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Boulder Canyon Project
Document Number: 2012-19769
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-13
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
In this notice, the Deputy Secretary of Energy (Deputy Secretary) approves the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Base Charge and Rates for Boulder Canyon Project (BCP) electric service provided by the Western Area Power Administration (Western). The Base Charge will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expense, and repay investments within the allowable period.
Central Arizona Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-158
Document Number: 2012-19234
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-07
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western), a power marketing administration with the Department of Energy (DOE), is proposing to extend the existing formula rates for Central Arizona Project (CAP) transmission services on the CAP 115-kilovolt (kV) and 230-kV transmission facilities through December 31, 2015. The existing Transmission Service Formula Rate Schedules CAP-FT2, CAP-NFT2, and CAP- NITS2, expire December 31, 2012. This notice of proposed extension of rates is issued pursuant to 10 CFR 903.23(a). Publication of this Federal Register notice begins the formal process for the proposed extension of the CAP Transmission Formula Rates.
Conformed Power Marketing Criteria or Regulations for the Boulder Canyon Project
Document Number: 2012-14572
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-14
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western), a Federal power marketing agency of the Department of Energy (DOE), is modifying Part C of its Conformed General Consolidated Power Marketing Criteria or Regulations for Boulder City Area Projects (1984 Conformed Criteria) published in the Federal Register on December 28, 1984, as required by the Hoover Power Allocation Act of 2011 (HPAA) described herein. This modification will result in the conformance of the 1984 Conformed Criteria to the HPAA. The 2012 Conformed General Consolidated Power Marketing Criteria or Regulations for Boulder City Area Projects (2012 Conformed Criteria) will provide the basis for marketing the long-term hydroelectric resources of the Boulder Canyon Project (BCP) beyond September 30, 2017, when Western's current electric service contracts expire. Additional power marketing criteria for new allocations will be established by Western through a subsequent public process. This Federal Register notice (FRN) is not a call for applications. A call for applications from those interested in an allocation of BCP power will be provided for in a future notice.
Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-157
Document Number: 2012-14110
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-11
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration (Western), a power marketing administration within the Department of Energy (DOE), is proposing an adjustment to the Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project (Intertie) transmission service rates. The current rates, under Rate Schedules INT-FT4 and INT-NFT3, expire September 30, 2012. The existing rates are being adjusted to provide sufficient revenue to cover all annual costs, including interest expense, and to repay capital investment obligations within the required period. Western will prepare and provide a brochure detailing information on the proposed rates. The proposed rates, under Rate Schedules INT-FT5 and INT-NFT4, are scheduled to become effective on October 1, 2012, and remain in effect through September 30, 2017. Publication of this Federal Register notice initiates the formal process for the proposed rate adjustment.
Estes to Flatiron Substation Transmission Lines Rebuild Project, Larimer County, CO
Document Number: 2012-9179
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-17
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration currently owns and operates two 115-kilovolt transmission lines on two separate rights-of-way (ROW) located between Flatiron Reservoir (near Loveland, Colorado) and the town of Estes Park, Colorado. Each transmission line is approximately 16 miles long. Western is proposing to remove one transmission line and abandon the ROW. The remaining transmission line would be rebuilt along the existing ROW with taller steel monopoles and would be double- circuited (i.e., six conductors per pole). Western determined that an environmental impact statement (EIS) is the appropriate level of NEPA review. Therefore, Western will prepare an EIS on its proposal to upgrade and co-locate two existing separate transmission lines on a double-circuit transmission line on one ROW in accordance with NEPA, the DOE NEPA Implementing Procedures, and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing NEPA. Portions of Western's proposal may affect floodplains and wetlands, so this Notice of Intent (NOI) also serves as a notice of proposed floodplain or wetland action in accordance with DOE floodplain and wetland environmental review requirements.
Interconnection of the Grande Prairie Wind Farm, Holt County, NE
Document Number: 2012-9038
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-16
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western), an agency of the Department of Energy (DOE), intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the proposed interconnection of the Grande Prairie Wind Farm (Project) in Holt County, near the city of O'Neill, Nebraska. Grande Prairie Wind, LLC (Grande Prairie Wind), a majority- owned subsidiary of Midwest Wind Energy, LLC, has applied to Western to interconnect their proposed wind energy generation project to Western's power transmission system. Western's Federal action would be to execute an interconnection agreement with Grande Prairie Wind and make any necessary modifications to the transmission system to accommodate the interconnection at Grande Prairie Wind's expense. Western is issuing this notice to inform the public and interested parties about Western's intent to prepare an EIS, conduct a public scoping process, and invite the public to comment on the scope, proposed action, alternatives, and other issues to be addressed in the EIS. Construction activities proposed by Grande Prairie Wind may affect floodplains and wetlands, so this Notice of Intent (NOI) also serves as a notice of proposed floodplain or wetland action in accordance with DOE floodplain and wetland environmental review requirements.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Southline Transmission Line Project in New Mexico and Arizona (DOE/EIS-0474) and Possible Land Use Plan Amendments
Document Number: 2012-8094
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-04
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District Office, Las Cruces, New Mexico, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the impacts of the proposed Southline Transmission Line Project (Project), a 345-kilovolt (kV) and 230-kV transmission line, and addressing associated potential land use plan amendments. This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. Western Area Power Administration (Western) is a joint lead agency with BLM for preparing the EIS. Western is a power-marketing agency within the Department of Energy (DOE) and is proposing to participate in the Project with the applicant, Southline Transmission, LLC (Southline).
