Notice of Issuance of Final Power Marketing Policy, for the Jim Woodruff System Project

Published date30 October 2023
Record Number2023-23906
Citation88 FR 74173
CourtSoutheastern Power Administration
SectionNotices
Federal Register, Volume 88 Issue 208 (Monday, October 30, 2023)
[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 208 (Monday, October 30, 2023)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 74173-74179]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2023-23906]
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                DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
                Southeastern Power Administration
                Notice of Issuance of Final Power Marketing Policy, for the Jim
                Woodruff System Project
                AGENCY: Southeastern Power Administration (Southeastern), DOE.
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                ACTION: Notice of final power marketing policy.
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                SUMMARY: The Administrator has adopted the attached Final Power
                Marketing Policy for the Jim Woodruff System Project. The policy will
                be effective thirty days after publication in the Federal Register. The
                policy was developed in accordance with Southeastern's Procedure for
                Public Participation in the Formulation of Marketing Policy published
                July 6, 1978, pursuant to a notice of intent to formulate a power
                marketing policy published in the Federal Register of August 5, 2022,
                and a proposed policy published in the Federal Register of April 7,
                2023. A public comment forum was held via a virtual web based meeting
                on June 8, 2023. Comments were due on or before June 23, 2023. Twelve
                comments were received relative to the proposed policy. The
                Administrator appointed a Staff Committee to prepare a Staff Evaluation
                of all oral and written comments and responses received by Southeastern
                and to make appropriate recommendations. The Staff Evaluation was
                completed on Sept 5, 2023. Following the Staff Evaluation, the
                Administrator decided to adopt the policy as modified.
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                 The Final Power Marketing Policy sets forth the guidelines which
                Southeastern will follow in the future disposition of power from the
                Jim Woodruff System. The policy covers power from the Jim Woodruff
                project and establishes the marketing area and specifies the allocation
                of power to area preference customers. The policy also deals with
                utilization of area utility systems for essential purposes, wholesale
                rates, and energy and economic efficiency measures.
                 Southeastern has determined this action fits within the following
                categorical exclusions listed in appendix B to subpart D of 10 CFR
                1021: B4.1 (Contracts, policies, and marketing and allocation plans for
                electric power). Categorically excluded projects and activities do not
                require preparation of either an environmental impact statement or an
                environmental assessment.
                 A recital of the primary comments regarding the proposed power
                marketing policy, responses to those comments, and specific decisions
                and changes in the proposed power marketing policy approved by the
                Administrator precede the text of the final policy as adopted.
                Primary Comments and Responses
                 1. Comment: The proposed policy states that the Jim Woodruff Lock
                and Dam (Project) has a total capacity of 36 MW. The Policy also lists
                the capacity allocations for each of the current preference customers
                which adds up to the total 36 MW. It was our understanding from SEPA's
                February 2, 2023, presentation that the total installed capacity of the
                Project is 43.345 MW, and the preference customers will have access to
                the total generation each hour measured at the busbar based upon each
                preference customer's pro-rata share. The proposed policy states that
                if the actual generation is less than the allocated capacity in any
                hour then the amount delivered to each preference customer will be
                reduced, pro-rata; however, the proposed policy is silent as to what
                happens if the actual generation in any hour is in excess of the 36 MW.
                Is it the intention that any generation in excess of 36 MW would be
                allocated pro-rata share as well? Should the proposed policy be amended
                to address how total generation in excess of 36 MW will be handled?
                 Response: Southeastern states its goal in the proposed policy is to
                allocate all available and usable system power to preference customers.
                The legacy capacity value of 36 MW is used in the proposed Marketing
                policy as a denominator for calculating the pro-rata share. Nameplate
                capacity is 48.165 MVA but maximum operating capacity is limited to
                43.345 MW. There are many hours, depending on streamflow, where the
                project generates less than 36 MW and hours where generation is above
                36 MW--up to the plant maximum operating capacity. As a ``run-of-the-
                river'' project, there is limited ability to dispatch against
                streamflow. ``Preference customers'' are those entities with customer
                contracts. Preference customers would receive a pro-rata share of
                energy generated. Southeastern does not think an amended Policy is
                needed to address total energy allocations.
