Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-549b); Comment Request, 35774-35776 [2017-16076]

Download as PDF 35774 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 146 / Tuesday, August 1, 2017 / Notices using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number (i.e., CD17–16) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, call toll-free 1–866–208–3676 or email FERCOnline Support@ferc.gov. For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Dated: July 25, 2017. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–16080 Filed 7–31–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY This filing is accessible online at http://www.ferc.gov, using the eLibrary link and is available for 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. Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 21, 2017. Dated: July 26, 2017. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FR Doc. 2017–16164 Filed 7–31–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P Medallion Pipeline Company, LLC; Notice of Petition For Declaratory Order mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. OR17–18–000] DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Take notice that on July 21, 2017, pursuant to Rule 207(a)(2) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission) Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.207(a)(2) (2016), Medallion Pipeline Company, LLC (Medallion), filed a petition for a declaratory order seeking approval of the overall tariff and rate structure, and open-season procedures for Medallion’s proposed Wolfcamp Connector expansion and Howard Lateral expansion to transport crude oil from Midland Basin in West Texas to Colorado City Hub, as more fully explained in the petition. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. Anyone filing a motion to intervene or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Petitioner. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the eFiling link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:13 Jul 31, 2017 Jkt 241001 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC17–11–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–549b); Comment Request Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy. ACTION: Comment request. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting its information collection [FERC–549B (Gas Pipeline Rates: Capacity Reports and Index of Customers)] to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review of the information collection requirements. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. The Commission previously issued a Notice in the Federal Register (82 FR 18635, 4/20/ 2017) requesting public comments. The Commission received one comment on the FERC–549B and is making this notation in its submittal to OMB. The sole comment, however, does not pertain to this information collection and is immaterial to the renewal effort for the FERC–549B.1 DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by August 31, 2017. ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. SUMMARY: 1 The comment can be found here: https:// elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/OpenNat.asp? fileID=14615693. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1902–0169, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: oira_submission@omb.gov. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be reached via telephone at 202–395–0710. A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in Docket No. IC17–11–000, by either of the following methods: • eFiling at Commission’s Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling .asp. • Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at: http:// www.ferc.gov/help/submissionguide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support by email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or by phone at: (866) 208–3676 (toll-free), or (202) 502–8659 for TTY. Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docsfiling/docs-filing.asp. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at DataClearance@FERC.gov, by telephone at (202) 502–8663, and by fax at (202) 273–0873. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC–549B (Gas Pipeline Rates: Capacity Reports and Index of Customers). OMB Control No.: 1902–0169. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–549B information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: The information collected under the requirements of FERC–549B includes both the Index of Customers (IOC) report under Commission regulations at 18 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 284.13(c) and three capacity reporting requirements. One of these is in Commission regulations at 18 CFR 284.13(b) and requires reports on firm and interruptible services. The second is at 18 CFR 284.13(d)(1) and requires pipelines make information on capacity and flow information available on their Internet Web sites. The third is at 18 CFR 284.13(d)(2) and requires an annual filing of peak day capacity. Capacity Reports Under 284.13(b) and 284.13(d)(1) On April 4, 1992, in Order No. 636 (RM91–11–000), the Commission E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1 35775 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 146 / Tuesday, August 1, 2017 / Notices established a capacity release mechanism under which shippers could release firm transportation and storage capacity on either a short- or long-term basis to other shippers wanting to obtain capacity. Pipelines posted available firm and interruptible capacity information on their electronic bulletin boards (EBBs) to inform potential shippers. On August 3, 1992, in Order No. 636– A (RM91–11–002), the Commission determined through staff audits, that the efficiency of the capacity release mechanism could be enhanced by standardizing the content and format of capacity release information and the methods by which shippers accessed this information, which pipelines posted to their EBBs. On March 29, 1995, through Order 577 (RM95–5–000), the Commission amended § 284.243(h) of its regulations to allow shippers the ability to release capacity without having to comply with the Commission’s advance posting and bidding requirements. On February 9, 2000, in Order No. 637 (RM98–10–000), to create greater substitution between different forms of capacity and to enhance competition across the pipeline grid, the Commission revised its capacity release regulations regarding scheduling, segmentation and flexible point rights, penalties, and reporting requirements. This resulted in more reliable capacity information availability and price data that shippers needed to make informed decisions in a competitive market as well as to improve shipper’s and the Commission’s ability to monitor the market for potential abuses. Peak Day Annual Capacity Report Under 284.13(d)(2) 18 CFR 284.13(d)(2) requires an annual peak day capacity report of all interstate pipelines, including natural gas storage only companies. This report is generally a short report showing the peak day design capacity or the actual peak day capacity achieved, with a short explanation, if needed. The regulation states: An interstate pipeline must make an annual filing by March 1 of each year showing the estimated peak day capacity of the pipeline’s system, and the estimated storage capacity and maximum daily delivery capability of storage facilities under reasonably representative operating assumptions and the respective assignments of that capacity to the various firm services provided by the pipeline. This annual report/filing is publicly available, while other more specific interstate pipeline and storage capacity details are filed as CEII, such as the Annual System Flow Diagram (FERC– 567) which are not publicly available. Index of Customers Under 284.13(c) In Order 581, issued September 28, 1995 (Docket No. RM95–4–000), the