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Proposed Rate Adjustment, Public Forum, and Opportunities for Public Review and Comment for Georgia-Alabama-South Carolina System of Projects

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AGENCY:

Southeastern Power Administration, DOE.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rate.

SUMMARY:

Southeastern Power Administration (Southeastern) proposes to revise existing schedules of rates and charges applicable to the sale of power from the Georgia-Alabama-South Carolina System of Projects effective for a 5-year period, October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2015. Additionally, opportunities will be Start Printed Page 12741available for interested persons to review the present rates and the proposed rates and supporting studies, to participate in a public forum, and to submit written comments. Southeastern will evaluate all comments received in this process.

DATES:

Written comments are due on or before June 15, 2010. A public information and comment forum will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, at 10 a.m., on April 29, 2010. Persons desiring to speak at the forum should notify Southeastern at least three (3) days before the forum is scheduled, so that a list of forum participants can be prepared. Others may speak if time permits.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments should be submitted to: Administrator, Southeastern Power Administration, Department of Energy, 1166 Athens Tech Road, Elberton, Georgia, 30635-6711. The public information and comment forum for the Georgia-Alabama-South Carolina System of Projects will be at the Sheraton Gateway Atlanta Airport, 1900 Sullivan Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30337 (770) 997-1100.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Leon Jourolmon, Assistant Administrator, Finance & Marketing, Southeastern Power Administration, Department of Energy, 1166 Athens Tech Road, Elberton, Georgia 30635, (706) 213-3800.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by order issued April 8, 2008 (123 FERC ¶ 62,022), confirmed and approved on a final basis Wholesale Power Rate Schedules SOCO-1-C, SOCO-2-C, SOCO-3-C,SOCO-4-C, ALA-1-L, MISS-1-L, Duke-1-C, Duke-2-C, Duke-3-C, Duke-4-C, Santee-1-C, Santee-2-C, Santee-3-C, Santee-4-C, SCE&G-1-C, SCE&G-2-C, SCE&G-3-C, SCE&G-4-C, Pump-1-A, Pump-2, Regulation-1 and Replacement-1 applicable to Georgia-Alabama-South Carolina System of Projects' power for a period ending September 30, 2012.

Discussion: Existing rate schedules are predicated upon a July 2006 repayment study and other supporting data that was adopted prior to the completion of a final cost allocation for the Richard B. Russell Project. The final cost allocation for the Richard B. Russell Project was adopted on March 25, 2008. Southeastern prepared a repayment study in February 2010 with the cost adjustments necessary to comply with the final cost allocation. This repayment study demonstrates that the existing rates are not adequate to meet repayment criteria. Southeastern is proposing to establish new rates that will recoup these unrecovered costs.

A revised study with a revenue increase of $27,679,000 in fiscal year 2011 and all future years over the current repayment study shows that all costs are repaid within their service life. Therefore, Southeastern is proposing to revise the existing rates to generate this additional revenue. The rate adjustment is an increase of about fifteen percent.

Four reversible pumped storage units have been installed at the Richard B. Russell Project. Construction of these units was completed in Fiscal Year 1993. However, due to litigation, these units were not available for commercial operation until Fiscal Year 2002. Southeastern's customers have suggested the cost of interest during construction from 1993 should not be allocated to power for repayment. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has provided Southeastern with financial statements that show $223,733,000 was charged to interest during construction at the Russell Project for the period from Fiscal Year 1993 through Fiscal Year 2002. Southeastern has computed an additional $115,466,000 of interest for the period from Fiscal Year 2002 through Fiscal Year 2009. The total interest for the period from 1993 through 2009 is $339,198,000. Consistent with the comments received, Southeastern's proposed rates do not include these costs because Southeastern believes that exclusion of the disputed costs should be discussed further at the public forum.

Southeastern is proposing the following rate schedules to be effective for the period from October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2015.

Rate Schedule SOCO-1-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida to whom power may be wheeled and scheduled pursuant to contracts between the Government and Southern Company Services, Incorporated.

Rate Schedule SOCO-2-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida to whom power may be wheeled pursuant to contracts between the Government and Southern Company Services, Incorporated. The customer is responsible for providing a scheduling arrangement with the Government.

Rate Schedule SOCO-3-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida to whom power may be scheduled pursuant to contracts between the Government and Southern Company Services, Incorporated. The customer is responsible for providing a transmission arrangement.

Rate Schedule SOCO-4-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida served through the transmission facilities of Southern Company Services, Inc. The customer is responsible for providing a scheduling arrangement with the Government and for providing a transmission arrangement.

Rate Schedule ALA-1-M

Available to PowerSouth Energy Cooperative.

Rate Schedule MISS-1-M

Available to the South Mississippi Electric Power Association to whom power may be wheeled pursuant to contract between the Government and PowerSouth Energy Cooperative.

Rate Schedule Duke-1-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in North Carolina and South Carolina to whom power may be wheeled and scheduled pursuant to contracts between the Government and Duke Power Company.

Rate Schedule Duke-2-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in North Carolina and South Carolina to whom power may be wheeled pursuant to contracts between the Government and Duke Power Company. The customer is responsible for providing a scheduling arrangement with the Government.

