PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION (PZC)
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Locations: Video Conference between the following locations: Lincoln County Courthouse, Commissioner Boardroom, 925 Sage Avenue 3rd Floor, Kemmerer, WY
& Afton Planning & Engineering Office, Conference Room, 61 East 5th Avenue, Afton, WY
I. CALL TO ORDER
II. INTRODUCTION OF PZC MEMBERS
III. PLANNING STAFF INTRODUCTION TO MEETING
IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
V. DEVELOPMENT REPORT
VI. SKETCH PLANS
a. Minor Subdivision 3 lots Wild 3 Ranches T33N R118W Section 30 & 31
b. Minor Subdivision 3 lots Teresa Porter T33N R119W Section 27
VII. 601 PZ 22 Rezone - from “Rural” to “Industrial”
a. Property East of Hwy 189 South of Kemmerer & Diamondville WY
b. T20N R116W Section 17,20,28,29,32 AND T19N R116W Section 5,8,17 35
VIII. OTHER PLANNING MATTERS
NOTE: Additional information regarding the above noted files can be viewed at http://weblink.lcwy.org/WebLink8/Browse.aspx Projects for Planning, OR http:www.lcwy.org Public Services, Public Records, click on Browse, Projects for Planning.
All interested citizens are invited to attend the public hearing and to provide input. Those planning on attending should call the day before to see if the meeting and project is still scheduled.
PUBLISHED: Feb. 15, 2022 02151
Pursuant to the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act and the Wyoming Public Service Commission’s (Commission) Procedural Rules and Special Regulations, notice is hereby given of the Application of Questar Gas Company d/b/a Dominion Energy Wyoming (Dominion or the Company) for approval of a Settlement Stipulation modifying the production limitation at the Wexpro I and Wexpro II facilities.
Dominion is a public utility as defined by Wyo. Stat. § 37-1-101(a)(vi)(D), and is subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction pursuant to Wyo. Stat. § 37-2-112.
On February 4, 2022, Dominion submitted its Application requesting approval of a Settlement Stipulation (Stipulation) reached by Questar Gas Company d/b/a Dominion Energy Utah and Dominion Energy Wyoming, Wexpro Company, the Utah Division of Public Utilities, the Utah Office of Consumer Services and the Wyoming Office of Consumer Advocate (collectively, the Parties). The Company also filed for approval of the Stipulation in Utah (Docket No. 22-057-04).
Dominion states it has been exploring hedging opportunities, including increasing production of volumes under the Wexpro I and Wexpro II Agreements. The Company states that allowing more Wexpro production could benefit its customers because the market price of natural gas is expected to be higher than the cost of producing natural gas pursuant to the Wexpro I and Wexpro II Agreements. The Company states the Stipulation will provide flexibility to fully utilize company-owned supplies to mitigate price volatility in the market and to, potentially, further reduce the impact of severe weather events like the February 2021 weather event.
If approved, the Parties’ Stipulation would allow Dominion to modify the existing 55% production limitation if: (1) the planned production is forecast to be provided at a cost lower than the five-year forecast curve together with shut-in costs; (2) the planned production does not exceed (i) 65% of Dominion Energy’s annual forecasted demand identified in its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), or (ii) 65% of the Minimum Threshold as defined in the Trail Stipulation (approved in Utah Docket No. 13-057-13); (3) Dominion Energy and Wexpro Company have identified a date by which Wexpro I and Wexpro II production levels will again be reduced to a level at or below 55% of Dominion Energy’s annual IRP forecast or the Minimum Threshold; and (4) the Utah and Wyoming Commissions find that the proposal is just and reasonable and in the public interest.
This is not a complete description of the Application. Dominion’s Application is on file at the Commission’s offices in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is available for inspection by any interested person during regular business hours or online at: http://psc.wyo.gov.
Anyone desiring to file a statement, public comment, protest, intervention petition, or request for a public hearing in this matter must file in writing with the Commission on or before March 8, 2022. A proposed intervention or request for hearing must set forth the grounds under which they are made and the position and interest of the petitioner in this proceeding.
