Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-516a); Comment Request; Extension, 21745-21747 [2014-08754]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 74 / Thursday, April 17, 2014 / Notices federally-owned inventions, if, among other things, the agency finds that the public will be served by the granting of the license. The statute requires that no exclusive license may be granted unless public notice of the intent to grant the license has been provided, and the agency has considered all comments received in response to that public notice, before the end of the comment period. Soil Water Monitoring Systems, LLC of Kennewick, WA has applied for an exclusive license to practice the inventions embodied in U.S. Patent No. 6,752,007 and has plans for commercialization of the inventions. The exclusive license will be subject to a license and other rights retained by the U.S. Government, and other terms and conditions to be negotiated. 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Lucas, Assistant General Counsel for Technology, Transfer and Intellectual Property. [FR Doc. 2014–08802 Filed 4–16–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. Ic14–11–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–516a); Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. Notice of information collection and request for comments. ACTION: 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, [FERC–516A, ‘‘Small Generator Interconnection Agreements’’ (OMB No. 1902–2003)]. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due June 16, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC14–11–000) 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, telephone at (202) 502–8663, and fax at (202) 273– 0873. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC–516A, Standardization of Small Generator Interconnection Agreements and Procedures. OMB Control No.: 1902–0203. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the information collection requirements for FERC–516A with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: Under Sections 205 and 206 of the Federal Power Act (FPA) 1 the Commission is charged with ensuring just and reasonable electric transmission rates and charges as well as ensuring that jurisdictional providers do not subject any person to any undue prejudice or disadvantage. The lack of consistent and readily accessible terms and conditions for connecting resources to the grid led to SUMMARY: AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:28 Apr 16, 2014 Jkt 232001 1 16 PO 00000 U.S.C. 824d and 824e. Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21745 a large number of disputes between jurisdictional transmission providers and small generators 2 in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In response, the Commission directed transmission providers to include Commissionapproved, standard, pro-forma interconnection procedures (small generator interconnection procedures or SGIP) and a single uniformly applicable interconnection agreement (small generator interconnection agreement or SGIA) in their open-access transmission tariffs (OATTs). The requirement to create and file these documents was instituted August 2005 by Commission Order No. 2006 3 and is codified in 18 CFR 35.28(f). This requirement set and maintained a standard in OATTs for consistent consideration and processing of interconnection requests by transmission providers. Since the issuance of Order No. 2006, many aspects of the energy industry have changed including the growth of small generator interconnection requests 4 and the growth in solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. These changes have been driven, in part, by state renewable energy goals and policies. For example, approximately 3,300 MW of grid-connected PV capacity were installed in the U.S. in 2012 5 compared to 79 MW in 2005, the year Order No. 2006 was issued.6 In February 2012, pursuant to Sections 205 and 206 of the FPA and Rule 207 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedures,7 and noting that the Commission encouraged stakeholders to submit proposed revisions to the regulations set forth in Order No. 2006,8 the Solar Energy 2 ‘‘Small generators’’ are generating facilities having a capacity of no more than 20 megawatts (MW). 3 Standardization of Small Generation Interconnection Agreements and Procedures, Order No. 2006, 70 FR 34189 (May 12, 2005), FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶31,180 (2005). 4 See, e.g., Cal. Indep. Sys. Operator Corp., 133 FERC ¶ 61,223, at P 3 (2010) (stating that an increasing volume of small generator Interconnection Requests had created inefficiencies); Pacific Gas & Elec. Co., 135 FERC ¶ 61,094, at P 4 (2011) (stating that increased small generator Interconnection Requests resulted in a backlog of 170 requests over three years); PJM Interconnection, LLC, 139 FERC ¶ 61,079, at P 12 (2012) (stating that smaller projects comprised 66 percent of recent queue volume). 5 Sherwood, Larry, U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012 at 4, available at http://www.irecusa.org/wpcontent/uploads/2013/07/Solar-Report-Final-July2013-1.pdf. 6 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, 2012 Year in Review, Executive Summary Table 2.1, available at http://www.seia.org/research-resources/us-solarmarket-insight-2012-year-in-review. 7 18 CFR 385.207 (2012). 