Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-546); Comment Request, 58115-58116 [2012-23030]

Download as PDF 58115 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 182 / Wednesday, September 19, 2012 / Notices at an average pre-subsidy non-hardware cost of $1 per watt. Winners will break this significant price barrier, considered to be unachievable a decade ago, and prove that they can repeatedly achieve a $1 per watt non-hardware cost using innovative, verifiable processes and business practices. As required by the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, the Secretary of Energy has approved this competition. Today’s notice announces the SunShot Prize and the release of prize rules. Issued in Washington DC, on September 12, 2012. Rachel Tronstein, Deputy Director, SunShot Initiative, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy . [FR Doc. 2012–23098 Filed 9–18–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC12–15–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–546); Comment Request Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. 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–546 (Certificated Filings: Gas Pipeline Rates) 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 SUMMARY: (77 FR 40438, 7/9/2012) requesting public comments. FERC received no comments on the FERC–546 and is making this notation in its submittal to OMB. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by October 19, 2012. Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 1902–0155, 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. IC12–15–000, by either of the following methods: • eFiling at Commission’s Web site: https://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: https:// 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 https://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–546, Certificated Filings: Gas Pipeline Rates. ADDRESSES: OMB Control No.: 1902–0155. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–546 information collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements. Abstract: The Commission reviews the FERC–546 materials to decide whether to determine an initial rate associated with an application for a certificate under NGA Section 7(c). It reviews FERC–546 materials in 4(f) storage applications to evaluate market power and decide whether to grant, deny, or condition market based rate authority for the applicant. The Commission uses the FERC–546 information to monitor jurisdictional transportation, natural gas storage, and unbundled sales activities of interstate natural gas pipelines and Hinshaw 1 pipelines. In addition to fulfilling the Commission’s obligations under the NGA, the FERC–546 enables the Commission to monitor the activities and evaluate transactions of the natural gas industry, ensure competitiveness, and improved efficiency of the industry’s operations. In summary, the Commission uses the FERC–546 information to: • Ensure adequate customer protections under section 4(f) of the NGA; • Review rate and tariff changes by natural gas companies for the transportation of gas, natural gas storage services; • Provide general industry oversight; • And supplement documentation during its audits process. Failure to collect this information would prevent the Commission from being able to monitor and evaluate transactions and operations of interstate pipelines and perform its regulatory functions. Type of Respondents: Pipeline companies and storage operators. Estimate of Annual Burden: 2 The Commission estimates the total Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as: FERC–546 (IC12–15–000): CERTIFICATED RATE FILINGS (GAS PIPELINE RATES) Number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden hours per response Estimated total annual burden (A) tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Number of respondents (B) (A) × (B) = (C) (D) (C) × (D) Pipeline Companies ............................................................. 1 Hinshaw pipelines are those that receive all outof-state gas from entities within or at the boundary of a state if all the natural gas so received is ultimately consumed within the state in which it is received, 15 U.S.C. 717(c). Congress concluded that Hinshaw pipelines are ‘‘matters primarily of local concern,’’ and so are more appropriately regulated VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:20 Sep 18, 2012 Jkt 226001 11 1 by pertinent state agencies rather than by FERC. The Natural Gas Act section 1(c) exempts Hinshaw pipelines from FERC jurisdiction. A Hinshaw pipeline, however, may apply for a FERC certificate to transport gas outside of state lines. 2 Burden is defined as the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11 40 440 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. E:\FR\FM\19SEN1.SGM 19SEN1 58116 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 182 / Wednesday, September 19, 2012 / Notices FERC–546 (IC12–15–000): CERTIFICATED RATE FILINGS (GAS PIPELINE RATES)—Continued 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) Storage Operators ............................................................... 2 1 2 350 700 Total .............................................................................. 13 N/A 13 N/A 1,140 rights that satisfy each of the Commission’s guidelines. The FERC–732 regulations require that transmission organizations (that are public utilities with one or more organized electricity markets) choose one of two ways to file: • File tariff sheets making long-term firm transmission rights available that are consistent with each of the guidelines established by FERC. • File an explanation describing how their existing tariffs already provide long-term firm transmission rights that are consistent with the guidelines. Additionally, the Commission requires each transmission organization to make its transmission planning and expansion procedures and plans available to the public. 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 the currently approved information collection, Electric Rate Schedules and Tariffs: Long-Term Firm Transmission Rights in Organized Electricity Markets. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due November 19, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC12–19–000) by either of the following methods: • eFiling at Commission’s Web site: https://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: https:// 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 https://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–732 and Electric Rate Schedules and Tariffs: Long-Term Firm Transmission Rights in Organized Electricity Markets. OMB Control No.:1902–0245. Type of Request: 18 CFR part 42 provides the reporting requirements of FERC–732 as they pertain to long-term transmission rights. To implement section 1233 1 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005),2 the Commission requires each transmission organization that is a public utility with one or more organized electricity markets to make available long-term firm transmission 3 2080 hours/year = 40 hours/week * 52 weeks/ year 4 Average annual salary per employee in 2012. 1 16 USC 824 et al. 2 Added new section 217 (16 USC 824Q) to the Federal Power Act (FPA). 3 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 CFR 1320.3. The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is $78,669.97 [1,140 hours ÷ 2,080 3 hours/year = 0.54807 * $143,540/year 4 = $78,669.97]. 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: September 12, 2012. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2012–23030 Filed 9–18–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. Ic12–19–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–732); Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments. AGENCY: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:20 Sep 18, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FERC–732 enables the Commission to exercise its wholesale electric rate and electric power transmission oversight and enforcement responsibilities in accordance with the FPA, the Department of Energy Organization Act (DOE Act), and EPAct 2005. The Commission intends to include the FERC–732 and all of its applicable requirements within FERC–516 (OMB Control No. 1902–0096). The Commission will ensure complete renewal (to include publishing all public notifications and receiving Office of Management and Budget approval) of FERC–732 information collection. After the collection is renewed, the Commission will seek to administratively incorporate FERC–732 information collection requirements into FERC–516. Finally, the Commission will discontinue the vacant FERC–732 information collection. Type of Respondents: Public utility with one or more organized electricity markets. Estimate of Annual Burden: 3 The Commission estimates the total Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as: E:\FR\FM\19SEN1.SGM 19SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC12-15-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-546); Comment 
Request

