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Solicitation of Interest for Transmission Line Projects Under EPAct05 Section 1222 Associated With Renewable Generation Sources

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AGENCY:

United States Department of Energy, Southwestern Power Administration.

ACTION:

Request for Statements of Interest.

SUMMARY:

The United States Department of Energy (DOE or Department) acting through the Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), a power marketing administration within the Department, is seeking Statements of Interest (SOIs) from entities that are interested in providing contributed funds for Southwestern's participation in the upgrade of Southwestern's existing transmission facilities or the construction of new transmission line projects in the states in which Southwestern operates. The purpose of the request for SOIs is to identify potential projects which would facilitate the transmission of wind generation or other renewable generation sources to load centers under the authority granted the Secretary of Energy in section 1222 Start Printed Page 70637of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05) (Pub. L. 109-58; 119 Stat. 952).

DATES:

To be assured of consideration, all SOIs should be received at Southwestern Power Administration by January 5, 2009.

ADDRESSES:

SOIs should be mailed to: Mr. James K. McDonald, Assistant Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third Street, Suite 1400, Tulsa, OK 74103. Responses may also be e-mailed to jim.mcdonald@swpa.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For further information concerning the SOIs, contact: Mr. James K. McDonald, Assistant Administrator, Office of Corporate Operations, Southwestern Power Administration, One West Third Street, Suite 1400, Tulsa, OK 74103, telephone 918-595-6690, e-mail jim.mcdonald@swpa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Pursuant to Section 5 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, Southwestern, a DOE agency, markets and transmits wholesale electrical power from 24 multiple purpose reservoir projects constructed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers to cooperatives, government agencies, and municipalities. Southwestern operates and maintains 1,380 miles of high-voltage transmission lines located in the states of Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Southwestern markets power in the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Under the Energy and Water Appropriations Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-37), Southwestern was granted permanent authority to accept contributed funds under section 5 of the Flood Control Act. Those contributed funds can only be used to fund work for projects that would be used to transport federally produced electricity.

Since 2005, the Secretary of Energy (Secretary), acting through the Administrators of Southwestern or Western Area Power Administration (Western), has had the authority to accept contributed funds under section 1222(c) of EPAct05 to design, develop, construct, operate, maintain, or own, or participate with other entities in designing, developing, constructing, operating, maintaining, or owning, an electric power transmission facility and related facilities needed to upgrade existing transmission facilities owned by Southwestern and Western if the electric transmission facilities are located in a national interest electric transmission corridor designated pursuant to section 216 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824o), or are necessary to accommodate an actual or projected increase in demand for electric transmission capacity. Section 1222(b) of EPAct05 grants the Secretary, acting through the Administrators of Southwestern or Western authority for developing new electric transmission facilities, similar to that provided in section 1222(a) for existing facilities, in states in which Southwestern and Western operate. Section 1222(c) provides for the Secretary to accept and use funds contributed by another entity for the purpose of carrying out a project. Section 1222(g) of EPAct05 provides that through September 30, 2015, the Secretary may accept no more than $100 million from other entities for use in developing projects. In order to exercise these authorities, the Secretary, in consultation with the applicable Administrator, must make certain determinations provided in section 1222 of EPAct05 with respect to the project.

Given the economic, environmental, and national security benefits flowing from the use of electricity generated from renewable energy resources, Southwestern is seeking SOIs from entities that are interested in providing contributed funds for Southwestern's participation in the design, development, or construction of upgraded or new transmission projects that would facilitate the transmission of wind generation or other renewable generation from remote locations to distant load centers.

The SOIs should include the following information:

1. Name and general description of the entity submitting the SOI.

2. Name, mailing address, telephone number, facsimile number, and e-mail address of that entity's primary contact.

3. A description of the proposed transmission project including project location (location must be within states in which Southwestern operates), minimum transfer capability, descriptions of any previous transmission work done for the proposed project (plan of service, cost estimate, schedule, system studies, environmental activity, siting activity, etc.), and any other information that would be useful in evaluating the proposed transmission project.

4. Description of the renewable energy resources the proposed project would serve, including type(s) of renewable resource, size and general location of the resource, general location of load or markets, availability of generation-related ancillary services, a description of the entity's involvement in the renewable energy resource, if any, and any other information that would be useful in evaluating the project.

5. Amount of transmission rights or long-term transmission service the entity may desire if and when the project is completed.

6. The proposed role that Southwestern might play in the development of the transmission project.

7. The amount of funds the entity might be willing to contribute to Southwestern to accomplish its role.

8. A brief description of any other information that would be useful in evaluating the SOI.

Each SOI will be evaluated by Southwestern, for ultimate recommendation to the Secretary, based on the feasibility of developing a project that meets the criteria set forth in EPAct05 section 1222, while advancing the goal of facilitating the transmission of wind generation or other renewable generation sources from remote locations to distant load centers. Given the $100 million limit through September 15, 2015, on the Secretary's authority to accept contributed funds, the SOIs received in response to this request, and the request for SOIs simultaneously being issued by Western, will be evaluated through a competitive evaluation process.

Environmental Compliance

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.); the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508); and DOE NEPA Implementing Procedures and Guidelines (10 CFR part 1021), Southwestern has determined this action is categorically excluded from further NEPA analysis. Future actions that the Secretary and Southwestern may undertake under EPAct05 section 1222 as a result of this request will undergo separate NEPA analysis on a project by project basis.

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Dated: November 13, 2008.

Jon C. Worthington,

Administrator.

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[FR Doc. E8-27719 Filed 11-20-08; 8:45 am]

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