Quadrennial Energy Review: Notice of Public Meeting, 17690-17692 [2016-07170]

Download as PDF 17690 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 61 / Wednesday, March 30, 2016 / Notices DATES: to review the agenda for the meeting, please go to energy.gov/ consentbasedsiting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for further information should be sent to consentbasedsiting@ hq.doe.gov or to Michael Reim at 202– 586–2981. Updated information on this and other planned public meetings on consent based siting will be posted at energy.gov/consentbasedsiting. If you are unable to attend a public meeting or would like to further discuss ideas for consent-based siting, please request an opportunity for us to speak with you. The Department will do its best to accommodate such requests and help arrange additional opportunities to engage. To learn more about nuclear energy, nuclear waste, and ongoing technical work please go to energy.gov/ consentbasedsiting. Privacy Act: Data collected via the mechanisms listed above will not be protected from the public view in any way. Issued in Washington, DC, on March 24, 2016. Andrew Griffith, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2016–07153 Filed 3–29–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Notice of Public Meeting To Inform the Design of a Consent-Based Siting Process for Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal Facilities AGENCY: Fuel Cycle Technologies, Office of Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is implementing a consent-based siting process to establish an integrated waste management system to transport, store, and dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. In a consent-based siting approach, DOE will work with communities, tribal governments and states across the country that express interest in hosting any of the facilities identified as part of an integrated waste management system. As part of this process, the Department is hosting a series of public meetings to engage communities and individuals and discuss the development of a consentbased approach to managing our nation’s nuclear waste. A public meeting will be held in Boston, MA on June 2, 2016. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Mar 29, 2016 Jkt 238001 The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT. Informal poster sessions will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. EDT and again after 9:30 p.m. EDT. Department officials will be available to discuss consent-based siting during the poster sessions. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Hyatt Regency Boston, One Avenue De Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111. To register for this meeting and to review the agenda for the meeting, please go to energy.gov/consentbasedsiting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for further information should be sent to consentbasedsiting@ hq.doe.gov or to Michael Reim at 202– 586–2981. Updated information on this and other planned public meetings on consent based siting will be posted at energy.gov/consentbasedsiting. If you are unable to attend a public meeting or would like to further discuss ideas for consent-based siting, please request an opportunity for us to speak with you. The Department will do its best to accommodate such requests and help arrange additional opportunities to engage. To learn more about nuclear energy, nuclear waste, and ongoing technical work please go to energy.gov/ consentbasedsiting. Privacy Act: Data collected via the mechanisms listed above will not be protected from the public view in any way. Issued in Washington, DC, on March 24, 2016. Andrew Griffith, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2016–07154 Filed 3–29–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Quadrennial Energy Review: Notice of Public Meeting AGENCY: Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, Secretariat, Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of public meetings and updated meeting locations. SUMMARY: At the direction of the President, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or Department), as the Secretariat for the Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force (QER Task Force), will convene public meetings for the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, an integrated study of the U.S. electricity system from generation through end use. A mixture of panel discussions and a public PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comment period will frame multistakeholder discourse around deliberative analytical questions relating to the intersection of electricity and its role in promoting economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility. This document announces that the Atlanta meeting which was originally scheduled for March 31 will now be held on May 24. DATES: The public meetings will be held on April 15, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts at 9:30 a.m.; April 25, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah at 8:30 a.m.; May 6, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa; May 9, 2016 in Austin, Texas; May 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California; and May 24, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Written comments are welcome, especially following the public meetings, and should be submitted within 60 days of the meetings, but no later than July 1, 2016. ADDRESSES: The April 15, 2016, QER meeting in Boston will take place at the Marriott Long Wharf, Salons DEFL, 296 State Street, Boston, Massachusetts. The April 25 QER meeting in Salt Lake City will take place at Western Electricity Coordinating Council, 155 North 400 West, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, Utah. Additional QER meeting locations and addresses will be announced when they are available, in Federal Register notices and at energy.gov/qer. Between February 4, 2016 and July 1, 2016, you may submit written comments online at http://energy.gov/ qer or by U.S. mail to the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, EPSA–60, QER Meeting Comments, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Richards, EPSA–60, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585– 0121. Telephone: 202–586–0507 Email: John.Richards@Hq.Doe.Gov SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 9, 2014, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum— Establishing a Quadrennial Energy Review. To accomplish this review, the Presidential Memorandum establishes a Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force to be co-chaired by the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Under the Presidential Memorandum, the Secretary of Energy shall provide support to the Task Force, including support for coordination activities related to the preparation of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 61 / Wednesday, March 30, 2016 / Notices Report, policy analysis and modeling, and stakeholder engagement. The Quadrennial Energy Review process itself involves robust engagement of federal agencies and outside stakeholders, and further enables the federal government to translate policy goals into a set of analytically based, integrated actions for proposed investments over a four year planning horizon. Unlike