Boulder Canyon Project
Document Number: 2012-799
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-18
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western), a power marketing administration within the Department of Energy (DOE), is proposing an adjustment to the Boulder Canyon Project (BCP) electric service base charge and rates. The current base charge and rates expire September 30, 2012, under Rate Schedule BCP-F8. The existing base charge is being adjusted to ensure it includes all annual costs including operation, maintenance, replacements, interest expense, and to repay investment obligations within the required period. The proposed base charge will provide sufficient revenue to cover all annual costs and to repay investment obligations within the allowable period. A detailed rate package that identifies the reasons for the base charge and rates adjustment will be available in March 2012. The proposed base charge and rates are scheduled to become effective October 1, 2012, and will remain in effect through September 30, 2013. This Federal Register notice initiates the formal process for the proposed base charge and rates.
Application of the Energy Planning and Management Program Power Marketing Initiative to the Boulder Canyon Project Post-2017 Remarketing
Document Number: 2011-33299
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-28
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western), a Federal power marketing agency of the Department of Energy (DOE), is withdrawing its decisions and proposals relating to its Boulder Canyon Project (BCP) Post-2017 administrative marketing efforts announced in a notice published in the Federal Register on April 27, 2011, due to the enactment of the Hoover Power Allocation Act of 2011.
Rice Solar Energy Project Record of Decision (DOE/EIS-0439)
Document Number: 2011-32507
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-20
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration (Western) received a request from Rice Solar Energy, LLC (RSE) to interconnect its proposed Rice Solar Energy Project (Project) to Western's Parker-Blythe No. 2 Transmission Line. The Project would be located in eastern Riverside County, California, near State Route 62, approximately 40 miles northwest of Blythe, California, and 15 miles west of Vidal Junction, California. On June 10, 2011, the Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Plan Amendment for Rice Solar Energy Project was published in the Federal Register (76 FR 34073). After considering the environmental impacts, Western has decided to allow RSE's request for interconnection to Western's transmission system at its Parker-Blythe No. 2 Transmission Line and to construct, own, and operate a new substation.
Record of Decision for the Modification of the Groton Generation Station Interconnection Agreement (DOE/EIS-0435)
Document Number: 2011-31124
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-05
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
In 2009, Western Area Power Administration (Western) received a request from Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric) to modify its Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) with Basin Electric for the Groton Generation Station to eliminate current operating limits on the generating station. The LGIA currently limits the output of the Groton Generating Station to 50 average megawatts (MW). The Groton Generation Station is located about 5 miles south of Groton, in Brown County, South Dakota. On September 21, 2009, a notice was issued of the LGIA modification request and of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (74 FR 48067). On June 3, 2011, the Notice of Availability of the Final EIS for the Modification of the Groton Generation Station Interconnection Agreement was published in the Federal Register (76 FR 32198). Western considered the environmental impacts and has decided to modify its LGIA with Basin Electric for the Groton Generation Station eliminating the 50-MW annual average operating limit. Basin Electric could then produce additional power up to the limits established in the current Title V air quality operating permit for the generating station.
Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program-Eastern Division-2021 Power Marketing Initiative
Document Number: 2011-29601
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-16
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration (Western), Upper Great Plains Region, a Federal power marketing agency of the Department of Energy (DOE), announces the 2021 Power Marketing Initiative (2021 PMI). The 2021 PMI provides the basis for marketing the long-term firm hydroelectric resources of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program Eastern Division (P-SMBPED) beyond December 31, 2020, when Western's Firm Electric Service (FES) contracts associated with the current Marketing Plan expire. The 2021 PMI extends the current Marketing Plan, with amendments to key marketing plan principles. Western's proposed 2021 PMI was published in the Federal Register on March 4, 2011. Responses to public comments are included in this notice. This Federal Register is published to announce Western's decisions for the 2021 PMI.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Solar Reserve LLC Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, La Paz County, AZ (DOE/EIS-0440) and the proposed Amendment to the Bureau of Land Management Yuma Field Office Resource Management Plan
Document Number: 2011-29146
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-10
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, Western Area Power Administration (Western) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Quartzsite Solar Energy Project (Project), in La Paz County, Arizona, and the proposed amendment to the Yuma Field Office (Yuma) Resource Management Plan (RMP), and by this notice are announcing the opening of the public comment period. Western is the lead Federal agency for purposes of satisfying the NEPA requirements with the BLM acting as a cooperating agency.
