (Feb. 21, 2019)), the Administrator may approve and extend, on an interim basis, rates previously confirmed and approved by FERC beyond the period specified by FERC. Environmental Impact Southwestern previously determined that the rate change action, placed into effect on January 1, 2016 for Robert D. Willis fit within the class of categorically excluded actions as listed in Appendix B to Subpart D of 10 CFR part 1021, Implementing Procedures and Guidelines of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321–4347): Categorical exclusions applicable to B4.3: Electric power marketing rate changes, which does not require preparation of either an environmental impact statement (EIS) or an environmental assessment (EA). On May 27, 2021, Southwestern determined that categorical exclusion B4.3 applies to the current action. Determination Under Executive Order 12866 Southwestern has an exemption from centralized regulatory review under Executive Order 12866; accordingly, no clearance of this notice by the Office of Management and Budget is required. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50533 United States of America Department of Energy Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration In the matter of: Southwestern Power Administration Robert D. Willis Hydropower Project Rate Schedule Rate Order No. SWPA–79 Order Approving Extension of Rate Schedule on an Interim Basis (August 30, 2021) Pursuant to Sections 301(b) and 302(a) of the Department of Energy Organization Act, 42 U.S.C. 7151(b) and 7152(a), the functions of the Secretary of the Interior and the Federal Power Commission under Section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, 16 U.S.C. 825s, relating to the Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), were transferred to and vested in the Secretary of Energy. 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 Southwestern 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 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). By Delegation Order No. S1–DEL–S4–2021, effective February 25, 2021, the Acting Secretary of Energy also delegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Under Secretary for Science (and Energy). By Redelegation Order No. S4– DEL–OE1–2021, effective March 25, 2021, the Acting Under Secretary for Science (and Energy) redelegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Assistant Secretary for Electricity. And by Redelegation Order No. 00– 002.10–04, effective July 8, 2020, the Assistant Secretary for Electricity further redelegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Southwestern Administrator. This redelegation order, despite predating the February 2021 delegation and March 2021 redelegation, remains valid. By these delegations, and in accordance with 10 CFR 903.22(h) and 10 CFR 903.23(a), as amended (84 FR 5347, 5350 (Feb. 21, 2019)), the Southwestern Administrator may approve and extend, on an interim basis, rates previously confirmed and approved by FERC beyond the period specified by FERC. Pursuant to that delegated authority, the E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1 50534 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 172 / Thursday, September 9, 2021 / Notices Southwestern Administrator has issued this interim rate order. Background The following rate schedule for the Robert D. Willis Hydropower Project (Robert D. Willis) was confirmed and approved on a final basis by FERC on June 15, 2016, in Docket No. EF16–1– 000 (155 FERC ¶ 62,213), for the period January 1, 2016, through September 30, 2019. Rate Schedule RDW–15, Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy Since initial FERC approval, the Assistant Secretary for Electricity extended the Robert D. Willis rate schedule RDW–15 for a period of two years, from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2021, in Rate Order No. SWPA–76. Discussion The existing Robert D. Willis rate schedule is based on the Southwestern 2015 power repayment studies (PRSs). PRSs have been completed for Robert D. Willis, an isolated project, each year since approval of the existing rate schedule. Since 2015, subsequent PRSs have indicated the need for a minimal rate increase, all within the plus or minus five percent isolated project rate adjustment threshold practice established by the Administrator on September 8, 2003. Therefore, the Administrator deferred in the best interest of the government. However, the existing rate schedule is set to expire on September 30, 2021. Consequently, Southwestern proposed to extend the existing rate schedule for a two-year period ending September 30, 2023, on an interim basis under the implementation authorities noted in 10 CFR 903.22(h) and 10 CFR 903.23(a). Southwestern followed 10 CFR part 903, ‘‘Procedures for Public Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments and Extensions’’ for the proposed extension of the rate schedule. An opportunity for customers and other interested members of the public to review and comment on the proposed extension of the rate schedule was announced by notice published in the Federal Register on June 14, 2021 (86 FR 31500), with written comments due by July 14, 2021. