Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-604 and FERC-923); Consolidated Comment Request; Extension, 54574-54575 [2016-19469]

Download as PDF 54574 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 158 / Tuesday, August 16, 2016 / Notices 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. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. Ic16–14–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–604 and FERC–923); Consolidated Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of information collections and request for comments. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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 October 17, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC16–14–000) 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/submissionguide.asp. For user assistance, contact FERC Online Support by email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or by phone SUMMARY: FERC–604, Cash Management Agreements OMB Control No.: 1902–0267. Abstract: Cash management or ‘‘money pool’’ programs typically concentrate affiliates’ cash assets in joint accounts for the purpose of providing financial flexibility and lowering the cost of borrowing. In a 2001 investigation, FERC staff found that balances in cash management programs affecting FERC-regulated entities totaled approximately $16 billion. Additionally, other investigations revealed large transfers of funds (amounting to more than $1 billion) between regulated pipeline affiliates and non-regulated parents whose financial conditions were precarious. The Commission found that these and other fund transfers and the enormous (mostly unregulated) pools of money in cash management programs could detrimentally affect regulated rates. To protect customers and promote transparency, the Commission issued Order 634–A (2003) requiring entities to formalize in writing and file with the Commission their cash management agreements. At that time, the Commission obtained OMB clearance for this new reporting requirement under the FERC–555 information collection (OMB Control No. 1902– 0098). Now, the Commission includes these reporting requirements for cash management agreements under the FERC–604 information collection (OMB Control No. 1902–0267). The Commission implemented these reporting requirements in 18 CFR parts 141.500, 260.400, and 357.5. Type of Respondent: Public utilities, natural gas companies, and oil pipeline companies. Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as: FERC–604—CASH MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response 2 Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1)*(2) = (3) (4) (3)*(4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) 1.5 hrs.; $111.75 ............................... 37.5 hrs.; $2,793.75 .......................... asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 25 .................. 1 25 FERC–923, Communication of Operational Information Between Natural Gas Pipelines and Electric Transmission Operators Abstract: In 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) revised its regulations to provide explicit authority to interstate natural gas pipelines and public utilities OMB Control No.: 1902–0265. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Aug 15, 2016 Jkt 238001 111.75 that own, operate, or control facilities used for the transmission of electric energy in interstate commerce to voluntarily share non-public, operational information with each other information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. 2 The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $74.50 per Hour = Average Cost per Response. The Commission staff believes that the industry’s level and skill set is comparable to FERC’s with an average hourly cost (wages plus benefits) of $74.50. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 158 / Tuesday, August 16, 2016 / Notices for the purpose of promoting reliable service and operational planning on either the pipeline’s or public utility’s system. This helps ensure the reliability of natural gas pipeline and public utility transmission service by permitting transmission operators to share the information with each other that they deem necessary to promote the reliability and integrity of their systems. FERC removed actual or perceived prohibitions to the information sharing and communications between industry entities. The communications of information are not and will not be submitted to FERC. Rather, the nonpublic information is shared voluntarily between industry entities. FERC does not prescribe the content, medium, format, or frequency for the information 54575 sharing and communications. Those decisions are made by the industry entities, depending on their needs and the situation. Type of Respondent: Natural gas pipelines and public utilities. Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as: FERC–923—COMMUNICATION OF OPERATIONAL INFORMATION BETWEEN NATURAL GAS PIPELINES AND ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION OPERATORS Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response 3 Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1)*(2) = (3) (4) (3)*(4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) Public Utility Transmission Operator, communications. Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines, communications. 4 164 12 1,968 0.5 hrs.; $37.25 .. 984 hrs.; $73,308 ...... 447 155 12 1,860 0.5 hrs.; $37.25 .. 930 hrs.; $69,285 ...... 447 Total ................................. ........................ ........................ 3,828 ............................ 1,914 hrs.; $142,593 Dated: August 10, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–19469 Filed 8–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 14522–001] asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FFP Project 132, LLC; Notice of Intent To File License Application, Filing of Pre-Application Document, and Approving Use of the Traditional Licensing Process a. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File License Application and Request to Use the Traditional Licensing Process. b. Project No.: 14522–001. c. Date Filed: June 22, 2016. d. Submitted by: Rye Development, LLC on behalf of FFP Project 132, LLC. e. Name of Project: Allegheny Lock and Dam 7 Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: At the existing Army Corps of Engineers’ Allegheny Lock and Dam 7 on the Allegheny River in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania near the Borough of Kittanning. The project would occupy United States lands administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 3 The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $74.50 per Hour = Average Cost per Response. The Commission staff believes that the industry’s level and skill set is comparable to VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Aug 15, 2016 Jkt 238001 ........................ g. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR 5.3 of the Commission’s regulations. h. Applicant Contact: Kellie Doherty, Rye Development, LLC, 745 Atlantic Avenue, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02111; ( ) 846–0042, extension 100; email— kellie@rydevelopment.com. i. FERC Contact: Nick Ettema at (202) 502–6565; or email at nicholas.ettema@ ferc.gov. j. FFP Project 132, LLC filed its request to use the Traditional Licensing Process on June 22, 2016. FFP Project 132, LLC provided public notice of its request on June 25, 2016 and June 27 through July 1, 2016. In a letter dated August 10, 2016, the Director of the Division of Hydropower Licensing approved FFP Project 132, LLC’s request to use the Traditional Licensing Process. k. With this notice, we are initiating informal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and the joint agency regulations thereunder at 50 CFR, Part 402; and NOAA Fisheries under section 305(b) of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and implementing regulations at 50 CFR 600.920. We are also initiating consultation with the Pennsylvania 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 FFP Project 132, LLC as the Commission’s non-federal representative for carrying out informal consultation pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and section 305(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; and consultation pursuant to section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. m. FFP Project 132, LLC filed a PreApplication Document (PAD; including a proposed process plan and schedule) with the Commission, 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. o. Register online at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via FERC’s with an average hourly cost (wages plus benefits) of $74.50. 4 The estimate for the number of respondents is based on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Compliance Registry as of July 29, 2016, minus the Transmission Operators within ERCOT. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 158 (Tuesday, August 16, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. Ic16-14-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-604 and FERC-
923); Consolidated Comment Request; Extension