8 SEIA Petition at 4 (citing Order No. 2006, FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,180 at P 118). E:\FR\FM\17APN1.SGM 17APN1 21746 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 74 / Thursday, April 17, 2014 / Notices Industries Association (SEIA) filed a Petition to Initiate Rulemaking (Petition). The Petition requested the Commission revise the pro forma SGIA and SGIP set forth in Order No. 2006. SEIA asserted that the pro forma SGIP and SGIA as applied to small solar generation were no longer just and reasonable, had become unduly discriminatory, and presented unreasonable barriers to market entry.9 SEIA noted that its Petition would apply exclusively to solar electric generation due to its unique characteristics.10 In 2012 the Commission issued a Notice of Petition for Rulemaking in Docket No. RM12–10–000 and began a public process to explore SEIA’s Petition through the Commission’s formal notice and comment process as well as technical conferences. In November 2013, the Commission issued Order No. 792 to amend the pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Procedures and pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Agreement. Order No. 792: (1) Incorporates provisions that provide an Interconnection Customer with the option of requesting from the Transmission Provider a pre-application report providing existing information about system conditions at a possible Point of Interconnection; (2) revised the 2 megawatt (MW) threshold for participation in the Fast Track Process included in section 2 of the pro forma SGIP; (3) revised the customer options meeting and the supplemental review following failure of the Fast Track screens so that the supplemental review is performed at the discretion of the Interconnection Customer and includes minimum load and other screens to determine if a Small Generating Facility may be interconnected safely and reliably; (4) revised the pro forma SGIP Facilities Study Agreement to allow the Interconnection Customer the opportunity to provide written comments to the Transmission Provider on the upgrades required for interconnection; (5) revised the pro forma SGIP and the pro forma SGIA to specifically include energy storage devices; and (6) clarified certain sections of the pro forma SGIP and the pro forma SGIA. With these modifications, the Commission concluded that the package of reforms adopted in Order No. 792 will reduce the time and cost to process small generator interconnection requests for Interconnection Customers and Transmission Providers, maintain reliability, increase energy supply, and remove barriers to the development of new energy resources. Type of Respondents: Jurisdictional transmission service providers. Estimate of Annual Burden: 11 Based on filings received in 2013 and the increased burden from Order No. 792, the Commission estimates the total Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as: FERC–516A (STANDARDIZATION OF SMALL GENERATOR INTERCONNECTION AGREEMENTS AND PROCEDURES) Number of respondents annually (1) Requirements 12 Maintenance of Documents—Transmission Providers ................................. Filing of Agreements—Transmission Providers .................................................... Pre-Application Report—Interconnection Customers 14 ........................................ Pre-Application Report—Transmission Providers .............................................. Supplemental Review—Interconnection Customers ............................................ Supplemental Review—Transmission Providers .............................................. Review of Required Upgrades—Interconnection Customers .......................... Review of Required Upgrades—Transmission Providers ................................. TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Totals ................................................ 9 SEIA Total number of responses (1) * (2) = (3) ........................ 46 ........................ 1 ........................ 46 1 $72.73 46 $3,345.58 ........................ $72.73 ........................ 95 ........................ 1 ........................ 95 25 $1,818.25 2,375 $172,733.75 ........................ $1,818.25 ........................ 800 ........................ 1 ........................ 800 1 $72.73 800 $58,184 ........................ $72.73 ........................ 142 ........................ 5.63 ........................ 800 2.5 $181.83 2,000 $145,460 ........................ $1,024.37 ........................ 500 ........................ 1 ........................ 500 0.5 $35.37 250 $18,182.50 ........................ $36.37 ........................ 142 ........................ 3.52 ........................ 500 20 $1,454.60 10,000 $727,300 ........................ $5,121.83 ........................ 250 ........................ 1 ........................ 250 1 $72.73 250 $18,182.50 ........................ $72.73 ........................ 142 ........................ 1.76 ........................ 250 2 $145.46 500 $36,365 ........................ $256.09 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 3,241 ........................ ........................ 16,221 $1,179,753.33 ........................ ........................ Petition at 12. at 4 (explaining that solar generation occurs only during daylight hours when peak load typically occurs, and solar photovoltaic technology utilizes inverters with built-in functions that protect the safety and reliability of the electric system). 11 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 10 Id. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:28 Apr 16, 2014 Total annual burden hours & total annual cost (3) × (4) = (5) Annual number of responses per respondent (2) Jkt 232001 further explanation of what is included in the information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. 12 All of the requirements for transmission providers is mandatory. All of the requirements for interconnection customers is voluntary. 