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 Comments and Responses Southwestern received no comments regarding the extension of the rate schedule. Availability of Information Information regarding the extension of the rate schedule is available for public VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Sep 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 review in the offices of Southwestern Power Administration, Williams Tower I, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103. The rate schedule is available on the Southwestern website at www.swpa.gov. Administration’s Certification The 2015 Robert D. Willis PRSs indicated that the current rate schedule will repay all costs, including amortization of the power investment consistent with the provisions of Department of Energy Order No. RA 6120.2. The 2021 Robert D. Willis PRSs indicated the need for an annual revenue increase of 1.0 percent. However, the 2021 rate adjustment falls within the Southwestern established plus or minus five percent isolated project rate adjustment threshold practice and was deferred. The Southwestern 2022 PRSs will determine the appropriate level of revenues needed for the next rate period. In accordance with Delegation Order No. 00–037.00B, effective November 19, 2016, and Section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, the Administrator has determined that the existing rate schedule is the lowest possible rate consistent with sound business principles, and the extension is consistent with applicable law. Environment Southwestern previously determined that the rate change actions, placed into effect on January 1, 2016 for Robert D. Willis, fit within the class of categorically excluded actions as listed in Appendix B to Subpart D of 10 CFR part 1021, Implementing Procedures and Guidelines of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321–4347): Categorical exclusions applicable to B4.3: Electric power marketing rate changes, which does not require preparation of either an environmental impact statement (EIS) or an environmental assessment (EA). On May 27, 2021, Southwestern determined that categorical exclusion B4.3 applies to the current action. Administrative Procedures Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553(d)), publication or service of a substantive rule must be made not less than 30 days before its effective date, except (1) a substantive rule that grants or recognizes an exemption or relieves a restriction; (2) interpretative rules and statements of policy; or (3) as otherwise provided by the agency for good cause found and published with the rule. The Administrator finds good cause to waive PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action as unnecessary for the following reasons: (1) This is an extension of rates previously approved by FERC, pursuant to 10 CFR 903.23(a); (2) there are no substantive changes, as the existing rate schedules and anticipated revenues remain the same; and (3) the Administrator provided notice and opportunity for public comment more than 30 days prior to the effective date of the rate extension and received no comments. Order In view of the foregoing, and pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy, I hereby extend on an interim basis, for the period of two years, effective October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2023, the current Robert D. Willis rate schedule: Rate Schedule RDW–15, Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy Signing Authority This document of the Department of Energy was signed on August 30, 2021, by Mike Wech, Administrator for Southwestern Power Administration, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. That document, with the original signature and date, is maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit the document in electronic format for publication, as an official document of DOE. This administrative process in no way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the Federal Register. Signed in Washington, DC, on September 2, 2021. Treena V. Garrett, Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy. United States Department of Energy Southwestern Power Administration Rate Schedule RDW–15 1 ** Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy Sold to Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency (Contract No. DE–PM75–85SW00117) Effective During the period January 1, 2016, through September 30, 2023,** in 1 Supersedes Rate Schedule RDW–13. ** Extended through September 30, 2023, by approval of Rate Order No. SWPA–79 by the E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 172 / Thursday, September 9, 2021 / Notices accordance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order issued in Docket No. EF16–1–000 (June 15, 2016), extension approved by the Assistant Secretary for Electricity in Rate Order No. 76 (Sept. 22, 2019), and extension approved by the Administrator in Rate Order No. 79 (August 30, 2021). Applicable To the power and energy purchased by Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency (SRMPA) from the Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) under the terms and conditions of the Power Sales Contract dated June 28, 1985, as amended, for the sale of all Hydro Power and Energy generated at the Robert Douglas Willis Hydropower Project (Robert D. Willis) (formerly designated as Town Bluff). Character and Conditions of Service Three-phase, alternating current, delivered at approximately 60 Hertz, at the nominal voltage, at the point of delivery, and in such quantities as are specified by contract. