Powerex seeks DOE approval to continue shipping electricity to Canada

The Department of Energy (DOE) is accepting comments until July 31 on a Powerex Corp. proposal to renew its authority to export electricity from the United States into Canada under section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act.

Powerex is nearing the end of its current five-year authorization to export electricity into Canada, according to a July 1 notice in the Federal Register. That authority is set to expire Nov. 17.

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Powerex is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BC Hydro. On its website, Powerex describes itself as being involved in buying and supplying physical wholesale power, natural gas, ancillary services and more recently, environmental products, across North America.

Powerex was issued its current authorization from DOE in November 2010. On May 19 of this year, Powerex filed an application with DOE for renewal of the export authority contained in Order No. EA–171–C for an additional five-year term.

In its application, Powerex 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 Powerex proposes to export to Canada would be surplus energy purchased from third parties such as electric utilities and federal power marketing agencies under voluntary agreements.

Powerex would use transmission infrastructure that has been previously authorized for international exports by Presidential permits.

A final decision will be made on this application after the environmental impacts have been evaluated using DOE’s National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures. DOE would also have to determine 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 are available at Bracewell and Giuliani LLP offices in Washington, D.C. or by accessing the program Web site at http://energy.gov/node/11845.

Copies of the application can also be attained by emailing Angela Troy at Angela.Troy@hq.doe.gov.

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