Western Area Power Administration

Rocky Mountain Region

CURRENT BUSINESS PRACTICES

Rev. July 10, 2003

Business Practices Revision Table

(Changes to the business rules for this revision period are indicated in Red)

Revision Date

Revision

7/10/03

Verbal OASIS Requests

9/24/02

LAP and CRSP Transmission Rates Update - Effective 10/01/02

6/27/02

Additional Losses on Sidney DC Tie

4/15/02

CRSP Transmission Rate Update

3/28/02

Energy Imbalance Service scheduled to be implemented June 1, 2002

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The following are the Current Business Practices and timing requirements for the Rocky Mountain Region. In certain sections, implementation of new business practices is clearly identified with an effective date. This document provides requirements for the transmission reservation and energy scheduling processes. The following Transmission Providers are included under these requirements:

        LAPT - Loveland Area Projects

        CRCM - Colorado River Storage Project

        BEPW - Basin Electric Power Cooperative-West

All business practices listed are considered current unless otherwise noted.

 

ACCEPTANCE OF OASIS REQUESTS

Acceptance of OASIS requests will be granted only if the ATC is available.

        System conditions will prevail.

        Any OASIS request submitted for capacity greater than what is available will be refused.

        Partial Non-firm Service is not being offered at this time. (i.e., if 15 MW's of Non-firm service is available and posted and a request for 20 MW's is submitted - the request will be refused).

 

ACCEPTABLE QUANTITY OF REQUESTS

The continued grossly inefficient method of accessing WACM's OASIS node by various parties to submit numerous duplicate requests to secure a single reservation is seriously degrading the performance of multiple systems and negatively effecting all transmission customers. Therefore, effective May 21, 2001, the following business practices will be STRICTLY adhered to and there will be NO exceptions: 

        Transmission Requests On Or Across LAPT, CRSP, Or BEPW Systems: WACM will deem EIGHT (8) or more requests for the same posted path submitted by the same customer within any ONE (1) clock hour to be an abuse of the system. If the same customer submits EIGHT (8) or more of these requests within any ONE (1) clock hour, all of those requests will be refused.  Requests include any request that is submitted, regardless of state that the request may be in or become.

        Monthly Non-firm requests: For the first twelve (12) hours of the request timing window (00:00:00 to 12:00:00, 60 calendar days prior to the start of service), only ONE (1) request per posted path will be allowed per clock hour. Multiple requests for service submitted during this time frame will result in ALL requests for the abused clock hour being refused. This practice only applies to the first 12 hours of the request timing window. After the 12 hours have passed, the practice of 8 requests, as stated above, will apply. Requests include any request that is submitted, regardless of state that the request may be in or become.

        Confirmation: Only pre-confirmed requests are acceptable.

 

UNAUTHORIZED USE OF TRANSMISSION

The following description is from the published rate schedule.

        In the event that a Transmission Customer (including Third Party Sales by the Transmission Provider) engages in unauthorized use of the transmission system and control area resources (as defined in this rate schedule), the Transmission Customer shall be charged 150 percent of the monthly demand charge in Rate Schedule L-NFPT1, Transmission Rate Schedule for Non-Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Service, for delivery for the sum of the maximum difference between what was reserved and what was delivered. Additionally, the Transmission Customer will also pay 150 percent of the applicable approved Ancillary Service Rate Schedules L-AS1 through L-AS4, in support of such unauthorized use. In the event that a Transmission Customer engages in unauthorized use of control area resources (as defined in this rate schedule), the Transmission Customer shall be charged 150 percent of the applicable approved Ancillary Service Rate Schedules L-AS1 through L-AS4. Any loss obligation created by the actual energy flow will be priced as stated in the Rate Schedule for Transmission Losses, L-LO1.

        This charge does not entitle the Transmission Customer use of the transmission or control area resource for the entire month. Repeated unauthorized use will result in additional charges.

 

SCHEDULING PATHS

        Transaction schedules must be tagged from the same POR/POD combination as identified in the confirmed OASIS reservation.