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 1. Wholesale Rates, Terms, and Conditions for Hydro Power and Energy 1.1. These rates shall be applicable regardless of the quantity of Hydro Power and Energy available or delivered to SRMPA; provided, however, that if an Uncontrollable Force prevents utilization of both of the project’s power generating units for an entire billing period, and if during such billing period water releases were being made which otherwise would have been used to generate Hydro Power and Energy, then Southwestern shall, upon request by SRMPA, suspend billing for subsequent billing periods, until such time as at least one of the project’s generating units is again available. 1.2. The term ‘‘Uncontrollable Force,’’ as used herein, shall mean any force which is not within the control of the party affected, including, but not limited to, failure of water supply, failure of facilities, flood, earthquake, storm, lightning, fire, epidemic, riot, civil disturbance, labor disturbance, sabotage, war, acts of war, terrorist acts, or restraint by court of general jurisdiction, which by exercise of due diligence and foresight such party could not reasonably have been expected to avoid. Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Sep 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 1.3. Hydro Power Rates, Term, and Conditions 1.3.1. Monthly Charge for the Period of January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016. $102,681 per month ($1,232,166 per year) for Robert D. Willis Hydro Power and Energy purchased by SRMPA from January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016. 1.3.2. Monthly Charge for the Period of January 1, 2017, through September 30, 2023. $106,903 per month ($1,282,836 per year) for Robert D. Willis Hydro Power and Energy purchased by SRMPA from January 1, 2017, through September 30, 2023. [FR Doc. 2021–19396 Filed 9–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2016–0067; FRL–8910–01– OCSPP] United States Department of Justice and Parties to Certain Litigation; Transfer of Data Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces that pesticide related information submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by the submitter, will be transferred to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and parties to certain litigation. This transfer of data is in accordance with the CBI regulations governing the disclosure of potential CBI in litigation. DATES: Access to this information by DOJ and the parties to certain litigation is ongoing and expected to continue during the litigation as discussed in this Notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marietta Echeverria, Registration Division (7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 305–7090; email address: RDFRNotices@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is being provided pursuant to 40 CFR 2.209(d) to inform affected SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 50535 businesses that EPA, via DOJ, will provide certain information to the parties and the Court in the matter of Migrant Clinicians Network et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency et al. (Case No. 21–70719) (9th Cir.) (‘‘Streptomycin litigation’’). The information is contained in documents that have been submitted to EPA pursuant to FIFRA and FFDCA by pesticide registrants or other datasubmitters, including information that has been claimed to be, or determined to potentially contain, CBI. In the Streptomycin Litigation, Petitioners seek judicial review of EPA’s January 12, 2021 registrations of streptomycin for use on citrus under FIFRA and ESA. The documents are being produced as part of the Administrative Record of the decision at issue and include documents that registrants or other datasubmitters may have submitted to EPA regarding the pesticide streptomycin, and that may be subject to various release restrictions under federal law. The information includes documents submitted with pesticide registration applications and may include CBI as well as scientific studies subject to the disclosure restrictions of FIFRA section 10(g), 7 U.S.C. 136h(g). All documents that may be subject to release restrictions under federal law will be designated as ‘‘Confidential or Restricted Information’’ in the certified list of record materials that EPA will file in this case. Further, EPA intends to seek a Protective Order that would preclude public disclosure of any such documents by the parties in this action who have received the information from EPA, and that would limit the use of such documents to litigation purposes only. EPA would only produce such documents in accordance with the Protective Order. The anticipated Protective Order would require that such documents would be filed under seal and would not be available for public review, unless the information contained in the document has been determined to not be subject to FIFRA section 10(g) and all CBI has been redacted. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq.; 21 U.S.C. 301 et seq. Dated: September 1, 2021. Daniel Rosenblatt, Acting Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. 2021–19407 Filed 9–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Southwestern Power Administration