Notice of Cancellation of Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Hyde County Wind Energy Center Project, Hyde County, SD
Document Number: 2011-27046
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-19
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power Administration (Western) is issuing this notice to advise the public that it is cancelling the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on an interconnection request by NextEra Energy Resources (NextEra).
Post-2014 Resource Pool-Loveland Area Projects, Final Power Allocation
Document Number: 2011-26777
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-17
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western), a Federal power marketing agency of the Department of Energy (DOE), announces its Post-2014 Resource Pool-Loveland Area Projects, Final Power Allocation developed under the requirements of subpart C-Power Marketing Initiative of the Energy Planning and Management Program (Program) Final Rule, 10 CFR part 905. These final power allocations are established prior to the contractual phase of the process. Firm electric service contracts negotiated between Western and allottees will permit delivery of power from the October 2014 billing period through the September 2024 billing period.
Loveland Area Projects-2025 Power Marketing Initiative Proposal
Document Number: 2011-26750
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-17
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration (Western), Rocky Mountain Region (RMR), a Federal power marketing agency of the Department of Energy (DOE), is seeking comments on this proposed 2025 Power Marketing Initiative (2025 PMI). Western's firm electric service contracts associated with the current marketing plan will expire September 30, 2024. This proposed 2025 PMI provides the basis for marketing the long- term firm hydroelectric resources of the Loveland Area Projects (LAP) beginning with the Federal fiscal year 2025. The 2025 PMI proposes to extend the current marketing plan, with amendments to key marketing plan principles. This Federal Register notice initiates Western's public process for the proposed 2025 PMI and requests public comments. Western will prepare and publish the final 2025 PMI in the Federal Register after all public comments are considered.
Loveland Area ProjectsWestern Area Colorado Missouri Balancing AuthorityRate Order No. WAPA-155
Document Number: R1-2011-23391
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-03
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration, Part III
The Deputy Secretary of Energy has confirmed and approved Rate Order No. WAPA-155 and Rate Schedules L-NT1, L-FPT1, L-NFPT1, L-AS1, L- AS2, L-AS3, L-AS4, L-AS5, L-AS6, L-AS7, L-AS9, and L-UU1, placing Loveland Area Projects (LAP) transmission and Western Area Colorado Missouri (WACM) Balancing Authority ancillary services formula rates into effect on an interim basis. The provisional formula rates will be in effect until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirms, approves, and places them into effect on a final basis or until they are replaced by other formula rates. The provisional formula rates will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expense, and to repay power investment within the allowable periods.
Desert Southwest Customer Service Region-Western Area Lower Colorado Balancing Authority-Rate Order No. WAPA-151
Document Number: 2011-24787
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Deputy Secretary of Energy has confirmed and approved Rate Order No. WAPA-151 and Rate Schedules PD-NTS3, INT-NTS3, DSW-SD3, DSW- RS3, DSW-FR3, DSW-EI3, DSW-SPR3, DSW-SUR3, and DSW-GI1, placing the Western Area Power Administration's (Western) Desert Southwest Customer Service Region (DSWR) Parker-Davis Project (P-DP) Network Integration Transmission Service (NITS), the AC Intertie Project (Intertie) NITS, and the Western Area Lower Colorado (WALC) Balancing Authority Ancillary Services formula rates into effect on an interim basis. The Provisional Formula Rates will be in effect until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirms, approves, and places them into effect on a final basis or until they are replaced by other formula rates. The Provisional Formula Rates will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expense, and to repay power investment within the allowable periods.
Notice of Cancellation of Environmental Impact Statement for the Interconnection of the Hualapai Valley Solar Project, Mohave County, AZ (DOE/EIS-0434)
Document Number: 2011-23783
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-16
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power Administration (Western) is issuing this notice to advise the public that it is cancelling the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on an interconnection request by the Hualapai Valley Solar, LLC (HVS).
The Central Valley Project, the California-Oregon Transmission Project, the Pacific Alternating Current Intertie, and Information on the Path 15 Transmission Upgrade-Rate Order No. WAPA-156
Document Number: 2011-23339
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-14
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Deputy Secretary of Energy confirmed and approved Rate Order No. WAPA-156 and 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, placing formula rates for power, transmission, and ancillary services for the Central Valley Project (CVP), transmission service on the California-Oregon Transmission Project (COTP), transmission service on the Pacific Alternating Current Intertie (PACI), and third-party transmission service into effect on an interim basis. The Rate Order also provides information on the Western Area Power Administration's (Western) transmission capacity entitlement on the Path 15 Transmission Upgrade. The provisional formula rates will be in effect until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirms, approves, and places them into effect on a final basis or until superseded. The provisional formula rates will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expense, repayment of power investments and aid to irrigation, within the allowable periods.
