414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 56401
April 18, 2016
Honorable Kimberly D. Bose Secretary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 888 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20426
Re: Public Service Company of Colorado Docket Nos. ER15-266-000, et al.
eTariff Compliance Filing
Dear Ms. Bose:
On March 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) issued a letter order1 in the above-captioned proceeding approving the uncontested Stipulation and Offer of Settlement (Settlement) filed on December 31, 2015, by Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo or Company). In accordance with Section III.D.1 of the Settlement and Paragraph 5 of the Letter Order, PSCo hereby submits in eTariff format this compliance filing, which contains tariff revisions to the Xcel Energy Operating Companies Joint Open Access Transmission Tariff (Xcel Energy OATT) that update the loss factors applicable to transmission service on PSCos transmission and distribution systems and in PSCos Balancing Area Authority, to be effective January 1, 2014.
On October 31, 2014, PSCo submitted revised tariff records to update the transmission loss factors applicable to PSCo under the Xcel Energy OATT and requested an effective date of January 1, 2014.2 On April 10, 2015, the Commission issued an order accepting and suspending the proposed tariff changes, subject to refund, and set the revised loss factors for hearing and settlement judge procedures.3 PSCo filed the Settlement on December 31, 2015, and the
1 Public Service Co. of Colorado, 154 FERC 61,205 (2016) (Letter Order). 2 PSCos October 31, 2014 filing was submitted in compliance with a prior partial settlement approved by the Commission in Docket Nos. ER12-1589-000 and EL12-77-000 (consolidated), in which PSCo agreed to undertake a transmission and distribution system loss study and to make a limited filing pursuant to Section 205 of the Federal Power Act to update the transmission loss factors applicable to PSCos transmission formula rates effective January 1, 2014. Public Service Co. of Colorado, 145 FERC 61,266 (2013). 3 Public Service Co. of Colorado, 151 FERC 61,018 (2015) (Hearing Order).
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Settlement was certified to the Commission on February 3, 2016.4 The Commission approved the Settlement in the Letter Order.
On April 15, 2016, in Docket No.ER16-1422-000 PSCo filed to re-baseline the Xcel Energy OATT (Tariff ID 2001) and in Docket No. ER16-1427-000 PSCo filed to cancel the existing Xcel Energy OATT (Tariff ID 2000). The instant filing is intended to update the canceled Xcel Energy OATT (Tariff ID2000).
II. Reason for the Filing
In the transmittal letter accompanying the Settlement, PSCo indicated that it was not filing the Settlement in eTariff format, pending Commission approval of the Settlement. In Section III.D.1 of the Settlement, the parties agreed that within thirty-five days (35) of a Commission final order approving the Settlement, without modification or condition, PSCo would file compliance tariff pages/eTariff records to the Xcel Energy OATT to update the PSCo loss factors to conform to the Settlement. In compliance with the Settlement, this filing submits the revised tariff records agreed to in the Settlement and approved by the Commission in eTariff format.
The revised tariff records, which were included as Exhibits A and B to Attachment 2 to the Settlement and approved by the Letter Order, are replicated as an attachment in this compliance filings XML package. The eTariff provisions submitted herein supersede and replace the tariff provisions accepted in the Hearing Order, subject to refund, effective January 1, 2014. Through this compliance filing, PSCo submits the relevant tariff provisions in eTariff so that the revised tariff provisions accepted and approved by the Commission in this proceeding will be fully reflected in the Xcel Energy OATT in eTariff format consistent with Order No. 714.5
The Settlement reflects a reduction in the loss factors from the loss factors previously accepted for filing. Refunds will be paid in accordance with Section III.D.1 of the Settlement.
4 Public Service Co. of Colorado, 154 FERC 63,010 (2016) (certification of uncontested settlement). 5 On February 29, 2016, PSCo, on behalf of its public utility operating company affiliate Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS), filed revisions to Sections 15.7 and 28.5 of the Xcel Energy OATT to update the transmission loss factors applicable to the SPS transmission system effective May 1, 2016. See Docket No. ER16-1030-000. The SPS loss factor revisions were not contested. PSCo has versioned the eTariff records included with this filing so they are effective January 1, 2014, prior to the May 1, 2016 effective date of the SPS tariff records submitted in Docket No. ER16-1030-000. The PSCo loss factor compliance changes submitted in the instant filing will then be incorporated in the Xcel Energy OATT eTariff records effective May 1, 2016, if the Commission accepts the SPS loss factor changes for filing.