                 2. Comment: If the preference customers do have access to their
                pro-rata share of the actual Project generation each hour, under the
                new contracts, what will the billing demand determinant be based upon?
                Will it be based upon the actual Project peak generation for the month
                or capped at the total 36 MW?
                 Response: The rate structure for Jim Woodruff currently contains a
                metered energy and a monthly demand charge. This construct is subject
                to periodic rate-development proceedings and will be addressed there.
                The Jim Woodruff rates are effective through September 30, 2026.
                Southeastern intends to keep the current JW-1-L rate where monthly
                billing demand will be based on capacity allocations. Energy billing
                will be based on the customer ratio-share of monthly project net
                metered generation at the bus-bar.
                 3. Comment: The proposed policy states that the Final Marketing
                Policy will be implemented through contracts for terms not to exceed
                ten years and the existing preference customers can continue with their
                current allocated shares of capacity. Will all Preference-Eligible
                customers listed in Appendix A have access to a pro-rata share of the
                total capacity of the Project capacity after the end of the ten-year
                contracts with the existing preference customers (i.e., subject to the
                500 kW limitation) or will the existing preference customers have right
                of first refusal?
                 Response: Southeastern's marketing area in the Final Policy is the
                entire state of Florida and contains 53 preference-eligible public
                bodies and cooperatives based on 2020 load information. Southeastern
                currently has contracts with six of these preference-eligible entities.
                Southeastern does not expect any additional power or energy to be
                marketable for the foreseeable future as a result of the Duke Energy
                Florida contract termination so Southeastern proposes to continue
                arrangements with these six customers. However, Southeastern has
                included a mechanism in the proposed policy to allow power and energy
                to be allocated should any become available in the future. Thus, the
                expiration of the initial contract term could allow system power or
                energy to be made available to other preference-eligible customers. The
                proposed policy does not convey a ``right of first refusal'' to any
                customer nor an obligation on the government to allocate a pro-rata
                share of the total system capacity across all preference-eligible
                customers at the end of the contract term.
                 4. Comment: The proposed policy states that ``both existing and
                preference-eligible customers will be eligible to share equitably in
                any capacity remaining after reductions for reserves, losses or
                capacity and energy relinquished by existing customers''. What is meant
                by the term ``reserves''?
                 Response: Reserves include capacity to meet station service needs
                and any other operational requirements at the Project.
                 5. Comment: Under the Utilization at Utility Systems section of the
                proposed policy, there is a statement that it may be necessary for
                Southeastern to contract with a third party to ``dispose'' of system
                power under ``reasonable and acceptable marketing arrangements''. If
                the preference customers are receiving a pro-rata share of all of the
                output, when
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                would a condition exist that would result in the disposal of system
                power? It is our understanding from the February 2nd meeting that the
                contracting preference customers will be responsible for contracting
                with Duke Energy Florida (DEF) for the transmission of the Project
                power (either network transmission service or presumably point-to-point
                transmission service for those preference customers that need to wheel
                power across DEF's transmission system). We understand that
                Southeastern will be entering into an interconnection agreement with
                DEF. Does Southeastern expect a need to contract with DEF or another
                utility for any other transmission or marketing arrangement (i.e.,
                other than the interconnection agreement with DEF)?
                 Response: Dispose is referred to Southeastern's authorizing
                legislation, section 5, Flood Control Act 1944, 16 U.S.C. 825s. The
                proposed policy specifies delivery to the project bus-bar (Point of
                Interconnection with DEF). Southeastern may be required to enter into a
                re-imbursement agreement with the Host Balancing Authority (DEF) in the
                event arrangements need to be implemented to allow Jim Woodruff to be
                treated as a Pseudo-Tied generator, as that term is defined by the
                North American Electric Reliability Corporation. It is expected that if
                this becomes necessary, it will be a financial transaction and not a
                bartered marketing arrangement.