Loveland Area Projects-Western Area Colorado Missouri Balancing Authority-Rate Order No. WAPA-155
Document Number: 2011-23391
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-13
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Deputy Secretary of Energy has confirmed and approved Rate Order No. WAPA-155 and Rate Schedules L-NT1, L-FPT1, L-NFPT1, L-AS1, L- AS2, L-AS3, L-AS4, L-AS5, L-AS6, L-AS7, L-AS9, and L-UU1, placing Loveland Area Projects (LAP) transmission and Western Area Colorado Missouri (WACM) Balancing Authority ancillary services formula rates into effect on an interim basis. The provisional formula rates will be in effect until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirms, approves, and places them into effect on a final basis or until they are replaced by other formula rates. The provisional formula rates will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expense, and to repay power investment within the allowable periods.
Boulder Canyon Project
Document Number: 2011-23329
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-13
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
In this notice, the Deputy Secretary of Energy approves the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 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.
Information Collection Request Extension Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act
Document Number: 2011-20400
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-11
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
This notice announces that Western Area Power Administration (Western), an agency within the Department of Energy (DOE), has submitted an extension to an existing Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, comment and approval as required under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.\1\ The ICR Western seeks to extend its Applicant Profile Data form (APD). The ICR described below identifies the proposal, including the anticipated public burdens. On April 6, 2011, Western published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comments on the extension of its existing ICR.\2\ That notice provided a 60-day comment period. Western included a summary of the comments and responses below. Western now invites interested entities to submit comments to OMB.
Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program-Eastern Division-2021 Power Marketing Initiative Proposal
Document Number: 2011-19777
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-04
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration (Western), Upper Great Plains Region, a Federal power marketing agency of the Department of Energy (DOE) published the proposed 2021 Power Marketing Initiative (2021 PMI) in the Federal Register on March 4, 2011. The proposed 2021 PMI provides the basis for marketing the long-term firm hydroelectric resources of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin ProgramEastern Division (P-SMBPED) beyond December 31, 2020, when Western's Firm Electric Service contracts associated with the current marketing plan will expire. The proposed 2021 PMI extends the current P-SMBPED marketing plan, with amendments to the contract term and resource pools marketing plan principles. The comment period for the proposed 2021 PMI ended on May 4, 2011. Western received a comment requesting additional time to supplement comments on the proposed 2021 PMI. This Federal Register notice re-opens the written comment period for the proposed 2021 PMI until September 6, 2011.
Post-2014 Resource Pool; Loveland Area Projects, Proposed Power Allocation
Document Number: 2011-19304
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration (Western), a Federal power marketing agency within the Department of Energy, has announced its Post-2014-Loveland Area Projects (LAP) Resource Pool Proposed Power Allocation developed under the requirements of the Power Marketing Initiative of Western's Energy Planning and Management Program (Program). Western notified the public of allocation procedures and called for applications on December 17, 2010. Applications were accepted at Western's Rocky Mountain Customer Service Region until 4 p.m. MST, March 4, 2011. Review of the applications received resulted in this Notice of Proposed Power Allocation.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and to Conduct Scoping Meetings; Proposed Wilton IV Wind Energy Center Project, North Dakota
Document Number: 2011-17997
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-20
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
NextEra Energy Resources (NextEra) applied to interconnect its proposed 99-megawatt (MW) Wilton IV Wind Energy Center Project (Project) with Western Area Power Administration's (Western) existing Hilken Switching Station in Burleigh County, North Dakota. The proposed Project would consist of up to 62 1.6-MW wind turbine generators and associated infrastructure located across approximately 15,725 acres of land in Burleigh County, about 20 miles north of Bismarck. In addition to constructing and operating the above proposed Project, NextEra has requested to operate its nearby existing Wilton I (also known as Burleigh), Wilton II, and Baldwin Wind Energy Center projects at levels exceeding 50 average annual MW, when wind conditions warrant. Western will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on NextEra's proposal to interconnect their Project and to operate its existing projects above 50 average annual MW in accordance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) NEPA Implementing Procedures, and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing NEPA. Portions of NextEra's proposed Project may affect floodplains and wetlands, so this Notice of Intent (NOI) also serves as a notice of proposed floodplain or wetland action in accordance with DOE floodplain and wetland environmental review requirements.
Notice of Cancellation of Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Crowned Ridge Wind Energy Center Project, Codington and Grant Counties, SD
Document Number: 2011-17157
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-08
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power Administration (Western) is issuing this notice to advise the public that it is cancelling the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on an interconnection request by NextEra Energy Resources (NextEra).
