[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 178 (Friday, September 13, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56692-56693]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-22297]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Western Area Power Administration


Colorado River Storage Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-161

AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of Order Temporarily Extending Firm Power, Transmission, 
and Ancillary Services Rates.

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SUMMARY: This action is to extend the existing Salt Lake City Area 
Integrated Projects (SLCA/IP) Firm Power Rate and the Colorado River 
Storage Project (CRSP) Transmission and Ancillary Services Rates 
through September 30, 2015. The existing SLCA/IP Firm Power Rate and 
CRSP Transmission and Ancillary Services Rates are set to expire 
September 30, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lynn Jeka, CRSP Manager, CRSP 
Management Center, Western Area Power Administration, 150 East Social 
Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-1580, (801) 524-6372, 
email jeka@wapa.gov, or Mr. Rodney Bailey, Power Marketing Manager, 
CRSP Management Center, Western Area Power Administration, 150 East 
Social Hall Avenue, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-1580, (801) 
524-4007, email rbailey@wapa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Rate Schedules SLIP-F9, SP-PTP7, SP-NW3, SP-
NFT6, SP-SD3, SP-RS3, SP-EI3, SP-FR3, and SP-SSR3, contained in Rate 
Order No. WAPA-137,\1\ were approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (FERC) for a 5-year period through September 30, 2013. 
Western Area Power Administration (Western) is proposing to temporarily 
extend the existing SLCA/IP Firm Power Rate and CRSP Transmission and 
Ancillary Services Rates under Rate Schedules SLIP-F9, SP-PTP7, SP-NW3, 
SP-NFT6, SP-SD3, SP-RS3, SP-EI3, SP-FR3, and SP-SSR3 pursuant to 10 CFR 
Sec.  903.23(b). As required by the Grand Canyon Protection Act of 
1992, the Bureau of Reclamation has been preparing a reallocation of 
the costs of the Glen Canyon Dam. The results of the reallocation were 
recently finalized, provided to Western, and will be implemented into 
the FY 2013 power repayment study. Due to uncertainties that the 
reallocation will have on the SLCA/IP Rate, Western is seeking a 
temporary extension of the existing rates to allow sufficient time for 
a new rate process to be completed and the new rates to be placed into 
effect. The existing rates collect sufficient annual revenue to recover 
annual expenses, including interest and capital requirements, thus 
ensuring repayment of the project within the cost recovery criteria set 
forth in DOE Order RA 6120.2.
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    \1\ The rates in WAPA-137 were approved by the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission on a final basis on June 19, 2009, in Docket 
No. EF08-5171-000 (127 FERC ] 62,220).
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    By Delegation Order No. 00-037.00, effective December 6, 2001, the 
Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) The authority to develop power and 
transmission rates to the Administrator of Western; (2) the authority 
to confirm,

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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, to remand, or to disapprove 
such rates to FERC.
    Western did not have a consultation and comment period and did not 
hold public information and comment forums for this extension as 
permitted by 10 CFR 903.23(b).
    I hereby approve Rate Order No. WAPA-161, which temporarily extends 
Rate Schedules SLIP-F9 for SLCA/IP Firm Power and SP-PTP7, SP-NW3, SP-
NFT6, SP-SD3, SP-RS3, SP-EI3, SP-FR3, and SP-SSR3 for CRSP Transmission 
and Ancillary Services through September 30, 2015.

    Dated: September 6, 2013.
Daniel B. Poneman,
Deputy Secretary.

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY DEPUTY SECRETARY

    In the Matter of: Western Area Power Administration Temporary 
Extension for Salt Lake City Area Integrated Projects Firm Power Rates 
and Colorado River Storage Project Transmission and Ancillary Services 
Rates; Rate Order No. WAPA-161

ORDER CONFIRMING AND APPROVING A TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF THE SALT LAKE 
CITY AREA INTEGRATED PROJECTS FIRM POWER RATE AND THE COLORADO RIVER 
STORAGE PROJECT TRANSMISSION AND ANCILLARY SERVICES RATES

    Section 302(a) of the Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act 
(42 U.S.C. 7152) transferred to and vested in the Secretary of Energy 
the power marketing functions of the Secretary of the Department of the 
Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation under the Reclamation Act of 
1902 (ch. 1093, 32 Stat. 388), as amended and supplemented by 
subsequent laws, particularly section 9(c) of the Reclamation Project 
Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)), and other Acts that specifically apply 
to the project systems involved.
    By Delegation Order No. 00-037.00, effective December 6, 2001, the 
Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) The authority to develop power and 
transmission rates to the Administrator of the Western Area Power 
Administration (Western); (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, to remand, or to disapprove such 
rates to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This rate 
extension is issued pursuant to the Delegation Order and DOE rate 
extension procedures at 10 CFR Sec.  903.23(b).

BACKGROUND

    Rate Schedules SLIP-F9, SP-PTP7, SP-NW3, SP-NFT6, SP-SD3, SP-RS3, 
SP-EI3, SP-FR3, and SP-SSR3, contained in Rate Order No. WAPA-137, were 
approved by the FERC for a 5-year period on October 1, 2008, through 
September 30, 2013. FERC issued its approval on June 19, 2009, in 
Docket No. EF08-5171-000 (127 FERC ] 62,220).

DISCUSSION

    Western is extending the existing Salt Lake City Area Integrated 
Projects (SLCA/IP) Firm Power Rate and Colorado River Storage Project 
(CRSP) Transmission and Ancillary Services Rates until September 30, 
2015, pursuant to 10 CFR Sec.  903.23(b). As required by the Grand 
Canyon Protection Act of 1992, the Bureau of Reclamation has been 
preparing a reallocation of the costs of the Glen Canyon Dam. The 
results of the reallocation were recently finalized, provided to 
Western, and will be implemented into the FY 2013 power repayment 
study. Due to uncertainties that the reallocation will have on the 
SLCA/IP rate, Western is seeking a temporary extension of the existing 
rates to allow sufficient time for a new rate process to be completed 
and the new rates to be placed into effect. The existing SLCA/IP Firm 
Power Rate and CRSP Transmission and Ancillary Services Rates collect 
revenues sufficient to recover annual expenses, including interest and 
capital requirements, thus ensuring repayment of the project costs 
under the cost recovery criteria set forth in DOE Order RA 6120.2. As 
permitted by 10 CFR Sec.  903.23(b), Western did not have an advanced 
notice and comment period and did not hold public information and 
comment forums on the extension of SLCA/IP Firm Power Rate and CRSP 
Transmission and Ancillary Services Rates.

ORDER

    In view of the above and under the authority delegated to me, I 
hereby extend, as permitted by 10 CFR Sec.  903.23(b), for a 2-year 
period, effective October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2015, the 
existing rate schedules SLIP-F9 for SLCA/IP Firm Power, and SP-PTP7, 
SP-NW3, SP-NFT6, SP-SD3, SP-RS3, SP-EI3, SP-FR3, and SP-SSR3 for CRSP 
Transmission and Ancillary Services.

Dated: September 6, 2013.

Daniel B. Poneman,

Deputy Secretary.

[FR Doc. 2013-22297 Filed 9-12-13; 8:45 am]
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