                 6. Comment: For Seminole to schedule the Project power each hour
                under the DEF transmission agreement, Seminole will require real time
                telemetry access to the actual Project net generation. Seminole will
                plan to contact Carter Edge to make those arrangements.
                 Response: Southeastern does not have real-time telemetry at Jim
                Woodruff. It is expected that this information is available from DEF
                via the Eastern Interconnection Data Sharing Network (EIDSN).
                 7. Comment: The proposed power marketing policy indicates it will
                be implemented through contracts with terms not to exceed ten years.
                How was the ten-year term chosen? Why or under what circumstances would
                the Southeastern Power Administration (``SEPA'') consider a term of
                less than ten-years? Did SEPA consider a contract term that lasts for
                the life of the project, with rights for a preference customer to exit
                earlier, if it desires to do so? Will the terms of all preference
                customer contracts have to be the same? To the extent that other SEPA
                power marketing policies have standard contract terms of 20 years, with
                evergreen provisions, the Cities would urge SEPA that the Jim Woodruff
                System Project should, at least, have contract terms of the same
                length.
                 Response: The proposed power marketing policy supports the
                statutory authority granted to the Administrator in section 5 of the
                Flood Control Act of 1944, 16 U.S.C. 825s, allowing power and energy
                not required in the operation of project to be transmitted and sold in
                such a manner to as to encourage the most widespread use thereof at the
                lowest rates possible to consumers consistent with sound business
                principles. Southeastern agrees that providing for a contract term up
                to twenty years would give maximum flexibility in the negotiations
                under this policy and will allow for contracts to be entered into for a
                term greater than ten years if necessary or if found desirable during
                contract negotiations. Contracts can be extended beyond the initial
                term if acceptable by the parties.
                 8. Comment: The proposed power marketing policy states: ``Resale
                rate provisions requiring the benefits of Southeastern's power to be
                passed on to the ultimate consumer will be included in each customer
                contract with Southeastern which provides for Southeastern to supply
                more than 25% of the customer's total power requirements . . . .'' Why
                are these resale rate provisions necessary? And, why do they only apply
                to a preference customer whose supply from SEPA is more than 25% of the
                customer's total power requirement? How the 25% is calculated, and is
                it a one-time calculation, or is it periodically redone to pick up
                changes in total power requirements? Will these resale rate provisions
                apply to imbalance sales? Specifically, does SEPA expect the Cities to
                be subject to such resale rate provisions? If so, it will be important
                that the resale rate provisions not conflict with the imbalance sale
                terms of filed FERC tariffs for the relevant transmission provider.
                Further, any resale rate or other provisions should be cognizant that
                the Cities are members of a joint action agency and that there needs to
                be a mechanism available for the cities to integrate their wholesale
                power supply needs with the portfolio of the joint action agency,
                including the possibility of assigning or transferring the output of
                the SEPA power to the joint action agency for the duration of term the
                joint action agency may be supplying the balance of each of the City's
                wholesale power needs.
                 Response: After review of Southeastern's other three marketing
                areas the agency will modify the policy to eliminate the Resale Rates
                section. Southeastern will modify the policy to add the Florida
                Municipal Power Agency as a preference eligible customer as it
                represents solely municipal customers.
                 9. Comment: The proposed power marketing policy indicates that SEPA
                can dispose of system power under reasonable and acceptable marketing
                arrangements. Who determines the reasonability and acceptability of the
                marketing arrangements? Will there be an opportunity for preference
                customers to provide input on those determinations? Under what
                circumstances would SEPA anticipate having to dispose of system power?
                To the extent that SEPA does dispose of system power, how will revenue
                from those transactions be applied to SEPA's revenue requirements, as a
                credit to the benefit of the preference customers? If the disposal of
                system power results in a net cost to SEPA, will preference customers
                be responsible for any of that cost and, if so, to what extent?
