Construction and Operation of the Proposed Big Stone II Power Plant and Transmission Project, South Dakota and Minnesota
The Western Area Power Administration (Western), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the construction and operation of the proposed Big Stone II Power Plant and Transmission Project (Project) in South Dakota and Minnesota. The Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (RUS), will participate as a cooperating agency. Missouri River Energy Services (MRES, Applicant), on behalf of the Big Stone II Project co-owners, has applied to interconnect the proposed Project to Western's power transmission system. The EIS will address the construction and operation of the proposed Project, which includes a nominal 600 megawatt (MW) (net) coal-fired power plant and ancillary equipment and facilities in eastern South Dakota, upgrades of existing transmission lines and facilities, and up to 129 miles of new transmission lines in South Dakota and Minnesota. Western will hold a 60-day scoping period and scoping meetings near the Project area to receive input on the scope of the EIS.
Parker-Davis Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-123
This action is to revise the existing Parker-Davis Project (P- DP) Wholesale Firm Power Service Rate Schedule PD-F6 to include language pertinent to the Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund surcharge, which the Western Area Power Administration (Western) is legislatively required to assess to P-DP power service customers in the states of Arizona, California, and Nevada beginning June 1, 2005. Title I, section 102(c) of the Hoover Power Plant Act of 1984 specifies that beginning June 1, 2005, and until the end of the repayment period for the Central Arizona Project, the Secretary of Energy shall provide for surplus revenues to the Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund by including the equivalent of 4\1/2\ mills per kilowatthour in the rates set by the Secretary of Energy that are charged to Arizona purchasers and 2\1/2\ mills per kilowatthour in rates charged to California and Nevada purchasers of P-DP power.
Washoe Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-119
The Western Area Power Administration (Western) is proposing a minor rate adjustment for non-firm energy from the Stampede Powerplant (Stampede), of the Washoe Project, located in Sierra County, California. The current rates expire September 30, 2005. The rate will provide sufficient revenue to repay all annual costs, including interest expense, and repay required investment within the allowable period. The rate impact is detailed in a rate brochure to be provided to all interested parties. The proposed new rate is scheduled to go into effect October 1, 2005, and will remain in effect through September 30, 2010. Publication of this Federal Register notice begins the formal process for the proposed rates.