[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 70 (Monday, April 13, 2015)]
[Page 19649]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-08424]



[OE Docket No. EA-409]

Application to Export Electric Energy; Saracen Power LP

AGENCY: Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of Application.


SUMMARY: Saracen Power LP (Applicant or Saracen Power) has applied for 
authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada 
pursuant to section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act.

DATES: Comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be submitted on 
or before May 13, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Comments, protests, motions to intervene, or requests for 
more information should be addressed to: Office of Electricity Delivery 
and Energy Reliability, Mail Code: OE-20, U.S. Department of Energy, 
1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0350. Because of 
delays in handling conventional mail, it is recommended that documents 
be transmitted by overnight mail, by electronic mail to 
[email protected], or by facsimile to 202-586-8008.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Exports of electricity from the United 
States to a foreign country are regulated by the Department of Energy 
(DOE) pursuant to sections 301(b) and 402(f) of the Department of 
Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7151(b), 7172(f)) and require 
authorization under section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 
Sec.  824a(e)).
    On April 13, 2009, DOE issued Order No. EA-350 to Saracen Power 
LLC, which authorized Saracen Power to transmit electric energy from 
the United States to Canada as a power marketer for a five-year term 
using existing international transmission facilities. On December 16, 
2009, DOE issued Order No. EA-350-A, which changed the name of Saracen 
Power LLP to Saracen Power LP. All other terms and conditions of Order 
No. EA-350 remained unchanged. On April 13, 2014, Saracen Power's 
authority to export electricity under EA-350-A expired. On February 26, 
2015, Saracen Power filed an application with DOE for renewal of the 
export authority contained in Order No. EA-350-A for an additional 
five-year term. DOE will treat Saracen Power's Application as a new 
authorization request under OE Docket No. EA-409 due to the fact that 
the export authority contained in Order No. EA-350-A expired on April 
13, 2014.
    In its Application, Saracen Power reports that it ``has engaged in 
only one electricity export transaction since its authorization expired 
on April 13, 2014; specifically, Saracen Power transmitted 800 MWh to 
Canada over the Ontario-Michigan Interconnection facilities 
(Presidential Permit No. PP-230) on February 22, 2015.'' Application at 
2. Since this export transaction, the Applicant has suspended further 
exports and ``is updating its internal compliance calendar and 
procedures to ensure that future reauthorizations are sought and 
obtained in a timely manner, to avoid future lapses of its electricity 
export authorization.'' Id.
    In its application, the Applicant 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 the 
Applicant proposes to export to Canada would be surplus energy 
purchased from third parties such as electric utilities and Federal 
power marketing agencies pursuant to voluntary agreements. The existing 
international transmission facilities to be utilized by the Applicant 
have previously been authorized by Presidential permits issued pursuant 
to Executive Order 10485, as amended, and are appropriate for open 
access transmission by third parties.
    Procedural Matters: Any person desiring to be heard in this 
proceeding should file a comment or protest to the application at the 
address provided above. Protests should be filed in accordance with 
Rule 211 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Rules of 
Practice and Procedures (18 CFR 385.211). Any person desiring to become 
a party to these proceedings should file a motion to intervene at the 
above address in accordance with FERC Rule 214 (18 CFR 385.214). Five 
copies of such comments, protests, or motions to intervene should be 
sent to the address provided above on or before the date listed above.
    Comments and other filings concerning the Saracen Power's 
application to export electric energy to Canada should be clearly 
marked with OE Docket No. EA-409. An additional copy is to be provided 
directly to both Allison P. Duensing, The Saracen Group of Companies, 
Five Greenway Plaza, Suite 1310, Houston, TX 77046 and to Daniel E. 
Frank, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, 700 Sixth Street NW., Suite 
700, Washington, DC 20001.
    A final decision will be made on this application after the 
environmental impacts have been evaluated pursuant to DOE's National 
Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures (10 CFR part 1021) and 
after a determination is made by DOE 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 will be made available, upon request, 
for public inspection and copying at the address provided above, by 
accessing the program Web site at http://energy.gov/node/11845, or by 
emailing Angela Troy at [email protected].

    Issued in Washington, DC, on April 7, 2015.
Brian Mills,
Director, Permitting and Siting, Office of Electricity Delivery and 
Energy Reliability.
[FR Doc. 2015-08424 Filed 4-10-15; 8:45 am]