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    WAPA OATI OASIS Main Page
    Western-UGP OASIS Home Page

    This is the OASIS home page for Western Area Power Administration-Upper Great Plains Region (Western-UGP) hosted on the Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) OASIS


    Western-UGP also posts Rates and Other Information on the SPP Member Related Postings page (Link titled "Western Area Power Administration Information") at the following URL:
     SPP Member Related Postings


      Historic information for the Western-UGP / Basin Electric Power Cooperative / Heartland Consumers Power District integrated transmission system called the Integrated System (IS) in the MAPP and WECC Regions is also available on this page.

    Recent News, Last Updated: 03/03/2016  (1 Item)
    (See "News" Folder for older News and Historic IS News)


    03/03/2016 : (UGP Trans. & Anc. Service Rates PostingOn February 18, 2016, a Federal Register Notice (FRN) was published providing notice (ACTION) of transfer of functional control of eligible Western-Upper Great Plains Region transmission facilities to Southwest Power Pool, Inc. on October 1, 2015, and Rate Schedules WAUGP-ATRR, WAUGP-AS1, WAUW-AS3, WAUW-AS4, WAUW-AS5, WAUW-AS6 and WAUW-AS7 made effective on that date.  The Federal Register Notice summary follows:

    SUMMARY: Western Area Power Administration (Western) transferred functional control of eligible Western-Upper Great Plains Region (Western-UGP) transmission facilities to Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) on October 1, 2015. Transmission service is being provided over Western-UGP's eligible facilities under SPP's Open Access Transmission Tariff. Western-UGP costs are included in Western-UGP Formula rates for Transmission and Ancillary Services under Rate Schedules WAUGP-ATRR, WAUGP-AS1, WAUW-AS3, WAUW-AS4, WAUW-AS5, WAUW-AS6 and WAUW-AS7, which became effective on October 1, 2015.
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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 27, 2015, Western published a Federal Register Notice (80 FR 44339) providing a Notice of Final Transmission and Ancillary Services Formula Rates for Western's Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program-Eastern Division (P-SMBP--ED). Western explained that Western-UGP intended to transfer functional control of Western-UGP's P-SMBP--ED eligible transmission facilities located in the Upper Missouri Zone (UMZ or Zone 19) to SPP on October 1, 2015. Western announced the final transmission and ancillary services formula rates and the P-SMBP--ED transmission and ancillary services formula rates would go into effect when functional control was transferred to SPP. The purpose of this notice is to announce that Western-UGP successfully transferred functional control of eligible transmission facilities on October 1, 2015, and Rate Schedules WAUGP-ATRR, WAUGP-AS1, WAUW-AS3, WAUW-AS4, WAUW-AS5, WAUW-AS6 and WAUW-AS7 were made effective on that date.

    The Federal Register Notice is available at the following link: FRN-UGP-Trans-Anc-Service-Rates-Notice-2016-0218.pdfIf you have any questions, please contact Steve Sanders at (406) 255-2840 (sanders@wapa.gov).


    12/03/2015 : (Proposed Business Practice) Western-UGP has posted a PROPOSED WAUW Balancing Authority Area related Business Practice (BP) for Miles City DC Tie Tag Curtailments due to Deadband, under its "Business Practices" folder; "Draft BP's - 10 Day Comment" sub-folder; and "UGPR Draft Business Practices" link, or directly via the following URL: http://www.oasis.oati.com/WAPA/WAPAdocs/Western-UGPR-Business-Practices-Draft.html

    This Western-UGP BP will be provided to SPP, and also posted by SPP on its OASIS page upon reaching Effective BP status given its potential impacts on transmission service provided by SPP under the SPP Tariff.  Comments regarding the proposed BP(s) should be submitted within 10 business days of the posting date noted at the location above to:
      Steve Sanders at 406-255-2840 (email: sanders@wapa.gov) and Kass Portra at 406-255-2842 (email: portra@wapa.gov)
     
    11/29/2015 : (Proposed Business Practice) Western has posted a PROPOSED Western-wide Business Practice (BP) related to Curtailments under its OATT, under its "Business Practices" folder; "Draft BP's - 10 Day Comment" sub-folder; and "Business Practices Common to all Western Regions" link, or directly via the following URL: www.oasis.oati.com/woa/docs/WAPA/WAPAdocs/Western-Common-Business-Practices-Draft.html

    This Western BP will not be applicable to the transmission facilities that Western-UGP has transferred functional control of to SPP, and for which transmission service is offered under the SPP Tariff.  Comments regarding the proposed BP(s) should be submitted within 10 business days of the posting date noted at the location above to:
      Steve Sanders at 406-255-2840 (email: sanders@wapa.gov) and Kass Portra at 406-255-2842 (email: portra@wapa.gov)