If you wish to intervene in this matter or request a public hearing that you will attend, or if you wish to file a statement, public comment, or protest, and you require reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Commission at (307) 777-7427, or write to the Commission at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002, to make arrangements. Communications impaired persons may also contact the Commission by accessing Wyoming Relay at 711. Please mention Docket No. 30010-203-GA-22 in your communications.
Dated: February 8, 2022.
PUBLISHED: Feb. 15, 22, 2022 02153
The Wyoming Public Service Commission (Commission) approved the Application of Questar Gas Company d/b/a Dominion Energy Wyoming to pass-on to its customers a wholesale gas cost increase of $0.28710 per dekatherm (Dth), effective January 1, 2022. This approval is subject to notice, protest, investigation, opportunity for hearing, change and refund as the Commission deems appropriate.
A residential customer using an average of 90 Dth per year will see an increase of approximately $25.86 over twelve months, or 2.88%. Actual bills will vary with usage.
Under Commission Rule Chapter 3, Section 26, a utility may apply to pass on to its customers known or prospective wholesale commodity cost increases or decreases on a dollar-for-dollar basis and subject to public notice, opportunity for hearing, and refund.
The Application is on file at the Commission’s offices in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Any interested person may inspect it during regular business hours or at: http://psc.wyo.gov.
Anyone desiring to file a request for a public hearing, intervention petition, statement, protest, or public comment in this matter must file in writing with the Commission on or before March 9, 2022. Petitions to intervene and requests for hearing must set forth the grounds and the position and interest of the filing party in this proceeding.
If you wish to participate in this matter and you require reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Commission at (307) 777-7427, or write to the Commission at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002. Communications- impaired persons may also contact the Commission by accessing Wyoming Relay at 711. Please mention Docket No. 30010-202-GP-21.
Dated: February 7, 2022
PUBLISHED: Feb. 15, 22, 2022 02154
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
PacifiCorp Project No. 15247-000
NOTICE OF PRELIMINARY PERMIT APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING AND SOLICITING COMMENTS, MOTIONS TO INTERVENE, AND COMPETING APPLICATIONS
(February 7, 2022)
On October 13, 2021, PacifiCorp filed an application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act, proposing to study the feasibility of the South Fork Pumped Storage Project (South Fork Project or project) to be located near Lake Viva Naughton, Lincoln County, Wyoming. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners’ express permission.
Two alternatives are being considered for the South Fork Project. Alternative 1 would consist of the following: (1) an upper reservoir approximately 3.5 miles east of Lake Viva Naughton with a surface area of 210 acres and a storage volume of approximately 3,348 acre-feet created by a 1,870-foot-long, 340-foot-high embankment dam; (2) a new intake/outlet on Lake Viva Naughton, which will serve as the lower reservoir; (3) a 4.2-mile-long steel penstock with a diameter of 23-feet connecting the upper reservoir with the powerhouse/pump station; (4) a 50-foot-long, 150-foot-wide concrete powerhouse/pump station located on the eastern shoreline of Lake Viva Naughton containing three 167-megawatt generating/pumping units; (5) a 4.4-mile, 345-kilovolt transmission line and new substation interconnecting to PacifiCorp’s Jim Bridger-Populus #2 transmission line; and (6) appurtenant facilities.
Alternative 2 would consist of the same facilities described in alternative 1 except: (1) the upper reservoir would have a surface area of 85 acres and a storage volume of approximately 3,604 acre-feet created by a 1,035-foot-long, 310-foot-high embankment dam; (2) the upper reservoir would connect to the powerhouse/pump station by a 3.8-mile-long, 23-foot-diameter steel penstock; (3) the transmission line would be 2.2 miles in length connecting to a new substation at same transmission line.
The estimated annual generation of the South Fork Project would be 1,460 gigawatt-hours.
