Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-598, FERC-716); Consolidated Comment Request; Extension, 68424-68426 [2014-27056]

Download as PDF 68424 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 221 / Monday, November 17, 2014 / Notices the Small Business Administration (SBA) to maintain information about SBIR/STTR awards issued through the two programs. This data will be provided by DOE based on information collected from SBIR/STTR awardees. This data will be used by DOE, SBA, and Congress to assess the commercial impact of these two programs; (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,500; (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 2,500; (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 2,500; (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: $120,000. Statutory Authority: Section 9 of the Small Business Act, as amended, codified at 15 U.S.C. 638(g). Issued in Washington, DC, on November 10, 2014. Manny Oliver, SBIR/STTR Programs Director, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2014–27134 Filed 11–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC15–1–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–598, FERC–716); Consolidated Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Notice of information collections 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 requirements and burden 1 of the information collections described below. DATES: Comments on the collections of information are due January 16, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC15–1–000) by either of the following methods: • eFiling at Commission’s Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ efiling.asp asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: 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 further explanation of what is included in the information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Nov 14, 2014 Jkt 235001 • Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Please reference the specific collection number and/or title in your comments. 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: Type of Request: Three-year extension of the information collection requirements for all collections described below with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Please note that each collection is distinct from the next. Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collections of information are 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 estimates of the burden and cost of the collections of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collections; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collections of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. FERC–598, Self-Certification for Entities Seeking Exempt Wholesale Generator Status or Foreign Utility Company Status OMB Control No.: 1902–0166. Abstract: The Commission uses the data in the FERC–598 information collection to implement the statutory provisions of Title XII, subchapter F of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005).2 2 Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109–58, 119 Stat. 594 (2005) PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 EPAct 2005 repealed the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 (PUHCA 1935) in its entirety, and adopted in its place the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 (PUHCA 2005). This change enabled the Commission to exempt from the requirements of PUHCA 2005 the holding companies that hold responsibility over wholesale generators from PUHCA 2005 on a case-by-case basis. The Commission amended its regulations (in Order No. 667 3) to add procedures for self-certification by entities seeking exempt wholesale generator (EWG) and Foreign Utility Company (FUCO) status. This selfcertification is similar to the process available to entities that seek qualifying facility status. An EWG is a ‘‘person engaged directly, or indirectly through one or more affiliates . . . and exclusively in the business of owning or operating, or both owning and operating, all or part of one or more eligible facilities and selling electric energy at wholesale.’’ 4 A FUCO is a company that ‘‘owns or operates facilities that are not located in any state and that are used for the generation, transmission, or distribution of electric energy for sale or the distribution at retail of natural or manufactured gas for heat, light, or power, if such company: (1) Derives no part of its income, directly or indirectly, from the generation, transmission, or distribution of electric energy for sale or the distribution at retail of natural or manufactured gas for heat, light, or power, within the United States; and (2) neither the company nor any of its subsidiary companies is a public-utility company operating in the United States.’’ An EWG, FUCO, or its representative seeking to self-certify its status must file with the Commission a notice of selfcertification demonstrating that it satisfies the definition of EWG or FUCO. In the case of EWGs, the person filing a notice of self-certification must also file a copy of the notice of selfcertification with the state regulatory authority of the state in which the facility is located and that person must also represent to the Commission in its submission that it has filed a copy of the notice with the appropriate state regulatory authority.5 3 Repeal of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 and Enactment of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, 70 FR 75592 (2005), order on rehearing, Order 667–A, 71 FR 28446 (2006), order on rehearing, Order 667–B, 71 FR 42750 (2006), order on rehearing, Order 667–C, 118 FERC 61133 (2007). 4 18 CFR 366.1. 5 18 CFR 366.7. E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 221 / Monday, November 17, 2014 / Notices Submission of the information collected by FERC–598 is necessary for the Commission to carry out its responsibilities under EPAct 2005.6 The Commission implements its responsibilities through the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 18 Part 366. These filing requirements are mandatory for entities seeking to selfcertify their EWG or FUCO status. Type of Respondent: EWGs and FUCOs. 68425 Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as: FERC–598 (SELF-CERTIFICATION FOR ENTITIES SEEKING EXEMPT WHOLESALE GENERATOR STATUS OR FOREIGN UTILITY COMPANY STATUS) Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response 7 Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) EWGs/FUCOs .......................................... 102 1 102 FERC–716, Good Faith Requests for Transmission Service and Good Faith Responses by Transmitting Utilities Under Sections 211(a) and 213(a) of the Federal Power Act (FPA) 8 if the negotiations between the transmission requestor and the transmitting utility are unsuccessful. For the initial process, the information is not filed with the Commission. However, the request and response may be analyzed as a part of a Section 211 action. The Commission may order transmission services under the authority of FPA 211. The Commission’s regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 18 CFR 2.20, provide standards by which the Commission determines if and when a valid good faith request for transmission has been made under OMB Control No.: 1902–0170. Abstract: The Commission uses the information collected under the requirements of FERC–716 to implement the statutory provisions of Sections 211 and Section 213 of the Federal Power Act as amended and added by the Energy Policy Act 1992. FERC–716 also includes the requirement to file a Section 211 request 6 $423 612 $43,146 $423 section 211 of the FPA. By developing the standards, the Commission sought to encourage an open exchange of data with a reasonable degree of specificity and completeness between the party requesting transmission services and the transmitting utility. As a result, 18 CFR 2.20 identifies 12 components of a good faith estimate and 5 components of a reply to a good faith request. Type of Respondent: Transmission Requestors and Transmitting Utilities Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as: FERC–716 (GOOD FAITH REQUESTS FOR TRANSMISSION SERVICE AND GOOD FAITH RESPONSES BY TRANSMITTING UTILITIES UNDER SECTIONS 211(a) AND 213(a) OF THE FEDERAL POWER ACT (FPA)) Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response 9 Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) Information exchange between parties .... 