Federal Involvement

Three federal agencies were directly involved in the development of AMPS and continue to have roles to the present. They are the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the BIA, and the Western Area Power Administration. In addition to these three agencies, other federal agencies whose regulation AMPS must follow include OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has jurisdiction over the sale of resale electricity. This applies to the wheeling of purchased power into the reservation and would also be applicable if the tribe were to resell power produced by the proposed Nordic and PV power plants. AMPS filed copies of its power purchase and wheeling contracts with the FERC and they were approved. AMPS has chosen to use the FERC accounting system and methodologies. This is a standard accounting methodology for electric utilities.

With respect to its normal day-to-day operations, the tribe has been trying to assume some of the responsibilities now held by the BIA. These responsibilities have dealt mainly with tribal land and include real estate management, land leases, and land ownership and title oversight. During the formation of AMPS, the BIA supplied a great deal of technical assistance. The BIA helped AMPS considerably when it gave AMPS a 12-mile section of the abandoned 69 kV transmission line from Davis Dam. Currently, the BIA supplies technical assistance when needed and lobbying efforts on behalf of AMPS.

The Western Area Power Administration (Western) wheels power to AMPS which gives Western some regulatory jurisdiction over AMPS. This is mostly limited to resource planning such as the requirement of all long-term power customers to submit integrated resource plans (IRP) beginning in 1996.