SPP seeking to transmit power from Basin Electric into Canada

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has filed an application with the Department of Energy (DOE) to transmit electricity into Canada under section 202 (e) of the Federal Power Act.

The application was detailed in the Jan. 4 edition of the Federal Register. Comments are due by Feb. 3.

On Nov. 14, DOE received an application from SPP for authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada on an emergency basis for five years using existing international transmission facilities owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

SPP is a FERC-approved Regional Transmission Organization (RTO).

In its application, SPP states that Basin Electric, a utility currently holding an Export Authorization issued by the Department in EA-64, became a full transmission-owning member of SPP on October 1, 2015. Upon the Oct. 1, 2015 integration of Basin Electric into SPP, SPP began administering transmission service over and assumed functional control of Basin Electric’s transmission system, while Basin Electric retains actual ownership and operational control of its transmission facilities.

Through Basin Electric’s membership in SPP, electricity transmission transactions along Basin Electric’s transmission facilities are now governed by SPP’s tariff.

The electric energy that SPP proposes to export to Canada would be surplus energy in excess of SPP’s load requirements. The existing international transmission facilities to be utilized by SPP have previously been authorized by Presidential permit PP-64 issued pursuant to Executive Order 10485, as amended, and are appropriate for open access transmission by third parties.

The agency docket number is OE Docket No. EA-434. An additional copy of comments is to be provided directly to Matthew Harward, Attorney, Southwest Power Pool, Inc., 201 Worthen Drive, Little Rock, AR 72223 and Matthew J. Binette, Victoria M. Lauterbach, and Brett K. White, Wright & Talisman, P.C., 1200 G Street NW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005.

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.

SPP, which is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, turned 75 years old in December, according to a news release. It oversees operation of the power grid for its member companies, which involves more than 50,000 MW in capacity.

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