Western published its Marketing Plan for SNR in theFederal Register(64 FR 34417, June 25, 1999). The Marketing Plan specifies the terms and conditions under which Western markets power from the Central Valley Project and the Washoe Project beginning January 1, 2005, and continuing through December 31, 2024. The Marketing Plan sets aside a portion of the SNR's marketable power resources to establish a 2015 Resource Pool for new power allocations.
On June 3, 2009, Western published the Call for 2015 Resource Pool Applications in theFederal Register(74 FR 26671). On September 28, 2009, Western published a Notice of Extension in theFederal Register(74 FR 49366). The Call for 2015 Resource Pool Applications required that applications be submitted by August 3, 2009, and the Notice of Extension extended the application date to October 28, 2009. In response to the call for applications, Western received 57 applications. After reviewing and considering the applications, on July 30, 2010, Western published the Proposed 2015 Resource Pool Allocations in theFederal Register(75 FR 44942) and opened a 30-day comment period on those allocations. The formal comment period on the proposed power allocations from the 2015 Resource Pool ended on August 30, 2010. A summary of the comments received and Western's responses are provided below. After considering all comments, Western has decided to finalize the proposed power allocations.
Responses to Comments Received on The Notice of Proposed 2015 Resource Pool Allocations (75 Fr 44942, July 30, 2010)
During the comment period, Western received six letters commenting on the proposed allocations from the 2015 Resource Pool. Western reviewed and considered all comments. The comments and Western's responses are provided below.
Comment:Two commentors expressed their appreciation and support for the proposed 2015 Resource Pool allocations.
Response:Western notes the comments of support for its 2015 Resource Pool allocations.
Comment:Three commentors requested that Western reconsider providing them with an allocation from the 2015 Resource Pool. One commentor stated the cost of electricity is critical to the success of its programs, which carry out energy-intensive scientific and national defense research. Another stated it is committed to the environment and that commitment is demonstrated through various projects using Western's power such as providing power to docked ships and charging batteries for ground equipment at the airport. Another stated that it is ready and able to use an increased allocation to meet Reclamation Act goals of widespread use.
Response:Western recognizes that the commentors perform important functions. Western has a limited amount of power to allocate, and not all applicants received an allocation of Federal power. The Resource Pool was made up of only 2 percent of the SNR's resources available for marketing. Western received 57 applications for an allocation from the 2015 Resource Pool and evaluated those applications and made allocations according to the eligibility and allocation criteria set forth in the Marketing Plan.
Comment:Four commentors requested that, in the event some allottees are unable to take theallocation, Western should consider providing the commentors with an allocation/increased allocation from the 2015 Resource Pool. Three of those commentors are expecting their loads to increase in the coming years.
Response:Western will allocate any available power according to the eligibility and allocation criteria set forth in the Marketing Plan.
Comment:One commentor requested an increase in its allocation to the median level of the allocations.
Response:Western considered the size of the applicants' loads when it made the allocations according to the allocation criteria set forth in the Marketing Plan. Because not all applicants' loads are the same size, the allocations were also not the same size.
Comment:Two commentors asked Western to clarify the criteria it used in determining the allocations from the 2015 Resource Pool.
Response:Under the Marketing Plan, Western allocated power to the applicants that met the eligibility criteria set forth in the Marketing Plan. Western then applied the allocation criteria to all applicants receiving an allocation. The eligibility criteria and allocation criteria are discussed in the Marketing Plan and the Call for Applications.
Final 2015 Resource Pool Allocations
The final 2015 Resource Pool allottees are listed below. The allocations are expressed as percentages of the Base Resource (BR) with an estimated megawatthour (MWh) amount of each allocation. The estimated MWh for each allocation assumes an estimated average annual BR of 3,342,000 MWh and are rounded to the nearest MWh. The actual amount of BR a customer will receive will vary hourly, daily, monthly, and annually depending on hydrology and other constraints that may govern the CVP operations. The final allocations are as follows:
Base resource allocation percent
Alameda Municipal Power
Bay Area Rapid Transit District
California State University, Sacramento
Cawelo Water District
Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians
East Bay Municipal Utility District
Fallon, City of
Healdsburg, City of
Hoopa Valley Tribe
Kings River Conservation District
Klamath Water and Power Agency
Lassen Municipal Utility District
Lodi, City of
Lompoc, City of
Marin Energy Authority
Merced Irrigation District
Navy, U.S. Dept of, Monterey Post Graduate School
Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Sonoma County Water Agency
South San Joaquin Irrigation District
Stockton, Port of
Truckee Donner Public Utility District
Turlock Irrigation District
University of California, San Francisco
Zone 7, Alameda County Flood Control & Water Conservation District