    10/07/2015 (Updated) (New UGP Trans. & Anc. Service Rates Posting) Notice - New UGP Rates Effective 01/01/2016 Posted

    10/29/2015 Update -- 10/29/15 Customer Meeting Presentation: 
    Customer-Mtg-Presentation-UGP-Trans-Anc-Service-Rates-2016.pdf

    As described in the October 6, 2015, letter to Customers ( Customer-Letter-UGP-Trans-Anc-Service-Rates-2015-1006.pdf ), Western-UGP is updating its rates for transmission and ancillary services for the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program-Eastern Division (P-SMBP--ED) that are utilized in the SPP Zone 19 pricing zone (also referred to as the Upper Missouri Zone or UMZ) and also in its WAUW Balancing Authority Area. The letter to Customers and details of the 2016 UGP rate calculations are posted under the "Rates Calculation" subfolder in the "UGP Trans-Anc-Service Rates" folder, or directly at the following URL: UGP-Trans-Anc-Service-Rates-Calc-2016-0101.pdf

    Western-UGP will host a meeting to provide customers and other interested parties an opportunity to discuss and comment on these recalculated revenue requirements on October 29, 2015, at 9:00a.m. MDT at Western's offices located at 2900 4th Avenue North, 6th Floor, Billings, MT. The meeting will also be available via WebEx. For those desiring to attend the meeting in person or via WebEx, please contact Sara Baker at (406) 255-2924 or sbaker@wapa.gov before October 29, 2015, for meeting or WebEx access information.

    Western-UGP has also posted the IS 2014 True-Up calculation under the "Historic IS Rates" subfolder in the "UGP Trans-Anc-Service Rates" folder, or directly at the following URL: IS-Trans-Anc-Service-Rates-2014-TrueUp.pdf

      If you have any questions, please contact Steve Sanders at (406) 255-2840 (sanders@wapa.gov).

     10/01/15 : Status of Western-UGP Membership in SPP, Impacts to Existing IS Customers
    Western-UGP transferred functional control of its eligible transmission facilities to SPP on midnight September 30, 2015.  Therefore, as of October 1, 2015, all IS transmission service was terminated.  Western-UGP's OASIS home page was transitioned and is now hosted on the SPP OASIS.  All of the TSRs on Western-UGP's OASIS home page that represent the previous IS transmission service have been recalled effective October 1, 2015 and beyond. Western-UGP is currently updating its OASIS home page to maintain the necessary IS historical information and to post relevant information related to its membership in SPP.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Sanders at (406) 255-2840 (sanders@wapa.gov).

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    07/29/2015 (Updated 08/04/15) : (Western UGP Transmission and Ancillary Rates for SPP Integration) Notice - New Western UGP Transmission and Ancillary Rates Effective 10/01/2015 for SPP Integration

    08/04/15 Update - Western-UGP Transmission Facilities Eligible for SPP Inclusion (2015)
    - Direct link to document already posted in the "SPP Integration" Folder added here for convenience.  This document shows the Western-UGP Transmission Facilities included (and also excluded) in its 2015 transmission rates.
    Western-UGP-Trans-Facilities-Eligible-for-SPP-Inclusion-2015.pdf

    In addition, with Western's recent Web Site updates, the old URL http://www.wapa.gov/ugp/rates/default.htm may not work.  Information regarding
    this rate process is also posted on the Upper Great Plains Region's Rates Web Page at the new URL: https://www.wapa.gov/regions/UGP/rates/Pages/rates.aspx
     

      
    The July 27, 2015, Federal Register notice placing formula transmission and ancillary services rates for Western Area Power Administration's (Western) Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program--Eastern Division (P-SMBP--ED) into effect on an interim basis effective October 1, 2015, upon transfer of functional control of eligible Western-Upper Great Plains Region (Western-UGP) transmission facilities to Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) is available at the following link: FRN-UGP-Trans-Anc-Service-Rates-2015-0727.pdf. These formula rates will remain in effect until September 30, 2020, pending approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on a final basis or until superseded. Notification of the transfer of functional control and the effective date of the formula rates will be published in the Federal Register. These formula rates will be recalculated annually using updated financial information from Western-UGP and submitted to SPP to provide and bill for services under the SPP Tariff  The Federal Register Notice summary follows:

    ACTION: Notice of Final Transmission and Ancillary Services Formula Rates.
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    SUMMARY: The Deputy Secretary of Energy confirmed and approved Rate Order No. WAPA-170 and Rate Schedules WAUGP-ATRR, WAUGP-AS1, WAUW-AS3, WAUW-AS4, WAUW- AS5, WAUW-AS6 and WAUW-AS7. Through this notice, the Western Area Power Administration (Western), places formula transmission and ancillary services rates for Western's Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program-Eastern Division (P-SMBP--ED) into effect on an interim basis. The provisional rates will be in effect until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirms, approves, and places them into effect on a final basis, or until they are superseded. The provisional formula rates will provide sufficient revenue to pay all associated annual costs, including interest expense, and repay required investment within the allowable periods.