                 Response: Southeastern has used a public participation process for
                formulating power marketing policies since 1978 with procedures
                outlined in the Procedure for Public Participation in the Formulation
                of Marketing Policy (43 FR 29186, 29187, July 6, 1978) to dispose of
                system power. The Jim Woodruff System will continue to be
                hydraulically, electrically, and financially integrated as a single
                project system. Revenue requirements are calculated to recover
                operating expenses and the federal capital investment and rates are set
                for the sale of power and energy in excess of use at the project to
                preference customers in a manner consistent with sound business
                principles. A periodic rate filing process where costs and revenues are
                calculated and shared via public forums allows for public participation
                and rates to be reviewed and approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory
                Commission (FERC). Southeastern will continue to use cost-based rates
                subject to Congressional, FERC and Department of Energy mandates.
                 10. Comment: The proposed power marketing policy states: ``Each
                customer purchasing Southeastern's power shall agree to take reasonable
                measures to encourage the conservation of energy by ultimate
                consumers.'' Where will this referenced agreement to encourage
                conservation reside? As a part of the project contracts, or elsewhere?
                Why is this conservation encouragement measure included here? Will SEPA
                require quantitative or qualitative tracking and reporting of
                conservation encouragement measures? If efforts to encourage
                conservation to not prove to
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                reduce energy consumption by a preference customer's ultimate
                consumers, will that have a negative impact on preference customers in
                any manner?
                 Response: Power marketing policies in other systems marketed by
                Southeastern include the referenced wording which encourages energy
                conservation by preference customers consistent with guidance in the
                Department Energy Organization Act, 42 U.S.C. 7112 (1977), where
                departmental elements are directed ``to promote maximum possible energy
                conservation measures in connection with the activities within their
                respective jurisdictions.'' Southeastern currently has no plans for
                qualitative and quantitative tracking of performance for conservation
                measures employed by ultimate users. This topic will be addressed in
                customer contracts.
                 11. Comment: SEPA has indicated that it will now have to enter into
                a large generator interconnection agreement (``LGIA''), and take
                interconnection service, from Duke Energy Florida (``DEF''), following
                the termination of the existing DEF arrangement with SEPA on April 20,
                2024. If studies associated with the LGIA indicate system impacts on
                the DEF system, that have to be paid for by SEPA to receive
                interconnection service, when does SEPA expect to receive those cost
                estimates? Assuming that there are any costs that must be paid to DEF
                under the LGIA, the Cities expect those costs to be borne
                proportionately through rates by each of the preference customers.
                Under any circumstance, would that not be the case? If there are costs
                that have to be paid to DEF for interconnection service, subject to
                refund, how will those refund amounts be distributed to preference
                customers?
                 Response: Southeastern does not anticipate initial or normal
                recurring costs associated with implementing the LGIA with Duke Energy
                Florida. Any special occurrence costs would be accounted for in a
                manner acceptable to Southeastern and the preference customers in the
                rate setting process.
                 12. Comment: The SeFPC supports the following determinations made
                by SEPA in the proposed policy:
                 1. SEPA will follow the guidance of the Flood Control Act of 1944;
                 2. SEPA will deliver power at the bus-bar and pursue appropriate
                rate design and operational solutions to maintain ``the Jim Woodruff
                system financially, electrically, and hydraulically independent of any
                other Southeastern system'';
                 3. Considering the equitable contributions made by existing SEPA
                customers who receive the benefit of the Jim Woodruff system;
                 4. Continuing with the allocated share of capacity for existing
                customers;
                 5. Including a process for the distribution of Renewable Energy
                Certificates (``RECs'') for preference customers of the Jim Woodruff
                system; and
                 6. Declaring that no rates will be established for the RECs.
                 The proposed policy indicates that the existing customers will be
                offered new contracts for a term of ten years upon the adoption of the
                marketing policy. The ten-year term reflects an approach adopted by
                SEPA forty years ago with the Cumberland System of Projects. Since that
                time, SEPA has adopted approaches for other marketing areas which
                provide assurances for the availability of the preference resource for
                a longer term. Notably, although SEPA proposed a ten-year term for the
                customers of the Kerr-Philpott projects, SEPA explained that
                ``contracts can be extended if acceptable by all parties.'' Nine years
                later, SEPA was encouraged to allow for contracts up to twenty years
                for the Georgia-Alabama-South Carolina (``GA-AL-SC'') system of
                projects. SEPA agreed explaining that providing for contracts for a
                term up to twenty years would ``give maximum flexibility in the
                negotiation of contracts under [the] policy and will allow for
                contracts to be entered into for a term of greater than ten years if
                necessary or if found desirable during contract negotiations.''