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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, 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 October 17, 
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2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC16-14-
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-604, Cash Management Agreements

    OMB Control No.: 1902-0267.
    Abstract: Cash management or ``money pool'' programs typically 
concentrate affiliates' cash assets in joint accounts for the purpose 
of providing financial flexibility and lowering the cost of borrowing.
    In a 2001 investigation, FERC staff found that balances in cash 
management programs affecting FERC-regulated entities totaled 
approximately $16 billion. Additionally, other investigations revealed 
large transfers of funds (amounting to more than $1 billion) between 
regulated pipeline affiliates and non-regulated parents whose financial 
conditions were precarious. The Commission found that these and other 
fund transfers and the enormous (mostly unregulated) pools of money in 
cash management programs could detrimentally affect regulated rates.
    To protect customers and promote transparency, the Commission 
issued Order 634-A (2003) requiring entities to formalize in writing 
and file with the Commission their cash management agreements. At that 
time, the Commission obtained OMB clearance for this new reporting 
requirement under the FERC-555 information collection (OMB Control No. 
1902-0098). Now, the Commission includes these reporting requirements 
for cash management agreements under the FERC-604 information 
collection (OMB Control No. 1902-0267). The Commission implemented 
these reporting requirements in 18 CFR parts 141.500, 260.400, and 
357.5.
    Type of Respondent: Public utilities, natural gas companies, and 
oil pipeline companies.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden for the information collection as:

                                      FERC-604--Cash Management Agreements
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                        Annual number                    Average burden &        Total annual        Cost per
      Number of         of responses    Total number    cost per  response     burden hours  &      respondent
     respondents       per respondent   of responses            \2\           total annual cost         ($)
(1)                               (2)   (1)*(2) = (3)  (4).................  (3)*(4) = (5)......       (5) / (1)
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25...................               1              25  1.5 hrs.; $111.75...  37.5 hrs.;                   111.75
                                                                              $2,793.75.
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FERC-923, Communication of Operational Information Between Natural Gas 
Pipelines and Electric Transmission Operators
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    \2\ The estimates for cost per response are derived using the 
following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $74.50 per 
Hour = Average Cost per Response. The Commission staff believes that 
the industry's level and skill set is comparable to FERC's with an 
average hourly cost (wages plus benefits) of $74.50.
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    OMB Control No.: 1902-0265.
    Abstract: In 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC 
or Commission) revised its regulations to provide explicit authority to 
interstate natural gas pipelines and public utilities that own, 
operate, or control facilities used for the transmission of electric 
energy in interstate commerce to voluntarily share non-public, 
operational information with each other

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for the purpose of promoting reliable service and operational planning 
on either the pipeline's or public utility's system. This helps ensure 
the reliability of natural gas pipeline and public utility transmission 
service by permitting transmission operators to share the information 
with each other that they deem necessary to promote the reliability and 
integrity of their systems. FERC removed actual or perceived 
prohibitions to the information sharing and communications between 
industry entities. The communications of information are not and will 
not be submitted to FERC. Rather, the non-public information is shared 
voluntarily between industry entities. FERC does not prescribe the 
content, medium, format, or frequency for the information sharing and 
communications. Those decisions are made by the industry entities, 
depending on their needs and the situation.
    Type of Respondent: Natural gas pipelines and public utilities.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden for the information collection as:
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    \3\ The estimates for cost per response are derived using the 
following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $74.50 per 
Hour = Average Cost per Response. The Commission staff believes that 
the industry's level and skill set is comparable to FERC's with an 
average hourly cost (wages plus benefits) of $74.50.
    \4\ The estimate for the number of respondents is based on the 
North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Compliance 
Registry as of July 29, 2016, minus the Transmission Operators 
within ERCOT.

                  FERC-923--Communication of Operational Information Between Natural Gas Pipelines and Electric Transmission Operators
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                                                  Annual number
                                    Number of     of responses    Total number    Average burden  & cost   Total annual  burden hours  &     Cost per
                                   respondents   per respondent   of responses       per  response \3\           total annual cost        respondent ($)
                                            (1)             (2)   (1)*(2) = (3)  (4).....................  (3)*(4) = (5)................       (5) / (1)
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Public Utility Transmission             \4\ 164              12           1,968  0.5 hrs.; $37.25........  984 hrs.; $73,308............             447
 Operator, communications.
Interstate Natural Gas                      155              12           1,860  0.5 hrs.; $37.25........  930 hrs.; $69,285............             447
 Pipelines, communications.
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    Total......................  ..............  ..............           3,828  ........................  1,914 hrs.; $142,593.........  ..............
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    Dated: August 10, 2016.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-19469 Filed 8-15-16; 8:45 am]
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