     DATES: Formula rates for Transmission and Ancillary Services under Rate Schedules WAUGP-ATRR; WAUGP-AS1, WAUW-AS3, WAUW-AS4, WAUW-AS5, WAUW-AS6 and WAUW-AS7 are effective on the first day of the first full billing period beginning on or after October 1, 2015, upon transfer of functional control of eligible Western-Upper Great Plains Region (Western-UGP) transmission facilities to Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) and will remain in effect until September 30, 2020, pending approval by FERC on a final basis or until superseded. Notification of the transfer of functional control and the effective date of the formula rates will be published in the Federal Register.

    Western sent the following letter, dated July 28, 2015, to its Transmission Customers and Other Interested Parties:  Customer-Letter-UGP-Trans-Anc-Service-Rates-2015-0728.pdf

     
    12/16/14 : (Western UGP Transmission and Ancillary Rates for SPP Integration) Notice of Posted 12/16/14 Updates to Proposed Western UGP Transmission and Ancillary Rates Brochure and Public Comment Forum Presentation

    The proposed Transmission and Ancillary Rates are described in the Rate Brochure:
    UGP-Trans-Anc-Service-Rate-Brochure-Nov-2014-UPDATED-2014-1216.pdf
    (Posted 12/16/14)

    The presentations given at the public meetings and any future information, will be available in the "SPP Integration" Folder on Western's OASIS.
    Public-Comment-Forum-Presentation-2014-1217-18.pdf  (Posted 12/16/14)

    11/04/14 (Updated 11/21/14) : (Western UGP Transmission and Ancillary Rates for SPP Integration) Notice of Proposed Western UGP Transmission and Ancillary Rates - Announcement of Public Information and Public Comment Forums

    As described in the November 3, 2014, Federal Register notice (FRN-Proposed-UGP-Trans-Anc-Service-Rates-2014-1103.pdf),
    the Western Area Power Administration (Western), a power marketing administration within the Department of Energy (DOE), is proposing new formula transmission and ancillary services rates for the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program-Eastern Division (P-SMBP--ED). The proposed formula rates would become effective October 1, 2015, and remain in effect until September 30, 2020, or until Western changes the formula rates through another public rate process pursuant to 10 CFR part 903, whichever is sooner. Western's Upper Great Plains Region (Western-UGP) has joined the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) contingent upon Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of Western-UGP’s negotiated provisions in the SPP Membership Agreement, Bylaws, and Tariff (SPP Governing Documents). Transmission and ancillary services will be provided over Western-UGP facilities under the SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff (Tariff) by SPP as the transmission service provider upon Western-UGP transferring functional control to SPP.  Western-UGP needs to adopt new formula rates for these transmission and ancillary services so Western-UGP's costs can be recovered under the SPP Tariff. These formula rates will provide Western sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expenses, and repay required investments within the allowable periods. Western-UGP's membership in SPP and the functional control of its facilities will be in accordance with the SPP Governing Documents and other contractual arrangements with SPP. Publication of this Federal Register notice begins the formal process for the proposed rates.

    Western sent the following letter, dated 11/3/14, to its Transmission Customers and Other Interested Parties:  Customer-Letter-2014-1103-FRN-Announcement.pdf

    Publication of the November 3, 2014, FRN begins the formal process for the proposed formula rates.  The consultation and comment period begins with the Federal Register notice publication and will end February 2, 2015.  Western will accept written comments any time during the 90-day consultation and comment period. Western will present a detailed explanation of the proposed formula rates at the following public information forums:

    November 19, 2014,
    from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST -- Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha, 1420 Cuming St. Omaha, NE
    November 20, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST -- Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conf. Center, 1635 42nd St. South, Fargo, ND

    Western will accept oral and written comments at the following public comment forums:

    December 17, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST -- Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha, 1420 Cuming St. Omaha, NE
    December 18, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST -- Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conf. Center, 1635 42nd St. South, Fargo, ND

     Information on this rate process is posted on Western's OASIS and at the Upper Great Plains Region's Rates Web Page at:
    https://www.wapa.gov/regions/UGP/rates/Pages/rates.aspx

    The proposed Transmission and Ancillary Rates are described in the Rate Brochure:
    UGP-Trans-Anc-Service-Rate-Brochure-Nov-2014.pdf
    (Posted 11/21/14)

    The presentations given at the public meetings and any future information, will be available in the "SPP Integration" Folder on Western's OASIS.
    Public-Information-Forum-Presentation-2014-1119-20.pdf  (Posted 11/21/14)