                 The most recent marketing policy for the GA-AL-SC system of
                projects provides the most recent approach for determining contract
                length. Many of the customers in the GA-AL-SC marketing area purchase
                power from SEPA under twenty-year contracts. SEPA should follow the
                same approach adopted in the GA-AL-SC marketing policy and provide for
                twenty-year contracts during negotiations on final contract terms.
                Similarly, SEPA should also include an evergreen clause to allow for
                renewal of the contract. This approach would track the sentiment
                expressed in the Kerr-Philpott marketing policy in which contracts
                should be renewed if acceptable to all parties.
                 Response: Southeastern agrees that providing for a contract term up
                to twenty years would give maximum flexibility in the negotiations
                under this policy and will allow for contracts to be entered into for a
                term greater than ten years if necessary or if found desirable during
                contract negotiations.
                 Changes or modifications in the Final Power Marketing Policy: It
                was determined to allow for contracts to be entered into for a period
                of time greater than ten years if necessary or if found desirable
                during contract negotiations (see comments 7 and 12).
                 The Resale Rates section has been eliminated and will be addressed
                in contract negotiations to ensure the ultimate customer is benefiting
                from the Federal Hydropower Program. The Florida Municipal Power Agency
                was added to the list of preference eligible customers given two of the
                municipalities they represent have allocations from the Jim Woodruff
                Project bringing the total to 53 preference eligible customers in the
                policy (see comment 8).
                Final Power Marketing Policy
                Jim Woodruff System Project
                 General: The project and power products subject to this policy are:
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                 Average energy
                 Name Capacity (kw) (MWh) Energy attribute
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                Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam..................... 36,000 193,530 Renewable Energy Certificate.
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                 This Power Marketing Policy for electric power and energy not
                required in the operation of Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam will replace the
                arrangements in the contract between Duke Energy Florida and
                Southeastern Power Administration (Southeastern) dated July 19, 1957
                (Rate Schedule No. 65), which provided for a fair and reasonable
                arrangement for the circumstances prevailing at the time the power was
                sold. Arrangements for the sale, purchase, wheeling and firming of
                power from the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam will be implemented as soon as
                contract revisions pursuant to this policy can be negotiated.
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                 The Final Marketing Policy will be implemented through negotiated
                contracts terms of approximately ten years but may be negotiated for
                terms of up to 20 years with consideration for extensions if acceptable
                to all parties during contract negotiations.
                 Deliveries will be made at the project bus-bar. The project will be
                hydraulically, electrically, and financially integrated as a single
                project system and will be operated to make maximum contribution to the
                respective utility areas. Preference in the sale of the power will be
                given to public bodies and cooperatives.
                 Marketing Area: Southeastern's marketing area shall be the entire
                state of Florida. The marketing area contains 53 eligible public bodies
                and cooperatives, as listed on Appendix A attached hereto.
                 Allocations of Power: It is Southeastern's goal to allocate all
                available and usable system power (that power remaining after provision
                for reserves and losses) to preference customers.
                 As to the power sold to the existing preference customers prior to
                contracts executed to implement this policy, each existing preference
                customer within the Duke Energy Florida service area will continue with
                its allocated share of the marketed capacity and resulting pro-rata
                share of the associated energy. Current capacity allocations are
                summarized below:
                Talquin Elec Coop 13,500 kW
                City of Quincy 8,400 kW
                Tri County Elec Coop 5,200 kW
                Suwannee Valley Elec Coop 4,800 kW
                Central Florida Elec Coop 2,300 kW
                City of Chattahoochee 1,800 kW
                 Southeastern does not expect any additional capacity or energy to
                be marketable from the project in the foreseeable future. However, both
                existing and preference-eligible customers will be eligible to share
                equitably in any capacity remaining after reductions for reserves,
                losses or capacity and energy relinquished by existing customers.