        Transaction schedules that do not match POR/POD as identified in OASIS will not be allowed and the E-tag will be denied.

 

CONSTRAINED PATHS:

Western - RMR manages four constrained interfaces involving multiple transmission owners, referred to as:

        TOT1A, Northwest Colorado - Utah

        TOT2A, Southwest Colorado - New Mexico

        TOT-3, Southeast Wyoming - Eastern Colorado

        TOT-5, Western Colorado - Eastern Colorado

Many transactions taking place across the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) and/or Loveland Area Projects (LAP) transmission systems involve at least one of these interfaces. Three of these paths are qualified paths for unscheduled flow mitigation through the WECC UFAS procedures. WECC refers to these paths as:

        Path 30 (TOT1A)

        Path 31 (TOT-2A)

        Path 36 (TOT-3) (A competing path with Path 66 California - Oregon)

Any of the above paths may become overloaded as a result of unscheduled flow.Coordinated phase shifter operation and/or schedule reductions may be requested on the qualified paths. The WACM Control Area Operator may determine that current system conditions are such that the anticipated schedule(s) cannot be implemented, and adjustments to the schedule may be required.

 

CREDIT FOR OUTAGES/CURTAILMENTS:

Non-Firm:

        Credit will be provided to the customer for all curtailments occurring on a specific purchased path caused by outages to that path.

        No credit will be provided for outages or curtailments occurring on other facilities that may impact transactions on a purchased transmission path.

Firm:

        Credit will be provided for Forced Outages occurring on a specific purchased transmission path.

        No credit will be provided for Planned Maintenance Outages on a specific purchased transmission path.

        No credit will be provided for outages or curtailments occurring on other facilities that may impact transactions on a specific purchased transmission path.

 

TRANSMISSION PROVIDER INFORMATION:

Western - RMR manages transmission offerings for:

        Colorado River Storage Projects

        Loveland Area Projects

        Basin Electric Power Cooperative (West Interconnection).

The Transmission Provider listed on the Rocky Mountain Area OASIS is identified as WACM. However, Transmission Providers listed in the registry for Electronic Tagging are listed as:

        LAPT (Loveland Area Projects)

        CRCM (Colorado River Storage Projects

        BEPW (Basin Electric Power Cooperative-West).

When submitting E-tags for transactions on a WACM reserved transmission facility, the PSE submitting the tag must specify CRCM, LAPT, and/or BEPW as the Transmission Provider(s), and WACM as the Control Area or Scheduling Entity.

 

OASIS 1.4 UPGRADE AND RELATED SERVICES

 Effective March 1, 2001, as part of the OASIS S&CP 1.4 upgrade, the following new types of service are currently not offered and any request of these types will be INVALID:

        Deferral

        Partial Service

        Redirect (Redirect's are accepted using alternate method - see Firm Point-to-Point From Seondary POR/POD Section Below)

        Renewal

        Matching

        Resale

When Western-RMR is capable of offering some or all of the above services, these business practices will be revised and re-posted to reflect any new offerings.

 

FIRM POINT-TO-POINT FROM SECONDARY POR/POD (Requests for Redirects)

Transmission redirect requests can be accommodated in the following manner until such time that the REDIRECT function of version 1.4 is operational:

        Transmission redirect requests shall be submitted as non-firm hourly transmission requests for alternate POR/POD for which the WACM OASIS displays available transmission capacity to accommodate the request.

        The sales price for hourly non-firm transmission shall be left in the request (it is agreed that a redirect request is at no cost).

        The comment field shall state "no-cost redirect request for OASIS request #_______ (or contract #_____)".

        The tag for this transaction shall reflect a priority 1-NS for the redirected transmission.

 

LOSS COLLECTION

Losses will be assessed for all Real-time & Pre-Scheduled transactions on transmission facilities managed by Western - RMR as follows:

        Import Transaction: Import Transactions are those which show the source as a control area outside of WACM and a sink in WACM; excluding network service transactions from designated or non-designated resources.

