Boulder Canyon Project-Base Charge and Rates
The Deputy Secretary of Energy approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Base Charge and Rates (Rates) for Boulder Canyon Project (BCP) electric service provided by the Western Area Power Administration (Western). The Rates will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expense, and repay investments, within the allowable period.
Proposed Amended Navajo Power Marketing Plan
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has requested that Western Area Power Administration (Western), a Federal power marketing agency of the Department of Energy (DOE), initiate and administer a public process to obtain comments on the proposed Amended Navajo Power Marketing Plan (Amended Plan). This notice initiates that public process. The proposed Amended Plan is to provide for the future marketing of the United States' entitlement to generation from the Navajo Generating Station (Navajo) which is in excess of the pumping requirements of the Central Arizona Project (CAP) and certain needs for desalting and protective pumping facilities. The proposed Amended Plan was developed in consultation with representatives of Reclamation, Western, the Governor of Arizona, and the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD) as required by the Hoover Power Plant Act of 1984 (Act). All interested parties are invited to submit comments to Western concerning the proposed Amended Plan. Western will provide all comments and related public record documents to Reclamation for its review and response prior to the consideration and adoption of the Amended Plan by the Secretary of the Interior, in accordance with the Act.
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.
Consideration of Certain Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act Standards Set Forth in the Energy Policy Act of 2005
As a nonregulated electric utility, the Western Area Power Administration (Western) must consider and determine whether to implement certain standards under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which amended the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). Standards that Western intends to consider include net metering, fuel source diversity, fossil fuel generation efficiency, smart metering, and consumer interconnections. A brochure entitled ``Preconsideration of Sections 1251, 1252, and 1254 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005'' will be prepared and will be available for public review by September 25, 2006.
Eastern Plains Transmission Project, Colorado and Kansas
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power Administration (Western) intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for its proposal to participate with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. (Tri-State), to construct the proposed Eastern Plains Transmission Project (Project). Western's participation with Tri-State would be in exchange for capacity rights on the transmission lines. These rights would provide Western with approximately 275 megawatts (MW) of capacity on the proposed transmission system. Western needs this additional transmission capacity to provide more economical, reliable, diverse, and flexible power delivery to its customers. The EIS will address the construction, operation, and maintenance of approximately 1,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and ancillary facilities. In addition, the EIS will address expansions of existing substations and construction of new substations, access roads, and fiber optic communication facilities. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and DOE NEPA Implementing Procedures. Because the Project could involve action in a floodplain, the EIS will address floodplain and wetlands impacts under DOE regulations for compliance with floodplain and wetlands environmental review.