[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 133 (Tuesday, July 13, 2004)]
[Pages 42049-42050]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E4-1521]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. EL04-112-000]

The Governors of: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New 
Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont; Notice of Petition for Declaratory 

June 30, 2004.
    Take notice that on June 25, 2004, the Governors of Connecticut, 
Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont 
(collective, the Petitioners) filed a Joint Petition for Declaratory 
Order to Form a New England Regional State Committee. The Petitioners 
informed the Commission of their collective intention to form a non-
profit corporation, the New England States Committee on Electricity 
(NESCOE), that will serve as the New England region's regional state 
committee. Petitioners state that NESCO will focus on developing and 
making policy recommendations related to resource adequacy and system 
planning, and will affirmatively investigate and report to the New 
England Governors on policy questions concerning the possibility of a 
regional authority for siting of interstate transmission facilities.
    The Petitioners request the Commission's declaratory order to 
require RTO New England (RTO-NE) and the New England participating 
transmission owners (TOs) provide NESCOE, absent exigent circumstances, 
with written notice of any proposed additions or changes to market 
rules or tariffs within a reasonable time before filing the proposed 
additions or changes to market rules or tariffs within a reasonable 
time before filing the proposal; require that RTO-NE and the TOs give 
NESCOE a reasonable opportunity to make determinations regarding any 
proposed additions or changes to market rules and tariffs that affect 
matters within the scope of NESCOE's responsibility; require RTO-NE and 
the TOs to file with the Commission any determinations made by NESCOE, 
along with an explanation of how the determination was incorporated 
into RTO-NE's or the TOs' proposal or why it was not followed; require 
that RTO-NE or the TOs file NESCOE's determinations with the Commission 
pursuant to their respective authorities under section 205 of the 
Federal Power Act; require NESCOE to be funded by a regional tariff 
administered by the RTO-NE and ultimately collected from all New 
England retail electricity customers;

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and, require that RTO-NE, the New England Power Pool, and the TOs file 
amendments to their respective jurisdictional tariffs and agreements to 
reflect the Commission's intention in the declaratory order resulting 
from this Petition.
    Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing should 
file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, 
NE., Washington, DC 20426, in accordance with rules 211 and 214 of the 
Commission's rules of practice and procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 
385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining 
the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make 
protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a 
party must file a motion to intervene. All such motions or protests 
should be filed on or before the comment date, and, to the extent 
applicable, must be served on the applicant and on any other person 
designated on the official service list. This filing is available for 
review at the Commission or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site 
at http://www.ferc.gov, using the eLibrary (FERRIS) link. Enter the 
docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number 
field to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC 
Online Support at [email protected] or toll-free at (866) 208-
3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659. Protests and interventions 
may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper; see 18 
CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web 
site under the ``e-Filing'' link. The Commission strongly encourages 
electronic filings.
    Comment Date: July 16, 2004.

Linda Mitry,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. E4-1521 Filed 7-12-04; 8:45 am]