Availability of Department of Energy EV Everywhere Grand Challenge Initial Framing Document and Request for Public Comment, 51983-51985 [2012-21242]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 167 / Tuesday, August 28, 2012 / Notices and the full range of issues related to the permit request are addressed. h. Coordination. The proposed action is being coordinated with a number of Federal, state, regional, and local agencies including but not limited to the following: U.S. DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. EPA, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the federally recognized Native American Indian Tribes, Florida State Historic Preservation Officer, Palm Beach County, and other agencies as identified in scoping, public involvement, and agency coordination. i. Agency Role. The Corps will be the lead agency for the EIS. The U.S. EPA and the U.S. DOI will be asked to be cooperating agencies. The Corps expects to receive input and critical information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. EPA, and other federal, state, and local agencies. k. A1 FEB Draft EIS Preparation. It is estimated that the Draft EIS will be available to the public on or about December 2012. A Notice of Availability will be issued which will open the public comment period. Comments will be accepted during the Draft EIS public comment period which will last at least 30 days. Dated: August 21, 2012. Donald W. Kinard, Chief, Regulatory Division. [FR Doc. 2012–21186 Filed 8–27–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics U.S. Department of Education, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. ACTION: Notice of an Open Conference Call Meeting. AGENCY: This notice sets forth the announcement of a conference call meeting of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The notice also describes the functions of the Commission. Notice of the meeting is required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is intended to notify the public of this meeting. DATES: Friday, September 7, 2012. Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Conference Call Number/ID: (712) 432–3900/ID—391333 (Listen-Only). ADDRESSES: For members of the public who wish to convene in person and srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:39 Aug 27, 2012 Jkt 226001 listen to the conference call meeting, please arrive at the U.S. Department of Education, Lyndon Baines Johnson Building, Room 1W103, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Washington, DC, no later than 3:30 p.m. Please RSVP to WhiteHouseforHispanicEducation @ed.gov by Thursday, September 6, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marco A. Davis, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, 400 Maryland Ave. SW., Room 4W110, Washington, DC 20202; telephone: 202–453–7023. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (the Commission) is established by Executive Order 13555 (Oct. 19, 2010). The Commission is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), (Pub. L. 92–463; as amended, 5 U.S.C.A., Appendix 2) which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees. The purpose of the Commission is to advise the President and the Secretary of Education (Secretary) on all matters pertaining to the education attainment of the Hispanic community. The Commission shall advise the President and the Secretary in the following areas: (i) Developing, implementing, and coordinating educational programs and initiatives at the Department and other agencies to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for Hispanics of all ages; (ii) increasing the participation of the Hispanic community and HispanicServing Institutions in the Department’s programs and in education programs at other agencies; (iii) engaging the philanthropic, business, nonprofit, and education communities in a national dialogue regarding the mission and objectives of this order; (iv) establishing partnerships with public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit stakeholders to meet the mission and policy objectives of this order. Agenda: The Commission will discuss the activities of its subcommittees and identify next steps. Please be advised that members of the public will be able to listen only to the conference call meeting. There will not be an opportunity for public comment during this meeting due to time constraints. However, members of the public may submit written comments related to the work of the Commission via WhiteHouseforHispanicEducation @ed.gov no later than September 5, PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51983 2012. A recording of this meeting will be posted on the Commission’s Web page at http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ list/hispanic-initiative/index.html no later than Sep. 14, 2012. Records are kept of all Commission proceedings and are available for public inspection at the office of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW., Room 4W108, Washington, DC, 20202, Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays) during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Electronic Access to the Document: You may view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at: www.ed.gov/fedregister/index.html. To use PDF, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. For questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free at 1–866–512–1830; or in the Washington, DC, area at 202–512– 0000. Dated: August 23, 2012. Martha Kanter, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. [FR Doc. 2012–21230 Filed 8–27–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Availability of Department of Energy EV Everywhere Grand Challenge Initial Framing Document and Request for Public Comment Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comment. AGENCY: The EV Everywhere Grand Challenge is a U.S. Department of Energy ‘‘Clean Energy Grand Challenge’’ with the goal of enabling U.S. companies to be the first in the world to produce plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) that are as affordable and convenient for the average American family as today’s gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years. President Obama announced the EV Everywhere Challenge on March 7, 2012. The EV Everywhere Initial Framing Document (framing document) has been developed as a principal means of facilitating stakeholder engagement in SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 51984 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 167 / Tuesday, August 28, 2012 / Notices the planning process. The framing document describes three potential combinations of PEVs and charging infrastructures, among other possible scenarios, and identifies preliminary technical targets for each of these vehicle and infrastructure scenarios. The framing document is intended to serve as the common framework for stakeholder engagement through public information exchanges and public comment. Public comments on this proposed framing document must be received on or before October 29, 2012 to ensure consideration. ADDRESSES: Electronic mail comments may be submitted to: eveverywhere@ee.doe.gov. Please include ‘‘EV Everywhere’’ in the subject line. Please put the full body of your comments in the text of the electronic message and as an attachment. Please include your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number, and email address in the text of the message. Written comments should be sent to Mr. David Howell, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE– 2G), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0121 or by fax at 202–586– 1600, or by email at eveverywhere@ee.doe.gov. Respondents are encouraged to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. The DOE EV Everywhere framing document can be accessed at http:// www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/ . DATES: For information concerning this notice, contact Mr. David Howell, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE–2G), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0121, or eveverywhere@ee.