Proposed Agency Information Collection, 26543-26545 [2016-10259]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 85 / Tuesday, May 3, 2016 / Notices Description: Annual Report of Operational Imbalances and Cash-out Activity of Cameron Interstate Pipeline, LLC. Filed Date: 4/25/16. Accession Number: 20160425–5214. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/9/16. Docket Numbers: RP16–871–000. Applicants: Cameron Interstate Pipeline, LLC. Description: Annual Report of Operational Imbalances and Cash-out Activity of Cameron Interstate Pipeline, LLC. Filed Date: 4/25/16. Accession Number: 20160425–5217. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/9/16. Docket Numbers: RP16–872–000. Applicants: El Paso Natural Gas Company, L.L.C. Description: § 4(d) Rate Filing: NonConforming Negotiated Rate Service Agreement Filing (Anadarko) to be effective 5/25/2016. Filed Date: 4/25/16. Accession Number: 20160425–5292. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/9/16. Any person desiring to intervene or protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Regulations (18 CFR 385.211 and § 385.214) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. Protests may be considered, but intervention is necessary to become a party to the proceeding. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Filings in Existing Proceedings Docket Numbers: RP15–1026–001. Applicants: Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C. Description: Compliance filing MNUS Settlement Filing to be effective 5/1/ 2016. Filed Date: 4/25/16. Accession Number: 20160425–5216. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/9/16. Any person desiring to protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rule 211 of the Commission’s Regulations (18 CFR 385.211) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. The filings are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the links or querying the docket number. eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/ docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 May 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 26543 Dated: April 26, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. at DataClearance@FERC.gov, telephone at (202) 502–8663, and fax at (202) 273– 0873. [FR Doc. 2016–10257 Filed 5–2–16; 8:45 am] The Commission will submit the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of proposed Reliability Standard FAC– 003–4 (Transmission Vegetation Management) to OMB for review. Proposed Reliability Standard FAC– 003–4 replaces the requirements from the previous version of the Reliability Standard (FAC–003–3),1 which is approved under FERC–725M (Mandatory Reliability Standards: Generator Requirements at the Transmission Interface, OMB Control No. 1902–0263). Type of Request: Three-year approval of the revised FERC–725M information collection requirements with the stated changes to the current reporting and record retention requirements. Abstract: The Commission requires the information collected by the FERC– 725M to implement the statutory provisions of section 215 of the Federal Power Act (FPA).2 On August 8, 2005, Congress enacted into law the Electricity Modernization Act of 2005, which is Title XII, Subtitle A, of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005).3 EPAct 2005 added a new section 215 to the FPA, which requires a Commission-certified Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) to develop mandatory and enforceable Reliability Standards, which are subject to Commission review and approval. Once approved, the Reliability Standards may be enforced by the ERO subject to Commission oversight, or the Commission can independently enforce Reliability Standards.4 On February 3, 2006, the Commission issued Order No. 672, implementing section 215 of the FPA.5 Pursuant to Order No. 672, the Commission certified one organization, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RD16–4–000] Proposed Agency Information Collection Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) invites public comment in Docket No. RD16–4–000 on a proposed change to a collection of information (FERC–725M) 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 July 5, 2016. ADDRESSES: 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 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 DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1 Reliability Standard FAC–003–3 was approved in Order No. 785 in Docket No. RM12–16–000. Revisions to Reliability Standard for Transmission Vegetation Management, Order No. 777, 142 FERC ¶ 61,208 (2013). The associated reporting and recordkeeping requirements in FAC–003–3 were approved by OMB on Dec. 17, 2013, under FERC– 725M. 2 16 U.S.C. 824o (2012). 3 Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. 109–58, Title XII, Subtitle A, 119 Stat. 594, 941 (codified at 16 U.S.C. 824o). 4 16 U.S.C. 824o(e)(3). 5 Rules Concerning Certification of the Electric Reliability Organization; and Procedures for the Establishment, Approval, and Enforcement of Electric Reliability Standards, Order No. 672, FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,204, order on reh’g, Order No. 672–A, FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,212 (2006). E:\FR\FM\03MYN1.SGM 03MYN1 26544 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 85 / Tuesday, May 3, 2016 / Notices as the ERO.6 The Reliability Standards developed by the ERO and approved by the Commission apply to users, owners and operators of the Bulk-Power System as set forth in each Reliability Standard. On March 14, 2016, NERC filed a petition for Commission approval of proposed Reliability Standard FAC– 003–4 (Transmission Vegetation Management). NERC states in its petition that proposed Reliability Standard FAC–003–4 reflects revisions to the current Minimum Vegetation Clearance Distances (MVCDs) in Reliability Standard FAC–003–3 based on additional testing regarding the appropriate gap factor to be used to calculate clearance distances for vegetation. NERC explains that in response to the Commission’s directive as part of its approval of an earlier version of the Reliability Standard, FAC–003–2, NERC contracted with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to conduct this testing.7 As NERC notes, when the Commission approved Reliability Standard FAC–003–2, the Commission stated that ‘‘it is important that NERC develop empirical evidence that either confirms assumptions used in calculating the MVCD values based on the Gallet equation, or gives reason to revisit the Reliability Standard.’’ 