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Application to Export Electric Energy; Constellation Energy Commodities Group, Inc.

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AGENCY:

Office of Fossil Energy, DOE.

ACTION:

Notice of application.

SUMMARY:

Constellation Energy Commodities Group, Inc. (Constellation) (formerly Constellation Power Services Inc. (CPS)) has applied to renew 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 January 12, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

Comments, protests or requests to intervene should be addressed as follows: Office of Coal & Power Import/Export (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:

Steven Mintz (Program Office) 202-586-9506 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 January 23, 1998, the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) issued Order No. EA-164 authorizing Constellation Power Source, Inc. (CPS) to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada as a power marketer. That two-year authorization expired on January 23, 2000. On February 22, 2000, FE issued Order No. EA-164-A authorizing CPS to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada as a power marketer for an additional five-year term that will expire on February 22, 2005.

CPS, which has changed its name to Constellation, filed an application with FE on November 29, 2004, to renew the export authority contained in Order No. EA-164-A for a five-year term.

Constellation proposes to export electric energy to Canada and to arrange for the delivery of those exports over the international transmission facilities owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bonneville Power Administration, Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative, International Transmission Company, Joint Owners of the Highgate Project, Long Sault, Inc., Maine Electric Power Company, Maine Public Service Company, Minnesota Power, Inc., Minnkota Power Cooperative, New York Power Authority, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, Northern States Power, and Vermont Electric Transmission Company.

The construction of each of the international transmission facilities to be utilized by Constellation, as more fully described in the application, has previously been authorized by a Presidential permit issued pursuant to Executive Order 10485, as amended.

Procedural Matters: Any person desiring to become a party to these proceedings or to be heard by filing comments or protests to these applications 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 dates listed above.

Comments on Constellation's application to export electric energy to Canada should be clearly marked with Docket EA-164-B. Additional copies are to be filed directly with Lisa M. Decker, Esq., Vice President and Counsel, Constellation Energy Commodities Group, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 500, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.

Copies of these applications 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 Regulation,” and then “Pending Proceedings” from the options menus.

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Issued in Washington, DC on December 7, 2004.

Anthony J. Como,

Deputy Director, Electric Power Regulation, Office of Fossil Energy.

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[FR Doc. 04-27257 Filed 12-10-04; 8:45 am]

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