Commission established the IOC quarterly information requirement. This Order required the reporting of five data elements in the IOC filing: The customer name, the rate schedule under which service is rendered, the contract effective date, the contract termination date, and the maximum daily contract quantity, for either transportation or storage service, as appropriate. In a notice issued separate from Order 581 in Docket No. RM95–4–000, issued February 29, 1996, the Commission, through technical conferences with industry, determined that the IOC data reported should be in tab delimited format on diskette and in a form as proscribed in Appendix A of the rulemaking. In a departure from past practice, a three-digit code, instead of a six-digit code, was established to identify the respondent. In Order 637, issued February 9, 2000 (Docket Nos. RM98–10–000 and RM98– 12–000), the Commission required the filing of: The receipt and delivery points held under contract and the zones or segments in which the capacity is held, the common transaction point codes, the contract number, the shipper identification number, an indication whether the contract includes negotiated rates, the names of any agents or asset managers that control capacity in a pipeline rate zone, and any affiliate relationship between the pipeline and the holder of capacity. It was stated in the Order that the changes to the Commission’s reporting requirements would enhance the reliability of information about capacity availability and price that shippers need to make informed decisions in a competitive market as well as improve shippers’ and the Commission’s ability to monitor marketplace behavior to detect, and remedy anti-competitive behavior. Order 637 required a pipeline post the information quarterly on its Internet Web sites instead of on the outdated EBBs. Type of Respondents: Respondents for this data collection are interstate pipelines subject to FERC regulation under the Natural Gas Act and those entities defined as Hinshaw Pipelines under the Natural Gas Policy Act. Estimate of Annual Burden: 2 The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as: FERC–549B (GAS PIPELINE RATES: CAPACITY REPORTS AND INDEX OF CUSTOMERS) Number of respondents Annual number of esponses per espondent 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) 185 6 1,110 $145 11,093 $160,950 12,313,230 $66,558 93049344Peak Day Annual Capacity Report under 284.13(d)(2) ........................ mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Capacity Reports under 284.13(b) & 284.13(d)(1) .......................................... 185 1 185 185 4 740 1,850 141,525 2,220 170,200 765 Index of Customers under 284.13(c) ....... 10 765 3 230 2 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 20:13 Jul 31, 2017 Jkt 241001 information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. 3 The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: 2017 Average Burden PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 920 Hours per Response * $76.50 per Hour = Average Cost per Response. The hourly cost figure of $76.50 is the average FERC employee wage plus benefits. We assume that respondents earn at a similar rate. E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1 35776 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 146 / Tuesday, August 1, 2017 / Notices FERC–549B (GAS PIPELINE RATES: CAPACITY REPORTS AND INDEX OF CUSTOMERS)—Continued Number of respondents Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response ($) 3 Total annual burden hours & total annual cost ($) Cost per respondent ($) (1) Total .................................................. Annual number of esponses per espondent (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) ........................ ........................ ........................ Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden and cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: July 25, 2017. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–16076 Filed 7–31–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 14808–000] mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Merchant Hydro Developers, LLC; Notice of Preliminary Permit Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Competing Applications On December 19, 2016, Merchant Hydro Developers, LLC, filed an application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), proposing to study the feasibility of the Panther Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project to be located near the town of Simpson in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, Pennsylvania. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners’ express permission. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:13 Jul 31, 2017 Jkt 241001 The proposed project would consist of the following: (1) A new upper reservoir with a surface area of 175 acres and a storage capacity of 2,625 acre-feet at a surface elevation of approximately 1,960 feet above mean sea level (msl) created through construction of new rollercompacted concrete or rock-filled dams and/or dikes; (2) excavating a new lower reservoir with a surface area of 180 acres and a total storage capacity of 4,500 acre-feet at a surface elevation of 1,325 feet msl; (3) a new 6,045-foot-long, 48inch-diameter penstock connecting the upper and lower reservoirs; (5) a new 150-foot-long, 50-foot-wide powerhouse containing two turbine-generator units with a total rated capacity of 172 megawatts; (6) a new transmission line connecting the powerhouse to a nearby electric grid interconnection point with options to evaluate multiple grid interconnection locations; and (7) appurtenant facilities. Possible initial fill water and make-up water would come from the Lackawanna River. The proposed project would have an annual generation of 502,717 megawatt-hours. Applicant Contact: Adam Rousselle, Merchant Hydro Developers, LLC, 5710 Oak Crest Drive, Doylestown, PA 18902; phone: (267) 254–6107. FERC Contact: Tim Looney; phone: (202) 502–6096. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications: 60 days from the issuance of this notice.1 Competing applications and notices of intent must meet the requirements of 18 CFR 4.36. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and competing applications using the Commission’s eFiling system at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ 1 The Commission is issuing a second notice for this project because some municipalities may not have been notified by the first notice issued on March 28, 2017. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2,035 165,020 12,624,955 68,243 ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket number P–14808–000. More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link of the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (P–14808) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Dated: July 25, 2017. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–16078 Filed 7–31–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RM98–1–000] Records Governing Off-the-Record Communications; Public Notice This constitutes notice, in accordance with 18 CFR 385.2201(b), of the receipt of prohibited and exempt off-the-record communications. Order No. 607 (64 FR 51222, September 22, 1999) requires Commission decisional employees, who make or receive a prohibited or exempt off-the-record communication relevant to the merits of a contested proceeding, to deliver to the Secretary of the Commission, a copy of the communication, if written, or a summary of the substance of any oral communication. Prohibited communications are included in a public, non-decisional file associated with, but not a part of, the decisional record of the proceeding. E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC17-11-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-549b); Comment 
Request

