Commission Information Collection Activities; Comment Request, 47049-47050 [2012-19269]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 152 / Tuesday, August 7, 2012 / Notices totalenergy/data/monthly/), Annual Energy Review (http://www.eia.gov/ totalenergy/data/annual/), Petroleum Marketing Monthlyhttp://www.eia.gov/ oil_gas/petroleum/data_publications/ petroleum_marketing_monthly/ pmm.html), Weekly Petroleum Status Report http://www.eia.gov/oil_gas/ petroleum/data_publications/ weekly_petroleum_status_report/ wpsr.html), and the International Energy Outlook (http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/ ieo/); (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 11,953; (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 106,661; (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 56,186; (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: 0. EIA estimates that there are no additional costs to respondents associated with the surveys other than the costs associated with the burden hours. Statutory Authority: Section 13(b) of the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93–275, codified at 15 U.S.C. 772(b). Issued in Washington, DC, on August 1, 2012. Stephanie Brown, Director, Office of Survey Development and Statistical Integration, U. S. Energy Information Administration. [FR Doc. 2012–19267 Filed 8–6–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC12–14–000; (FERC–914)] Commission Information Collection Activities; Comment Request Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Comment request. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting the information collection FERC–914 (Cogeneration and Small Power Production—Tariff Filings) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review of the information collection requirements. 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 issued a Notice in the Federal Register (77 FR 31342, 5/25/2012) requesting public comments. FERC received no comments on the FERC–914 and is mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:52 Aug 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 making this notation in its submittal to OMB. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by September 6, 2012. ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 1902–0213, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: oira_submission@omb.gov. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be reached via telephone at 202–395–4718. A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, identified by the Docket No. IC12–14–000, 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/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, by telephone at (202) 502–8663, and by fax at (202) 273–0873. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC–914, Cogeneration and Small Power Production—Tariff Filings. OMB Control No.:1902–0213. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–914 information collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements. Abstract: Section 205(c) of the Federal Power Act (FPA) requires that every public utility have all of its jurisdictional rates and tariffs on file with the Commission and make them available for public inspection, within such time and in such form as the Commission may designate. Section 205(d) of the FPA requires that every public utility must provide notice to the Commission and the public of any changes to its jurisdictional rates and tariffs, file such changes with the Commission, and make them available PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47049 for public inspection, in such manner as directed by the Commission. In addition, FPA section 206 requires the Commission, upon complaint or its own motion, to modify existing rates or services that are found to be unjust, unreasonable, unduly discriminatory or preferential. FPA section 207 requires the Commission upon complaint by a state commission and a finding of insufficient interstate service, to order the rendering of adequate interstate service by public utilities, the rates for which would be filed in accordance with FPA sections 205 and 206. In Orders Nos. 671 and 671–A,1 the Commission revised its regulations that govern qualifying small power production and cogeneration facilities. Among other things, the Commission eliminated certain exemptions from rate regulation that were previously available to qualifying facilities (QFs). New qualifying facilities may need to make tariff filings if they do not meet the new exemption requirements. FERC implemented the Congressional mandate of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) to establish criteria for new qualifying cogeneration facilities by: (1) Amending the exemptions available to qualifying facilities from the FPA and from PUHCA [resulting in the burden imposed by FERC–914, the subject of this statement]; (2) ensuring that these facilities are using their thermal output in a productive and beneficial manner; that the electrical, thermal, chemical and mechanical output of new qualifying cogeneration facilities is used fundamentally for industrial, commercial, residential or industrial purposes; and