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

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-546 (Certificated 
Filings: Gas Pipeline Rates) 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 40438, 7/
9/2012) requesting public comments. FERC received no comments on the 
FERC-546 and is making this notation in its submittal to OMB.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by October 19, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 
1902-0155, 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. IC12-15-000, by 
either of the following methods:
     eFiling at Commission's Web site: https://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: https://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 https://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-546, Certificated Filings: Gas Pipeline Rates.
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0155.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-546 information 
collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements.
    Abstract: The Commission reviews the FERC-546 materials to decide 
whether to determine an initial rate associated with an application for 
a certificate under NGA Section 7(c). It reviews FERC-546 materials in 
4(f) storage applications to evaluate market power and decide whether 
to grant, deny, or condition market based rate authority for the 
applicant. The Commission uses the FERC-546 information to monitor 
jurisdictional transportation, natural gas storage, and unbundled sales 
activities of interstate natural gas pipelines and Hinshaw \1\ 
pipelines. In addition to fulfilling the Commission's obligations under 
the NGA, the FERC-546 enables the Commission to monitor the activities 
and evaluate transactions of the natural gas industry, ensure 
competitiveness, and improved efficiency of the industry's operations. 
In summary, the Commission uses the FERC-546 information to:
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    \1\ Hinshaw pipelines are those that receive all out-of-state 
gas from entities within or at the boundary of a state if all the 
natural gas so received is ultimately consumed within the state in 
which it is received, 15 U.S.C. 717(c). Congress concluded that 
Hinshaw pipelines are ``matters primarily of local concern,'' and so 
are more appropriately regulated by pertinent state agencies rather 
than by FERC. The Natural Gas Act section 1(c) exempts Hinshaw 
pipelines from FERC jurisdiction. A Hinshaw pipeline, however, may 
apply for a FERC certificate to transport gas outside of state 
lines.
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     Ensure adequate customer protections under section 4(f) of 
the NGA;
     Review rate and tariff changes by natural gas companies 
for the transportation of gas, natural gas storage services;
     Provide general industry oversight;
     And supplement documentation during its audits process.
    Failure to collect this information would prevent the Commission 
from being able to monitor and evaluate transactions and operations of 
interstate pipelines and perform its regulatory functions.
    Type of Respondents: Pipeline companies and storage operators.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \2\ The Commission estimates the total 
Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as:
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    \2\ 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-546 (IC12-15-000): Certificated Rate Filings (Gas Pipeline Rates)
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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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Pipeline Companies..............              11               1              11              40             440

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Storage Operators...............               2               1               2             350             700
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    Total.......................              13             N/A              13             N/A           1,140
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    The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is $78,669.97 
[1,140 hours / 2,080 \3\ hours/year = 0.54807 * $143,540/year \4\ = 
$78,669.97].
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    \3\ 2080 hours/year = 40 hours/week * 52 weeks/year
    \4\ 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: September 12, 2012.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2012-23030 Filed 9-18-12; 8:45 am]
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