Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The EIA is soliciting comments on the proposed three-year extension and revisions to Form FE 746R, ``The Natural Gas Import and Export Authorization Application and Monthly Reports,'' which includes the elimination of the associated quarterly reporting requirement.
Opportunity for Public Comment; Bonneville Power Administration Long-Term Regional Dialogue Policy Proposal
BPA is publishing a policy proposal regarding the agency's future power supply role in the Pacific Northwest after 2011. This proposal addresses how the agency proposes to market power and distribute the costs and benefits of the Federal Columbia River Power System, which will create valuable certainty for customers over their BPA power supply. Current contracts expire in 2011, and once BPA makes basic policy decisions, it will still take at least another 16 months to negotiate new contracts and put a long-term tiered rate methodology in place. This will leave little more than three years for the region's utilities to make and implement their plans for developing any necessary power supply. It is in the region's best interest to proceed with implementation of this policy and to execute new contracts soon to accommodate such planning and development. A final record of decision on BPA's policy will be issued in early 2007 after all public comments have been reviewed.
The Central Valley Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-128
The Deputy Secretary of Energy confirmed and approved Rate Order No. WAPA-128 and Rate Schedules CV-F12, CV-T2, CV-NWT4, PACI-T2, and COTP-T2 that revise the Transmission Revenue Requirement (TRR) associated with Reactive Power and Voltage Control from the Central Valley Project (CVP) and other non-Federal Generation Sources Service (VAR Support) and place new formula rates into effect on an interim basis. The provisional formula rates will be in effect until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) confirms, approves, and places them into effect on a final basis or until replaced by other rates. The provisional rates will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expense, and repay power investment and irrigation aid, within the allowable periods.
Robert D. Willis Power Rate
The Administrator, Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), has prepared Current and Revised 2006 Power Repayment Studies (PRS) that show the need for an increase in annual revenues to meet cost recovery criteria. Such increased revenues are required primarily due to significant increases in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' generation investment at the project. The Administrator has developed a proposed Robert D. Willis rate schedule, which is supported by a PRS, to recover the required revenues. Beginning January 1, 2007, the proposed rates would increase annual revenues approximately 25.8 percent from $648,096 to $815,580.
Procedural Rules for DOE Nuclear Activities and Occupational Radiation Protection
The Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) proposes to amend its Procedural Rules for DOE Nuclear Activities, and its Occupational Radiation Protection requirements. The proposed amendments to the Procedural Rules for DOE Nuclear Activities would update its provisions to take into account the establishment of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The proposed amendments to the Occupational Radiation Protection requirements would update its provisions to take into account lessons learned since the initial adoption of these regulations, input from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) and members of the public, new recommendations from the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), and the establishment of the NNSA.
Office of Science; High Energy Physics Advisory Panel
This notice announces a meeting of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP). Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
National Electric Transmission Congestion Study
The Department of Energy (the ``Department'') gives notice that it has issued a National Electric Transmission Congestion Study (the ``Congestion Study'') and is seeking comments on the study and on the possible designation of national interest electric transmission corridors (National Corridors). The Congestion Study, including request for comments, is available at http://www.oe.energy.gov.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Notice of Correction of Petition for Waiver and Interim Waiver of Mitsubishi Electric From the DOE Residential and Commercial Package Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Test Procedures, and Modification of Interim Waiver
Today's notice corrects five minor errors in the list of model numbers for which Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. (``MEUS'') requested a waiver and interim waiver of the test procedures applicable to residential and commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps.
Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Federal Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling
The annual public meeting of the Federal Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling (ISCMEM) will convene to discuss new operational initiatives for FY 2007 as a result of the revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the participating agencies.
Notice of Request for Expressions of Interest in an Advanced Burner Reactor To Support the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership
Based upon feedback since the President of the United States announced the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) in February 2006, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from domestic and international industry in building an Advanced Burner Reactor (ABR). An ABR in the United States would establish a fast reactor capability to be used to transmute fuel and consume transuranic elements within the fuel, generate electricity, and support implementation of GNEP. DOE is also seeking to define the interest of industry to build upon their proven capabilities and participate in demonstrating spent nuclear fuel (SNF) recycling technologies that meet GNEP goals. This EOI will help inform DOE's GNEP Program as to those issues that industry and potential host sites consider important to the construction of sustainable, commercial-scale SNF recycling technologies that meet GNEP objectives. The information gained from this EOI will be used to create Requests for Proposals (RFP) for the proposed ABR.
Continuation of Forms EIA-182, “Domestic Crude Oil First Purchase Report,” and EIA-856, “Monthly Foreign Crude Oil Acquisition Report”
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) will continue the monthly collection of data on the Forms EIA-182, ``Domestic Crude Oil First Purchase Report,'' and EIA-856, ``Monthly Foreign Crude Oil Acquisition Report,'' through the reporting of October 2006 data that is due to EIA by November 30, 2006.