        Export Transaction: Export transactions are those transactions that show the source as WACM and the sink as another control area.

        Wheeled-Through Transactions: Wheeled-through transactions are those transactions that flow through the entire WACM system for which WACM is an intermediary Control Area / Scheduling Entity (neither the Source/Generating Control Area nor the Sink/Load Control Area).

Loss Percentages (retroactive to October 1, 2001) are as follows:

        CRCM 5.0%

        LAPT 5.0%

        BEPW 5.5%

If more than one Transmission Provider is used in one transaction, the higher of the percentages shall apply.

Starting July 1, 2002, Western will assess additional 1.7% losses on schedules across Sidney DC Tie during the times when Sidney and Stegall DC Ties are running in opposite direction.

*NOTICE TO TRANSMISSION CUSTOMERS OF WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION (RMR)

Pursuant to RMR's Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT), Attachment A (Firm Point to Point), Section 10.1.1; Attachment B (Non-Firm Point to Point), Section 9.1.1; and Attachment F (Network Integration Service), Section 4.1.1, this posting constitutes official notification that RMR is adjusting the specified transmission loss rate applicable to transmission service. This rate is applicable to service provided by Loveland Area Projects Transmission (LAPT). Effective October 1, 2001, the new loss rate for services under the OATT will be 5.0 % of the transmission service amount.

 

ENERGY LOSS CALCULATION AND PAYMENT

This following interim loss calculation and repayment methodology is effective until such time as Western-RMR develops additional accounting automation to accommodate full concurrent loss collection:

        Pre-scheduled Loss calculation and payment: Losses for all pre-scheduled transactions shall be submitted using one E-tag for losses for all aggregated losses for the pre-scheduled day. In the comment field of the loss tag, it must be clearly designated as a "Loss Tag for mm/dd/yy". The profile shall be flat MW schedules separated into on-peak and off-peak periods. Rounding shall be performed using standard rounding criteria (x.49 and lower is rounded down, x.50 and higher is rounded up) based on cumulative MW's for the day being scheduled.

        Real-time Loss calculation and payment: Western-RMR will calculate losses for all Real-time transactions and submit an aggregated loss schedule to the transmission customer for payment one week in arrears (i.e., losses for a Monday on-peak transaction will be collected one week later during the on-peak period and losses for the off-peak period will be collected one week later during the off-peak period). These will be profiled as flat MW schedules separated into on-peak and off-peak periods.

        Underpayment of Energy Return: If energy return is intended and the loss obligation is underpaid (either partially or in full), the balance due will be assessed as financial and billed on a calendar month basis

        Overpayment of Energy Return: If energy return is intended and the loss obligation is overpaid, the overpaid amount of energy is lost to the Transmission Customer and no credit is given. No financial compensation or energy return will be provided by WACM for overpayment of loss obligations. There should be no condition beyond the control of the Transmission Customer that results in overpayment. The Transmission Customers are entirely in control of knowing how much energy they schedule and calculating and scheduling to repay for losses. 

        Financial Payment: Financial repayment for prescheduled losses shall occur when no or only partial loss energy is returned on that preschedule. In that event, then the customer shall repay Western with financial repayment for the unpaid loss energy. The financial repayment will be invoiced based on market indices for like energy on the day the losses were incurred. The repayment will be included in that month's billing. Financial repayment is the default for no loss energy repayment.

        Financial Payment: Financial repayment for real-time losses shall occur when no or only partial loss energy is returned 168 hours after the "parent" schedule. In that event, then the customer shall repay Western with financial repayment for the unpaid loss energy. The financial repayment will be invoiced based on market indices for like energy on the day the losses were incurred. The repayment will be included in that month's billing. Financial repayment is the default for no loss energy repayment.

        Delivery Of Losses: Scheduled losses can be delivered to any POR on the LAPT, CRCM or BEPW system, except for SCSE (Sidney Converter Station East). The Sidney Converter Station is a controlled device and appropriate transmission capacity MUST be reserved on the Sidney Converter Station to deliver losses to SCSW (SCS West).