there is continuing progress in the development of efficient electric energy generating technology; (3) amending the FERC Form 556 2 to reflect the criteria for new qualifying cogeneration facilities; and (4) eliminating ownership limitations for qualifying cogeneration and small power production facilities. The Commission satisfied the statutory mandate and its continuing obligation to review its policies encouraging cogeneration and small power production, energy conservation, efficient use of facilities and resources 1 Revised Regulations Governing Small Power Production and Cogeneration Facilities, Order No. 671, 71 FR 7852 (2/15/2006), FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,203 (2006); and Revised Regulations Governing Small Power Production and Cogeneration Facilities, Order 671–A, 71 FR 30585 (5/30/2006), in Docket No. RM05–36. 2 The FERC–556 is cleared separately as OMB Control No. 1902–0075 and is not a subject of this notice. E:\FR\FM\07AUN1.SGM 07AUN1 47050 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 152 / Tuesday, August 7, 2012 / Notices by electric utilities and equitable rates for energy customers. Type of Respondents: New qualifying facilities and small power producers that do not meet Commission exemption criteria. Estimate of Annual Burden3: The Commission estimates the total Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as: FERC–914 (IC12–14–000): COGENERATION AND SMALL POWER PRODUCTION—TARIFF FILINGS Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden hours per response Estimated total annual burden (A) (B) (A) × (B) = (C) (D) (C) × (D) FPA Section 205 filings ....................................................... Electric Quarterly Reports (initial) ........................................ Electric Quarterly Reports (later) ......................................... Change of Status ................................................................. 100 100 100 100 1 1 3 1 100 100 300 100 183 230 6 3 18,300 23,000 1,800 300 TOTAL .......................................................................... N/A N/A 600 N/A 43,400 The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is $2,995,016 [43,400 hours ÷ 2,080 4 hours/year = 20.86538 * $143,540/year 5 = $2,995,016]. 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 1, 2012. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2012–19269 Filed 8–6–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC12–13–000; (FERC–915)] Commission Information Collection Activities; Comment Request Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Comment request. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork SUMMARY: 3 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:52 Aug 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting the information collection FERC–915 (Public Utility Market-Based Rate Authorization Holders—Records Retention Requirement) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review of the information collection requirements. 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 issued a Notice in the Federal Register (77 FR 28863, 5/16/2012) requesting public comments. FERC received no comments on the FERC–915 and is making this notation in its submittal to OMB. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by September 6, 2012. ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 1902–0223, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: oira_submission@omb.gov. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be reached via telephone at 202–395–4718. A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, identified by the Docket No. IC12–13–000, 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/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, by telephone at (202) 502–8663, and by fax at (202) 273–0873. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC–915, Public Utility Market-Based Rate Authorization Holders—Records Retention Requirement. OMB Control No.:1902–0223. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–915 information collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements. Abstract: The Commission has the regulatory responsibility under section 205 of the Federal Power Act to ensure that wholesale sales of electricity are just and reasonable and provided in a non-discriminatory manner. Under section 35.41(d), the Commission requires all sellers with market-based rates to retain all relevant sales documents for five years. Relevant documents include all information upon which they bill their prices charged for electric energy or electric energy products sold pursuant to their market- explanation of what is included in the information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. 4 2080 hours/year = 40 hours/week * 52 weeks/ year 5 Average annual salary per employee in 2012. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\07AUN1.SGM 07AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 152 (Tuesday, August 7, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 47049-47050]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-19269]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC12-14-000; (FERC-914)]


