Commission Information Collection Activities, Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension, 75521-75522 [E6-21383]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 241 / Friday, December 15, 2006 / Notices electric generating unit information for 1998–2000 objected to the public release of that information. II. Discussion of Comments Five companies objected to the release of the 1998–2000 information on planned electric generating units but none specifically addressed how public release of the information would cause substantial competitive harm to the company. III. Current Actions The information at issue is planned electric generating unit data for 1998, 1999 and 2000. As of October 2006, that information is over six years old. Planned electric generating unit information collected after 2000 is currently treated as non-confidential and is publicly available. Each survey respondent was provided with an opportunity to provide specific details on why its information for 1998–2000 on planned electric generating units was sensitive and proprietary and how public release of the information would cause substantial competitive harm to the company. Based on the fact that most of the responding companies support this change and the fact that the small number of companies who objected provided no details to show that releasing this historical information would cause substantial competitive harm, EIA’s policy regarding the planned electric generating unit information for the period 1998–2000 will be considered as non-confidential and the planned electric generating unit information for the 1998–2000 time period will be made publicly available. Statutory Authority: Section 52 of the Federal Energy Administration Act (Pub. L. 93–275, 15 U.S.C. 790a). Issued in Washington, DC, December 11, 2006. Jay H. Casselberry, Agency Clearance Officer, Energy Information Administration. [FR Doc. E6–21369 Filed 12–14–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES [IC06–715–001, FERC 715] Commission Information Collection Activities, Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension December 8, 2006. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:47 Dec 14, 2006 Jkt 211001 ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and extension of this information collection requirement. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. The Commission received no comments in response to an earlier Federal Register notice of August 30, 2006 (71 FR 51589– 51590) and has made this notation in its submission to OMB. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by January 16, 2007. Address comments on the collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. Comments to OMB should be filed electronically, c/o oira_submission@omb.eop.gov and include the OMB Control No. as a point of reference. The Desk Officer may be reached by telephone at 202–395–4650. A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of the Executive Director, ED–34, Attention: Michael Miller, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. Comments may be filed either in paper format or electronically. Those persons filing electronically do not need to make a paper filing. For paper filings an original and 14 copies, of such comments should be submitted to the Secretary of the Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426 and should refer to Docket No. IC07– 715–001. Documents filed electronically via the Internet must be prepared in WordPerfect, MS Word, Portable Document Format, or ASCII format. To file the document, access the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.ferc.gov and click on ‘‘Make an EFiling,’’ and then follow the instructions for each screen. First time users will have to establish a user name and password. The Commission will send an automatic acknowledgement to the sender’s e-mail address upon receipt of comments. User assistance for electronic filings is available at 202–502–8258 or by e-mail to efiling@ferc.gov. Comments ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75521 should not be submitted to this e-mail address. All comments may be viewed, printed or downloaded remotely via the Internet through FERC’s homepage using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For user assistance, contact FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or tollfree at (866) 208–3676 or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Miller may be reached by telephone at (202) 502–8415, by fax at (202) 273–0873, and by e-mail at michael.miller@ferc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Description The information collection submitted for OMB review contains the following: 1. Collection of Information: FERC 715 ‘‘Annual Transmission Planning and Evaluation Report’’ 2. Sponsor: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 3. Control No.: 1902–0171 The Commission is now requesting that OMB approve and extend the expiration date for an additional three years with no changes to the existing collection. The information filed with the Commission is mandatory. 4. Necessity of the Collection of Information: Submission of the information is necessary for the Commission to carry out its responsibilities in implementing the statutory provisions of section 213(b) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), as amended by the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Through Section 213(b) Congress requires the Commission to collect annually from transmitting utilities, certain transmission system information and make it available to potential transmission providers, customers and state regulatory authorities. This information collection also supports the Commission’s responsibilities under Sections 202, 207, 210–213, 304, 309 and 311 of the FPA, as amended (49 Stat. 838; 16 U.S.C. 791a–825r). The Commission’s FERC–715 filing requirements are published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 18 CFR 141.300. Through the FERC–715, the Commission gathers basic electric transmission system information. The Commission staff use the FERC–715 information to evaluate available transmission capacity and assess transmission reliability. Electrical transmission customers and transmission dependent utilities use the information, in conjunction with other E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 75522 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 241 / Friday, December 15, 2006 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES information sources, to assess transmission availability. Federal and private agencies use the information in transmission simulations to test the