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice requests public comment on the following questions related to the DOE EV Everywhere Grand Challenge and the framing document. Commenters are welcome to respond to all questions below, or only respond to select questions. A. EV Everywhere Mission and Scope: Is the mission statement, ‘‘to enable U.S. companies to be the first in the world to produce plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) that are as affordable and convenient for the average American family as today’s gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years’’ appropriate for the technology development and deployment programs srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:39 Aug 27, 2012 Jkt 226001 of the Department? Is the goal of developing ‘‘PEVs with a payback time of less than 5 years and sufficient range and fast-charging ability to allow the average American family to meet their daily transportation needs’’ appropriate? Is a payback time of less than 5 years the right measure of affordability or is there a more appropriate metric? Should the scope be limited to ‘‘PEVs in which the majority of miles driven are electric’’ or should the goal be ‘‘to maximize the national total of electric vehicle miles driven’’? B. Plug-in Electric Vehicle Scenarios. DOE has identified three potential vehicle/infrastructure scenarios that might achieve the EV Everywhere goals. These scenarios are: 1. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with a 40-mile all-electric range (PHEV– 40) with limited fast-charge infrastructure; 2. An all-electric vehicle with a 100mile range (AEV–100) with significant intra-city and inter-city fast charge infrastructure; and 3. An all-electric vehicle with a 300mile range (AEV–300) with significant inter-city fast charge infrastructure. Have we correctly identified and structured these three scenarios? Are there other scenarios that are more appropriate? C. U.S. Plug-in Electric Vehicle Leadership. How can DOE activities best support leadership in plug-in electric vehicle innovation? In PEV manufacturing? In PEV deployment? How do we balance international competitiveness against international cooperation? D. Program Definition and Management. What principles should the Department follow for allocating resources among technologies of disparate maturity and potential time to impact? How many technology options should the Department pursue, and how should the value of that diversity be weighed against timeliness, scale, and cost- effectiveness? How can DOE be more effective at each stage of the innovation chain? Are technology targets (e.g., cost or deployment targets) useful markers to orient and structure DOE activities? E. Public/Private Partnership. What are the optimal roles for the private sector, government laboratories, and academia in accelerating PEV technology innovation? How can DOE best coordinate activities between and among these types of organizations (including the wide variety of institutions within each class)? How should we gauge the effectiveness of this coordination? How can the basic research and applied research and PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 development coupling be optimized? Are there examples in other sectors or other countries that can serve as models? Are ‘‘technology user facilities’’ analogous to the Department’s scientific user facilities possible, or even desirable? If so, what would be the most effective model for their operation? How can the Department best gather technology market information? How can information on private sector innovation be captured without compromising competitive advantage? G. Non-Technical Barriers. A number of non-technical barriers—including Federal, State, and local regulations, market risks, and non-technical risks— impact the rate of deployment of PEV technologies. What role, if any, should the Department have in addressing these barriers? H. Technologies and Resources. The initial framing document published in association with this announcement describes each of the three scenarios mentioned in part B in greater detail, and highlights several technologies that could contribute to success in each strategy. We welcome updated technology, cost, and forecast data. The Department also welcomes comment on the format and tone of the framing document as well as identification of any factual errors or omissions of relevant facts and data. The Department also welcomes any additional comments related to the framing document and the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, generally. Public Participation Policy It is the policy of the Department to ensure that public participation is an integral and effective part of DOE activities, and that decisions are made with the benefit of significant public input and perspectives. The Department recognizes the many benefits to be derived from public participation for both stakeholders and DOE. Public participation provides a means for DOE to gather a diverse collection of opinions, perspectives, and values from the broadest spectrum of the public, enabling the Department to make more informed decisions. Public participation benefits stakeholders by creating an opportunity to provide input on decisions that affect their communities and our Nation. In keeping with the President’s commitment to transparency in Government, DOE will post online at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/ vehiclesandfuels/ all submissions received from external parties in response to this request for comment. In addition, DOE will discuss this framing document and the submissions received E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 167 / Tuesday, August 28, 2012 / Notices from external parties with advisory committees, public information exchanges, and expert discussion groups. 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Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR 5.3 of the Commission’s regulations. h. Potential Applicant Contact: Mr. Paul Grist, Archon Energy 1, Inc., 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2800, Tampa, Florida 33602. (403) 618–2018. i. FERC Contact: Kenneth Hogan at (202) 502–8434; or email at: kenneth.hogan@ferc.gov. j. Archon filed its request to use the Traditional Licensing Process and provided public notice of its request on July 9, 2012. In a letter dated August 21, 2012, the Director of the Division of Hydropower Licensing approved Archon’s request to use the Traditional Licensing Process. k. 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A copy of the PAD is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site (http:// www.ferc.gov), using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCONlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at 1–866–208–3676, or for TTY, (202) 502–8659. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in paragraph h. o. Register online at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filing and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Dated: August 21, 2012. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. 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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy