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III. Correspondence and Communications
All correspondence and communications regarding this compliance filing should be directed to the following persons:
Liam D. Noailles Manager, Regulatory Administration - Transmission Xcel Energy Services Inc. 1800 Larimer 14th Floor Denver, CO 80202 Phone: (303) 571-2794 Liam.D.Noailles@xcelenergy.com James P. Johnson Assistant General Counsel Xcel Energy Services Inc. 414 Nicollet Mall, 5th Floor Minneapolis, MN 55401 Phone: (612) 215-4592 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark C. Moeller Manager, Transmission Business Relations Xcel Energy Services Inc. 414 Nicollet Mall - MP8 Minneapolis, MN 55401 Phone: (612) 330-7753 Mark.C.Moeller@xcelenergy.com James C. Beh Patrick T. Metz JONES DAY 51 Louisiana Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20001 Phone: (202) 879-3939 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
IV. Effective Date
Consistent with Section III.D.1 of the Settlement and as approved by the Commission, the tariff provisions submitted in this compliance filing are to be effective January 1, 2014.
PSCo respectfully requests that the Commission accept these approved tariff records for eTariff purposes, effective January 1, 2014, as described above. PSCo will electronically serve a copy of this compliance filing on all parties to Docket No. ER16-266-000 et al.
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/s/ James P. Johnson James P. Johnson Assistant General Counsel Xcel Energy Services Inc. 401 Nicollet Mall 8th Floor Minneapolis, MN 55401 email@example.com Attorney for Public Service Company of Colorado
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15 Service Availability
15.1 General Conditions: The Transmission Provider will provide Firm and Non-Firm Point-To-Point Transmission Service over, on or across its Transmission System to any Transmission Customer that has met the requirements of Section 16.
15.2 Determination of Available Transfer Capability: A description of the
Transmission Provider's specific methodology for assessing available transfer capability posted on the Transmission Provider's OASIS (Section 4) is contained in Attachment C of the Tariff. In the event sufficient transfer capability may not exist to accommodate a service request, the Transmission Provider will respond by performing a System Impact Study.
15.3 Initiating Service in the Absence of an Executed Service Agreement: If
the Transmission Provider and the Transmission Customer requesting Firm or Non-Firm Point-To-Point Transmission Service cannot agree on all the terms and conditions of the Point-To-Point Service Agreement, the Transmission Provider shall file with the Commission, within thirty (30) days after the date the Transmission Customer provides written notification directing the Transmission Provider to file, an unexecuted Point-To-Point Service Agreement containing terms and conditions deemed appropriate by the Transmission Provider for such requested Transmission Service. The Transmission Provider shall commence providing Transmission Service subject to the Transmission Customer agreeing to (i) compensate the Transmission Provider at whatever rate the Commission ultimately determines to be just and reasonable, and (ii) comply with the terms and conditions of the Tariff including posting appropriate security deposits in accordance with the terms of Section 17.3.
15.4 Obligation to Provide Transmission Service that Requires Expansion or
Modification of the Transmission System, Redispatch or Conditional Curtailment:
(a) If the Transmission Provider determines that it cannot accommodate a
Completed Application for Firm Point-To-Point Transmission Service because of insufficient capability on its Transmission System, the Transmission Provider will use due diligence to expand or modify its Transmission System to provide the requested Firm Transmission Service, consistent with its planning obligations in Attachment R, provided the Transmission Customer agrees to compensate the Transmission Provider for such costs pursuant to the terms of Section 27. The Transmission Provider will conform to Good Utility Practice and its planning obligations in Attachment R, in determining the need for new facilities and in the design and construction of such facilities. The obligation applies only to those facilities that the Transmission Provider has the right to expand or modify.
(b) If the Transm