Robert D. Willis Hydropower Project Rate Schedule

AGENCY: Southwestern Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of extension of Robert D. Willis Hydropower Project rate 
schedule.

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SUMMARY: The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration 
(Southwestern) has approved and placed into effect on an interim basis 
Rate Order No. SWPA-79, which extends the following existing 
Southwestern Robert D. Willis Hydropower Project rate: Rate Schedule 
RDW-15, Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy. This is an interim 
rate action effective October 1, 2021, extending for a period of two 
years through September 30, 2023.

DATES: The effective period for the rate schedule specified in Rate 
Order No. SWPA-79 is October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2023.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Fritha Ohlson, Senior Vice 
President and Chief Operating Officer, Office of

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Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, U.S. 
Department of Energy, One West Third Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103, 
(918) 595-6684 or email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Rate Order No. SWPA-79 is approved and 
placed into effect on an interim basis for the period October 1, 2021, 
through September 30, 2023, for the following Southwestern Robert D. 
Willis Hydropower Project (Robert D. Willis) rate schedule: Rate 
Schedule RDW-15, Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy.

Decision Rationale

    The Southwestern Administrator completed an annual review of the 
continuing adequacy of the existing rate schedule for Robert D. Willis. 
This review, as presented in the 2021 Robert D. Willis Power Repayment 
Studies (PRSs), indicated the need for a 1.0 percent revenue increase 
to continue to satisfy cost recovery criteria. It is Southwestern 
practice for the Administrator to defer, on a case-by-case basis, 
revenue adjustments for an isolated project if such adjustments are 
within plus or minus five percent of the revenue estimated from the 
current rate schedule. The deferral of a revenue adjustment (rate 
change) provides for rate stability and savings on the administrative 
cost of implementation. The Administrator determined it to be prudent 
to defer the increase and allow the current rate schedule, which is set 
to expire September 30, 2021, to remain in effect.
    To ensure that Southwestern has a rate schedule in effect for 
collection of revenue in order to meet its repayment obligations, the 
Administrator has approved and placed into effect a two-year extension 
of the Robert D. Willis rate schedule for the period October 1, 2021, 
through September 30, 2023.
    The Administrator followed part 903, subpart A of title 10 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), ``Procedures for Public 
Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments and 
Extensions'' for the extension to the rate schedule. The public was 
informed by notice published in the Federal Register (86 FR 31500 (June 
14, 2021)) of the proposed extension of the rate schedule and of the 
opportunity to provide written comments for a period of 30 days ending 
July 14, 2021. No comments were received.

Legal Authority

    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 Southwestern 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. By Delegation Order No. S1-
DEL-S4-2021, effective February 25, 2021, the Acting Secretary of 
Energy also delegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such 
rates into effect on an interim basis to the Under Secretary for 
Science (and Energy). By Redelegation Order No. S4-DEL-OE1-2021, 
effective March 25, 2021, the Acting Under Secretary for Science (and 
Energy) redelegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such 
rates into effect on an interim basis to the Assistant Secretary for 
Electricity. And by Redelegation Order No. 00-002.10-04, effective July 
8, 2020, the Assistant Secretary for Electricity further redelegated 
the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on 
an interim basis to the Southwestern Administrator. This redelegation 
order, despite predating the February 2021 delegation and March 2021 
redelegations, remains valid. By these delegations, and in accordance 
with 10 CFR 903.22(h) and 10 CFR 903.23(a), as amended (84 FR 5347, 
5350 (Feb. 21, 2019)), the Administrator may approve and extend, on an 
interim basis, rates previously confirmed and approved by FERC beyond 
the period specified by FERC.

Environmental Impact

    Southwestern previously determined that the rate change action, 
placed into effect on January 1, 2016 for Robert D. Willis fit within 
the class of categorically excluded actions as listed in Appendix B to 
Subpart D of 10 CFR part 1021, Implementing Procedures and Guidelines 
of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 
4321-4347): Categorical exclusions applicable to B4.3: Electric power 
marketing rate changes, which does not require preparation of either an 
environmental impact statement (EIS) or an environmental assessment 
(EA). On May 27, 2021, Southwestern determined that categorical 
exclusion B4.3 applies to the current action.

Determination Under Executive Order 12866

    Southwestern 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.

United States of America Department of Energy Administrator, 
Southwestern Power Administration

    In the matter of: Southwestern Power Administration Robert D. 
Willis Hydropower Project Rate Schedule

Rate Order No. SWPA-79

Order Approving Extension of Rate Schedule on an Interim Basis

(August 30, 2021)
    Pursuant to Sections 301(b) and 302(a) of the Department of Energy 
Organization Act, 42 U.S.C. 7151(b) and 7152(a), the functions of the 
Secretary of the Interior and the Federal Power Commission under 
Section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, 16 U.S.C. 825s, relating to 
the Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), were transferred 
to and vested in the Secretary of Energy. 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 Southwestern 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 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). By 
Delegation Order No. S1-DEL-S4-2021, effective February 25, 2021, the 
Acting Secretary of Energy also delegated the authority to confirm, 
approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the 
Under Secretary for Science (and Energy). By Redelegation Order No. S4-
DEL-OE1-2021, effective March 25, 2021, the Acting Under Secretary for 
Science (and Energy) redelegated the authority to confirm, approve, and 
place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Assistant 
Secretary for Electricity. And by Redelegation Order No. 00-002.10-04, 
effective July 8, 2020, the Assistant Secretary for Electricity further 
redelegated the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates 
into effect on an interim basis to the Southwestern Administrator. This 
redelegation order, despite predating the February 2021 delegation and 
March 2021 redelegation, remains valid. By these delegations, and in 
accordance with 10 CFR 903.22(h) and 10 CFR 903.23(a), as amended (84 
FR 5347, 5350 (Feb. 21, 2019)), the Southwestern Administrator may 
approve and extend, on an interim basis, rates previously confirmed and 
approved by FERC beyond the period specified by FERC. Pursuant to that 
delegated authority, the