Revision to the Final Principles of Integrated Resource Planning for Use in Resource Acquisition and Transmission Planning
Document Number: 2011-16308
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration (Western) published proposed Principles for Integrated Resource planning (IRP) for use in its acquisition of resources (supply-side and demand-side) and transmission planning in the Federal Register on December 6, 1994. After considering public comments on the proposed principles, Western adopted the Final Principles of IRP under which project-specific resource acquisition and transmission planning principles would be developed. The Final Principles of IRP were published in the Federal Register on June 9, 1995, and became effective on July 10, 1995. Through this notice, Western is requesting comments on the proposed Western-wide evaluation criteria and procedures that Western will use for future resource acquisitions instead of the current principle, which calls for developing project-by-project criteria. Western is also requesting comments on its proposal to eliminate the transmission planning principles set forth in the Final Principles of IRP.
Application of the Energy Planning and Management Program Power Marketing Initiative to the Boulder Canyon Project
Document Number: 2011-12723
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western), a Federal power marketing agency of the Department of Energy (DOE), is extending the effective date of decisions it announced and the comment period on proposals made in a notice published in the Federal Register on April 27, 2011.
Desert Southwest Customer Service Region-Rate Order No. WAPA-152
Document Number: 2011-12189
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-18
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
This action is to temporarily extend the existing NITS formula rates for the Parker-Davis Project (P-DP), and the Pacific Northwest/ Pacific Southwest Intertie Project (Intertie) and Ancillary Services Rates for Western Area Lower Colorado (WALC) Balancing Authority through September 30, 2013. The existing NITS and Ancillary Services formula rates expire on June 30, 2011.
Application of the Energy Planning and Management Program Power Marketing Initiative to the Boulder Canyon Project
Document Number: 2011-10081
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western), a Federal power marketing agency of the Department of Energy (DOE), will apply the Energy Planning and Management Program (Program) Power Marketing Initiative (PMI), as modified in this notice, to the Boulder Canyon Project (BCP), as proposed in a Federal Register notice (FRN) published on November 20, 2009. As a result, Western will extend a major percentage of the marketable capacity and energy to existing BCP customers. The remaining marketable resource shall form a resource pool that shall be marketed by Western to eligible customers by means of a public process. Western has determined that all BCP electric service contracts resulting from this effort shall have a term of thirty (30) years commencing October 1, 2017. Western is also making new proposals relative to the BCP remarketing effort including marketable capacity and energy, a resource pool percentage, and excess energy provisions, as described in this notice. Western is accepting public comments on these proposals. All comments previously submitted in response to Western's November 20, 2009, notice will be considered in this process and are not required to be resubmitted.
Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program-Eastern Division-2021 Power Marketing Initiative Proposal
Document Number: 2011-4605
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-04
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration (Western), Upper Great Plains Region, a Federal power marketing agency of the Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking comments on this proposed 2021 Power Marketing Initiative (2021 PMI). Western's Firm Electric Service (FES) contracts associated with the current marketing plan will expire on December 31, 2020. This proposed 2021 PMI provides the basis for marketing the long- term firm hydroelectric resources of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin ProgramEastern Division (P-SMBPED) beyond the year 2020. The 2021 PMI proposes to extend the current marketing plan, with amendments, to key marketing plan principles. This Federal Register notice initiates Western's public process for the proposed 2021 PMI and requests public comments. Western will prepare and publish the final 2021 PMI in the Federal Register after all public comments on the proposed 2021 PMI are considered.
Desert Southwest Customer Service Region-Rate Order No. WAPA-151
Document Number: 2011-3361
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-15
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western) is proposing to update its formula rates for the WALC Balancing Authority Ancillary Services as well as the formula rates for NITS on the P-DP and Intertie projects. Current formula rates, under Rate Schedules DSW-SD2, DSW-RS2, DSW-FR2, DSW-SPR2, DSW-SUR2, DSW-EI2 and PD-NTS2, and INT-NTS2 are set to expire June 30, 2011. Western is also proposing to add a new rate schedule, Rate Schedule DSW-GI1, for Generator Imbalance (GI) Service. Western is proposing these rates to meet evolving and expanding transmission system and ancillary services requirements. Western has prepared a brochure that provides detailed information on the proposed rates to all interested parties. The proposed rates, under Rate Schedules-DSW-SD3, DSW-RS3, DSW-FR3, DSW-SPR3, DSW-SUR3, DSW-EI3, DSW- GI1, PD-NTS3, and INT-NTS3 would go into effect on October 1, 2011, and would remain in effect through September 30, 2016, or until superseded.\1\ The new rate schedule for GI Service, under Rate Schedule DSW-GI1, would go into effect and coincide with the other ancillary service rates in this rate order. Publication of this Federal Register notice begins the formal process for the proposed formula rates.