                Allocations of any newly available power and energy to a particular
                preference customer will be based on the relationship of such
                customer's maximum 2020 demand to the sum of the 2020 maximum demands
                of all preference customers sharing such power so long as such customer
                demand is expected to be and will be treated hereunder in each month as
                not less than 500 kW. Southeastern recognizes that West Florida
                Electric Cooperative Association Incorporated was previously included
                in Jim Woodruff allocations but is now served by Southeastern's GA-AL-
                SC system. For allocation purposes, they will be treated as if they are
                a preference-eligible customer.
                 There will be times when hydraulic conditions reduce the operating
                head or the available streamflow of the project and not all the
                allocated capacity can be made available. The power available from the
                project shall be reduced, pro-rata based on project capability.
                 Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs): Southeastern has included a
                process for REC distribution in this marketing policy. The REC
                distribution process will not impact power allocation within the System
                marketing area.
                 The M-RETS Tracking System creates and tracks certificates
                reporting generation attributes, by generating unit, for each megawatt-
                hour (MWh) of energy produced by registered generators. The System
                project is registered within M-RETS. The RECs potentially satisfy
                Renewable Portfolio Standards, state policies, and other regulatory or
                voluntary clean energy standards in a number of states. Southeastern
                has subscribed to M-RETS and has an account in which RECs are collected
                and tracked for each MWh of energy produced from the System. Within M-
                RETS, certificates can be transferred to other M-RETS subscribers or to
                a third-party tracking system. M-RETS creates a REC for every MWh of
                renewable energy produced, tracks the life cycle of each REC created,
                and ensures against any double counting or double-use of each REC.
                 REC Distribution: M-RETS (or a successor application) will be the
                transfer mechanism for all RECs related to the System. Southeastern
                shall maintain an account with M-RETS and collect RECs from the
                generation at the System project. Southeastern will verify the total
                amount of RECs each month. Preference Customers with an allocation of
                power from the System are eligible to receive RECs by transfer from
                Southeastern's M-RETS account to their M-RETS account or that of their
                agent. Transfers to each customer will be based on the customer's
                monthly invoices during the same three-month period (quarter). All RECs
                distributed by Southeastern shall be transferred within forty-five days
                of the end of a quarter. Each customer must submit to Southeastern, by
                the tenth business day after the quarter, any notice of change to M-
                RETS account or agent. Any REC transfers that were not claimed, or if a
                transfer account was not provided to Southeastern, will be forfeited if
                they become nontransferable as described in the M-RETS terms of
                service, procedures, policies, or definitions of reporting and trading
                periods, or any subsequent rules and procedures for transfers as
                established. The initial transfer process in M-RETS will be
                accomplished by the sixtieth day after the end of the first completed
                quarter subsequent to publication of the final policy.
                 Any balance of RECs that exist in Southeastern's M-RETS account,
                other than the first quarter after policy revision publication, may
                also be transferred to Preference Customers according to the customer's
                invoiced energy at the time of the REC creation.
                 Rates: No rates shall be established by Southeastern for RECs
                transferred to Preference Customers. Any cost to Southeastern, such as
                the M-RETS subscription, will be incorporated into marketing costs and
                included in recovery through the energy and capacity rates of the
                System.
                 Utilization at Utility Systems: In the absence of transmission
                facilities of its own, Southeastern may use area generation and
                transmission systems as may be necessary to dispose of system power
                under reasonable and acceptable marketing arrangements. Utility systems
                providing such services shall be entitled to adequate compensation.
                 Wholesale Rates: Rate schedules shall be drawn to recover all costs
                associated with producing and transmitting the power in accordance with
                then current repayment criteria. Production costs will be determined on
                a system basis and rate schedules will be related to the integrated
                output of the project. Rates schedules may be revised periodically.
