Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-715); Comment Request; Extension, 53877-53878 [2012-21664]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 171 / Tuesday, September 4, 2012 / Notices Dated: August 13, 2012. For the Department of Energy. Anne M. Harrington, Deputy Administrator, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. [FR Doc. 2012–21686 Filed 8–31–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC12–16–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–715); Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, Annual Transmission Planning and Evaluation Report. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due November 5, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC12–16–000) 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:// SUMMARY: 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–715: Annual Transmission Planning and Evaluation Report. OMB Control No.: 1902–0171. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–715 information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: Acting under FPA Section 213,1 FERC requires each transmitting utility that operates integrated transmission system facilities rated above 100 kilovolts (kV) to submit annually: • Contact information for the FERC– 715; • Base case power flow data (if it does not participate in the development and use of regional power flow data); • Transmission system maps and diagrams used by the respondent for transmission planning; • A detailed description of the transmission planning reliability criteria used to evaluate system performance for time frames and planning horizons used in regional and corporate planning; • A detailed description of the respondent’s transmission planning assessment practices (including, but not 53877 limited to, how reliability criteria are applied and the steps taken in performing transmission planning studies); and • A detailed evaluation of the respondent’s anticipated system performance as measured against its stated reliability criteria using its stated assessment practices. The FERC–715 enables the Commission to use the information as part of their regulatory oversight functions which includes: • The review of rates and charges; • The disposition of jurisdictional facilities; • The consolidation and mergers; • The adequacy of supply and; • Reliability of nation’s transmission grid. The FERC–715 enables the Commission to facilitate and resolve transmission disputes. Additionally, the Office of Electric Reliability (OER) uses the FERC–715 data to help protect and improve the reliability and security of the nation’s bulk power system. OER oversees the development and review of mandatory reliability and security standards and ensures compliance with the approved standards by the users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system. OER also monitors and addresses issues concerning the nation’s bulk power system including assessments of resource adequacy and reliability. Without the FERC–715 data, the Commission would be unable to evaluate planned projects or requests related to transmission. Type of Respondents: Integrated transmission system facilities rated at or above 100 kilovolts (kV). Estimate of Annual Burden 2: The Commission estimates the total Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as: FERC–715—(IC12–16–000)—ANNUAL TRANSMISSION PLANNING AND EVALUATION REPORT Number of responses per respondent (B) Total number of responses (A) × (B) = (C) Average burden hours per response (D) Estimated total annual burden (C) × (D) 110 ........................................................................................... tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Number of respondents (A) 1 110 160 17,600 The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is $1,214,569.23 [17,600 hours ÷ 2080 hours per year = 8.46153 * $143,540/year = $1,214,569.23] 1 16 U.S.C. 824l. Commission defines burden as the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by 2 The VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:02 Aug 31, 2012 Jkt 226001 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; 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. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\04SEN1.SGM 04SEN1 53878 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 171 / Tuesday, September 4, 2012 / Notices 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 28, 2012. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2012–21664 Filed 8–31–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC12–17–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–714); Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 USC 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, Annual Electric Balancing Authority Area and Planning Area Report. SUMMARY: Comments on the collection of information are due November 5, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. [IC12–17– 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: 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–714: Annual Electric Balancing Authority Area and Planning Area Report. DATES: OMB Control No.: 1902–0140. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–714 information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: The Federal Power Act authorizes the Commission to collect information from electric utility balancing authorities and planning areas in the United States. 