 

HOURLY NON-FIRM REQUESTS

        To maximize transmission availability, ATC for Hourly Non-Firm capacity is calculated hourly.

        Requests for Hourly Non-Firm reservations must be submitted via the OASIS and in accordance with the timing requirements listed in the table below.

        All reservations must be requested through the OASIS node.Verbal requests and confirmations will be permitted within the posted timing requirements should the RMAO OASIS node become inoperative.No exceptions will be allowed for operational problems originating at the customerís site.

        Some Real-time Hourly requests will be refused for insufficient ATC based on system conditions. As system conditions fluctuate, the OASIS may show ATC available, but it may be refused.

        At no time will a request be accepted when the ATC posted as available is at zero, regardless of system conditions.

 

ENERGY SCHEDULES:

        Per WECC business practices, an approved transaction tag must accompany all pre-scheduled non-real-time energy transactions. If there is no valid tag, the schedule will not be implemented.

        Tags for real-time energy transactions will be submitted in accordance with NERC Policy 3.

 

MONTHLY NON-FIRM TRANSMISSION REQUESTS

        Requests for Monthly Non-firm reservations may be requested for one month, which is the maximum term for non-firm transmission (see section 14.5, Western's Tariff).

        When submitting a request for Monthly Non-Firm, it is possible that the request could fall within the timing requirement 60-day "no earlier than" window to permit requesting successive months, however, a separate request must be submitted for each month of service.

 

FIRM TRANSMISSION REQUESTS:

Requests for Short-term Firm Transmission Service must be made through the OASIS.

        For a valid request for Daily, Weekly or Monthly Firm Transmission Service for which Western has ATC, a response will be made to the requestor within the timing requirements listed below.

        All requests for Long-term Firm Transmission Service must be made through the OASIS.

        All Long-term Firm Transmission requests will initially be placed in STUDY mode.

        The non-refundable processing fee must be received by RMR within 5 business days of the OASIS request, or the request will be INVALID.

        The information required for a complete application, as defined in section 17.2 of the Tariff, must be received via facsimile (970) 490-7213, (use the Transmission Service Application form found at www.wapa.gov/rm/tariff/tariff.htm) within 24 hours of the OASIS request, or the request will be INVALID.

        A Service Agreement will be forwarded after Western receives the required information.

 

Any existing Long-term customer that wishes to exercise its reservation priority must make an application for its new service term following the usual pro forma tariff procedures. Notification to exercise a right of first refusal for Long-term Firm under Section 2.2 of the pro forma tariff must be received by the Transmission Provider no less than sixty days (60 days) prior to the date an existing Long-term contract ends and the new service term commences. Long term ATC posting on paths associated with rollover rights will be posted as zero, assuming the existing customers will exercise their rollover rights.

 

Fixed Rates 

PROJECT

LAPT (10/1/02-9/30/03)

CRCM

BEPW

PROJECT

LAPT (10/1/02-9/30/03)

CRCM

BEPW

Hourly Non-Firm ($/MW-hr)

$3.75

$2.82

$1.61

Daily Firm (MW-day)

$90.00

$67.74

$40

Daily Non-Firm ($/MW-day)

$90.00

$67.74

$40

Weekly Firm (MW-week)

$660.00

$475.46

$283

Weekly Non-Firm ($/MW-week)

$660.00

$475.46

$283

Monthly Firm(MW-month)

$2880.00

$2060.32

$1230

Monthly Non-Firm ($MW-month)

$2880.00

$2060.32

$1230

Yearly Firm (MW-year)

$34560.00

$24723.88

$14,730

 

 

FIRM TRANSMISSION SERVICE REQUESTS

TERMS OF SERVICE

TRANSMISSION REQUESTS

RESPONSE TIME

DISPLACE/SUPERSEDE

Service Type

Term

Curtailment

Priority

No Later

Than

No Earlier

Than

Determine

Capacity

Available

System

Impact

Study

Customer

Confirm

No Later

Than

Right of First Refusal

Network

1-10 Years

7

(60) Calendar Days Prior To Initial Month

10-Years Prior To Start of Service

(30) Calendar Days

(60) Calendar Days

(15) Calendar Days

N/A

N/A

Fixed Or Sliding Yearly 1-10 Yr.