Applicant Contact: Tim Hemstreet, Managing Director, Renewable Energy Development, PacifiCorp, 825 NE Multnomah, Suite 1800, Portland, OR 97232; email: [email protected]; phone: (503) 813-6170.
FERC Contact: Kristen Sinclair; email: [email protected]; phone: (202) 502-6587.
Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications: 60 days from the issuance of this notice. Competing applications and notices of intent must meet the requirements of 18 C.F.R. § 4.36.
The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and competing applications using the Commission’s eFiling system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. In lieu of electronic filing, you may submit a paper copy. Submissions sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Submissions sent via any other carrier must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The first page of any filing should include docket number P 15247-000.
More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the “eLibrary” link of Commission’s website at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (P-15247) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.
Kimberly D. Bose,
PUBLISHED: Feb. 15, 22, March 1, 8, 2022 02152
WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE OF AND
FINAL SETTLEMENT FOR HIGHWAY WORK
Notice is hereby given that the State Transportation Commission of Wyoming has accepted as completed according to plans, specifications and rules governing the same work performed under that certain contract between the State of Wyoming, acting through said Commission, an Highway Construction, The Contractor, on Highway Project Number B213016 in Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater and Uinta Counties, consisting of crack seal, and the Contractor is entitled to final settlement therefore; that the Director of the Department of Transportation will cause said Contractor to be paid the full amount due him under said contract on March 24, 2022.
The date of the first publication of this Notice is February 11, 2022.
STATE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION OF WYOMING
Senior Budget Analyst
PUBLISHED: Feb. 8, 15, 22, 2022 02082
PUBLIC NOTICE OF PUBLIC
Pursuant to the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act, Wyo. Stat. § 37-1-101, et seq., and the Wyoming Public Service Commission’s (Commission) Rules, notice is hereby given that the Commission will hold a Public Comment Hearing in Docket No. 20000-603-EA-21, the filing of Rocky Mountain Power’s (RMP) Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for 2021.
This Public Comment Hearing, the second of three scheduled in this matter, will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at the Kemmerer City Council Chambers located at 220 State Highway 233 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. It will be conducted in accordance with the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act and the Commission’s Rules.
All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing which will be conducted in accordance with the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act, Wyoming Public Service Commission Rules, and subject to any applicable national, state or local public health related orders or directives. All interested persons may appear and be heard, in person, by video or telephone conference, or through counsel appearing in person or by video or telephone conference.
Attend by Zoom Meeting and actively participate at:
Attend by telephone and actively participate by dialing: 1-253-215-8782 or 1-346-248-7799 (Meeting ID: 826 6958 6649)
Any updates will be announced at: https://psc.wyo.gov/home/hot-topics.
The number of people in the Kemmerer City Council Chambers and auxiliary spaces will be limited to maintain recommended physical distance between individuals. If attendance is greater than can be accommodated in the Council Chambers, consistent with physical distancing guidelines, the building lobby and a conference room will be available as waiting areas. Attendees are encouraged to wear face masks or coverings. Facemasks will be available at this Public Comment Hearing.
If you wish to attend the hearing and you require reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Commission at (307) 777-7427 (Voice or TTY) in Cheyenne during regular business hours or write them at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002, to make arrangements. Communications impaired persons may also contact the Commission by accessing Wyoming Relay (TTY) by dialing 711. Please mention Docket No. 20000-603-EA-21 in your correspondence. If you wish to listen to the hearing scheduled in this matter go to https://psc.wyo.gov/calendar/livestream at the appropriate time and follow the instructions to connect to the hearing.
Dated: February 8, 2022.
PUBLISHED: Feb. 15, 22, 2022 02155
Pursuant to the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act and the Wyoming Public Service Commission’s (Commission) Procedural Rules and Special Regulations, notice is hereby given of the Application of Rocky Mountain Power (RMP or the Company) for review of the 2020 Decommissioning Studies and Incremental Decommissioning costs, as more fully described below.