traditional federal Quadrennial Review processes, the QER is conducted in a multi-year installment series to allow for more focused analysis on particular subsectors of the energy system. The initial focus for the Quadrennial Energy Review was our Nation’s transmission, storage and distribution infrastructures that link energy supplies to intermediate and end users, because these capitalintensive infrastructures tend to set supply and end use patterns, investments and practices in place for decades. On April 21, 2015, the Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force released its first Quadrennial Energy Review installment report entitled, ‘‘Energy Transmission, Storage, and Distribution Infrastructure’’. Among the issues highlighted by the analysis in the first installment of the QER were the growing dependencies of all critical infrastructures and economic sectors on electricity, as well as, the increasing interdependence of the various energy subsectors. In response to these findings, and to provide an appropriate consideration of an energy sector undergoing significant technological and regulatory change, the second installment of the QER will conduct a comprehensive review of the nation’s electricity system, from generation to end use, including a more comprehensive look at electricity transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure covered in installment one. The electricity system encompasses not just physical structures, but also a range of actors and institutions. Under this broad framing, the second installment intends to consider the roles and activities of all relevant actors, industries, and institutions integral to continuing to supply reliable and affordable electricity at a time of dramatic change in technology development. Issues to be considered in QER analyses include fuel choices, distributed and centralized generation, physical and cyber vulnerabilities, federal, state, and local policy direction, expectations of residential and commercial consumers, and a review of existing and evolving business models for a range of entities throughout the system. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Mar 29, 2016 Jkt 238001 Significant changes will be required to meet the transformational opportunities and challenges posed by our evolving electricity system. The Administration is seeking public input on key questions relating to possible federal actions that would address the challenges and take full advantage of the opportunities of this changing system to meet the Nation’s objectives of reliable, affordable and clean electricity. Over the course of 2016, the Secretariat for the Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force will hold a series of public meetings to discuss and receive comments on the issues outlined above, and well as, others, as they relate to the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review. The Department of Energy has a broad role in energy policy development and the largest role in implementing the Federal Government’s energy research and development portfolio. Many other executive departments and agencies also play key roles in developing and implementing policies governing energy resources and consumption, as well as, associated environmental impacts. In addition, non-Federal actors are crucial contributors to energy policies. Because most energy and related infrastructure is owned by private entities, investment by and engagement of, input from the private sector is necessary to develop and implement effective policies. State and local policies, the views of nongovernmental, environmental, faithbased, labor, and other social organizations, and contributions from the academic and non-profit sectors are also critical to the development and implementation of effective Federal energy policies. The interagency Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force, which includes members from all relevant executive departments and agencies, will develop an integrated review of energy policy that integrates all of these perspectives. It will build on the foundation provided in the Administration’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future of March 30, 2011, and Climate Action Plan released on June 25, 2013. The Task Force will offer recommendations on what additional actions it believes would be appropriate. These may include recommendations on additional executive or legislative actions to address the energy challenges and opportunities facing the Nation. Quadrennial Energy Review Public Meetings This document announces that the Atlanta meeting which was originally scheduled (81 FR 12885, March 11, 2016) for March 31 will now be held on May 24. The DOE will hold public PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17691 meetings on electricity from generation through end use, in the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2016 Salt Lake City, Utah, April 25, 2016 Des Moines, Iowa, May 6, 2016 Austin, Texas, May 9, 2016 Los Angeles, California, May 10, 2016 Atlanta, Georgia, May 24 2016 Each meeting will feature facilitated panel discussions, followed by an open microphone session. People who would like to speak during the open microphone session at the public meeting should come prepared to speak for no more than five minutes and will be accommodated on a first-come, firstserved basis, according to the order in which they register to speak on a signin sheet available at the meeting location, on the morning of the meeting. In advance of the meetings, DOE anticipates making publicly available a briefing memorandum providing useful background information regarding the topics under discussion at the meeting. DOE will post this memorandum on its Web site: http://energy.gov/qer. Submitting comments online. DOE will accept public comments on the QER from February 4, 2016, to July 1, 2016, at energy.gov/qer. Submitting comments online to the DOE Web site will require you to provide your name and contact information. Your contact information will be viewable to DOE staff only. Your contact information will not be publicly viewable except for your first and last names, organization name (if any), and submitter representative name (if any). Your contact information will be publicly viewable if you include it in the comment itself or in any documents attached to your comment. Any information that you do not want to be publicly viewable should not be included in your comment, nor in any document attached to your comment. Otherwise, persons viewing comments will see only first and last names, organization names, correspondence containing comments, and any documents submitted with the comments. Do not submit information for which disclosure is restricted by statute, such as trade secrets and commercial or financial information (hereinafter referred to as Confidential Business Information (CBI)). Comments submitted through the DOE Web site cannot be claimed as CBI. Comments received through the Web site will waive any CBI claims for the information submitted. For information on submitting CBI, see the Confidential Business Information section, below. If you do not want your personal contact information to be publicly E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 17692 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 