Western and DOE accepting comments on Chu memo recommendations

A joint team of officials from both the Western Area Power Administration (Western) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have opened a comment period regarding a March memo from DOE Secretary Steven Chu.

 The 60-day comment period ends Jan. 22, 2013, with a projected final recommendation made to Chu by late January or early February 2013.

 Chu’s memo calls for changes in the operation of its four power marketing administrations (PMAs), which market and distribute hydropower to 60 million people in 34 states. Some customers of Western, which is one of those PMAs, are also served by Basin Electric.

 Western primarily sells hydropower generated by federal dams in the Missouri River Basin and other western states to rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and tribes — collectively known as “preference customers.” Basin Electric is a supplemental power supplier to Western’s preference customers.

 Written comments can be sent to the Western-DOE Joint Outreach Team at JOT@wapa.gov. Comments may also be delivered by certified mail or commercial mail to: Anita J. Decker, Acting Administrator, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 281213, Lakewood, CO 80228 8213 or fax to 720-962–7059.

 For more information, contact Ronald E. Moulton, Western transmission services manager, or Jennifer DeCesaro, DOE Renewable Energy and Transmission special advisor, via email at JOT@wapa.gov. This notice is also available on Western’s website at http://ww2.wapa.gov/sites/western/about/Pages/Definingfuture.aspx.