Western Area Power
Partnering Opportunities (FAQs)
Assistant Regional Manager
for Power System Operations
September 14, 2004
Desert Southwest Region
• Markets and delivers Federal power
• Nearly 70 municipalities, cooperatives,
tribal authorities, federal and state
• 3,100 miles of transmission lines
• more than 40 substations
• NERC load control area
We get many questions…
• Transmission construction capabilities
• Transmission O&M capabilities
• Use of ROW
DSW Transmission FAQ 1
How has Western traditionally financed
construction for transmission used to meet
its Federal Hydropower mission?
– Federal Appropriations
– Repaid with interest
– Excess capacity offered under OATT
– Example: Liberty – Mead 345-kV
DSW Transmission FAQ 2
Can another party participate with Western
in a new transmission construction
– Yes, Joint Participation Project
– Joint ownership by special legislative authority
– Example: Mead-Phoenix 500-kV
DSW Transmission FAQ 3
Can a customer work with Western to fund
either individual or Joint Participation
Project transmission construction?
– Yes, Contributed Funds
– Net Billing
– Example: Griffith-Peacock 230-kV line
DSW Transmission FAQ 4
Does contributed funding give the funding
party unique advantages when taking
DSW Transmission FAQ 5
Why would anyone want to contribute funds, rather
than getting ownership-like rights through a Joint
– Ownership-like rights over new segment not
always sufficient to meet customer’s total
– Customer needs transmission service beyond
the limits of the new transmission segment.
DSW Transmission FAQ 6
How can a customer work with Western to
get transmission constructed?
– Talk to us
– Joint Planning Agreement (JPA)
– Ten Year Planning
DSW Transmission FAQ 7
How has Western traditionally funded
transmission operating and maintenance
– Federal Appropriations
DSW Transmission FAQ 8
Can another party work with Western to help
fund O&M needs?
– Yes, Advanced Funding
– Example: Arizona Power Authority
DSW Transmission FAQ 9
Will Western share easements or
– Yes, essential to optimize scarce land.
– Maintain reliability
– Consistent with underlying land rights.
– Recognize the value of the ROW.
– Example: TEP, SEV, ED-3
DSW Transmission FAQ 10
Are there any other options for working with
Western on transmission?
– Yes, transmission exchange
– Mutually compatible needs
DSW Transmission FAQ 11
Any other transmission questions?
DSW Transmission FAQ 12
Who can we contact for more information?
– Ron Moulton
– Tony Montoya