61 / Wednesday, March 30, 2016 / Notices viewable, do not include it in your comment or any accompanying documents. Instead, provide your contact information in a cover letter. Include your first and last names, email address, telephone number, and optional mailing address. The cover letter will not be publicly viewable as long as it does not include any comments. Include contact information each time you submit comments, data, documents, and other information to DOE. If you submit via mail or hand delivery/ courier, please provide all items on a CD, if feasible, in which case it is not necessary to submit printed copies. No telefacsimiles (faxes) will be accepted. Comments, data, and other information submitted to DOE electronically should be provided in PDF (preferred), Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or text (ASCII) file format. Provide documents that are not secured, written in English, and are free of any defects or viruses. Documents should not contain special characters or any form of encryption and, if possible, they should carry the electronic signature of the author. Confidential Business Information. Pursuant to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that he or she believes to be confidential and exempt by law from public disclosure should submit via email, postal mail, or hand delivery/courier two well-marked copies: One copy of the document marked ‘‘confidential’’ including all the information believed to be confidential, and one copy of the document marked ‘‘non-confidential’’ with the information believed to be confidential deleted. Submit these documents via email or on a CD, if feasible. DOE will make its own determination about the confidential status of the information and treat it according to its determination. Confidential information should be submitted to the Confidential QER email address: QERConfidential@hq.doe.gov. Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat submitted information as confidential include: (1) A description of the items; (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as confidential within the industry; (3) whether the information is generally known by or available from other sources; (4) whether the information has previously been made available to others without obligation concerning its confidentiality; (5) an explanation of the competitive injury to the submitting person which would result from public disclosure; (6) when such information might lose its confidential character due to the passage of time; and (7) why disclosure VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Mar 29, 2016 Jkt 238001 of the information would be contrary to the public interest. It is DOE’s policy that all comments may be included in the public docket, without change and as received, including any personal information provided in the comments (except information deemed to be exempt from public disclosure). Issued in Washington, DC, on March 25, 2016. April Salas, QER Secretariat Director, Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force, U.S. Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2016–07170 Filed 3–29–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [OE Docket No. EA–378–A] Application To Export Electric Energy; Cargill Power Markets, LLC AGENCY: Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, DOE. ACTION: Notice of application. SUMMARY: Cargill Power Markets, LLC (Applicant or CPM) has applied to renew its authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Mexico pursuant to section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act. DATES: Comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be submitted on or before April 29, 2016. ADDRESSES: Comments, protests, motions to intervene, or requests for more information should be addressed to: Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Mail Code: OE–20, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0350. Because of delays in handling conventional mail, it is recommended that documents be transmitted by overnight mail, by electronic mail to Electricity.Exports@ hq.doe.gov, or by facsimile to 202–586– 8008. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Exports of electricity from the United States to a foreign country are regulated by the Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to sections 301(b) and 402(f) of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7151(b), 7172(f)) and require authorization under section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824a(e)). On June 1, 2011, DOE issued Order No. EA–378 to CPM, which authorized the Applicant to transmit electric energy from the United States to Mexico as a power marketer for a five-year term using existing international transmission facilities. That authority PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 expires on June 1, 2016. On March 16, 2016, the Applicant filed an application with DOE for renewal of the export authority contained in Order No. EA– 378 for an additional five-year term. In its application, CPM states that it does not own or operate any electric generation or transmission facilities, and it does not have a franchised service area. The electric energy that CPM proposes to export to Mexico would be surplus energy purchased from third parties such as electric utilities and Federal power marketing agencies pursuant to voluntary agreements. The existing international transmission facilities to be utilized by CPM have previously been authorized by Presidential permits issued pursuant to Executive Order 10485, as amended, and are appropriate for open access transmission by third parties. Procedural Matters: Any person desiring to be heard in this proceeding should file a comment or protest to the application at the address provided above. Protests should be filed in accordance with Rule 211 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Rules of Practice and Procedures (18 CFR 385.211). Any person desiring to become a party to these proceedings should file a motion to intervene at the above address in accordance with FERC Rule 214 (18 CFR 385.214). Five copies of such comments, protests, or motions to intervene should be sent to the address provided above on or before the date listed above. Comments and other filings concerning CPM’s application to export electric energy to Mexico should be clearly marked with OE Docket No. EA– 378–A. An additional copy is to be provided directly to Stephen Dvorske, Cargill Power Markets, LLC, 9350 Excelsior Blvd. MS 150, Hopkins, MN 55343. A final decision will be made on this application after the environmental impacts have been evaluated pursuant to DOE’s National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures (10 CFR part 1021) and after a determination is made by DOE that the proposed action will not have an adverse impact on the sufficiency of supply or reliability of the U.S. electric power supply system. Copies of this application will be made available, upon request, for public inspection and copying at the address provided above, by accessing the program Web site at http://energy.gov/ node/11845, or by emailing Angela Troy at Angela.Troy@hq.doe.gov. E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 61 (Wednesday, March 30, 2016)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