Boulder Canyon Project
Document Number: 2011-3225
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-14
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western) is proposing an adjustment to the Boulder Canyon Project (BCP) electric service base charge and rates. The current base charge and rates expire September 30, 2011, under Rate Schedule BCP-F8. The current base charge is not sufficient to cover all annual costs including operation, maintenance, replacements, and interest expense, and to repay investment obligations within the required period. The proposed base charge will provide sufficient revenue to cover all annual costs and to repay investment obligations within the allowable period. A detailed rate package that identifies the reasons for the base charge and rates adjustment will be available in March 2011. The proposed base charge and rates are scheduled to become effective on October 1, 2011, and will remain in effect through September 30, 2012. This Federal Register notice initiates the formal process for the proposed base charge and rates.
Loveland Area Projects-Western Area Colorado Missouri Balancing Authority-Rate Order No. WAPA-155
Document Number: 2011-1894
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-28
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western) is proposing to update its Loveland Area Projects (LAP) Transmission and Western Area Colorado Missouri (WACM) Balancing Authority Ancillary Services formula rates. Current formula rates, under Rate Schedules L-FPT1, L- NFPT1, L-NT1, L-AS1, L-AS2, L-AS3, L-AS4, L-AS5, L-AS6 and L-AS7, have been extended and will expire on February 28, 2013. Pursuant to Western's revised Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT), which was effective December 1, 2009, Western is also proposing new formula rates for Generator Imbalance Service and Unreserved Use Penalties. Western has prepared a brochure that provides detailed information on the proposed formula rates to all interested parties. If adopted, the proposed formula rates, under Rate Schedules L-FPT1, L-NFPT1, L-NT1, L- AS1, L-AS2, L-AS3, L-AS4, L-AS5, L-AS6, L-AS7, L-AS9 and L-AS10, would be in effect from October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2016, or until superseded. Publication of this Federal Register notice begins the formal process for consideration of the proposed formula rates.
Interconnection of the Proposed Hyde County Wind Energy Center Project (DOE/EIS-0461), and Proposed Crowned Ridge Wind Energy Center Project (DOE/EIS-0462)
Document Number: 2011-897
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-18
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration (Western) published separate Notices of Intent to prepare environmental impact statements (EISs) for the Hyde County Wind Energy Center Project and the Crowned Ridge Wind Energy Center Project in the Federal Register on November 30, 2010. Both Notices of Intent specified a 45-day public scoping period, which would end on January 14, 2011. Western received a request for an extension of the public scoping period deadline to January 30, 2010, due to the holidays. Western is granting that request, and by this notice and local advertising is extending the formal scoping period to midnight Monday, January 31, 2011.
Loveland Area Projects/Western Area Colorado Missouri Balancing Authority-Rate Order No. WAPA-154
Document Number: 2011-211
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-10
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
This action is being taken to temporarily extend the existing Loveland Area Projects (LAP) Transmission and Western Area Colorado Missouri Balancing Authority (WACM) Ancillary Services Formula Rates through February 28, 2013. The existing transmission and ancillary services formula rates will expire February 28, 2011, with the exception of the Regulation and Frequency Response Service formula rate which expires May 31, 2011.
Central Arizona Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-153
Document Number: 2010-33278
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-05
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
This action is to extend the existing Central Arizona Project (CAP) formula rates through December 31, 2012. The existing Transmission Service Formula Rate Schedules CAP-FT2, CAP-NFT2, and CAP- NITS2 expire on December 31, 2010. These Transmission Service Rate Schedules contain formula rates that are recalculated from annual updated financial and load data.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the TransWest Express 600 kV Direct Current Transmission Project in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada (DOE/EIS-0450), and Notice of Potential for Land Use Plan Amendments
Document Number: 2010-33180
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-04
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the impacts of a right-of-way (ROW) application for the TransWest Express 600-kilovolt (kV) Direct Current Transmission Project (Project) and potential land use plan amendments. The Western Area Power Administration (Western) is a joint lead agency with the BLM for the EIS preparation. Western is a power-marketing agency within the Department of Energy (DOE) and is proposing to jointly own the Project with TransWest Express, LLC. TransWest Express, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Corporation. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA).
The Central Valley Project, the California-Oregon Transmission Project, the Pacific Alternating Current Intertie, and Path 15 Transmission-Rate Order No. WAPA-156
Document Number: 2010-33108
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-03
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western) is proposing new and revised formula rates and information for the following: Western power, the Central Valley Project (CVP) transmission, the California-Oregon Transmission Project (COTP) transmission, the Pacific Alternating Current Intertie (PACI) transmission, ancillary services, custom product power, and information on Path 15 transmission upgrade. In addition to these existing rates for services, Western also is proposing to implement two new rates and services: Unreserved Use Penalties and Generator Imbalance Services (GI). Western is not proposing any changes to its existing formula rate methodologies. The proposed rates will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs including interest expense, investments, and aid to irrigation within the allowable time periods. Western's rate brochure providing detailed information on the proposed formula rates will be available January 11, 2011, to all interested parties upon request. The current rates for existing services expire on September 30, 2011.\1\ If approved, the proposed rates would become effective on October 1, 2011, and remain in effect through September 30, 2016, or until superseded by another rate schedule. Publication of this Federal Register notice begins the formal process for the proposed rate adjustments.