Availability of Department of Energy EV Everywhere Grand 
Challenge Initial Framing Document and Request for Public Comment

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of 
Energy (DOE).

ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The EV Everywhere Grand Challenge is a U.S. Department of 
Energy ``Clean Energy Grand Challenge'' with the goal of enabling U.S. 
companies to be the first in the world to produce plug-in electric 
vehicles (PEVs) that are as affordable and convenient for the average 
American family as today's gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 
years. President Obama announced the EV Everywhere Challenge on March 
7, 2012.
    The EV Everywhere Initial Framing Document (framing document) has 
been developed as a principal means of facilitating stakeholder 
engagement in

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the planning process. The framing document describes three potential 
combinations of PEVs and charging infrastructures, among other possible 
scenarios, and identifies preliminary technical targets for each of 
these vehicle and infrastructure scenarios.
    The framing document is intended to serve as the common framework 
for stakeholder engagement through public information exchanges and 
public comment.

DATES: Public comments on this proposed framing document must be 
received on or before October 29, 2012 to ensure consideration.

ADDRESSES: Electronic mail comments may be submitted to: ev-everywhere@ee.doe.gov. Please include ``EV Everywhere'' in the subject 
line. Please put the full body of your comments in the text of the 
electronic message and as an attachment. Please include your name, 
title, organization, postal address, telephone number, and email 
address in the text of the message.
    Written comments should be sent to Mr. David Howell, Office of 
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE-2G), U.S. Department of 
Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121 or by 
fax at 202-586-1600, or by email at ev-everywhere@ee.doe.gov.
    Respondents are encouraged to submit comments electronically to 
ensure timely receipt. The DOE EV Everywhere framing document can be 
accessed at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning this 
notice, contact Mr. David Howell, Office of Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy (EE-2G), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence 
Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121, or ev-everywhere@ee.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice requests public comment on the 
following questions related to the DOE EV Everywhere Grand Challenge 
and the framing document. Commenters are welcome to respond to all 
questions below, or only respond to select questions.
    A. EV Everywhere Mission and Scope: Is the mission statement, ``to 
enable U.S. companies to be the first in the world to produce plug-in 
electric vehicles (PEVs) that are as affordable and convenient for the 
average American family as today's gasoline-powered vehicles within the 
next 10 years'' appropriate for the technology development and 
deployment programs of the Department? Is the goal of developing ``PEVs 
with a payback time of less than 5 years and sufficient range and fast-
charging ability to allow the average American family to meet their 
daily transportation needs'' appropriate? Is a payback time of less 
than 5 years the right measure of affordability or is there a more 
appropriate metric? Should the scope be limited to ``PEVs in which the 
majority of miles driven are electric'' or should the goal be ``to 
maximize the national total of electric vehicle miles driven''?
    B. Plug-in Electric Vehicle Scenarios. DOE has identified three 
potential vehicle/infrastructure scenarios that might achieve the EV 
Everywhere goals. These scenarios are:
    1. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with a 40-mile all-electric 
range (PHEV-40) with limited fast-charge infrastructure;
    2. An all-electric vehicle with a 100-mile range (AEV-100) with 
significant intra-city and inter-city fast charge infrastructure; and
    3. An all-electric vehicle with a 300-mile range (AEV-300) with 
significant inter-city fast charge infrastructure.