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Comment request.

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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 submitting its information collection [FERC-549B (Gas Pipeline 
Rates: Capacity Reports and Index of Customers)] to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review of the information collection 
requirements. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB 
and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as 
explained below. The Commission previously issued a Notice in the 
Federal Register (82 FR 18635, 4/20/2017) requesting public comments. 
The Commission received one comment on the FERC-549B and is making this 
notation in its submittal to OMB. The sole comment, however, does not 
pertain to this information collection and is immaterial to the renewal 
effort for the FERC-549B.\1\
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    \1\ The comment can be found here: https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/OpenNat.asp?fileID=14615693.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by August 31, 
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2017.

ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 
1902-0169, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs: oira_submission@omb.gov. Attention: Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be 
reached via telephone at 202-395-0710.
    A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in 
Docket No. IC17-11-000, by either of the following methods:
     eFiling at Commission's Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp.
     Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426.
    Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in 
accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov/help/submission-guide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support 
by email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or by phone at: (866) 208-3676 
(toll-free), or (202) 502-8659 for TTY.
    Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of 
activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and 
issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/docs-filing.asp.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at 
DataClearance@FERC.gov, by telephone at (202) 502-8663, and by fax at 
(202) 273-0873.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: FERC-549B (Gas Pipeline Rates: Capacity Reports and Index of 
Customers).
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0169.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-549B information 
collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting 
requirements.
    Abstract: The information collected under the requirements of FERC-
549B includes both the Index of Customers (IOC) report under Commission 
regulations at 18 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 284.13(c) and three 
capacity reporting requirements. One of these is in Commission 
regulations at 18 CFR 284.13(b) and requires reports on firm and 
interruptible services. The second is at 18 CFR 284.13(d)(1) and 
requires pipelines make information on capacity and flow information 
available on their Internet Web sites. The third is at 18 CFR 
284.13(d)(2) and requires an annual filing of peak day capacity.