8 NERC states in its petition that preliminary testing conducted by EPRI indicated that the gap factor used to calculate MVCDs should be adjusted. NERC further explains that proposed Reliability Standard FAC–003–4 proposes higher and more conservative MVCD values, and therefore maintains that these revisions will ‘‘enhance reliability and provide additional confidence by applying a more conservative approach to determining the vegetation clearing distances.’’ 9 NERC states that the revised clearances as reflected in Table 2 were moved into the text of the proposed Reliability Standard, and that MVCD values were added for elevations up to 15,000 feet, but that no other substantive changes were made to the currently-effective Reliability Standard FAC–003–3.10 Type of Respondents: Transmission Owner (TO); and Generator Owner (GO). Estimate of Annual Burden.11 The burden and cost estimates below are based on the number of transmission owners and generator owners as reflected in NERC’s current registry (i.e., updated since the Commission’s approval of earlier versions of FAC– 003). Transmission owners and applicable generator owners have a one-time burden to review and modify existing documentation, plans and procedures, as well as an ongoing burden to retain records. Our estimate of the number of respondents affected is based on the NERC Compliance Registry as of February 25, 2016. According to the Compliance Registry, NERC has registered 320 transmission owners and 940 generator owners within the United States, and we estimate that approximately 10 percent (or 94) of the registered generator owners have interconnection facilities that meet the requirements for applicability under the new standard. The estimated annual burden and cost of the new standard follow.12 FERC–725M, CHANGES DUE TO FAC–003–4 IN DOCKET NO. RD16–4–000 Number of respondents 14 Number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden hours and cost per response Total annual burden hours and cost Total annual cost per respondent (1) Requirements/ Measures 13 (2) (1)*(2)=(3) (4) (3)*(4)=(5) ($) Strategies, documentation, processes, & procedures (M3) [onetime]. Record Retention (Compliance 1.2) [ongoing]. 414 1 414 4 hrs.; $248.64 ........... 1,656 hrs.; $102,936.96 [@ $62.16/hr.]. 414 1 414 1 hr.; $31.76 ............... 414 hrs.; $13,148.64 [@$31.76/hr.]. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Total Net Change, due to RD16–4. 828 6 North American Electric Reliability Corp., 116 FERC ¶ 61,062, order on reh’g and compliance, 117 FERC ¶ 61,126 (2006), order on compliance, 118 FERC ¶ 61,190, order on reh’g, 119 FERC ¶ 61,046 (2007), aff’d sub nom. Alcoa Inc. v. FERC, 564 F.3d 1342 (D.C. Cir. 2009). 7 NERC Petition at 7 (citing Order No. 777, 142 FERC ¶ 61,208 (2013)). 8 Order No. 777, 142 FERC ¶ 61,208 at P 3. 9 NERC Petition at 3. 10 Id. at 12, and n. 37 (describing certain nonsubstantive edits to the standard and implementation plan as compared to the currentlyeffective version of the standard). 11 The Commission defines burden as the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 May 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $31.76 2,070 hrs.; $116,085.60. provide information to or for a federal agency. See 5 CFR 1320 for additional information on the definition of information collection burden. 12 The estimates for cost per hour (for salary plus benefits) are derived from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ figures for May 2015 (at http:// www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics2_22.htm#11-0000 and benefits [updated March 10, 2016] at http:// www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.nr0.htm), as follows: • $62.16/hour for salary plus benefits [based on the average for an electrical engineer (code 17– 2071, at $64.20/hour), a first-line supervisor of forestry workers (code 45–1011, at $33.34/hour), and a manager (code 11–0000, at $88.94/hour)] • $31.76/hour, salary plus benefits for an information and record clerk (code 43–4000). PO 00000 $248.64 13 The Order in Docket No. RD16–4 does not modify the following requirements. However, due to normal fluctuations in industry, the number of respondents (TOs and GOs), in the submittal to OMB will be updated as follows. • The Quarterly Reporting (Compliance 1.4) is required of 102 respondents (94 GOs and 8 Regional Entities), rather than 96 respondents. • The requirements for Annual Vegetation Inspection Document (M6), annual vegetation work plan (M7), evidence of management of vegetation (M1 and M2), confirmed vegetation condition (M4), and corrective action (M5) are required of 94 respondents (rather than 88). 