Commission Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Comment request.

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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 submitting the information collection FERC-914 (Cogeneration 
and Small Power Production--Tariff Filings) to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for review of the information collection requirements. 
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 issued a Notice in the Federal Register (77 FR 31342, 5/
25/2012) requesting public comments. FERC received no comments on the 
FERC-914 and is making this notation in its submittal to OMB.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by September 
6, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 
1902-0213, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs: oira_submission@omb.gov. Attention: Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be 
reached via telephone at 202-395-4718.
    A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, identified by the Docket No. IC12-14-000, 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, by telephone at (202) 502-8663, and by fax at 
(202) 273-0873.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC-914, Cogeneration and Small 
Power Production--Tariff Filings.
    OMB Control No.:1902-0213.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-914 information 
collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements.
    Abstract: Section 205(c) of the Federal Power Act (FPA) requires 
that every public utility have all of its jurisdictional rates and 
tariffs on file with the Commission and make them available for public 
inspection, within such time and in such form as the Commission may 
designate. Section 205(d) of the FPA requires that every public utility 
must provide notice to the Commission and the public of any changes to 
its jurisdictional rates and tariffs, file such changes with the 
Commission, and make them available for public inspection, in such 
manner as directed by the Commission. In addition, FPA section 206 
requires the Commission, upon complaint or its own motion, to modify 
existing rates or services that are found to be unjust, unreasonable, 
unduly discriminatory or preferential. FPA section 207 requires the 
Commission upon complaint by a state commission and a finding of 
insufficient interstate service, to order the rendering of adequate 
interstate service by public utilities, the rates for which would be 
filed in accordance with FPA sections 205 and 206.
    In Orders Nos. 671 and 671-A,\1\ the Commission revised its 
regulations that govern qualifying small power production and 
cogeneration facilities. Among other things, the Commission eliminated 
certain exemptions from rate regulation that were previously available 
to qualifying facilities (QFs). New qualifying facilities may need to 
make tariff filings if they do not meet the new exemption requirements.
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    \1\ Revised Regulations Governing Small Power Production and 
Cogeneration Facilities, Order No. 671, 71 FR 7852 (2/15/2006), FERC 
Stats. & Regs. ] 31,203 (2006); and Revised Regulations Governing 
Small Power Production and Cogeneration Facilities, Order 671-A, 71 
FR 30585 (5/30/2006), in Docket No. RM05-36.
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    FERC implemented the Congressional mandate of the Energy Policy Act 
of 2005 (EPAct 2005) to establish criteria for new qualifying 
cogeneration facilities by: (1) Amending the exemptions available to 
qualifying facilities from the FPA and from PUHCA [resulting in the 
burden imposed by FERC-914, the subject of this statement]; (2) 
ensuring that these facilities are using their thermal output in a 
productive and beneficial manner; that the electrical, thermal, 
chemical and mechanical output of new qualifying cogeneration 
facilities is used fundamentally for industrial, commercial, 
residential or industrial purposes; and there is continuing progress in 
the development of efficient electric energy generating technology; (3) 
amending the FERC Form 556 \2\ to reflect the criteria for new 
qualifying cogeneration facilities; and (4) eliminating ownership 
limitations for qualifying cogeneration and small power production 
facilities. The Commission satisfied the statutory mandate and its 
continuing obligation to review its policies encouraging cogeneration 
and small power production, energy conservation, efficient use of 
facilities and resources

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    \2\ The FERC-556 is cleared separately as OMB Control No. 1902-
0075 and is not a subject of this notice.
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    Type of Respondents: New qualifying facilities and small power 
producers that do not meet Commission exemption criteria.
    Estimate of Annual Burden\3\: The Commission estimates the total 
Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as:
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    \3\ 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, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3.

                 FERC-914 (IC12-14-000): Cogeneration and Small Power Production--Tariff Filings
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                                                     Number of                        Average        Estimated
                                     Number of     responses per   Total number    burden hours    total annual
                                    respondents     respondent     of responses    per response       burden
                                        (A)             (B)         (A) x (B) =         (D)          (C) x (D)
                                                                        (C)
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FPA Section 205 filings.........             100               1             100             183          18,300
Electric Quarterly Reports                   100               1             100             230          23,000
 (initial)......................
Electric Quarterly Reports                   100               3             300               6           1,800
 (later)........................
Change of Status................             100               1             100               3             300
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    TOTAL.......................             N/A             N/A             600             N/A          43,400
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    The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is $2,995,016 
[43,400 hours / 2,080 \4\ hours/year = 20.86538 * $143,540/year \5\ = 
$2,995,016].
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    \4\ 2080 hours/year = 40 hours/week * 52 weeks/year
    \5\ Average annual salary per employee in 2012.
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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.

    Dated: August 1, 2012.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2012-19269 Filed 8-6-12; 8:45 am]
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