Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-922); Comment Request, 64495-64496 [2012-25817]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 204 / Monday, October 22, 2012 / Notices Issued at Washington, DC, on October 15, 2012. LaTanya R. Butler, Acting Deputy Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–25907 Filed 10–19–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of Open Teleconference. AGENCY: This notice announces a teleconference call of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– 463; 86 Stat.770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register. DATES: Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 3:30–4:00 p.m. (EST). To receive the call-in number and passcode, please contact the Board’s Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the address or phone number listed below. 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[FR Doc. 2012–25906 Filed 10–19–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. AD12–8–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–922); Comment Request Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Comment request. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 USC 3507(a)(1)(D), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting the new information collection FERC–922, ‘‘Performance Metrics in Regions Outside ISOs and RTOs,’’ 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 12832, 3/2/2012) requesting public comments. FERC received a comment from Edison Electric Institute (EEI) regarding the burden estimate as discussed further below. FERC also received comments on the specific metrics. These latter comments are summarized and addressed in the Commission Staff Report. The Commission Staff Report can be obtained via the Commission’s eLibrary system (at http://www.ferc.gov/docsfiling/elibrary.asp) by searching under Docket No. AD12–8. The report will not be published in the Federal Register. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64495 Comments on the collection of information are due by November 21, 2012. DATES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by FERC–922, 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. AD12–8–000, 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–922, Performance Metrics in Regions outside ISOs and RTOs. OMB Control No.: To be determined. Type of Request: Approval of a new information collection. Abstract: The collection of information requires those public utilities outside of ISOs and RTOs that choose to participate to provide information responding to the attached metrics on a periodic basis. This includes the submission of price data and information relating to reliability, transmission planning, requests for service, and system capacity. The information submitted by participating utilities would be used to help develop a common set of metrics for both ISO/ RTO markets and non-ISO/RTO markets, and for evaluating market performance thereafter. The Chairman has reviewed the proposed metrics and has determined ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\22OCN1.SGM 22OCN1 64496 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 204 / Monday, October 22, 2012 / Notices that the metrics and data gathered thereunder are necessary. These requirements conform to the Commission’s need for efficient information collection, communication, and management within the energy industry. The Chairman is assured, by means of internal review, that there is specific, objective support for the burden estimates associated with the information collection requirements. Type of Respondents: Participants in Non-ISO/RTO markets. Comment on Burden Estimate: In its solicitation for comments, Commission Staff estimated the public reporting burden for participating utilities to be approximately 140 hours per respondent for each report. Comment EEI asserts that the response time could be as high as 300–400 hours. Response Commission Staff will adjust the burden estimate based on EEI’s high estimate of 300–400 hours. Commission Staff considers EEI’s estimate to reflect the most time that it would take an entity to respond to the metrics. While Commission Staff recognizes that this report requires additional metrics and narrative discussions, Commission Staff nevertheless continues to conclude that 140 hours still represents a reasonable estimate of the burden, since much of the data required should be readily available to the responding utilities. However, in recognition of the fact that the burden will vary from entity to entity, we will revise our estimate to 245 hours per respondent, which is the mid-point between these estimates. Estimate of Annual Burden: 1 Commission Staff estimates the total Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as: Number of respondents annually Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total annual burden hours (1) (2) (3) (1)×(2)×(3) Metrics Data Collection .................................................................................... Write Performance Analysis ............................................................................ Management Review ....................................................................................... ........................ 11 ........................ ........................ 1 ........................ 140 85 20 1,540 935 220 Total .......................................................................................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ 2,695 FERC–922 requirements Cost to Comply: Commission Staff has projected the cost of compliance to be $184,460. Technical Expertise = $168,300 (1,540 hours data collection + 935 hours report completion @ $68 per hour). Management Review = $17,160 (220 hours report review @ $78 per hour). Cost per hour figures are calculated using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data.2 The technical expertise category factors in the median wage for an engineer, analyst, attorney and economist. The management category factors in the median wage for general and operations managers. Based on BLS data,3 both cost figures have been adjusted to include benefits (benefits represent 29.5% of the total hourly figure). Dated: October 15, 2012. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2012–25817 Filed 10–19–12; 8:45 am] wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with BILLING CODE 6717–01–P 1 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 15:00 Oct 19, 2012 Jkt 229001 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 14421–000] Freedom Falls, LLC; Notice of Application Ready for Environmental Analysis and Soliciting Comments, Recommendations, and Terms and Conditions, and Establishing an Expedited Schedule for Processing 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. b. Project No.: 14421–000. c. Date filed: June 1, 2012. d. Applicant: Freedom Falls, LLC. e. Name of Project: Freedom Falls Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: On Sandy Stream, in the Town of Freedom, Waldo County, Maine. The project would not occupy lands of the United States. g. Filed Pursuant to: Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, 16 U.S.C. 2705, 2708. h. Applicant Contact: Anthony P. Grassi, Freedom Falls, LLC, 363 Belfast Road, Camden, ME 04843, (207) 236– 4663. explanation of what is included in the information collection burden, see 5 CFR 1320.3 (2012). 2 See http://bls.gov/oes/current/ naics3_221000.htm. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 i. FERC Contact: Samantha Davidson, (202) 502–6839 or samantha.davidson@ferc.gov. j. Deadline for filing comments, recommendations, and terms and conditions: Due to the small size and particular location of this project and the close coordination with state and federal agencies during the preparation of the application, the 60-day timeframe in 18 CFR 4.34(b) for filing comments, recommendations, and terms and conditions is shortened. Instead, comments, recommendations, and terms and conditions will be due 30 days from the issuance date of this notice. All reply comments must be filed with the Commission within 45 days from the issuance date of this notice. All documents may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ ferconline.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov; call toll3 See http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ ecec.nr0.htm. E:\FR\FM\22OCN1.SGM 22OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. AD12-8-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-922); 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, 44 USC 3507(a)(1)(D), the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting the new information 
collection FERC-922, ``Performance Metrics in Regions Outside ISOs and 
RTOs,'' 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 12832, 3/2/2012) requesting public 
comments. FERC received a comment from Edison Electric Institute (EEI) 
regarding the burden estimate as discussed further below. FERC also 
received comments on the specific metrics. These latter comments are 
summarized and addressed in the Commission Staff Report. The Commission 
Staff Report can be obtained via the Commission's eLibrary system (at 
http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp) by searching under Docket 
No. AD12-8. The report will not be published in the Federal Register.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by November 
21, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by FERC-922, 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. AD12-8-000, 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-922, Performance Metrics in Regions outside ISOs and 
RTOs.
    OMB Control No.: To be determined.
    Type of Request: Approval of a new information collection.
    Abstract: The collection of information requires those public 
utilities outside of ISOs and RTOs that choose to participate to 
provide information responding to the attached metrics on a periodic 
basis. This includes the submission of price data and information 
relating to reliability, transmission planning, requests for service, 
and system capacity. The information submitted by participating 
utilities would be used to help develop a common set of metrics for 
both ISO/RTO markets and non-ISO/RTO markets, and for evaluating market 
performance thereafter.
    The Chairman has reviewed the proposed metrics and has determined

