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Application To Export Electric Energy; Rainbow Energy Marketing Corporation

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Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, DOE.


Notice of Application.


Rainbow Energy Marketing Corporation (Rainbow) 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 (FPA).


Comments, protests or requests to intervene must be submitted on or before September 17, 2007.


Comments, protests or requests to intervene should be addressed as follows: Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Mail Code: OE-20, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0350 (fax 202-586-8008).

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Ellen Russell (Program Office) 202-586-9624 or Michael Skinker (Program Attorney) 202-586-2793.

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Exports of electricity from the United States to a foreign country are regulated by the Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to sections 301(b) and 402(f) of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7151(b), 7172(f)) and require authorization under section 202(e) of the FPA (16 U.S.C. 824a(e)).

On November 9, 2004, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued Order No. EA-296 authorizing Rainbow to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada as a power marketer for a two-year term. That authorization expired on November 9, 2006. On July 31, 2007, Rainbow filed an application with DOE to renew the export authority contained in Order No. EA-296 for an additional five-year term.

Rainbow does not own or control any transmission or distribution assets, nor does it have a franchised service area. The electric energy which Rainbow proposes to export to Canada would be purchased from electric utilities and Federal power marketing agencies within the United States.

Rainbow will arrange for the delivery of exports to Canada over the international transmission facilities currently owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bonneville Power Administration, Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative, International Transmission Co., Joint Owners of the Highgate Project, Long Sault, Inc., Maine Electric Power Company, Maine Public Service Company, Minnesota Power, Inc., Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc., New York Power Authority, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., Northern States Power Company, and Vermont Electric Transmission Co.

The construction, operation, maintenance, and connection of each of the international transmission facilities to be utilized by Rainbow has previously been authorized by a Presidential permit issued pursuant to Executive Order 10485, as amended.

In its application, Rainbow indicated that, due to an administrative oversight, it was unaware that Order No. EA-296 had expired and continued occasional exports. Rainbow asserts that it has not engaged in any transactions to export electric energy to Canada since being made aware that its export authority had expired and asserts that no export activities will commence until such time as DOE grants renewed authorization for such exports. Rainbow also requested expedited treatment of this renewal application.

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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedures (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Fifteen copies of each petition and protest should be filed with DOE on or before the date listed above.

Comments on the Rainbow application to export electric energy to Canada should be clearly marked with Docket No. EA-296-A. Additional copies are to be filed directly with Joseph M. Wolfe, Rainbow Energy Marketing Corporation, Kirkwood Office Tower, 919 South 7th Street, Suite 405, Bismarck, ND 58504 and Steven A. Weiler, Justin P. Moeller, Leonard, Street and Deinard, The Army and Navy Club Building, 1627 Eye Street, NW., Suite 610, Washington, DC 20006.

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Copies of this application will be made available, upon request, for public inspection and copying at the address provided above or by accessing the program's Home Page at​304.htm.

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Issued in Washington, DC on August 10, 2007.

Anthony J. Como,

Director, Permitting and Siting, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

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[FR Doc. E7-16132 Filed 8-15-07; 8:45 am]