impact of changes to the transmission system, necessary to improve system functioning. FERC–715 filing instructions are provided on the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filings/elibrary.asp. Some or all of the information collected on the FERC–715 may be treated as Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) (see Order 630, OMB Control No. 1902–0197). CEII is information concerning proposed or existing critical infrastructure (physical or virtual) that: 1. Relates to the production, generation, transmission or distribution of energy; 2. Could be useful to a person planning an attack on critical infrastructure; 3. Is exempt from mandatory disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act; and 4. Gives strategic information beyond the location of the critical infrastructure. CEII is not available to the public. The Commission has established procedures for gaining access to CEII that would otherwise not be available under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. These actions are necessary to keep highly sensitive infrastructure information out of the public domain thus decreasing the likelihood that such information could be used to plan and execute terrorist attacks. 5. Respondent Description: The respondent universe currently comprises 85 companies (on average) subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction. 6. Estimated Burden: 9,913 total hours, 85 respondents (average), 1 response per respondent, and 117 hours per response (average) 7. Estimated Cost Burden to respondents: 9,913 hours/2080 hours per years × $117,321 per year = $ 559,136. The cost per respondent is equal to $6,578. Statutory Authority: Statutory provisions of sections 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 14, 16, and 20 of the Natural Gas Act (NPA) 15 U.S.C. 717–717w and Title II, section 311 and sections 501 and 504 of the Natural Gas Policy Act (Pub. L. 95–621). Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–21383 Filed 12–14–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:47 Dec 14, 2006 Jkt 211001 (202) 273–0873, and by e-mail at michael.miller@ferc.gov. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC07–6–000; FERC Form 6] Commission Information Collection Activities, Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension December 8, 2006. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(2)(a) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described below. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due February 16, 2007. ADDRESSES: Copies of sample filings of the proposed collection of information can be obtained from the Commission’s Web site (http://www.ferc.gov/docsfilings/elibrary.asp) or from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Attn: Michael Miller, Office of the Executive Director, ED–34, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. Comments may be filed either in paper format or electronically. Those parties filing electronically do not need to make a paper filing. For paper filing, the original and 14 copies of such comments should be submitted to the Secretary of the Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426 and refer to Docket No. IC07–6–000. Documents filed electronically via the Internet must be prepared in WordPerfect, MS Word, Portable Document Format, or ASCII format. To file the document, access the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.ferc.gov and click on ‘‘Make an Efiling’’, and then follow the instructions for each screen. First time users will have to establish a user name and password. The Commission will send an automatic acknowledgement to the sender’s e-mail address upon receipt of comments. All comments may be viewed, printed or downloaded remotely via the Internet through FERC’s homepage using the eLibrary link. For user assistance, contact FERCOlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll-free at (866) 208–3676. or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Miller may be reached by telephone at (202) 502–8415, by fax at PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The information collected under the requirements of FERC Form 6 ‘‘Annual Report of Oil Pipeline Companies’’ (OMB No. 1902–0022) is used by the Commission to carry out its responsibilities in implementing the statutory provisions of the Interstate Commerce Act (ICA), (49 U.S.C.). The ICA authorizes the Commission to make investigations and to collect and record data and to prescribe rules and regulations concerning accounts, records and memoranda as necessary or appropriate for purposes of administering the ICA. The Commission may prescribe a system of accounts for jurisdictional companies and, after notice and opportunity for hearing may determine the accounts in which particular outlays and receipts will be entered, charged or credited. Every pipeline carrier subject to the provisions of Section 20 of the ICA must electronically file with the Commission through Commission-provided software. The Commission’s Office of Enforcement uses the FERC Form 6 data collected to assist in the implementation of its financial audits and investigation programs, in the continuous review of the financial condition of regulated companies and in the assessment of energy markets. The Office of Energy Markets and Reliability (OEMR) uses the data collected for its various rate proceedings and economic analyses. The Office of Administrative Litigation (OAL) uses the data collected for background research for use in litigation. The Office of General Counsel uses the data in its programs relating to the administration of the ICA. Additionally, the Office of the Executive Director (OED) uses the data contained on certain schedules of the FERC Form 6 to compute annual charges which are then assessed against oil pipeline companies to recover the Commission’s annual costs. These annual charges are required by Section 3401 of the Budget Act. Most notably, the ICA mandates the collection of information needed by the Commission to perform it regulatory responsibilities in the setting of the just and reasonable rates. The Commission could be held in violation of the ICA if the information was not collected. The Commission implements these filing requirements in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) under 18 CFR Section 357.1 and 357.2. Action: The Commission is requesting a three-year extension of the current SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 241 (Friday, December 15, 2006)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-21383]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[IC06-715-001, FERC 715]