3 1 3 100 $7050 300 $21,150 $7050 Application submitted to FERC if parties’ negotiations are unsuccessful .............. 3 1 3 2.5 $176.25 7.5 $528.75 $176.25 ........................ ........................ 6 ........................ 307.5 $21,678.75 $7,226.25 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Total .................................................. 6 42 U.S.C. 16451 et seq. estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $70.50 per Hour = Average Cost per Response. The cost per hour figure is the FERC average salary plus benefits. Subject matter experts found that industry employment costs closely 7 The VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Nov 14, 2014 Jkt 235001 resemble FERC’s regarding the FERC–598 information collection. 8 Previously titled ‘‘Transmission Services (Good Faith Request, Response by Transmitting Utility, and Application) under Sections 211 and 213a of the Federal Power Act’’. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 9 The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $70.50 per Hour = Average Cost per Response. The cost per hour figure is the FERC average salary plus benefits. Subject matter experts found that industry employment costs closely resemble FERC’s regarding the FERC–716 information collection. E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1 68426 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 221 / Monday, November 17, 2014 / Notices Dated: November 7, 2014. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–27056 Filed 11–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RD14–12–000] Proposed Agency Information Collection Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) invites public comment in Docket No. RD14–12–000 on a proposed change to a collection of information that the Commission is developing for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. SUMMARY: Comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before January 16, 2015. DATES: Comments, identified by docket number, may be filed in the following ways: • Electronic Filing through http:// www.ferc.gov. Documents created electronically using word processing asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Nov 14, 2014 Jkt 235001 software should be filed in native applications or print-to-PDF format and not in a scanned format. • Mail/Hand Delivery: Those unable to file electronically may mail or handdeliver an original of their comments to: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. 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: The proposed information collection changes in Docket No. RD14–12–000 relate to the proposed Reliability Standards FAC–001–2 (Facility Interconnection Requirements) and FAC–002–2 (Facility Interconnection Studies), developed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and submitted to the Commission for approval. The Commission received NERC’s petition to approve the proposed Reliability Standards on August 22, 2014. NERC summarizes the FAC group of standards as follows: The Facility Design, Connections, and Maintenance (‘‘FAC’’) Reliability Standards address topics such as facility interconnection requirements, facility ratings, system operating limits, and transfer capabilities.1 In its petition, NERC also summarizes the proposed Reliability Standards’ applicability and requirements: Proposed Reliability Standard FAC–001–2 requires that Transmission Owners and applicable Generator Owners document and make Facility interconnection requirements available so that entities seeking to interconnect have the necessary information. Proposed Reliability Standard FAC–002–2 ensures that the reliability impact of interconnecting new or materially modified Facilities is studied. Collectively, proposed Reliability Standards FAC–001–2 and FAC– 002–2 ensure that there is appropriate coordination and communication regarding the interconnection of Facilities, which improves the reliability of the Bulk-Power System.2 Finally, NERC also states that the proposed Reliability Standards improve 1 NERC 2 Id. PO 00000 Petition at 3. at 3. Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 reliability, clarify requirement language and eliminate redundant or unnecessary requirements.3 Burden Statement: Commission staff analyzed the proposed and currently enforced Reliability Standards and has concluded that proposed Reliability Standards merely clarify or eliminate redundancies and thus, the information collection requirements have not changed. Accordingly, the net overall burden and respondent universe 4 remain unchanged, when compared to the burden of the existing standards being replaced.5 The Commission intends to submit a request for approval to OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) related to the proposed Reliability Standards. For PRA purposes, the information collection requirements in proposed Reliability Standards FAC–001–2 and FAC–002–2 are identified as FERC– 725D and OMB Control Number 1902– 0247. The annual reporting burden for the implementation of Reliability Standards FAC–001–2 and FAC–002–2 is estimated as follows. 3 Id. at 4. affected entities for FAC–001–2 are Transmission Owners (TO) and applicable Generator Owners (GO). The affected entities for FAC–002–2 are Transmission Planners (TP), Planning Coordinators (PC), Generator Owners (GO), Transmission Owners (TO), Distribution Providers (DP), and Load-Serving Entities (LSE). Note that Planning Coordinator (PC) is the new name for Planning Authority—a term still used in NERC’s Compliance Registry. 5 The burden for the preceding versions of the standards being replaced was included in: (a) FERC–725M (OMB Control No. 1902–0263) for FAC–001–1, and (b) FERC–725A (OMB Control No. 1902–0244) for FAC–002–1. 6 The number of respondents is based on the NERC Compliance Registry as of September 24, 2014. Although 2,163 entities are registered as TO, DP, LSE, or GO, we expect at the most 216 entities (ten percent) will seek to interconnect and go through the study phase that may require coordination in any given year. 7 The estimates for cost per hour are derived as follows: • $72.92/hour, the average of the salary plus benefits for a manager ($84.96/hour) and an electrical engineer ($60.87/hour), from Bureau of Labor and Statistics at http://bls.gov/oes/current/ naics3_221000.htm, as of 9/4/2014 • $29.01/hour, based on a Commission staff study of record retention burden cost. 4 The E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC15-1-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-598, FERC-
716); Consolidated Comment Request; Extension