14 We estimate a total of 414 respondents (320 TOs and 94 GOs) are affected. E:\FR\FM\03MYN1.SGM 03MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 85 / Tuesday, May 3, 2016 / Notices Dated: April 26, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. above list. They are also available for electronic review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an eSubscription link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. [FR Doc. 2016–10259 Filed 5–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. ER16–1398–001] Dated: April 26, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Provision Power & Gas, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes Request for Blanket Section 204 Authorization [FR Doc. 2016–10258 Filed 5–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P This is a supplemental notice in the above-referenced proceeding of Provision Power & Gas, LLC‘s application for market-based rate authority, with an accompanying rate tariff, noting that such application includes a request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest should file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Anyone filing a motion to intervene or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant. Notice is hereby given that the deadline for filing protests with regard to the applicant’s request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability, is May 16, 2016. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper, using the FERC Online links at http:// www.ferc.gov. To facilitate electronic service, persons with Internet access who will eFile a document and/or be listed as a contact for an intervenor must create and validate an eRegistration account using the eRegistration link. Select the eFiling link to log on and submit the intervention or protests. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the intervention or protest to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filings in the above-referenced proceeding are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the appropriate link in the VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 May 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 10624–025] French Paper Company; Notice of Intent To File License Application, Filing of Pre-Application Document (Pad), Commencement of Pre-Filing Process, and Scoping; Request for Comments on the Pad and Scoping Document, and Identification of Issues and Associated Study Requests a. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File License Application for a New License and Commencing Pre-filing Process. b. Project No.: 10624–025. c. Dated Filed: February 26, 2016. d. Submitted By: French Paper Company. e. Name of Project: French Paper Project. f. Location: The French Paper Project is located on the St. Joseph River in the City of Niles, Michigan. The project does not occupy federal land. g. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR part 5 of the Commission’s Regulations. h. Potential Applicant Contact: Shane Fenske, Vice President of Operations, French Paper Company, 100 French Street, Niles, Michigan 49120; (269) 683–1100; fenske@frenchpaper.com. i. FERC Contact: Jay Summers at (202) 502–8764 or email at jay.summers@ ferc.gov. j. Cooperating agencies: Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies with jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to environmental issues that wish to cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document should follow the instructions for filing such requests described in paragraph o below. Cooperating agencies should note the PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26545 Commission’s policy that agencies that cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document cannot also intervene. See 94 FERC ¶ 61,076 (2001). k. With this notice, we are initiating informal consultation with: (a) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or NOAA Fisheries under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and the joint agency regulations thereunder at 50 CFR part 402 and (b) the State Historic Preservation Officer, as required by section 106, National Historic Preservation Act, and the implementing regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation at 36 CFR 800.2. l. With this notice, we are designating French Paper Company as the Commission’s non-federal representative for carrying out informal consultation, pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. m. French Paper Company filed with the Commission a Pre-Application Document (PAD; including a proposed process plan and schedule), pursuant to 18 CFR 5.6 of the Commission’s regulations. n. A copy of the PAD is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site (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 Online Support at FERCONlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in paragraph h. Register online at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filing and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. o. With this notice, we are soliciting comments on the PAD and Commission’s staff Scoping Document 1 (SD1), as well as study requests. All comments on the PAD and SD1, and study requests should be sent to the address above in paragraph h. In addition, all comments on the PAD and SD1, study requests, requests for cooperating agency status, and all communications to and from Commission staff related to the merits of the potential application must be filed with the Commission. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file all documents using the Commission’s E:\FR\FM\03MYN1.SGM 03MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 85 (Tuesday, May 3, 2016)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. RD16-4-000]


Proposed Agency Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) invites 
public comment in Docket No. RD16-4-000 on a proposed change to a 
collection of information (FERC-725M) 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.