Quadrennial Energy Review: Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, Secretariat, 
Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice of public meetings and updated meeting locations.

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SUMMARY: At the direction of the President, the U.S. Department of 
Energy (DOE or Department), as the Secretariat for the Quadrennial 
Energy Review Task Force (QER Task Force), will convene public meetings 
for the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, an 
integrated study of the U.S. electricity system from generation through 
end use. A mixture of panel discussions and a public comment period 
will frame multi-stakeholder discourse around deliberative analytical 
questions relating to the intersection of electricity and its role in 
promoting economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental 
responsibility. This document announces that the Atlanta meeting which 
was originally scheduled for March 31 will now be held on May 24.

DATES: The public meetings will be held on April 15, 2016 in Boston, 
Massachusetts at 9:30 a.m.; April 25, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah at 
8:30 a.m.; May 6, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa; May 9, 2016 in Austin, 
Texas; May 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California; and May 24, 2016 in 
Atlanta, Georgia. Written comments are welcome, especially following 
the public meetings, and should be submitted within 60 days of the 
meetings, but no later than July 1, 2016.

ADDRESSES: The April 15, 2016, QER meeting in Boston will take place at 
the Marriott Long Wharf, Salons DEFL, 296 State Street, Boston, 
Massachusetts. The April 25 QER meeting in Salt Lake City will take 
place at Western Electricity Coordinating Council, 155 North 400 West, 
Suite 200, Salt Lake City, Utah. Additional QER meeting locations and 
addresses will be announced when they are available, in Federal 
Register notices and at http://energy.gov/qer">energy.gov/qer.
    Between February 4, 2016 and July 1, 2016, you may submit written 
comments online at http://energy.gov/qer or by U.S. mail to the Office 
of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, EPSA-60, QER Meeting Comments, 
U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20585-0121.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Richards, EPSA-60, U.S. 
Department of Energy, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, 
1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: 
202-586-0507 Email: John.Richards@Hq.Doe.Gov