18 CFR 141.51 mandates the data collection. The Commission uses the collected data to analyze power system operations along with its regulatory functions. These analyses estimate the effect of changes in power system operations resulting from the installation of a new generating unit or plant, transmission facilities, energy transfers between systems, and/or new points of interconnections. Also, these analyses serve to correlate rates and charges, assess reliability and other operating attributes in regulatory proceedings, monitor market trends and behaviors, and determine the competitive impacts of proposed mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions. Type of Respondents: Electric utilities operating balancing authority areas and planning areas with annual peak demand over 200 MW. Estimate of Annual Burden 1: The Commission estimates the total Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as: FERC—714 (IC12–17–000)—ANNUAL ELECTRIC BALANCING AUTHORITY AREA AND PLANNING AREA REPORT Number of responses per respondent (B) Total number of responses (A) × (B) = (C) Average burden hours per response (D) Estimated total annual burden (C) × (D) 219 ........................................................................................... tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Number of respondents (A) 1 219 87 19,053 The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is $1,314,839.32 [19,053 hours ÷ 2080 hours/year 2 = 9.16009 * $143,540/year 3 = $1,314,839.32] 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 1 The Commission defines burden 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:02 Aug 31, 2012 Jkt 226001 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. [FR Doc. 2012–21665 Filed 8–31–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P further explanation of what is included in the information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 14447–000] L.S. Starrett Company; Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission and Soliciting Additional Study Requests Dated: August 28, 2012. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection. a. Type of Application: Exemption from Licensing. 2 2080 hours = 52 weeks * 40 hours per week (i.e. 1 year of full-time employment). 3 Average salary plus benefits per full-time equivalent employee. E:\FR\FM\04SEN1.SGM 04SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 171 (Tuesday, September 4, 2012)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21664]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC12-16-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-715); Comment 
Request; Extension

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the 
currently approved information collection, Annual Transmission Planning 
and Evaluation Report.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due November 5, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC12-16-
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-715: Annual Transmission Planning and Evaluation 
Report.
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0171.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-715 information 
collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting 
requirements.
    Abstract: Acting under FPA Section 213,\1\ FERC requires each 
transmitting utility that operates integrated transmission system 
facilities rated above 100 kilovolts (kV) to submit annually:
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    \1\ 16 U.S.C. 824l.
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     Contact information for the FERC-715;
     Base case power flow data (if it does not participate in 
the development and use of regional power flow data);
     Transmission system maps and diagrams used by the 
respondent for transmission planning;
     A detailed description of the transmission planning 
reliability criteria used to evaluate system performance for time 
frames and planning horizons used in regional and corporate planning;
     A detailed description of the respondent's transmission 
planning assessment practices (including, but not limited to, how 
reliability criteria are applied and the steps taken in performing 
transmission planning studies); and
     A detailed evaluation of the respondent's anticipated 
system performance as measured against its stated reliability criteria 
using its stated assessment practices.
    The FERC-715 enables the Commission to use the information as part 
of their regulatory oversight functions which includes:
     The review of rates and charges;
     The disposition of jurisdictional facilities;
     The consolidation and mergers;
     The adequacy of supply and;
     Reliability of nation's transmission grid.
    The FERC-715 enables the Commission to facilitate and resolve 
transmission disputes. Additionally, the Office of Electric Reliability 
(OER) uses the FERC-715 data to help protect and improve the 
reliability and security of the nation's bulk power system. OER 
oversees the development and review of mandatory reliability and 
security standards and ensures compliance with the approved standards 
by the users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system. OER also 
monitors and addresses issues concerning the nation's bulk power system 
including assessments of resource adequacy and reliability.
    Without the FERC-715 data, the Commission would be unable to 
evaluate planned projects or requests related to transmission.
    Type of Respondents: Integrated transmission system facilities 
rated at or above 100 kilovolts (kV).
    Estimate of Annual Burden \2\: The Commission estimates the total 
Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as:
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    \2\ The Commission defines burden 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-715--(IC12-16-000)--Annual Transmission Planning and Evaluation Report
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                                       Number of        Total number of     Average burden      Estimated total
    Number of respondents (A)        responses per      responses (A) x        hours per      annual  burden (C)
                                    respondent (B)         (B) = (C)         response (D)            x (D)
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110.............................                  1                 110                 160              17,600
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    The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is 
$1,214,569.23 [17,600 hours / 2080 hours per year = 8.46153 * $143,540/
year = $1,214,569.23]
    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;

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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 28, 2012.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2012-21664 Filed 8-31-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6717-01-P