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that the metrics and data gathered thereunder are necessary. These 
requirements conform to the Commission's need for efficient information 
collection, communication, and management within the energy industry. 
The Chairman is assured, by means of internal review, that there is 
specific, objective support for the burden estimates associated with 
the information collection requirements.
    Type of Respondents: Participants in Non-ISO/RTO markets.
    Comment on Burden Estimate: In its solicitation for comments, 
Commission Staff estimated the public reporting burden for 
participating utilities to be approximately 140 hours per respondent 
for each report.

Comment

    EEI asserts that the response time could be as high as 300-400 
hours.

Response

    Commission Staff will adjust the burden estimate based on EEI's 
high estimate of 300-400 hours. Commission Staff considers EEI's 
estimate to reflect the most time that it would take an entity to 
respond to the metrics. While Commission Staff recognizes that this 
report requires additional metrics and narrative discussions, 
Commission Staff nevertheless continues to conclude that 140 hours 
still represents a reasonable estimate of the burden, since much of the 
data required should be readily available to the responding utilities. 
However, in recognition of the fact that the burden will vary from 
entity to entity, we will revise our estimate to 245 hours per 
respondent, which is the mid-point between these estimates.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \1\ Commission Staff estimates the total 
Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as:
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    \1\ 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, see 5 CFR 1320.3 (2012).

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                                                 Number of        Number of      Average burden
            FERC-922 requirements               respondents     responses per      hours per       Total annual
                                                  annually        respondent        response       burden hours
                                                         (1)              (2)              (3)      (1)x(2)x(3)
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Metrics Data Collection.....................  ...............  ...............             140            1,540
Write Performance Analysis..................              11                1               85              935
Management Review...........................  ...............  ...............              20              220
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    Total...................................  ...............  ...............  ...............           2,695
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    Cost to Comply: Commission Staff has projected the cost of 
compliance to be $184,460.
    Technical Expertise = $168,300 (1,540 hours data collection + 935 
hours report completion @ $68 per hour).
    Management Review = $17,160 (220 hours report review @ $78 per 
hour).
    Cost per hour figures are calculated using Bureau of Labor 
Statistics (BLS) data.\2\ The technical expertise category factors in 
the median wage for an engineer, analyst, attorney and economist. The 
management category factors in the median wage for general and 
operations managers. Based on BLS data,\3\ both cost figures have been 
adjusted to include benefits (benefits represent 29.5% of the total 
hourly figure).
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    \2\ See http://bls.gov/oes/current/naics3_221000.htm.
    \3\ See http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.nr0.htm.

    Dated: October 15, 2012.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
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