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 9, 2014, President Obama issued a 
Presidential Memorandum--Establishing a Quadrennial Energy Review. To 
accomplish this review, the Presidential Memorandum establishes a 
Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force to be co-chaired by the Director 
of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Director of the 
Domestic Policy Council. Under the Presidential Memorandum, the 
Secretary of Energy shall provide support to the Task Force, including 
support for coordination activities related to the preparation of the 
Quadrennial Energy Review (QER)

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Report, policy analysis and modeling, and stakeholder engagement.
    The Quadrennial Energy Review process itself involves robust 
engagement of federal agencies and outside stakeholders, and further 
enables the federal government to translate policy goals into a set of 
analytically based, integrated actions for proposed investments over a 
four year planning horizon. Unlike traditional federal Quadrennial 
Review processes, the QER is conducted in a multi-year installment 
series to allow for more focused analysis on particular sub-sectors of 
the energy system. The initial focus for the Quadrennial Energy Review 
was our Nation's transmission, storage and distribution infrastructures 
that link energy supplies to intermediate and end users, because these 
capital-intensive infrastructures tend to set supply and end use 
patterns, investments and practices in place for decades. On April 21, 
2015, the Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force released its first 
Quadrennial Energy Review installment report entitled, ``Energy 
Transmission, Storage, and Distribution Infrastructure''. Among the 
issues highlighted by the analysis in the first installment of the QER 
were the growing dependencies of all critical infrastructures and 
economic sectors on electricity, as well as, the increasing 
interdependence of the various energy subsectors. In response to these 
findings, and to provide an appropriate consideration of an energy 
sector undergoing significant technological and regulatory change, the 
second installment of the QER will conduct a comprehensive review of 
the nation's electricity system, from generation to end use, including 
a more comprehensive look at electricity transmission, storage, and 
distribution infrastructure covered in installment one. The electricity 
system encompasses not just physical structures, but also a range of 
actors and institutions. Under this broad framing, the second 
installment intends to consider the roles and activities of all 
relevant actors, industries, and institutions integral to continuing to 
supply reliable and affordable electricity at a time of dramatic change 
in technology development. Issues to be considered in QER analyses 
include fuel choices, distributed and centralized generation, physical 
and cyber vulnerabilities, federal, state, and local policy direction, 
expectations of residential and commercial consumers, and a review of 
existing and evolving business models for a range of entities 
throughout the system.
    Significant changes will be required to meet the transformational 
opportunities and challenges posed by our evolving electricity system. 
The Administration is seeking public input on key questions relating to 
possible federal actions that would address the challenges and take 
full advantage of the opportunities of this changing system to meet the 
Nation's objectives of reliable, affordable and clean electricity. Over 
the course of 2016, the Secretariat for the Quadrennial Energy Review 
Task Force will hold a series of public meetings to discuss and receive 
comments on the issues outlined above, and well as, others, as they 
relate to the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review.
    The Department of Energy has a broad role in energy policy 
development and the largest role in implementing the Federal 
Government's energy research and development portfolio. Many other 
executive departments and agencies also play key roles in developing 
and implementing policies governing energy resources and consumption, 
as well as, associated environmental impacts. In addition, non-Federal 
actors are crucial contributors to energy policies. Because most energy 
and related infrastructure is owned by private entities, investment by 
and engagement of, input from the private sector is necessary to 
develop and implement effective policies. State and local policies, the 
views of non-governmental, environmental, faith-based, labor, and other 
social organizations, and contributions from the academic and non-
profit sectors are also critical to the development and implementation 
of effective Federal energy policies.
    The interagency Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force, which 
includes members from all relevant executive departments and agencies, 
will develop an integrated review of energy policy that integrates all 
of these perspectives. It will build on the foundation provided in the 
Administration's Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future of March 30, 
2011, and Climate Action Plan released on June 25, 2013. The Task Force 
will offer recommendations on what additional actions it believes would 
be appropriate. These may include recommendations on additional 
executive or legislative actions to address the energy challenges and 
opportunities facing the Nation.