    Have we correctly identified and structured these three scenarios?
    Are there other scenarios that are more appropriate?
    C. U.S. Plug-in Electric Vehicle Leadership. How can DOE activities 
best support leadership in plug-in electric vehicle innovation? In PEV 
manufacturing? In PEV deployment? How do we balance international 
competitiveness against international cooperation?
    D. Program Definition and Management. What principles should the 
Department follow for allocating resources among technologies of 
disparate maturity and potential time to impact? How many technology 
options should the Department pursue, and how should the value of that 
diversity be weighed against timeliness, scale, and cost- 
effectiveness? How can DOE be more effective at each stage of the 
innovation chain? Are technology targets (e.g., cost or deployment 
targets) useful markers to orient and structure DOE activities?
    E. Public/Private Partnership. What are the optimal roles for the 
private sector, government laboratories, and academia in accelerating 
PEV technology innovation? How can DOE best coordinate activities 
between and among these types of organizations (including the wide 
variety of institutions within each class)? How should we gauge the 
effectiveness of this coordination? How can the basic research and 
applied research and development coupling be optimized? Are there 
examples in other sectors or other countries that can serve as models? 
Are ``technology user facilities'' analogous to the Department's 
scientific user facilities possible, or even desirable? If so, what 
would be the most effective model for their operation? How can the 
Department best gather technology market information? How can 
information on private sector innovation be captured without 
compromising competitive advantage?
    G. Non-Technical Barriers. A number of non-technical barriers--
including Federal, State, and local regulations, market risks, and non-
technical risks--impact the rate of deployment of PEV technologies. 
What role, if any, should the Department have in addressing these 
barriers?
    H. Technologies and Resources. The initial framing document 
published in association with this announcement describes each of the 
three scenarios mentioned in part B in greater detail, and highlights 
several technologies that could contribute to success in each strategy. 
We welcome updated technology, cost, and forecast data.
    The Department also welcomes comment on the format and tone of the 
framing document as well as identification of any factual errors or 
omissions of relevant facts and data. The Department also welcomes any 
additional comments related to the framing document and the EV 
Everywhere Grand Challenge, generally.

Public Participation Policy

    It is the policy of the Department to ensure that public 
participation is an integral and effective part of DOE activities, and 
that decisions are made with the benefit of significant public input 
and perspectives.
    The Department recognizes the many benefits to be derived from 
public participation for both stakeholders and DOE. Public 
participation provides a means for DOE to gather a diverse collection 
of opinions, perspectives, and values from the broadest spectrum of the 
public, enabling the Department to make more informed decisions. Public 
participation benefits stakeholders by creating an opportunity to 
provide input on decisions that affect their communities and our 
Nation.
    In keeping with the President's commitment to transparency in 
Government, DOE will post online at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/ all submissions received from external parties in 
response to this request for comment. In addition, DOE will discuss 
this framing document and the submissions received

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from external parties with advisory committees, public information 
exchanges, and expert discussion groups.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 16, 2012.
Patrick B. Davis,
Program Manager, Vehicle Technologies Program, Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2012-21242 Filed 8-27-12; 8:45 am]
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