Fixed Or Sliding Yearly 1-10 Yr.

7

(60) Calendar Days Prior To Initial Month

10-Years Prior To Start of Service

(30) Calendar Days

(60) Calendar Days

(15) Calendar Days

N/A

N/A

Firm Point-to-Point

Fixed Monthly (Calendar Month) 1-11 Months

7

(14) Calendar Days Prior To Start Of Service

120 Calender days Prior To Start of Service

(2) Business Days

(60) Calendar Days

Pre-Confirm Required

1-Month Prior To Com-mencement Of Service

24-Hours

Firm Point-to-Point

Fixed Weekly (Monday-Sunday Wk) 1-4 Weeks

7

(2) Business Days Prior To Start of Service

60 Calender days Prior To Start of Service

(1) Business Day

(60) Calendar Days

Pre-Confirm Required

1-Week Prior To Com-mencement Of Service

24-Hours

Firm Point-to-Point

Fixed Daily (Calendar Day) 1-6 Days

7

1400 Day Prior To Start of Service

30 Calender days Prior To Start of Service

(1) Business Day

60) Calendar Days

Pre-Confirm Required

1-Day Prior To Com-mencement Of Service

24-Hours Or Up To 1-Day Prior To schedule Start, Whichever Is Less

Network Service From Non-Designated Resources

Based On Network Reservation

6

1400 Day Prior To Start of Service

As Soon As Practicable

(1) Business Day

N/A

Pre-Confirm Required

1000 Day Prior

N/A

 

 

 

 

NON-FIRM TRANSMISSION SERVICE REQUESTS

TERMS OF SERVICE

TRANSMISSION REQUESTS

RESPONSE TIME

DISPLACE/SUPERSEDE

Service Type

Term

Curtailment

Priority

No Later

Than

No Earlier

Than

Determine

Capacity

Available

System

Impact

Study

Customer

Confirm

No Later

Than

Right of First Refusal

Non-Firm Point-to-Point

(Fixed Monthly) 1-Calendar Month

5

1400 Day Prior To Start of Service

60-Calendar Days Prior To Start of Service

2-calender Days

(N/A

Pre-Confirm Required

1400 Day Prior To Start of Service

24-Hours Or 1400 Prior To Schedule Start - Whichever Is Less

Non-Firm Point-to-Point

(Fixed Weekly) 1- 4 Weeks Based On Mon-Sun Wk

4

1400 Day Prior To Start of Service

(14) Calendar Days Prior To Start of Service

4-Hours or As Soon As Practicable

N/A

Pre-Confirm Required

1400 Day Prior To Start of Service

24-Hours Or 1400 Prior To Schedule Start - Whichever Is Less

Non-Firm Point-to-Point

(Fixed Daily) 1-6 Days

3

1400 Day Prior To Start of Service

(2) Calendar Days Prior To Start of Service

30-Minutes Or As Soon As Practicable

N/A

Pre-Confirm Required

1400 Day Prior To Start of Service

24-Hours Or 1400 Prior To Schedule Start - Whichever Is Less

Non-Firm Point-to-Point

(Fixed Hourly) 1-24 Hrs Within One Calendar Day

2

30-Mins Prior To Start of Service

0600 Day Prior to Start of Service

30-Minutes Or As Soon As Practicable

N/A

Pre-Confirm Required

1400 Day Prior To Start of Service

Immediately On Notification

Firm Point-to-Point from Secondary POD &/or POR

Based On Firm Reservation

1

30-Mins Prior To Start of Service

0600 Day Prior To Start of Service

30-Minutes Or As Soon As Practicable

N/A

Pre-Confirm Required

1400 Day Prior To Start of Service

N/A