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Application To Export Electric Energy; TransAlta Energy Marketing (U.S.) Inc.

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AGENCY:

Office of Fossil Energy, DOE.

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ACTION:

Notice of application.

SUMMARY:

TransAlta Energy Marketing (U.S.) Inc., (TEMUS) has applied for renewal of its authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada pursuant to section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act.

DATES:

Comments, protests or requests to intervene must be submitted on or before August 9, 2001.

ADDRESSES:

Comments, protests or requests to intervene should be addressed as follows: Office of Coal & Power Imports/Exports (FE-27), Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585-0350 (FAX 202-287-5736).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Xavier Puslowski (Program Office) 202-586-4708 or Michael Skinker (Program Attorney) 202-586-2793.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Exports of electricity from the United States to a foreign country are regulated and require authorization under section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act (FPA) (16 U.S.C. 824a(e)).

On August 31, 1999, the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) issued Order No. EA-216 authorizing TEMUS to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada as a power marketer using the international electric transmission facilities owned and operated by Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bonneville Power Administration, Citizens Utilities, International Transmission Company, Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative, Joint Owners of the Highgate Project, Inc., Long Sault, Inc., Maine Electric Power Company, Maine Public Service Company, Minnesota Power and Light Co., Inc., Minnkota Power, New York Power Authority, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., Northern States Power, and Vermont Electric Transmission Company. That two-year authorization will expire on August 31, 2001.

On June 15, 2001, TEMUS filed an application with FE for renewal of this export authority and requested that the authorization be granted for a five-year term.

Procedural Matters: Any person desiring to become a party to this proceeding or to be heard by filing comments or protests to this application should file a petition to intervene, comment or protest at the address provided above in accordance with §§ 385.211 or 385.214 of the FERC's Rules of Practice and Procedures (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Fifteen copies of each petition and protest should be filed with the DOE on or before the date listed above.

Comments on the TEMUS request to export to Canada should be clearly marked with Docket EA-216-A. Additional copies are to be filed directly with Sterling Koch, Counsel & Assistant Secretary, TransAlta Energy Marketing (U.S.) Inc., Box 1900, Station “M”, 110-12th Avenue, S.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 2M1 and Donna J. Bobbish, Counsel, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004-1008.

DOE notes that the circumstances described in this application are virtually identical to those for which export authority had previously been granted in FE Order No. EA-216. Consequently, DOE believes that it has adequately satisfied its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 through the documentation of a categorical exclusion in the FE Docket EA-216 proceeding.

Copies of this application will be made available, upon request, for public inspection and copying at the address provided above or by accessing the Fossil Energy Home Page at http://www.fe.doe.gov. Upon reaching the Fossil Energy Home page, select “Electricity,” from the Regulatory Info menu, and then “Pending Proceedings” from the options menus.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on July 3, 2001.

Anthony Como,

Deputy Director, Electric Power Regulation, Office of Coal & Power Imports/Exports, Office of Coal & Power Systems, Office of Fossil Energy.

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[FR Doc. 01-17174 Filed 7-9-01; 8:45 am]

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