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of information collections and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: 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 
requirements and burden \1\ of the information collections described 
below.
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    \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 further explanation of what is included in the 
information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal 
Regulations 1320.3.

DATES: Comments on the collections of information are due January 16, 
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2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC15-1-
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.
    Please reference the specific collection number and/or title in 
your comments.
    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: 
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the information collection 
requirements for all collections described below with no changes to the 
current reporting requirements. Please note that each collection is 
distinct from the next.
    Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collections of 
information are 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 estimates of the 
burden and cost of the collections of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility and clarity of the information collections; and 
(4) ways to minimize the burden of the collections of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.

FERC-598, Self-Certification for Entities Seeking Exempt Wholesale 
Generator Status or Foreign Utility Company Status

    OMB Control No.: 1902-0166.
    Abstract: The Commission uses the data in the FERC-598 information 
collection to implement the statutory provisions of Title XII, 
subchapter F of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005).\2\
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    \2\ Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109-58, 119 Stat. 594 
(2005)
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    EPAct 2005 repealed the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 
(PUHCA 1935) in its entirety, and adopted in its place the Public 
Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 (PUHCA 2005). This change enabled 
the Commission to exempt from the requirements of PUHCA 2005 the 
holding companies that hold responsibility over wholesale generators 
from PUHCA 2005 on a case-by-case basis. The Commission amended its 
regulations (in Order No. 667 \3\) to add procedures for self-
certification by entities seeking exempt wholesale generator (EWG) and 
Foreign Utility Company (FUCO) status. This self-certification is 
similar to the process available to entities that seek qualifying 
facility status.
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    \3\ Repeal of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 and 
Enactment of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, 70 FR 
75592 (2005), order on rehearing, Order 667-A, 71 FR 28446 (2006), 
order on rehearing, Order 667-B, 71 FR 42750 (2006), order on 
rehearing, Order 667-C, 118 FERC 61133 (2007).
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    An EWG is a ``person engaged directly, or indirectly through one or 
more affiliates . . . and exclusively in the business of owning or 
operating, or both owning and operating, all or part of one or more 
eligible facilities and selling electric energy at wholesale.'' \4\ A 
FUCO is a company that ``owns or operates facilities that are not 
located in any state and that are used for the generation, 
transmission, or distribution of electric energy for sale or the 
distribution at retail of natural or manufactured gas for heat, light, 
or power, if such company: (1) Derives no part of its income, directly 
or indirectly, from the generation, transmission, or distribution of 
electric energy for sale or the distribution at retail of natural or 
manufactured gas for heat, light, or power, within the United States; 
and (2) neither the company nor any of its subsidiary companies is a 
public-utility company operating in the United States.''
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    \4\ 18 CFR 366.1.
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    An EWG, FUCO, or its representative seeking to self-certify its 
status must file with the Commission a notice of self-certification 
demonstrating that it satisfies the definition of EWG or FUCO. In the 
case of EWGs, the person filing a notice of self-certification must 
also file a copy of the notice of self-certification with the state 
regulatory authority of the state in which the facility is located and 
that person must also represent to the Commission in its submission 
that it has filed a copy of the notice with the appropriate state 
regulatory authority.\5\
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    \5\ 18 CFR 366.7.