                 Conservation Measures: Each customer purchasing Southeastern's
                power shall agree to take reasonable measures to encourage the
                conservation of energy by ultimate consumers.
                Legal Authority
                 The policy is developed under authority of Section 5 of the Flood
                Control Act of 1944, 16 U.S.C. 825s, and Section 302(a) of the
                Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, 42 U.S.C. 7152. This
                power marketing policy was developed in accordance with the Procedure
                for Public Participation in the Formulation of Marketing Policy
                published July 6, 1978, 43 FR 29186.
                Environmental Impact
                 Southeastern has determined this action fits within the following
                categorical exclusions listed in appendix B to subpart D of 10 CFR
                1021: B4.1 (Contracts, policies, and marketing and allocation plans for
                electric power). Categorically excluded projects and activities do not
                require
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                preparation of either an environmental impact statement or an
                environmental assessment.
                Determination Under Executive Order 12866
                 Southeastern has an exemption from centralized regulatory review
                under Executive Order 12866; accordingly, no clearance of this notice
                by the Office of Management and Budget is required.
                Signing Authority
                 This document of the Department of Energy was signed on October 11,
                2023, by Virgil G. Hobbs III, Administrator, Southeastern Power
                Administration, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of
                Energy. That document, with the original signature and date, is
                maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance
                with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the
                undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to
                sign and submit the document in electronic format for publication, as
                an official document of the Department of Energy. This administrative
                process in no way alters the legal effect of this document upon
                publication in the Federal Register.
                 Signed in Washington, DC, on October 25, 2023.
                Treena V. Garrett,
                Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy.
                Appendix A: Preference-Eligible Customers
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                 Municipals 2020 Peak load MW
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                Alachua........................................ 28
                Bartow......................................... 60
                Blountstown.................................... 8
                Bushnell....................................... 6
                Chattahoochee.................................. 6
                Clewiston...................................... 22
                Florida Municipal Power Agency................. 1,512
                Fort Meade..................................... 10
                Fort Pierce.................................... 113
                Gainesville.................................... 410
                Green Cove Springs............................. 24
                Havana......................................... 7
                Homestead Energy Services...................... 115
                JEA formerly Jacksonville Electric Authority... 2,658
                Jacksonville Beach dba Beaches Energy Services. 168
                Keys Energy Services formerly Key West......... 145
                Kissimmee...................................... 374
                Lake Worth Beach............................... 96
                Lakeland Electric.............................. 667
                Leesburg....................................... 118
                Moore Haven.................................... 4
                Mount Dora..................................... 23
                New Smyrna Beach............................... 105
                Newberry....................................... 9
                Ocala.......................................... 314
                Orlando........................................ 1,294
                Quincy......................................... 28
                Reedy Creek Utilities.......................... 166
                St. Cloud...................................... 186
                Starke......................................... 16
                Tallahassee.................................... 616
                Vero Beach..................................... 180
                Wauchula....................................... 14
                Williston...................................... 8
                Winter Park.................................... 94
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                 Cooperatives 2020 Peak load MW
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                Central Florida Electric Cooperative........... 131
                Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (CHELCO)... 219
                Clay Electric Cooperative...................... 788
                Escambia River Electric Cooperative............ 43
                Glades Electric Cooperative.................... 60
                Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative................ 86
                Lee County Electric Cooperative................ 970
                Okefenoke Electric Cooperative................. 178
                Peace River Electric Cooperative............... 205
                PowerSouth Energy Cooperative (G&T)............ 2,027
                SECO Energy (Sumter Electric Coop)............. 865
                Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative........... 119
                Talquin Electric Cooperative................... 213
                Tri-County Electric Cooperative................ 60
                West Florida Electric Cooperative.............. 123
                Withlacoochee Electric Cooperative............. 1,002
                Florida Keys Electric Cooperative.............. 156
                Seminole Electric Cooperative (G&T)............ 3,409
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                [FR Doc. 2023-23906 Filed 10-27-23; 8:45 a.m.]
                BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
                

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