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Southwestern Administrator has issued this interim rate order.

Background

    The following rate schedule for the Robert D. Willis Hydropower 
Project (Robert D. Willis) was confirmed and approved on a final basis 
by FERC on June 15, 2016, in Docket No. EF16-1-000 (155 FERC ] 62,213), 
for the period January 1, 2016, through September 30, 2019.

Rate Schedule RDW-15, Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy

    Since initial FERC approval, the Assistant Secretary for 
Electricity extended the Robert D. Willis rate schedule RDW-15 for a 
period of two years, from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2021, 
in Rate Order No. SWPA-76.

Discussion

    The existing Robert D. Willis rate schedule is based on the 
Southwestern 2015 power repayment studies (PRSs). PRSs have been 
completed for Robert D. Willis, an isolated project, each year since 
approval of the existing rate schedule. Since 2015, subsequent PRSs 
have indicated the need for a minimal rate increase, all within the 
plus or minus five percent isolated project rate adjustment threshold 
practice established by the Administrator on September 8, 2003. 
Therefore, the Administrator deferred in the best interest of the 
government.
    However, the existing rate schedule is set to expire on September 
30, 2021. Consequently, Southwestern proposed to extend the existing 
rate schedule for a two-year period ending September 30, 2023, on an 
interim basis under the implementation authorities noted in 10 CFR 
903.22(h) and 10 CFR 903.23(a).
    Southwestern followed 10 CFR part 903, ``Procedures for Public 
Participation in Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments and 
Extensions'' for the proposed extension of the rate schedule. An 
opportunity for customers and other interested members of the public to 
review and comment on the proposed extension of the rate schedule was 
announced by notice published in the Federal Register on June 14, 2021 
(86 FR 31500), with written comments due by July 14, 2021.

Comments and Responses

    Southwestern received no comments regarding the extension of the 
rate schedule.

Availability of Information

    Information regarding the extension of the rate schedule is 
available for public review in the offices of Southwestern Power 
Administration, Williams Tower I, One West Third Street, Tulsa, 
Oklahoma 74103. The rate schedule is available on the Southwestern 
website at www.swpa.gov.

Administration's Certification

    The 2015 Robert D. Willis PRSs indicated that the current rate 
schedule will repay all costs, including amortization of the power 
investment consistent with the provisions of Department of Energy Order 
No. RA 6120.2. The 2021 Robert D. Willis PRSs indicated the need for an 
annual revenue increase of 1.0 percent. However, the 2021 rate 
adjustment falls within the Southwestern established plus or minus five 
percent isolated project rate adjustment threshold practice and was 
deferred.
    The Southwestern 2022 PRSs will determine the appropriate level of 
revenues needed for the next rate period. In accordance with Delegation 
Order No. 00-037.00B, effective November 19, 2016, and Section 5 of the 
Flood Control Act of 1944, the Administrator has determined that the 
existing rate schedule is the lowest possible rate consistent with 
sound business principles, and the extension is consistent with 
applicable law.

Environment

    Southwestern previously determined that the rate change actions, 
placed into effect on January 1, 2016 for Robert D. Willis, fit within 
the class of categorically excluded actions as listed in Appendix B to 
Subpart D of 10 CFR part 1021, Implementing Procedures and Guidelines 
of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 
4321-4347): Categorical exclusions applicable to B4.3: Electric power 
marketing rate changes, which does not require preparation of either an 
environmental impact statement (EIS) or an environmental assessment 
(EA). On May 27, 2021, Southwestern determined that categorical 
exclusion B4.3 applies to the current action.