Notice of Cancellation of Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed NextGen Project Near Selby, Walworth County, SD (DOE/EIS-0401)
Document Number: 2010-32121
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-22
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power Administration (Western) is issuing this notice to advise the public that it is cancelling the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on an interconnection request by the Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC). BEPC proposed to design, construct, operate, and maintain a 500- to 700-megawatt base load, coal-fired generation facility near Selby, Walworth County, South Dakota, and interconnect it with Western's transmission system, thus triggering a NEPA review of Western's action to allow the interconnection. BEPC has notified Western it is suspending further action on its proposed project.
Post-2014 Resource Pool-Loveland Area Projects, Allocation Procedures and Call for Applications
Document Number: 2010-31749
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-17
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration (Western), a Federal power marketing agency of the Department of Energy (DOE), is publishing this notice of allocation procedures and call for applications from preference entities interested in an allocation of Federal electric power. Subpart C of the Energy Planning and Management Program (Program), which was developed in part to implement Section 114 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, provides for establishing project-specific resource pools and allocating power from these pools to eligible new preference customers and for other appropriate purposes as determined by Western. These allocation procedures and call for applications, in conjunction with the Loveland Area Projects (LAP) Final Post-1989 Marketing Plan (Post-1989 Marketing Plan), establish the framework for allocating power from the LAP resource pool. This resource pool is comprised of up to one percent of the long-term marketable resource of the LAP.
2015 Resource Pool-Sierra Nevada Region
Document Number: 2010-31060
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-10
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western), a Federal power marketing administration of DOE, announces the Final 2015 Resource Pool allocations pursuant to its 2004 Power Marketing Plan (Marketing Plan) for the Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region (SNR). This notice includes a summary of the comments received on Western's proposed 2015 Resource Pool allocations and Western's responses.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and To Conduct Scoping Meetings: Interconnection of the Proposed Hyde County Wind Energy Center Project, South Dakota
Document Number: 2010-30068
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
NextEra Energy Resources (NextEra) applied to interconnect its proposed 150-megawatt (MW) Hyde County Wind Energy Center Project (Project), located in Hyde County, South Dakota, with the Western Area Power Administration's (Western) existing Fort Thompson Substation in Buffalo County, South Dakota. Western will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the proposal to interconnect the Project in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) NEPA Implementing Procedures, and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing NEPA. Western's need for agency action is precipitated by NextEra's application to interconnect with Western's power transmission system. Western needs to consider NextEra's interconnection request under its Open Access Transmission Service Tariff (Tariff). This EIS will address Western's Federal action of interconnecting the proposed Project to Western's transmission system, making changes within Western's existing Fort Thompson Substation to physically connect NextEra's proposed Project, and making any necessary system modifications to accommodate the interconnection. Existing transmission line approaches to Fort Thompson Substation may also need to be realigned. By taking these actions, power generated by NextEra's proposed Project would use Western's transmission system to reach the market. Portions of NextEra's proposed Project may affect floodplains and wetlands, so this Notice of Intent (NOI) also serves as a notice of proposed floodplain or wetland action in accordance with DOE floodplain and wetland environmental review requirements.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and To Conduct Scoping Meetings: Interconnection of the Proposed Crowned Ridge Wind Energy Center Project, South Dakota
Document Number: 2010-30067
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
NextEra Energy Resources (NextEra) applied to interconnect its proposed 150-megawatt (MW) Crowned Ridge Wind Energy Center Project (Project) with the Western Area Power Administration's (Western) existing Watertown Substation in Codington County, South Dakota. The proposed Project would be located in Codington and Grant counties, South Dakota. Western will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the proposal to interconnect the Project in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) NEPA Implementing Procedures, and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing NEPA. Western's need for agency action is precipitated by NextEra's application to interconnect with Western's power transmission system. Western needs to consider NextEra's interconnection request under its Open Access Transmission Service Tariff (Tariff). This EIS will address Western's Federal action of interconnecting the proposed Project to Western's transmission system, making changes within Western's existing Watertown Substation to physically connect NextEra's proposed Project, and making any necessary system modifications to accommodate the interconnection. By taking these actions, power generated by NextEra's proposed Project would use Western's transmission system to reach the market. Portions of NextEra's proposed Project may affect floodplains and wetlands, so this Notice of Intent (NOI) also serves as a notice of proposed floodplain or wetland action in accordance with DOE floodplain and wetland environmental review requirements.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Staff Assessment for the Solar Reserve LLC Rice Solar Energy Project, Riverside County, CA (DOE/EIS-0439) and Possible California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment
Document Number: 2010-27154
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, the Department of Energy (DOE), which includes the Western Area Power Administration (Western) and the Loan Guarantee Program (LGP), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), have prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Staff Assessment (SA), which may require a California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan Amendment, as a joint environmental analysis document for the proposed Rice Solar Energy Project (Project), in Riverside County, California, and by this notice are announcing the opening of the comment period. Western, on behalf of DOE, and CEC are joint lead agencies for purposes of satisfying the requirements of NEPA and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), with the BLM acting as a cooperating agency. The Draft EIS/SA is available on the Internet at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/ sitingcases/ricesolar/index.html.