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    Submission of the information collected by FERC-598 is necessary 
for the Commission to carry out its responsibilities under EPAct 
2005.\6\ The Commission implements its responsibilities through the 
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 18 Part 366. These filing 
requirements are mandatory for entities seeking to self-certify their 
EWG or FUCO status.
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    \6\ 42 U.S.C. 16451 et seq.
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    Type of Respondent: EWGs and FUCOs.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden for the information collection as:

                 FERC-598 (Self-Certification for Entities Seeking Exempt Wholesale Generator Status or Foreign Utility Company Status)
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                                                                                                              Average      Total annual
                                                          Number of      Annual  number  Total number of   burden & cost  burden hours &     Cost per
                                                         respondents     of  responses      responses      per response    total annual     respondent
                                                                        per  respondent                         \7\            cost             ($)
                                                                  (1)              (2)   (1) * (2) = (3)             (4)     (3) * (4) =       (5) / (1)
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EWGs/FUCOs...........................................             102                1              102                6             612            $423
                                                                                                                    $423         $43,146
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FERC-716, Good Faith Requests for Transmission Service and Good Faith 
Responses by Transmitting Utilities Under Sections 211(a) and 213(a) of 
the Federal Power Act (FPA) \8\
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    \7\ The estimates for cost per response are derived using the 
following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $70.50 per 
Hour = Average Cost per Response. The cost per hour figure is the 
FERC average salary plus benefits. Subject matter experts found that 
industry employment costs closely resemble FERC's regarding the 
FERC-598 information collection.
    \8\ Previously titled ``Transmission Services (Good Faith 
Request, Response by Transmitting Utility, and Application) under 
Sections 211 and 213a of the Federal Power Act''.
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    OMB Control No.: 1902-0170.
    Abstract: The Commission uses the information collected under the 
requirements of FERC-716 to implement the statutory provisions of 
Sections 211 and Section 213 of the Federal Power Act as amended and 
added by the Energy Policy Act 1992. FERC-716 also includes the 
requirement to file a Section 211 request if the negotiations between 
the transmission requestor and the transmitting utility are 
unsuccessful. For the initial process, the information is not filed 
with the Commission. However, the request and response may be analyzed 
as a part of a Section 211 action. The Commission may order 
transmission services under the authority of FPA 211.
    The Commission's regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations 
(CFR), 18 CFR 2.20, provide standards by which the Commission 
determines if and when a valid good faith request for transmission has 
been made under section 211 of the FPA. By developing the standards, 
the Commission sought to encourage an open exchange of data with a 
reasonable degree of specificity and completeness between the party 
requesting transmission services and the transmitting utility. As a 
result, 18 CFR 2.20 identifies 12 components of a good faith estimate 
and 5 components of a reply to a good faith request.
    Type of Respondent: Transmission Requestors and Transmitting 
Utilities
    Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden for the information collection as:
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    \9\ The estimates for cost per response are derived using the 
following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $70.50 per 
Hour = Average Cost per Response. The cost per hour figure is the 
FERC average salary plus benefits. Subject matter experts found that 
industry employment costs closely resemble FERC's regarding the 
FERC-716 information collection.

    FERC-716 (Good Faith Requests for Transmission Service and Good Faith Responses by Transmitting Utilities Under Sections 211(a) and 213(a) of the
                                                                Federal Power Act (FPA))
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                                                                                                              Average      Total annual
                                                          Number of      Annual  number  Total number of   burden & cost  burden hours &     Cost per
                                                         respondents     of  responses      responses      per response    total annual     respondent
                                                                        per  respondent                         \9\            cost             ($)
                                                                  (1)              (2)   (1) * (2) = (3)             (4)     (3) * (4) =       (5) / (1)
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Information exchange between parties.................               3                1                3              100             300           $7050
                                                                                                                   $7050         $21,150
Application submitted to FERC if parties'                           3                1                3              2.5             7.5         $176.25
 negotiations are unsuccessful.......................                                                            $176.25         $528.75
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    Total............................................  ...............  ...............               6   ..............           307.5       $7,226.25
                                                                                                                              $21,678.75
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    Dated: November 7, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-27056 Filed 11-14-14; 8:45 am]
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