Administrative Procedures

    Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553(d)), 
publication or service of a substantive rule must be made not less than 
30 days before its effective date, except (1) a substantive rule that 
grants or recognizes an exemption or relieves a restriction; (2) 
interpretative rules and statements of policy; or (3) as otherwise 
provided by the agency for good cause found and published with the 
rule. The Administrator finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in 
the effective date of this action as unnecessary for the following 
reasons: (1) This is an extension of rates previously approved by FERC, 
pursuant to 10 CFR 903.23(a); (2) there are no substantive changes, as 
the existing rate schedules and anticipated revenues remain the same; 
and (3) the Administrator provided notice and opportunity for public 
comment more than 30 days prior to the effective date of the rate 
extension and received no comments.

Order

    In view of the foregoing, and pursuant to delegated authority from 
the Secretary of Energy, I hereby extend on an interim basis, for the 
period of two years, effective October 1, 2021 through September 30, 
2023, the current Robert D. Willis rate schedule:

Rate Schedule RDW-15, Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy

Signing Authority

    This document of the Department of Energy was signed on August 30, 
2021, by Mike Wech, Administrator for Southwestern Power 
Administration, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of 
Energy. That document, with the original signature and date, is 
maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance 
with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the 
undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to 
sign and submit the document in electronic format for publication, as 
an official document of DOE. This administrative process in no way 
alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the 
Federal Register.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on September 2, 2021.
Treena V. Garrett,
Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy.

United States Department of Energy

Southwestern Power Administration

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Order No. SWPA-79 by the Administrator, Southwestern Power 
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Wholesale Rates for Hydro Power and Energy

Sold to Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency

(Contract No. DE-PM75-85SW00117)

Effective

    During the period January 1, 2016, through September 30, 2023,** in

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accordance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order 
issued in Docket No. EF16-1-000 (June 15, 2016), extension approved by 
the Assistant Secretary for Electricity in Rate Order No. 76 (Sept. 22, 
2019), and extension approved by the Administrator in Rate Order No. 79 
(August 30, 2021).

Applicable

    To the power and energy purchased by Sam Rayburn Municipal Power 
Agency (SRMPA) from the Southwestern Power Administration 
(Southwestern) under the terms and conditions of the Power Sales 
Contract dated June 28, 1985, as amended, for the sale of all Hydro 
Power and Energy generated at the Robert Douglas Willis Hydropower 
Project (Robert D. Willis) (formerly designated as Town Bluff).

Character and Conditions of Service

    Three-phase, alternating current, delivered at approximately 60 
Hertz, at the nominal voltage, at the point of delivery, and in such 
quantities as are specified by contract.

1. Wholesale Rates, Terms, and Conditions for Hydro Power and Energy

    1.1. These rates shall be applicable regardless of the quantity of 
Hydro Power and Energy available or delivered to SRMPA; provided, 
however, that if an Uncontrollable Force prevents utilization of both 
of the project's power generating units for an entire billing period, 
and if during such billing period water releases were being made which 
otherwise would have been used to generate Hydro Power and Energy, then 
Southwestern shall, upon request by SRMPA, suspend billing for 
subsequent billing periods, until such time as at least one of the 
project's generating units is again available.
    1.2. The term ``Uncontrollable Force,'' as used herein, shall mean 
any force which is not within the control of the party affected, 
including, but not limited to, failure of water supply, failure of 
facilities, flood, earthquake, storm, lightning, fire, epidemic, riot, 
civil disturbance, labor disturbance, sabotage, war, acts of war, 
terrorist acts, or restraint by court of general jurisdiction, which by 
exercise of due diligence and foresight such party could not reasonably 
have been expected to avoid.

1.3. Hydro Power Rates, Term, and Conditions

    1.3.1. Monthly Charge for the Period of January 1, 2016, through 
December 31, 2016.
    $102,681 per month ($1,232,166 per year) for Robert D. Willis Hydro 
Power and Energy purchased by SRMPA from January 1, 2016, through 
December 31, 2016.
    1.3.2. Monthly Charge for the Period of January 1, 2017, through 
September 30, 2023.
    $106,903 per month ($1,282,836 per year) for Robert D. Willis Hydro 
Power and Energy purchased by SRMPA from January 1, 2017, through 
September 30, 2023.

[FR Doc. 2021-19396 Filed 9-8-21; 8:45 am]
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