Transmission Infrastructure Program-TransWest Express Transmission Project Capacity
Document Number: 2010-26143
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-18
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western), a Federal power marketing administration of the United States Department of Energy (DOE), is requesting Statements of Interest (SOIs) from entities that are interested in purchasing transmission service. Western is currently evaluating its role in the TransWest Express Transmission Project (TWE Project) that would create a new transmission path from south central Wyoming to southern Nevada. As part of that evaluation, Western is requesting SOIs from any entity or entities desiring to purchase Long-Term Firm Transmission Service to deliver generation over the TWE Project.
South Dakota PrairieWinds Project (DOE/EIS-0418)
Document Number: 2010-24388
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Western Area Power Administration (Western) received two requests from Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric); one to interconnect their proposed South Dakota PrairieWinds Project (Proposed Project) and one to interconnect the South Dakota Wind Partners, LLC's (Wind Partners') proposed development to Western's transmission system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service (RUS), also received a request from Basin Electric for financial assistance for the Proposed Project. RUS is a joint lead agency in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. The Proposed Project includes a 151.5-megawatt (MW) nameplate capacity wind-powered energy generation facility that would feature 101 wind turbine generators; 6,000 square-foot operations and maintenance building and fence perimeter; 64 miles of underground communication system and electrical collector lines (within the same trench); 34.5- kilovolt (kV) to 230-kV collector substation and microwave tower; 11 mile-long overhead 230-kV transmission line; temporary equipment/ material storage or lay-down areas; temporary batch plant; temporary crane walks; and 81 miles of new and/or upgraded service roads to access the facilities. Wind Partners' proposed development would include the installation of an additional seven turbines within the Crow Lake Alternative and use a portion of the other facilities described for the Proposed Project. Through an agreement between Basin Electric and Wind Partners, Basin Electric would construct, operate, and maintain the Wind Partners' proposed development. Western considered the interconnection requests under the provisions of its Open Access Transmission Service Tariff (Tariff), along with the information in the EIS and all comments received, and has made the decision to allow both of Basin Electric's requests to interconnect at Western's existing Wessington Springs Substation.
Boulder Canyon Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-150
Document Number: 2010-23807
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-23
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The Deputy Secretary of Energy confirmed and approved Rate Order No. WAPA-150 and Rate Schedule BCP-F8 extending on an interim basis the existing Boulder Canyon Project (BCP) rate-setting formula and approving the base charge and rates for FY 2011. The existing Electric Service Rate Schedule, BCP-F7, expires September 30, 2010. The Electric Service Rate Schedule contains a rate-setting formula that is recalculated annually based on updated financial and load data. The existing rate-setting formula is being extended under Rate Order No. WAPA-150 and Rate Schedule BCP-F8.
Delta-Mendota Canal Intertie Project
Document Number: 2010-23066
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-15
Agency: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power Administration (Western), plans to authorize a new interconnection and design, construct, own, operate, and maintain a new 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line and fiber optic cable for delivery of project use power as part of the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region's (Reclamation) Delta-Mendota Canal (DMC)/California Aqueduct Intertie (Intertie) project. The Intertie, including the interconnection to Western's system and transmission line and fiber optic cable, was analyzed in a Reclamation Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the Final EIS dated and released in November 2009. The EIS was developed in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Reclamation issued a Record of Decision (ROD) dated December 28, 2009, to proceed with the Intertie, described as its Proposed Action in the EIS. The Intertie would be located in Alameda County, California, and involves constructing and operating a pumping plant, a pipeline connection between the DMC and the California Aqueduct at Mile 7.2 of the DMC and Mile 9 of the California Aqueduct, a switchyard, access roads, and the transmission line. Reclamation served as the lead agency in the preparation of the NEPA documents for this project. Western, in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508) and DOE NEPA Implementing Procedures (10 CFR Part 1021), served as a cooperating agency. Western adopted the EIS in March 2010 (DOE/EIS-0398) to meet its NEPA responsibilities for its transmission actions in support of the Intertie.