13 The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $71.42 per Hour = Average Cost per Response. This figure is the average of the salary PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Average burden & cost per response 13 (4) Cost per respondent ($) (5) ÷ (1) plus benefits for an attorney, consultant (engineer), engineer, and administrative staff. The wages are derived from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics at http://bls.gov/oes/current/naics3_221000.htm and the benefits figure from http://www.bls.gov/ news.release/ecec.nr0.htm. 14 We assume each request for a pre-application report corresponds with one Interconnection Customer. E:\FR\FM\17APN1.SGM 17APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 74 / Thursday, April 17, 2014 / Notices 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: April 11, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–08754 Filed 4–16–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 14604–000] TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Green Energy Storage Corp; Notice of Preliminary Permit Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Competing Applications On March 18, 2014, Green Energy Storage Corp filed an application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), proposing to study the feasibility of the Ajo Pumped Storage Project to be located off stream near the city of Ajo, Arizona. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners’ express permission. The proposed 150-megawatt closed loop pumped storage project would use the 1,200 feet of available head between a new upper reservoir and an existing open pit mine. The project consists of the following: (1) A new 35-foot-high upper dam with a total crest length of 6,000 feet, impounding an upper reservoir with a maximum storage of 1,300 acre-feet; (2) an existing open pit mine lower reservoir, with a maximum storage of 1,500 acre-feet; (3) a penstock connecting the two reservoirs consisting of a 200-foot-long, 12-foot-diameter steel pipe and a 1,150-foot-long, 12-foot- VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:28 Apr 16, 2014 Jkt 232001 diameter vertical shaft; (4) two 75megawatt pump/turbines; (5) a 2,200foot-long, 14-foot-diameter draft tube, extending from the turbines to the lower reservoir; (6) a new 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line extending about 36 miles from the project’s substation to an existing 115-kV transmission line owned by Arizona Public Service; and (7) appurtenant facilities. The estimated average energy production of the project would be 400 gigawatt hours. Applicant Contact: Charles Gresham, Green Energy Storage Company, 14747 N 87th Ln., Peoria, AZ 85381, Telephone (602) 478–9161 FERC Contact: Jim Fargo; phone: (202) 502–6095. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications: 60 days from the issuance of this notice. Competing applications and notices of intent must meet the requirements of 18 CFR 4.36. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and competing applications using the Commission’s eFiling system at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.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, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket number P–14604–000. More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link of Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (P–14604) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Dated: April 10, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–08667 Filed 4–16–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21747 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP14–4–001] Texas Eastern Transmission, LP; Notice of Application Take notice that on April 7, 2014, Texas Eastern Transmission, (Texas Eastern), having its principal place of business at 5400 Westheimer Court, Houston, Texas, 77056, filed an application in Docket No. CP14–4–001 pursuant to Section 7(b) and Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA), and Part 157 of the Commission’s regulations, for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct its Emerald Longwall Mine Project. On October 10, 2013, Texas Eastern filed an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (Docket No. CP14–4–000), and had received an Order Issuing Certificate and Approving Abandonment on January 29, 2014. The January 29 Order authorized the excavation, elevation, replacement and abandonment of certain pipeline and appurtenant facilities due to the anticipated longwall mining activities of Panel D1 of Emerald Coal Resources, LP’s (Emerald) coal mine in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Emerald has since informed Texas Eastern that, in addition to Panel D1, mining activities are now anticipated at Emerald’s Panel D2 and are expected to impact Texas Eastern beginning the first quarter of 2015. The Texas Eastern facilities to be impacted by potential ground subsidence resulting from longwall mining activities at Panel D2 are sections of the same pipelines, immediately east of Lines 1, 2, 10, 15 and 25, that were described in the January 29 Order related to Panel D1. Texas Eastern proposes to excavate, elevate, replace, and/or abandon by removal certain sections of five different pipelines and appurtenant facilities located in Greene County, Pennsylvania, all as more fully set forth in the application, which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. This filing may also be viewed on the web at 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 at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (886) 208–3676 or TYY, (202) 502–8659. Any questions regarding this application should be directed to Lisa A. Connolly, General Manager, Rates E:\FR\FM\17APN1.SGM 17APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. Ic14-11-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-516a); Comment 
Request; Extension

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

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, [FERC-516A, ``Small 
Generator Interconnection Agreements'' (OMB No. 1902-2003)].