Quadrennial Energy Review Public Meetings

    This document announces that the Atlanta meeting which was 
originally scheduled (81 FR 12885, March 11, 2016) for March 31 will 
now be held on May 24. The DOE will hold public meetings on electricity 
from generation through end use, in the following cities:

Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah, April 25, 2016
Des Moines, Iowa, May 6, 2016
Austin, Texas, May 9, 2016
Los Angeles, California, May 10, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia, May 24 2016

    Each meeting will feature facilitated panel discussions, followed 
by an open microphone session. People who would like to speak during 
the open microphone session at the public meeting should come prepared 
to speak for no more than five minutes and will be accommodated on a 
first-come, first-served basis, according to the order in which they 
register to speak on a sign-in sheet available at the meeting location, 
on the morning of the meeting. In advance of the meetings, DOE 
anticipates making publicly available a briefing memorandum providing 
useful background information regarding the topics under discussion at 
the meeting. DOE will post this memorandum on its Web site: http://
http://energy.gov/qer">energy.gov/qer.
    Submitting comments online. DOE will accept public comments on the 
QER from February 4, 2016, to July 1, 2016, at http://energy.gov/qer">energy.gov/qer. 
Submitting comments online to the DOE Web site will require you to 
provide your name and contact information. Your contact information 
will be viewable to DOE staff only. Your contact information will not 
be publicly viewable except for your first and last names, organization 
name (if any), and submitter representative name (if any). Your contact 
information will be publicly viewable if you include it in the comment 
itself or in any documents attached to your comment. Any information 
that you do not want to be publicly viewable should not be included in 
your comment, nor in any document attached to your comment. Otherwise, 
persons viewing comments will see only first and last names, 
organization names, correspondence containing comments, and any 
documents submitted with the comments.
    Do not submit information for which disclosure is restricted by 
statute, such as trade secrets and commercial or financial information 
(hereinafter referred to as Confidential Business Information (CBI)). 
Comments submitted through the DOE Web site cannot be claimed as CBI. 
Comments received through the Web site will waive any CBI claims for 
the information submitted. For information on submitting CBI, see the 
Confidential Business Information section, below.
    If you do not want your personal contact information to be publicly

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viewable, do not include it in your comment or any accompanying 
documents. Instead, provide your contact information in a cover letter. 
Include your first and last names, email address, telephone number, and 
optional mailing address. The cover letter will not be publicly 
viewable as long as it does not include any comments.
    Include contact information each time you submit comments, data, 
documents, and other information to DOE. If you submit via mail or hand 
delivery/courier, please provide all items on a CD, if feasible, in 
which case it is not necessary to submit printed copies. No 
telefacsimiles (faxes) will be accepted.
    Comments, data, and other information submitted to DOE 
electronically should be provided in PDF (preferred), Microsoft Word or 
Excel, WordPerfect, or text (ASCII) file format. Provide documents that 
are not secured, written in English, and are free of any defects or 
viruses. Documents should not contain special characters or any form of 
encryption and, if possible, they should carry the electronic signature 
of the author.
    Confidential Business Information. Pursuant to 10 CFR 1004.11, any 
person submitting information that he or she believes to be 
confidential and exempt by law from public disclosure should submit via 
email, postal mail, or hand delivery/courier two well-marked copies: 
One copy of the document marked ``confidential'' including all the 
information believed to be confidential, and one copy of the document 
marked ``non-confidential'' with the information believed to be 
confidential deleted. Submit these documents via email or on a CD, if 
feasible. DOE will make its own determination about the confidential 
status of the information and treat it according to its determination. 
Confidential information should be submitted to the Confidential QER 
email address: QERConfidential@hq.doe.gov.
    Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat 
submitted information as confidential include: (1) A description of the 
items; (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as 
confidential within the industry; (3) whether the information is 
generally known by or available from other sources; (4) whether the 
information has previously been made available to others without 
obligation concerning its confidentiality; (5) an explanation of the 
competitive injury to the submitting person which would result from 
public disclosure; (6) when such information might lose its 
confidential character due to the passage of time; and (7) why 
disclosure of the information would be contrary to the public interest. 
It is DOE's policy that all comments may be included in the public 
docket, without change and as received, including any personal 
information provided in the comments (except information deemed to be 
exempt from public disclosure).

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 25, 2016.
April Salas,
QER Secretariat Director, Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force, U.S. 
Department of Energy.
[FR Doc. 2016-07170 Filed 3-29-16; 8:45 am]
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