    09/11/14 : SPP FERC Filing of proposed changes to SPP's Tariff, Membership Agreement, and Bylaws for Western (and other IS members) Integration into SPP SPP-FERC-Filing-ER14-2850-IS-Tariff-Changes-2014-0911.pdf
    SPP-FERC-Filing-ER14-2851-IS-Bylaws-MA-Changes-2014-0911.pdf

     (09/05/14 Update - Customer Letter Posted) 08/31/14 : Status of Western UGPR (and other IS Parties) Efforts to Pursue Membership in SPP, Impacts to Existing IS Customers, Proposed Kick-off Informational Webinar on 9/12/14 @ 1pm CDT (Update) Customer Letter Dated 9/3/14
    Western (UGPR) and the other IS Parties have completed formal negotiations with the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) concerning membership and have received SPP Board of Director's approval of the requested changes to the SPP Membership Agreement, SPP Bylaws, and SPP Tariff to accommodate the integration of the IS Parties into SPP, planned for October 1, 2015.

    All of the IS Parties have received the necessary internal approvals and authorizations to proceed with joining SPP.  On July 8, 2014, the Heartland Consumers Power District Board of Directors approved a resolution authorizing execution of a membership agreement with SPP.  On July 9, 2014, Western's Administrator Mark Gabriel approved and directed Western's Upper Great Plains Region to take the necessary actions to accomplish full membership with SPP (contingent upon FERC approval of the Western negotiated provisions).  Western Press Release.  On July 16, 2014, the Basin Electric Power Cooperative Board of Directors authorized joining of SPP subject to FERC approval of necessary documents. 

    SPP plans to file the proposed IS Parties' Member Agreements, Bylaws changes, and SPP Tariff changes early September 2014 to FERC for approval.

    IMPACTS to EXISTING IS CUSTOMERS:
    Subject to obtaining the required approvals from FERC that maintain the negotiated provisions with SPP, the IS Parties plan to integrate as full members of SPP effective October 1, 2015.  At that time, no transmission service on the IS will be offered under Western's Tariff and under the IS Rates, and Transmission Customers will need to obtain all transmission and ancillary services from SPP under the SPP Tariff and under the applicable SPP Rates.  Western intends to exercise the provision in Western's Tariff and Transmission and Network Service Agreements allowing Western to terminate such Service Agreements to allow it to join an Independent System Operator by providing a one-year written termination notice.  Therefore, existing IS Customers will need to make arrangements to become eligible Transmission Customers of SPP, document their existing transmission service with SPP to be included in the Transmission Congestion Rights (TCR) market, and transition their existing IS service to SPP service.  Information regarding SPP registration procedures, schedules, and contact information for SPP staff, can be found at the following link:  SPP Registration Information for IS Customers

     KICK-OFF INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR:
    Western (UGPR), as the IS Administrator, will be hosting a kick-off Informational Webinar on Friday, September 12, 2014, at 1pm CDT to provide additional details on the upcoming SPP integration and answer IS Customer questions.  Those parties desiring to attend the Webinar will need to contact Ms. Kass Portra at (406) 255-2842 (or by email at portra@wapa.gov) for access information.

    Western will be posting detailed information and status updates regarding the SPP integration in the "SPP Integration" folder on Western's WAPA OASIS page as it becomes available.


    11/05/13 : Alternative Operations Study (AOS), Letter to Customers, Announcement of Public Meetings

    Western Area Power Administration, Upper Great Plains Region, a power marketing administration of the Department of Energy, is publishing a recommendation to pursue formal negotiations with the Southwest Power Pool, a Regional Transmission Organization, concerning membership.  Western is seeking public comment from Western’s customers, Tribes, stakeholders, and the public at large.  A decision to pursue implementation of the recommendation is expected mid-December and will be posted on Western's AOS website: https://www.wapa.gov/regions/UGP/PowerMarketing/Pages/spp-membership.aspx .

    The Federal Register Notice was published on 11/01/13.  The 45-day public comment period is open from 11/1/13 through 12/16/13.  Documentation related to the AOS is available at the Western website above.

    Western plans several meetings where it will present a detailed explanation of the AOS Team's findings and recommendation.  Public comment forums will be held on the following dates (see the website above for meeting locations and other details regarding submission of comments).

    November 13, 2013 (9 am to no later than 1 pm MST) - Webinar
    November 19, 2013 (8:30 am to no later than 1 pm CST) - Meeting in Lincoln, NE
    November 20, 2013 (8:30 am to no later than 1 pm CST) - Meeting in Sioux Falls, SD
    November 21, 2013 (8:30 am to no later than 1 pm CST) - Meeting in Fargo, ND

    For further information, please contact:

    Jody S. Sundsted, UGP Power Marketing Manager
    Western Area Power Administration
    Upper Great Plains Region
    2900 4th Avenue North, Suite 600
    Billings, MT 59101-1266
    Telephone (406) 255-2910, email sundsted@wapa.gov



         


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