DATES: Comments regarding this proposed information collection must be 
received on or before July 5, 2016.

ADDRESSES: 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 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 hand-deliver 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 Commission will submit the reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements of proposed Reliability Standard FAC-003-4 
(Transmission Vegetation Management) to OMB for review. Proposed 
Reliability Standard FAC-003-4 replaces the requirements from the 
previous version of the Reliability Standard (FAC-003-3),\1\ which is 
approved under FERC-725M (Mandatory Reliability Standards: Generator 
Requirements at the Transmission Interface, OMB Control No. 1902-0263).
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    \1\ Reliability Standard FAC-003-3 was approved in Order No. 785 
in Docket No. RM12-16-000. Revisions to Reliability Standard for 
Transmission Vegetation Management, Order No. 777, 142 FERC ] 61,208 
(2013). The associated reporting and recordkeeping requirements in 
FAC-003-3 were approved by OMB on Dec. 17, 2013, under FERC-725M.
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    Type of Request: Three-year approval of the revised FERC-725M 
information collection requirements with the stated changes to the 
current reporting and record retention requirements.
    Abstract: The Commission requires the information collected by the 
FERC-725M to implement the statutory provisions of section 215 of the 
Federal Power Act (FPA).\2\ On August 8, 2005, Congress enacted into 
law the Electricity Modernization Act of 2005, which is Title XII, 
Subtitle A, of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005).\3\ EPAct 
2005 added a new section 215 to the FPA, which requires a Commission-
certified Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) to develop mandatory 
and enforceable Reliability Standards, which are subject to Commission 
review and approval. Once approved, the Reliability Standards may be 
enforced by the ERO subject to Commission oversight, or the Commission 
can independently enforce Reliability Standards.\4\
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    \2\ 16 U.S.C. 824o (2012).
    \3\ Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. 109-58, Title XII, 
Subtitle A, 119 Stat. 594, 941 (codified at 16 U.S.C. 824o).
    \4\ 16 U.S.C. 824o(e)(3).
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    On February 3, 2006, the Commission issued Order No. 672, 
implementing section 215 of the FPA.\5\ Pursuant to Order No. 672, the 
Commission certified one organization, the North American Electric 
Reliability Corporation (NERC),

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as the ERO.\6\ The Reliability Standards developed by the ERO and 
approved by the Commission apply to users, owners and operators of the 
Bulk-Power System as set forth in each Reliability Standard.
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    \5\ Rules Concerning Certification of the Electric Reliability 
Organization; and Procedures for the Establishment, Approval, and 
Enforcement of Electric Reliability Standards, Order No. 672, FERC 
Stats. & Regs. ] 31,204, order on reh'g, Order No. 672-A, FERC 
Stats. & Regs. ] 31,212 (2006).
    \6\ North American Electric Reliability Corp., 116 FERC ] 
61,062, order on reh'g and compliance, 117 FERC ] 61,126 (2006), 
order on compliance, 118 FERC ] 61,190, order on reh'g, 119 FERC ] 
61,046 (2007), aff'd sub nom. Alcoa Inc. v. FERC, 564 F.3d 1342 
(D.C. Cir. 2009).
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    On March 14, 2016, NERC filed a petition for Commission approval of 
proposed Reliability Standard FAC-003-4 (Transmission Vegetation 
Management). NERC states in its petition that proposed Reliability 
Standard FAC-003-4 reflects revisions to the current Minimum Vegetation 
Clearance Distances (MVCDs) in Reliability Standard FAC-003-3 based on 
additional testing regarding the appropriate gap factor to be used to 
calculate clearance distances for vegetation. NERC explains that in 
response to the Commission's directive as part of its approval of an 
earlier version of the Reliability Standard, FAC-003-2, NERC contracted 
with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to conduct this 
testing.\7\ As NERC notes, when the Commission approved Reliability 
Standard FAC-003-2, the Commission stated that ``it is important that 
NERC develop empirical evidence that either confirms assumptions used 
in calculating the MVCD values based on the Gallet equation, or gives 
reason to revisit the Reliability Standard.'' \8\
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    \7\ NERC Petition at 7 (citing Order No. 777, 142 FERC ] 61,208 
(2013)).