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due June 16, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC14-11-
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-516A, Standardization of Small Generator 
Interconnection Agreements and Procedures.
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0203.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the information collection 
requirements for FERC-516A with no changes to the current reporting 
requirements.
    Abstract: Under Sections 205 and 206 of the Federal Power Act (FPA) 
\1\ the Commission is charged with ensuring just and reasonable 
electric transmission rates and charges as well as ensuring that 
jurisdictional providers do not subject any person to any undue 
prejudice or disadvantage.
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    \1\ 16 U.S.C. 824d and 824e.
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    The lack of consistent and readily accessible terms and conditions 
for connecting resources to the grid led to a large number of disputes 
between jurisdictional transmission providers and small generators \2\ 
in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In response, the Commission directed 
transmission providers to include Commission-approved, standard, pro-
forma interconnection procedures (small generator interconnection 
procedures or SGIP) and a single uniformly applicable interconnection 
agreement (small generator interconnection agreement or SGIA) in their 
open-access transmission tariffs (OATTs). The requirement to create and 
file these documents was instituted August 2005 by Commission Order No. 
2006 \3\ and is codified in 18 CFR 35.28(f). This requirement set and 
maintained a standard in OATTs for consistent consideration and 
processing of interconnection requests by transmission providers.
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    \2\ ``Small generators'' are generating facilities having a 
capacity of no more than 20 megawatts (MW).
    \3\ Standardization of Small Generation Interconnection 
Agreements and Procedures, Order No. 2006, 70 FR 34189 (May 12, 
2005), FERC Stats. & Regs. ]31,180 (2005).
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    Since the issuance of Order No. 2006, many aspects of the energy 
industry have changed including the growth of small generator 
interconnection requests \4\ and the growth in solar photovoltaic (PV) 
installations. These changes have been driven, in part, by state 
renewable energy goals and policies. For example, approximately 3,300 
MW of grid-connected PV capacity were installed in the U.S. in 2012 \5\ 
compared to 79 MW in 2005, the year Order No. 2006 was issued.\6\
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    \4\ See, e.g., Cal. Indep. Sys. Operator Corp., 133 FERC ] 
61,223, at P 3 (2010) (stating that an increasing volume of small 
generator Interconnection Requests had created inefficiencies); 
Pacific Gas & Elec. Co., 135 FERC ] 61,094, at P 4 (2011) (stating 
that increased small generator Interconnection Requests resulted in 
a backlog of 170 requests over three years); PJM Interconnection, 
LLC, 139 FERC ] 61,079, at P 12 (2012) (stating that smaller 
projects comprised 66 percent of recent queue volume).
    \5\ Sherwood, Larry, U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012 at 4, 
available at http://www.irecusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Solar-Report-Final-July-2013-1.pdf.
    \6\ U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, 2012 Year in Review, 
Executive Summary Table 2.1, available at http://www.seia.org/research-resources/us-solar-market-insight-2012-year-in-review.
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    In February 2012, pursuant to Sections 205 and 206 of the FPA and 
Rule 207 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedures,\7\ and 
noting that the Commission encouraged stakeholders to submit proposed 
revisions to the regulations set forth in Order No. 2006,\8\ the Solar 
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Industries Association (SEIA) filed a Petition to Initiate Rulemaking 
(Petition). The Petition requested the Commission revise the pro forma 
SGIA and SGIP set forth in Order No. 2006. SEIA asserted that the pro 
forma SGIP and SGIA as applied to small solar generation were no longer 
just and reasonable, had become unduly discriminatory, and presented 
unreasonable barriers to market entry.\9\ SEIA noted that its Petition 
would apply exclusively to solar electric generation due to its unique 
characteristics.\10\
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    \7\ 18 CFR 385.207 (2012).
    \8\ SEIA Petition at 4 (citing Order No. 2006, FERC Stats. & 
Regs. ] 31,180 at P 118).
    \9\ SEIA Petition at 12.
    \10\ Id. at 4 (explaining that solar generation occurs only 
during daylight hours when peak load typically occurs, and solar 
photovoltaic technology utilizes inverters with built-in functions 
that protect the safety and reliability of the electric system).
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    In 2012 the Commission issued a Notice of Petition for Rulemaking 
in Docket No. RM12-10-000 and began a public process to explore SEIA's 
Petition through the Commission's formal notice and comment process as 
well as technical conferences.