Rate Schedule Duke-3-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in North Carolina and South Carolina to whom power may be scheduled pursuant to contracts between the Government and Duke Power Company. The customer is responsible for providing a transmission arrangement.

Rate Schedule Duke-4-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in North Carolina and South Carolina served through the transmission facilities of Duke Power Company. The customer is responsible for providing a scheduling arrangement with the Government and for providing a transmission arrangement.

Rate Schedule Santee-1-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in South Carolina to whom Start Printed Page 12742power may be wheeled and scheduled pursuant to contracts between the Government and South Carolina Public Service Authority.

Rate Schedule Santee-2-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in South Carolina to whom power may be wheeled pursuant to contracts between the Government and South Carolina Public Service Authority. The customer is responsible for providing a scheduling arrangement with the Government.

Rate Schedule Santee-3-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in South Carolina to whom power may be scheduled pursuant to contracts between the Government and South Carolina Public Service Authority. The customer is responsible for providing a transmission arrangement.

Rate Schedule Santee-4-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in South Carolina served through the transmission facilities of South Carolina Public Service Authority. The customer is responsible for providing a scheduling arrangement with the Government and for providing a transmission arrangement.

Rate Schedule SCE&G-1-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in South Carolina to whom power may be wheeled and scheduled pursuant to contracts between the Government and South Carolina Electric & Gas Company.

Rate Schedule SCE&G-2-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in South Carolina to whom power may be wheeled pursuant to contracts between the Government and South Carolina Electric & Gas Company. The customer is responsible for providing a scheduling arrangement with the Government.

Rate Schedule SCE&G-3-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in South Carolina to whom power may be scheduled pursuant to contracts between the Government and South Carolina Electric & Gas Company. The customer is responsible for providing a transmission arrangement.

Rate Schedule SCE&G-4-D

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in South Carolina served through the transmission facilities of South Carolina Electric & Gas Company. The customer is responsible for providing a scheduling arrangement with the Government and for providing a transmission arrangement.

Rate Schedule Pump—1-A

Available to all customers of the Georgia-Alabama-South Carolina System and applicable to energy from pumping operations at the Carters and Richard B. Russell projects.

Rate Schedule Pump—2

Available to public bodies and cooperatives who provide their own scheduling arrangement and elect to allow Southeastern to use a portion of their allocation for pumping.

Rate Schedule Regulation—1

Available to public bodies and cooperatives in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, or North Carolina to whom regulation service is provided pursuant to contracts between the Government and the customer.

Rate Schedule Replacement—1

Available to all customers in the Georgia-Alabama-South Carolina System and applicable to replacement energy.

The proposed rates for capacity, energy, and generation services are as follows:

Capacity: $4.48 per kW per month.

Energy: 11.43 mills per kWh.

Generation Services: $0.12 per kW per month.

Under this scenario, 75 per cent of generation revenues are recovered from capacity sales and 25 per cent are recovered from energy sales. These rates are expected to produce an average revenue increase of $27,679,000 in FY 2011 and all future years.

The rates for transmission, scheduling, reactive supply, and regulation and frequency response apply to all four scenarios and are illustrated in Table 1.

Southeastern Power Administration Proposed Rates for Transmission Scheduling, Reactive, and Regulation Charges

Rate scheduleTransmission charge ($/kW/month)Scheduling charge $/kW/monthReactive charge $/kW/monthRegulation charge $/kW/month
SOCO-1-D2.690.08060.110.0483
SOCO-2-D2.69N/A0.11N/A
SOCO-3-DN/A0.0806N/A0.0483
SOCO-4-DN/AN/AN/AN/A
ALA-1-MN/AN/AN/AN/A
MISS-1-M2.62N/AN/AN/A
Duke-1-D0.94N/AN/AN/A
Duke-2-D0.94N/AN/AN/A
Duke-3-DN/AN/AN/AN/A
Duke-4-DN/AN/AN/AN/A
Santee-1-D1.32N/AN/AN/A
Santee-2-D1.32N/AN/AN/A
Santee-3-DN/AN/AN/AN/A
Santee-4-DN/AN/AN/AN/A
SCE&G-1-D1.02N/AN/AN/A
SCE&G-2-D1.02N/AN/AN/A
SCE&G-3-DN/AN/AN/AN/A
SCE&G-4-DN/AN/AN/AN/A
Pump—1-AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Pump—2N/AN/AN/AN/A
Regulation-1N/AN/AN/A0.05
Replacement-1N/AN/AN/AN/A
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The referenced repayment studies are available for examination at 1166 Athens Tech Road, Elberton, Georgia 30635-6711. Proposed Rate Schedules SOCO-1-D, SOCO-2-D, SOCO-3-D, SOCO-4-D, ALA-1-M, MISS-1-M, Duke-1-D, Duke-2-D, Duke-3-D, Duke-4-D, Santee-1-D, Santee-2-D, Santee-3-D, Santee-4-D, SCE&G-1-D, SCE&G-2-D, SCE&G-3-D, SCE&G-4-D, Pump-1-A, Pump-2, Regulation-1, and Replacement-1 are also available.

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Dated: March 10, 2010.

Kenneth E. Legg,

Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 2010-5801 Filed 3-16-10; 8:45 am]

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