Power Rate Adjustment: Mission Valley Power Utility, Montana

Summary

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is increasing the cost of electric power (energy) to customers of Mission Valley Power (MVP), the entity operating the power facility of the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project of the Flathead Reservation. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has been informed that the Montana Power Company (MPC), which sells electric power to MVP, has raised its wholesale power rates by approximately 2.0 percent. The MPC increase went into effect on September 5, 1994, and is based on adjustments in the Consumer Price index pursuant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for MPC's Kerr Dam Hydroelectric Facility. Accordingly, the BIA is adjusting the local retail power rates charged by MVP to reflect the increased cost of purchased power.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs is increasing the cost of 
electric power (energy) to customers of Mission Valley Power (MVP), the 
entity operating the power facility of the Flathead Indian Irrigation 
Project of the Flathead Reservation. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) 
has been informed that the Montana Power Company (MPC), which sells 
electric power to MVP, has raised its wholesale power rates by 
approximately 2.0 percent. The MPC increase went into effect on 
September 5, 1994, and is based on adjustments in the Consumer Price 
index pursuant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for 
MPC's Kerr Dam Hydroelectric Facility. Accordingly, the BIA is 
adjusting the local retail power rates charged by MVP to reflect the 
increased cost of purchased power.

DATES: This rate is effective Janury 23, 1995.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Area Director, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, Portland Area Office, 911 N.E. 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 
97232-4169, telephone (503) 231-6702; or General Manager, Mission 
Valley Power, P. O. Box 890, Polson, Montana 59860-0890. Telephone 
(406)883-5361 or 1-800-823-3758 (in-State Watts).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The authority to issue this document is 
vested in the Secretary of the Interior by 5 U.S.C. 301; the Act of 
August 7, 1946, c. 802, Section 3 (60 Stat. 895; 25 U.S.C. 385c); the 
Act of May 25, 1948 (62 Stat. 269); and the Act of December 23, 1981, 
section 112 (95 Stat. 1404). The Secretary has delegated this authority 
to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs pursuant to part 209 
Departmental Manual, Chapter 8. 1A and Memorandum dated January 25, 
1994, from Chief of Staff, Department of the Interior, to Assistant 
Secretaries, and Heads of Bureaus and Offices. The approximate 2.0 
percent MPC increase causes the BIA to raise its retail rates to 
recover $24,529 which is the financial impact of that increase. 
Accordingly, the rate increase will flow through MVP to MPC to offset 
the increased cost of wholesale energy. This adjustment is the result 
of an increase in the electric power rates charged by MPC, one of three 
sources of electric power marketed by MVP. The MPC increase, which went 
into effect on September 5, 1994, is based on adjustments in the 
Consumer Price index pursuant to the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission license for MPC's Kerr Dam Hydroelectric Facility. The 
following table illustrates the financial impact of the new retail 
rates on each rate class.

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           Rate class                                       Present rate                               New rate 
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Residential:                                                                                                    
    Basic Charge...............  $11.00/mo. (includes 127kwh)......................................        (\1\)
    Energy Charge..............  0.04719/kwh (over 127 kwh)........................................      0.04724
#2 General:                                                                                                     
    Basic Charge...............  11.00/mo. (includes 109 kwh)......................................        (\1\)
    Energy Charge..............  0.05505/kwh (over 109 kwh)........................................      0.05511
Irrigation:                                                                                                     
    Horsepower Charge..........  10.84/HP..........................................................        (\1\)
    Energy Charge..............  0.03600/kwh.......................................................       0.3605
    Minimum Seasonal Charge....   132.00 or $6.00/HP, whichever is greater.........................        (\1\)
Small and Large Commercial:                                                                                     
    Basic Charge...............  None..............................................................        (\1\)
    Monthly Minimum............  38.00.............................................................        (\1\)
    Demand Rate................  4.34/KW of billing demand.........................................        (\1\)
    Energy Rate................  0.04264/kwh--First 18,000 kwh.....................................      0.04269
                                 0.03547/kwh--Over 18,000 kwh......................................      0.03551
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          Area lights                                       Present rate                               New rate 
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Area light installed on                                                                                         
 existing pole or structure:                                                                                    
    7,000 lumen unit, M.V.*....  $6.94.............................................................        $6.98
    20,000 lumen unit, M.V.*...  9.67..............................................................         9.73
    9,000 lumen unit, H.P.S....  6.26..............................................................         6.30
    22,000 lumen unit, H.P.S...  8.53..............................................................         8.58
                                                                                                                
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                                                        Present monthly rate                           New rate 
                                                                                                                
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Area light installed with new                                                                                   
 pole:                                                                                                          
    7,000 lumen unit, M.V.*                                                                                     
        20,000 lumen unit,       8.64..............................................................         8.70
         M.V.*.                                                                                                 
        9,000 lumen unit, M.V.*  11.37.............................................................        11.43
        22,000 lumen unit,       7.96..............................................................         8.01
         H.P.S*.                                                                                                
*Continuing service only.......  10.23.............................................................        10.28
Street Lighting (Unmetered)....  This rate class applies to municipalities or communities where            (\1\)
                                  there are ten or more lighting units billed in a group. This rate             
                                  schedule is subject to a negotiated contract with MVP..                       
Street Lighting (Metered)......  11.00/mo. (includes 109 kwh)......................................        (\1\)
Basic Charge...................  0.05505 (over 109 kwh)............................................      0.05511
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\1\No change. The Notice proposing this increase to the cost of electric power 
customers of MVP was published on November 16, 1994, 59 FR 59245. The 
affected public and interested parties were provided the opportunity to 
submit written comments during the 30-day period subsequent to November 
16th.

    Dated: January 12, 1995.
Ada E. Deer,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 95-1586 Filed 1-20-95; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-02-P  

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