    In November 2013, the Commission issued Order No. 792 to amend the 
pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Procedures and pro forma 
Small Generator Interconnection Agreement.
    Order No. 792: (1) Incorporates provisions that provide an 
Interconnection Customer with the option of requesting from the 
Transmission Provider a pre-application report providing existing 
information about system conditions at a possible Point of 
Interconnection; (2) revised the 2 megawatt (MW) threshold for 
participation in the Fast Track Process included in section 2 of the 
pro forma SGIP; (3) revised the customer options meeting and the 
supplemental review following failure of the Fast Track screens so that 
the supplemental review is performed at the discretion of the 
Interconnection Customer and includes minimum load and other screens to 
determine if a Small Generating Facility may be interconnected safely 
and reliably; (4) revised the pro forma SGIP Facilities Study Agreement 
to allow the Interconnection Customer the opportunity to provide 
written comments to the Transmission Provider on the upgrades required 
for interconnection; (5) revised the pro forma SGIP and the pro forma 
SGIA to specifically include energy storage devices; and (6) clarified 
certain sections of the pro forma SGIP and the pro forma SGIA.
    With these modifications, the Commission concluded that the package 
of reforms adopted in Order No. 792 will reduce the time and cost to 
process small generator interconnection requests for Interconnection 
Customers and Transmission Providers, maintain reliability, increase 
energy supply, and remove barriers to the development of new energy 
resources.
    Type of Respondents: Jurisdictional transmission service providers.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \11\ Based on filings received in 2013 
and the increased burden from Order No. 792, the Commission estimates 
the total Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as:
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    \11\ 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.
    \12\ All of the requirements for transmission providers is 
mandatory. All of the requirements for interconnection customers is 
voluntary.
    \13\ The estimates for cost per response are derived using the 
following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $71.42 per 
Hour = Average Cost per Response. This figure is the average of the 
salary plus benefits for an attorney, consultant (engineer), 
engineer, and administrative staff. The wages are derived from the 
Bureau of Labor and Statistics at http://bls.gov/oes/current/naics3_221000.htm and the benefits figure from http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.nr0.htm.
    \14\ We assume each request for a pre-application report 
corresponds with one Interconnection Customer.

                                FERC-516A (Standardization of Small Generator Interconnection Agreements and Procedures)
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                                                                                                                           Total  annual
                                                                          Annual  number   Total  number      Average      burden hours
                                                             Number of     of  responses   of  responses  burden &  cost      & total        Cost per
                    Requirements \12\                       respondents         per         (1) * (2) =    per  response    annual cost     respondent
                                                           annually (1)   respondent (2)        (3)          \13\  (4)      (3) x (4) =   ($)  (5) / (1)
                                                                                                                                (5)
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Maintenance of Documents--Transmission Providers........  ..............  ..............  ..............               1              46  ..............
                                                                      46               1              46          $72.73       $3,345.58          $72.73
Filing of Agreements--Transmission Providers............  ..............  ..............  ..............              25           2,375  ..............
                                                                      95               1              95       $1,818.25     $172,733.75       $1,818.25
Pre-Application Report--Interconnection Customers \14\..  ..............  ..............  ..............               1             800  ..............
                                                                     800               1             800          $72.73         $58,184          $72.73
Pre-Application Report--Transmission Providers..........  ..............  ..............  ..............             2.5           2,000  ..............
                                                                     142            5.63             800         $181.83        $145,460       $1,024.37
Supplemental Review--Interconnection Customers..........  ..............  ..............  ..............             0.5             250  ..............
                                                                     500               1             500          $35.37      $18,182.50          $36.37
Supplemental Review--Transmission Providers.............  ..............  ..............  ..............              20          10,000  ..............
                                                                     142            3.52             500       $1,454.60        $727,300       $5,121.83
Review of Required Upgrades--Interconnection Customers..  ..............  ..............  ..............               1             250  ..............
                                                                     250               1             250          $72.73      $18,182.50          $72.73
Review of Required Upgrades--Transmission Providers.....  ..............  ..............  ..............               2             500  ..............
                                                                     142            1.76             250         $145.46         $36,365         $256.09
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    Totals..............................................  ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............          16,221  ..............
                                                          ..............  ..............           3,241  ..............   $1,179,753.33  ..............
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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: April 11, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-08754 Filed 4-16-14; 8:45 am]
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