    \8\ Order No. 777, 142 FERC ] 61,208 at P 3.
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    NERC states in its petition that preliminary testing conducted by 
EPRI indicated that the gap factor used to calculate MVCDs should be 
adjusted. NERC further explains that proposed Reliability Standard FAC-
003-4 proposes higher and more conservative MVCD values, and therefore 
maintains that these revisions will ``enhance reliability and provide 
additional confidence by applying a more conservative approach to 
determining the vegetation clearing distances.'' \9\ NERC states that 
the revised clearances as reflected in Table 2 were moved into the text 
of the proposed Reliability Standard, and that MVCD values were added 
for elevations up to 15,000 feet, but that no other substantive changes 
were made to the currently-effective Reliability Standard FAC-003-
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    \9\ NERC Petition at 3.
    \10\ Id. at 12, and n. 37 (describing certain non-substantive 
edits to the standard and implementation plan as compared to the 
currently-effective version of the standard).
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    Type of Respondents: Transmission Owner (TO); and Generator Owner 
(GO).
    Estimate of Annual Burden.\11\ The burden and cost estimates below 
are based on the number of transmission owners and generator owners as 
reflected in NERC's current registry (i.e., updated since the 
Commission's approval of earlier versions of FAC-003).
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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. See 5 CFR 1320 for additional information on the definition 
of information collection burden.
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    Transmission owners and applicable generator owners have a one-time 
burden to review and modify existing documentation, plans and 
procedures, as well as an ongoing burden to retain records. Our 
estimate of the number of respondents affected is based on the NERC 
Compliance Registry as of February 25, 2016. According to the 
Compliance Registry, NERC has registered 320 transmission owners and 
940 generator owners within the United States, and we estimate that 
approximately 10 percent (or 94) of the registered generator owners 
have interconnection facilities that meet the requirements for 
applicability under the new standard. The estimated annual burden and 
cost of the new standard follow.\12\
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    \12\ The estimates for cost per hour (for salary plus benefits) 
are derived from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics' figures for May 
2015 (at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics2_22.htm#11-0000 and 
benefits [updated March 10, 2016] at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.nr0.htm), as follows:
     $62.16/hour for salary plus benefits [based on the 
average for an electrical engineer (code 17-2071, at $64.20/hour), a 
first-line supervisor of forestry workers (code 45-1011, at $33.34/
hour), and a manager (code 11-0000, at $88.94/hour)]
     $31.76/hour, salary plus benefits for an information 
and record clerk (code 43-4000).
    \13\ The Order in Docket No. RD16-4 does not modify the 
following requirements. However, due to normal fluctuations in 
industry, the number of respondents (TOs and GOs), in the submittal 
to OMB will be updated as follows.
     The Quarterly Reporting (Compliance 1.4) is required of 
102 respondents (94 GOs and 8 Regional Entities), rather than 96 
respondents.
     The requirements for Annual Vegetation Inspection 
Document (M6), annual vegetation work plan (M7), evidence of 
management of vegetation (M1 and M2), confirmed vegetation condition 
(M4), and corrective action (M5) are required of 94 respondents 
(rather than 88).
    \14\ We estimate a total of 414 respondents (320 TOs and 94 GOs) 
are affected.

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                                          Number of       Number of                                                                        Total annual
     Requirements/ Measures \13\         respondents    responses per   Total number   Average burden hours and    Total annual burden       cost per
                                            \14\         respondent     of responses       cost per response          hours and cost        respondent
                                                  (1)             (2)     (1)*(2)=(3)  (4).....................  (3)*(4)=(5)............             ($)
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Strategies, documentation, processes,             414               1             414  4 hrs.; $248.64.........  1,656 hrs.; $102,936.96         $248.64
 & procedures (M3) [one-time].                                                                                    [@$62.16/hr.].
Record Retention (Compliance 1.2)                 414               1             414  1 hr.; $31.76...........  414 hrs.; $13,148.64             $31.76
 [ongoing].                                                                                                       [@$31.76/hr.].
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    Total Net Change, due to RD16-4..                                             828                            2,070 hrs.; $116,085.60
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    Dated: April 26, 2016.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
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