Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-717); Comment Request; Revision and Extension, 37580-37581 [2017-16959]

Download as PDF 37580 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 154 / Friday, August 11, 2017 / Notices Dated: August 8, 2017. Kimberly M. Richey, Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. [FR Doc. 2017–17014 Filed 8–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC17–13–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–717); Comment Request; Revision and Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of revised information collection and request for comments. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on a revision to the information collection, FERC–717, (Open Access Same-Time Information System and Standards for Business Practices and Communication Protocol) which will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a review of the information collection requirements. SUMMARY: Comments on the collection of information are due October 10, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Docket No. IC17–13–000 by either of the following methods: asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES DATES: 1 Burden is defined as the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Aug 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 • eFiling at Commission’s Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ efiling.asp. • Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at: http:// www.ferc.gov/help/submissionguide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support by email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or by phone at: (866) 208–3676 (toll-free), or (202) 502–8659 for TTY. Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docsfiling/docs-filing.asp. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at DataClearance@FERC.gov, telephone at (202) 502–8663, and fax at (202) 273– 0873. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC–717, Open Access SameTime information System and Standards for Business Practices & Communication Protocols. OMB Control No.: 1902–0173. Type of Request: Three-year approval of the FERC–717 information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: The Commission directs all public utilities that own, control or operate facilities for transmitting energy in interstate commerce to provide certain types of information regarding their transmission operations on an Open Access Same-time Information System (OASIS). The Commission does not believe that open-access nondiscriminatory transmission services can be completely realized until it removes real-world obstacles that prevent transmission customers from competing effectively with the Transmission Provider. One of the obstacles is unequal access to transmission information. The Commission believes that transmission customers must have simultaneous access to the same information available to the Transmission Provider if truly nondiscriminatory transmission services are to be a reality. The Commission also established Standards of Conduct requiring that personnel engaged in transmission system operations function independently from personnel engaged in marketing functions. The Standards of Conduct were designed to prevent employees of a public utility (or any of its affiliates) engaged in marketing functions from preferential access to OASIS-related information or from engaging in unduly discriminatory business practices. Companies were required to separate their transmission operations/reliability functions from their marketing/merchant functions and prevent system operators from providing merchant employees and employees of affiliates with transmission-related information not available to all customers at the same time through public posting on the OASIS. Type of Respondents: Transmission Owners and Transmission Operators. Estimate of Annual Burden: 1 The Commission estimates a reduction in the annual public reporting burden for the FERC–717. The numbers comport two separate entities: Transmission Owners and Transmission Operators. The respondent estimate provide corresponds to 170 Transmission Operators. The rational is that many Transmission Owners have elected to turn over operational control of their collective transmission systems to Transmission Operators, including RTOs/IS0s (as authorized in 18 CFR 37.5). These Transmission Operators offer OASIS access to the collective systems facilitating a single OASIS transmission request serving multiple transmission systems. As a result of these efficiency gains, the lower respondent count is appropriate. For completeness, we ascribe the reduction in Transmission Owners to mergers and acquisitions occurring during the time periods examined. Many Transmission Owners have turned over operational control of their collective transmission systems to Transmission Operators, including RTOs/ISOs. As a result of the efficiency gains, and an overestimate of the respondents in our past request, we are submitting a more accurate number of respondents. The changes in business practice standards from version to version requires a different number of hours each time a respondent submits there response. The estimate below reflects the work associated with the most recent version of the standards: information to or for a Federal agency. For further explanation of what is included in the information and the Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site. You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at: www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department. collection burden, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 37581 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 154 / Friday, August 11, 2017 / Notices FERC–717, OPEN ACCESS SAME-TIME INFORMATION SYSTEM AND STANDARDS FOR BUSINESS PRACTICES & COMMUNICATION PROTOCOLS Number of respondents Total number of responses Average burden hours and cost per response 2 Total annual burden hours and total annual cost (1) Information collection requirements Annual number of responses per respondent (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) FERC–717 ........................................................................... Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden and cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: August 7, 2017. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–16959 Filed 8–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Combined Notice of Filings #2 Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings: Docket Numbers: ER13–1966–001. Applicants: NRG Wholesale Generation LP. Description: Compliance filing: Informational Filing Regarding Planned Transfer to be effective N/A. Filed Date: 8/7/17. Accession Number: 20170807–5112. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/28/17. Docket Numbers: ER15–2572–004. Applicants: GenOn Energy Management, LLC. Description: Compliance filing: Informational Filing Regarding Planned Transfer to be effective N/A. 2 The Commission staff thinks that the average respondent for this collection is similarly situated to the Commission, in terms of salary plus benefits. Based upon FERC’s 2017 annual average of $158,754 (for salary plus benefits), the average hourly cost is $76.50/hour. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Aug 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 170 1 Filed Date: 8/7/17. Accession Number: 20170807–5108. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/28/17. Docket Numbers: ER15–2573–004. Applicants: GenOn Energy Management, LLC. Description: Compliance filing: Informational Filing Regarding Planned Transfer to be effective N/A. Filed Date: 8/7/17. Accession Number: 20170807–5109. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/28/17. Docket Numbers: ER16–209–004. Applicants: Southwest Power Pool, Inc. Description: Compliance filing: Central Power Electric Cooperative Formula Rate Compliance Filing to be effective 1/1/2016. Filed Date: 8/7/17. Accession Number: 20170807–5144. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/28/17. Docket Numbers: ER16–1774–003. Applicants: Southwest Power Pool, Inc. Description: Compliance filing: Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Formula Rate Compliance Filing to be effective 7/1/2016. Filed Date: 8/7/17. Accession Number: 20170807–5152. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/28/17. Docket Numbers: ER16–2665–003. Applicants: NRG Power Midwest LP. Description: Compliance filing: Informational Filing Regarding Planned Transfer to be effective N/A. Filed Date: 8/7/17. Accession Number: 20170807–5111. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/28/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–274–002. Applicants: GenOn Energy Management, LLC. Description: Compliance filing: Informational Filing Regarding Planned Transfer to be effective N/A. Filed Date: 8/7/17. Accession Number: 20170807–5110. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/28/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–1342–001. Applicants: Duke Energy Florida, LLC, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC. Description: Compliance filing: Correct Loss Factor Tariff Records to be effective 5/1/2017. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 170 30 $2,295 5,100 $390,150 Filed Date: 8/7/17. Accession Number: 20170807–5077. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/28/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2250–000. Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: 2017–08–07_SA 2523 ITC-Pheasant Run 4th Revised GIA (J075 J466) to be effective 7/24/2017. Filed Date: 8/7/17. Accession Number: 20170807–5078. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/28/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2251–000. Applicants: GenOn Energy Management, LLC. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Rate Schedule FERC No. 1 to be effective 9/1/2017. Filed Date: 8/7/17. Accession Number: 20170807–5093. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/28/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2252–000. Applicants: NRG Power Marketing LLC. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Rate Schedule FERC No. 1 to be effective 9/1/2017. Filed Date: 8/7/17. Accession Number: 20170807–5094. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/28/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2253–000. Applicants: NorthWestern Corporation. Description: NorthWestern Corporation submits Average System Cost Filing for Sales of Electric Power to the Bonneville Power Administration, FY 2018–2019. Filed Date: 8/7/17. Accession Number: 20170807–5121. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/28/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2254–000. Applicants: Southern California Edison Company. Description: Tariff Cancellation: Notices of Cancellation IFA & DSA Mid Valley Landfill Project SA Nos. 73 & 74 to be effective 12/3/2017. Filed Date: 8/7/17. Accession Number: 20170807–5127. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/28/17. Docket Numbers: ER17–2255–000. Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 154 (Friday, August 11, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC17-13-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-717); Comment 
Request; Revision and Extension

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice of revised information collection and request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or 
FERC) is soliciting public comment on a revision to the information 
collection, FERC-717, (Open Access Same-Time Information System and 
Standards for Business Practices and Communication Protocol) which will 
be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a review 
of the information collection requirements.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due October 10, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Docket No. IC17-13-000 
by either of the following methods:
     eFiling at Commission's Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp.
     Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426.
    Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in 
accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov/help/submission-guide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support 
by email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or by phone at: (866) 208-3676 
(toll-free), or (202) 502-8659 for TTY.
    Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of 
activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and 
issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/docs-filing.asp.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at 
DataClearance@FERC.gov, telephone at (202) 502-8663, and fax at (202) 
273-0873.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: FERC-717, Open Access Same-Time information System and 
Standards for Business Practices & Communication Protocols.
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0173.
    Type of Request: Three-year approval of the FERC-717 information 
collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting 
requirements.
    Abstract: The Commission directs all public utilities that own, 
control or operate facilities for transmitting energy in interstate 
commerce to provide certain types of information regarding their 
transmission operations on an Open Access Same-time Information System 
(OASIS). The Commission does not believe that open-access 
nondiscriminatory transmission services can be completely realized 
until it removes real-world obstacles that prevent transmission 
customers from competing effectively with the Transmission Provider. 
One of the obstacles is unequal access to transmission information. The 
Commission believes that transmission customers must have simultaneous 
access to the same information available to the Transmission Provider 
if truly nondiscriminatory transmission services are to be a reality.
    The Commission also established Standards of Conduct requiring that 
personnel engaged in transmission system operations function 
independently from personnel engaged in marketing functions. The 
Standards of Conduct were designed to prevent employees of a public 
utility (or any of its affiliates) engaged in marketing functions from 
preferential access to OASIS-related information or from engaging in 
unduly discriminatory business practices. Companies were required to 
separate their transmission operations/reliability functions from their 
marketing/merchant functions and prevent system operators from 
providing merchant employees and employees of affiliates with 
transmission-related information not available to all customers at the 
same time through public posting on the OASIS.
    Type of Respondents: Transmission Owners and Transmission 
Operators.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \1\ The Commission estimates a reduction 
in the annual public reporting burden for the FERC-717. The numbers 
comport two separate entities: Transmission Owners and Transmission 
Operators. The respondent estimate provide corresponds to 170 
Transmission Operators. The rational is that many Transmission Owners 
have elected to turn over operational control of their collective 
transmission systems to Transmission Operators, including RTOs/IS0s (as 
authorized in 18 CFR 37.5). These Transmission Operators offer OASIS 
access to the collective systems facilitating a single OASIS 
transmission request serving multiple transmission systems. As a result 
of these efficiency gains, the lower respondent count is appropriate. 
For completeness, we ascribe the reduction in Transmission Owners to 
mergers and acquisitions occurring during the time periods examined.
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    \1\ Burden is defined as the total time, effort, or financial 
resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or 
disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. For 
further explanation of what is included in the information 
collection burden, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3.
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    Many Transmission Owners have turned over operational control of 
their collective transmission systems to Transmission Operators, 
including RTOs/ISOs. As a result of the efficiency gains, and an 
overestimate of the respondents in our past request, we are submitting 
a more accurate number of respondents. The changes in business practice 
standards from version to version requires a different number of hours 
each time a respondent submits there response. The estimate below 
reflects the work associated with the most recent version of the 
standards:

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     FERC-717, Open Access Same-Time Information System and Standards for Business Practices & Communication
                                                    Protocols
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                                                  Annual  number                      Average      Total annual
     Information collection          Number of     of  responses   Total number    burden hours    burden hours
          requirements              respondents         per        of responses    and cost per      and total
                                                    respondent                     response \2\     annual cost
                                             (1)             (2)     (1) * (2) =             (4)     (3) * (4) =
                                                                             (3)                             (5)
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FERC-717........................             170               1             170              30           5,100
                                                                                          $2,295        $390,150
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    Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Commission, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden and 
cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
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    \2\ The Commission staff thinks that the average respondent for 
this collection is similarly situated to the Commission, in terms of 
salary plus benefits. Based upon FERC's 2017 annual average of 
$158,754 (for salary plus benefits), the average hourly cost is 
$76.50/hour.

    Dated: August 7, 2017.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-16959 Filed 8-10-17; 8:45 am]
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