Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, DOE.
Notice of application.
Vitol Inc. (Applicant or Vitol)) 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.
Comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be submitted on or before September 23, 2015.
Comments, protests, motions to intervene, or requests for more information should be addressed to: Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Mail Code: OE-20, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0350. Because of delays in handling conventional mail, it is recommended that documents be transmitted by overnight mail, by electronic mail to Electricity.Exports@hq.doe.gov, or by facsimile to 202-586-8008.
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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 Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824a(e)).
On December 13, 2010, DOE issued Order No. EA-370 to Vitol Inc., which authorized the Applicant to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada as a power marketer for a five-year term using existing international transmission facilities. That authority expires on December 13, 2015. On August 6, 2015, Vitol filed an application with DOE for renewal of the export authority contained in Order No. EA-370 for an additional five-year term.
In its application, Vitol states that it does not own or operate any electric generation or transmission facilities, and it does not have a franchised service area. The electric energy that Vitol proposes to export to Canada would be surplus energy purchased from third parties such as electric utilities and Federal power marketing agencies pursuant to voluntary agreements. The existing international transmission facilities to be utilized by Vitol have previously been authorized by Presidential permits issued pursuant to Executive Order 10485, as amended, and are appropriate for open access transmission by third parties.
Procedural Matters: Any person desiring to be heard in this proceeding should file a comment or protest to the application at the address provided above. Protests should be filed in accordance with Rule 211 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Rules of Practice and Procedures (18 CFR 385.211). Any person desiring to become a party to these proceedings should file a motion to intervene at the above address in accordance with FERC Start Printed Page 51251Rule 214 (18 CFR 385.214). Five copies of such comments, protests, or motions to intervene should be sent to the address provided above on or before the date listed above.
Comments and other filings concerning Vitol's application to export electric energy to Canada should be clearly marked with OE Docket No. EA-370-A. An additional copy is to be provided directly to both Robert F. Viola, Vitol Inc., 1100 Louisiana Street, Suite 5500, Houston, TX 77002 and Catherine M. Krupka, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, 700 Sixth Street NW. Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001.
A final decision will be made on this application after the environmental impacts have been evaluated pursuant to DOE's National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures (10 CFR part 1021) and after a determination is made by DOE that the proposed action will not have an adverse impact on the sufficiency of supply or reliability of the U.S. electric power supply system.
Copies of this application will be made available, upon request, for public inspection and copying at the address provided above, by accessing the program Web site at http://energy.gov/node/11845, or by emailing Angela Troy at Angela.Troy@hq.doe.gov.
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Issued in Washington, DC, on August 18, 2015.
Electricity Policy Analyst, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.
[FR Doc. 2015-20840 Filed 8-21-15; 8:45 am]
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