RMP is a public utility as defined by Wyo. Stat. § 37-1-101(a)(vi)(C), subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction pursuant to Wyo. Stat. § 37-2-112.
On December 3, 2019, the Company filed the 2020 Inter-Jurisdictional Cost Allocation Agreement (“2020 Protocol”) notifying the Commission, inter alia, that the Company would undertake a contractor-assisted engineering study of decommissioning costs to be used to determine the amount of Decommissioning Cost responsibility to be allocated to the states. On January 16, 2020, and on March 16, 2020, in accordance with the 2020 Protocol, RMP filed the confidential Decommissioning Studies for the coal-fueled generation resources as informational filings in Docket No. 20000-539-EA-18 (2018 Depreciation Study). The Decommissioning Studies provided updated costs to decommission the coal-fueled generation resources that included plant demolition, ash pile and ash pond abatement and closure, asbestos and other hazardous materials abatement and remediation, and final site cleanup and restoration as applicable to each plant. On April 20, 2020, the Company filed a Stipulation in the 2018 Depreciation Study proceeding that resolved all disputed matters with two exceptions. One exception was the treatment of the updated decommissioning costs from the Decommissioning Studies, which were to be addressed by any party in the Company’s 2020 general rate case filed on March 2, 2020. The Commission issued a written order approving the Stipulation on December 18, 2020.
On March 2, 2020, RMP filed a general rate case (Docket No. 20000-578-ER-20 or “2020 GRC”) that incorporated the depreciation rates from the Commission approved Stipulation in the 2018 Depreciation Study. Also, in the 2020 GRC, the Company included an adjustment for the incremental costs related to the Decommissioning Studies. The Commission issued a Memorandum Opinion, Findings and Order (2020 GRC Order) on July 15, 2021, in the 2020 GRC. In the 2020 GRC Order, the incremental decommissioning costs were approved for inclusion in the revenue requirement on an interim basis with the caveat that a separate application be filed. Specifically, the Commission directed the Company to file an Application to allow “comment, protest, intervention, review, adjustment and potential refund” of the decommissioning costs approved on an interim basis in the 2020 GRC Order.
RMP filed this Application on January 14, 2022, pursuant to paragraph 211 in the 2020 GRC Order for review of the 2020 Decommissioning Studies and Incremental Decommissioning costs, and to allow comment, protest, intervention, review, adjustment and potential refund of the decommissioning costs approved on an interim basis in the 2020 GRC Order. The Company also provided an update for certain non-asbestos related asset retirement obligations (AROs), including costs to comply with coal combustion residual regulations and certain other decommissioning-related costs. The updated AROs result in an increase in PacifiCorp’s ARO costs of approximately $7.7 million. The updated ARO costs have increased from the level approved by the Commission in the 2020 GRC, but the Company does not intend to request an increase to customer rates at this time. Rather, the Company believes the level of decommissioning costs included in Wyoming customer rates is reasonable. RMP states maintaining the level of decommissioning costs currently within customer rates is in the public interest and results in just and reasonable rates. The Company requests that the Commission approve the interim rates on a final basis.
This is not a complete description of the Application. Interested persons may inspect the Application at RMP’s business offices throughout Wyoming and at the Commission’s offices in Cheyenne, Wyoming, during regular business hours or at http://psc.wyo.gov.
Anyone desiring to file a public comment, statement, intervention petition, protest or request for a public hearing in this matter must file with the Commission in writing on or before March 4, 2022. Any intervention request filed with the Commission shall set forth the grounds of the proposed intervention or request for hearing as well as the position and the interest of the petitioner in this proceeding.
If you wish to intervene in this matter or request a public hearing which you will attend and you require reasonable accommodation for a disability, call the Commission at (307) 777-7427 or write to the Commission, 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002. Communications-impaired persons may contact the Commission through Wyoming Relay at 711. Please mention Docket No. 20000-609-EA-22 (Record No. 16986) in your communications.
Dated: February 3, 2022.
PUBLISHED: February 8, 15, 2022 02081