Commission Information Collection Activities, Proposed 
Collection; Comment Request; Extension

December 8, 2006.
AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of section 3507 of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507, the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission (Commission) has submitted the information 
collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for review and extension of this information collection requirement. 
Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should 
address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. 
The Commission received no comments in response to an earlier Federal 
Register notice of August 30, 2006 (71 FR 51589-51590) and has made 
this notation in its submission to OMB.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by January 16, 
2007.

ADDRESSES: Address comments on the collection of information to the 
Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. 
Comments to OMB should be filed electronically, c/o oira_
submission@omb.eop.gov and include the OMB Control No. as a point of 
reference. The Desk Officer may be reached by telephone at 202-395-
4650. A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, Office of the Executive Director, ED-34, 
Attention: Michael Miller, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. 
Comments may be filed either in paper format or electronically. Those 
persons filing electronically do not need to make a paper filing. For 
paper filings an original and 14 copies, of such comments should be 
submitted to the Secretary of the Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426 and should 
refer to Docket No. IC07-715-001.
    Documents filed electronically via the Internet must be prepared in 
WordPerfect, MS Word, Portable Document Format, or ASCII format. To 
file the document, access the Commission's Web site at http://
www.ferc.gov and click on ``Make an E-Filing,'' and then follow the 
instructions for each screen. First time users will have to establish a 
user name and password. The Commission will send an automatic 
acknowledgement to the sender's e-mail address upon receipt of 
comments. User assistance for electronic filings is available at 202-
502-8258 or by e-mail to efiling@ferc.gov. Comments should not be 
submitted to this e-mail address.
    All comments may be viewed, printed or downloaded remotely via the 
Internet through FERC's homepage using the ``eLibrary'' link. Enter the 
docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number 
field to access the document. For user assistance, contact 
FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll-free at (866) 208-3676 or for TTY, 
contact (202) 502-8659.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Miller may be reached by 
telephone at (202) 502-8415, by fax at (202) 273-0873, and by e-mail at 
michael.miller@ferc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Description

    The information collection submitted for OMB review contains the 
following:
    1. Collection of Information: FERC 715 ``Annual Transmission 
Planning and Evaluation Report''
    2. Sponsor: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    3. Control No.: 1902-0171
    The Commission is now requesting that OMB approve and extend the 
expiration date for an additional three years with no changes to the 
existing collection. The information filed with the Commission is 
mandatory.
    4. Necessity of the Collection of Information: Submission of the 
information is necessary for the Commission to carry out its 
responsibilities in implementing the statutory provisions of section 
213(b) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), as amended by the Energy Policy 
Act of 1992. Through Section 213(b) Congress requires the Commission to 
collect annually from transmitting utilities, certain transmission 
system information and make it available to potential transmission 
providers, customers and state regulatory authorities. This information 
collection also supports the Commission's responsibilities under 
Sections 202, 207, 210-213, 304, 309 and 311 of the FPA, as amended (49 
Stat. 838; 16 U.S.C. 791a-825r). The Commission's FERC-715 filing 
requirements are published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 18 
CFR 141.300.
    Through the FERC-715, the Commission gathers basic electric 
transmission system information. The Commission staff use the FERC-715 
information to evaluate available transmission capacity and assess 
transmission reliability. Electrical transmission customers and 
transmission dependent utilities use the information, in conjunction 
with other

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information sources, to assess transmission availability. Federal and 
private agencies use the information in transmission simulations to 
test the impact of changes to the transmission system, necessary to 
improve system functioning. FERC-715 filing instructions are provided 
on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filings/
elibrary.asp.
    Some or all of the information collected on the FERC-715 may be 
treated as Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) (see Order 
630, OMB Control No. 1902-0197). CEII is information concerning 
proposed or existing critical infrastructure (physical or virtual) 
that:
    1. Relates to the production, generation, transmission or 
distribution of energy;
    2. Could be useful to a person planning an attack on critical 
infrastructure;
    3. Is exempt from mandatory disclosure under the Freedom of 
Information Act; and
    4. Gives strategic information beyond the location of the critical 
infrastructure.

CEII is not available to the public. The Commission has established 
procedures for gaining access to CEII that would otherwise not be 
available under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. These 
actions are necessary to keep highly sensitive infrastructure 
information out of the public domain thus decreasing the likelihood 
that such information could be used to plan and execute terrorist 
attacks.
    5. Respondent Description: The respondent universe currently 
comprises 85 companies (on average) subject to the Commission's 
jurisdiction.
    6. Estimated Burden: 9,913 total hours, 85 respondents (average), 1 
response per respondent, and 117 hours per response (average)
    7. Estimated Cost Burden to respondents: 9,913 hours/2080 hours per 
years x $117,321 per year = $ 559,136. The cost per respondent is equal 
to $6,578.
    Statutory Authority: Statutory provisions of sections 4, 5, 7, 8, 
10, 14, 16, and 20 of the Natural Gas Act (NPA) 15 U.S.C. 717-717w and 
Title II, section 311 and sections 501 and 504 of the Natural Gas 
Policy Act (Pub. L. 95-621).

Magalie R. Salas,
Secretary.
 [FR Doc. E6-21383 Filed 12-14-06; 8:45 am]
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