Capacity Reports Under 284.13(b) and 284.13(d)(1)

    On April 4, 1992, in Order No. 636 (RM91-11-000), the Commission

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established a capacity release mechanism under which shippers could 
release firm transportation and storage capacity on either a short- or 
long-term basis to other shippers wanting to obtain capacity. Pipelines 
posted available firm and interruptible capacity information on their 
electronic bulletin boards (EBBs) to inform potential shippers.
    On August 3, 1992, in Order No. 636-A (RM91-11-002), the Commission 
determined through staff audits, that the efficiency of the capacity 
release mechanism could be enhanced by standardizing the content and 
format of capacity release information and the methods by which 
shippers accessed this information, which pipelines posted to their 
EBBs.
    On March 29, 1995, through Order 577 (RM95-5-000), the Commission 
amended Sec.  284.243(h) of its regulations to allow shippers the 
ability to release capacity without having to comply with the 
Commission's advance posting and bidding requirements. On February 9, 
2000, in Order No. 637 (RM98-10-000), to create greater substitution 
between different forms of capacity and to enhance competition across 
the pipeline grid, the Commission revised its capacity release 
regulations regarding scheduling, segmentation and flexible point 
rights, penalties, and reporting requirements. This resulted in more 
reliable capacity information availability and price data that shippers 
needed to make informed decisions in a competitive market as well as to 
improve shipper's and the Commission's ability to monitor the market 
for potential abuses.

Peak Day Annual Capacity Report Under 284.13(d)(2)

    18 CFR 284.13(d)(2) requires an annual peak day capacity report of 
all interstate pipelines, including natural gas storage only companies. 
This report is generally a short report showing the peak day design 
capacity or the actual peak day capacity achieved, with a short 
explanation, if needed. The regulation states:
    An interstate pipeline must make an annual filing by March 1 of 
each year showing the estimated peak day capacity of the pipeline's 
system, and the estimated storage capacity and maximum daily delivery 
capability of storage facilities under reasonably representative 
operating assumptions and the respective assignments of that capacity 
to the various firm services provided by the pipeline.
    This annual report/filing is publicly available, while other more 
specific interstate pipeline and storage capacity details are filed as 
CEII, such as the Annual System Flow Diagram (FERC-567) which are not 
publicly available.

Index of Customers Under 284.13(c)

    In Order 581, issued September 28, 1995 (Docket No. RM95-4-000), 
the Commission established the IOC quarterly information requirement. 
This Order required the reporting of five data elements in the IOC 
filing: The customer name, the rate schedule under which service is 
rendered, the contract effective date, the contract termination date, 
and the maximum daily contract quantity, for either transportation or 
storage service, as appropriate.
    In a notice issued separate from Order 581 in Docket No. RM95-4-
000, issued February 29, 1996, the Commission, through technical 
conferences with industry, determined that the IOC data reported should 
be in tab delimited format on diskette and in a form as proscribed in 
Appendix A of the rulemaking. In a departure from past practice, a 
three-digit code, instead of a six-digit code, was established to 
identify the respondent.
    In Order 637, issued February 9, 2000 (Docket Nos. RM98-10-000 and 
RM98-12-000), the Commission required the filing of: The receipt and 
delivery points held under contract and the zones or segments in which 
the capacity is held, the common transaction point codes, the contract 
number, the shipper identification number, an indication whether the 
contract includes negotiated rates, the names of any agents or asset 
managers that control capacity in a pipeline rate zone, and any 
affiliate relationship between the pipeline and the holder of capacity. 
It was stated in the Order that the changes to the Commission's 
reporting requirements would enhance the reliability of information 
about capacity availability and price that shippers need to make 
informed decisions in a competitive market as well as improve shippers' 
and the Commission's ability to monitor marketplace behavior to detect, 
and remedy anti-competitive behavior. Order 637 required a pipeline 
post the information quarterly on its Internet Web sites instead of on 
the outdated EBBs.
    Type of Respondents: Respondents for this data collection are 
interstate pipelines subject to FERC regulation under the Natural Gas 
Act and those entities defined as Hinshaw Pipelines under the Natural 
Gas Policy Act.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \2\ The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden for the information collection as:
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    \2\ 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.
    \3\ The estimates for cost per response are derived using the 
following formula: 2017 Average Burden Hours per Response * $76.50 
per Hour = Average Cost per Response. The hourly cost figure of 
$76.50 is the average FERC employee wage plus benefits. We assume 
that respondents earn at a similar rate.

                                         FERC-549B (Gas Pipeline Rates: Capacity Reports and Index of Customers)
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                                                                                                                           Total  annual
                                                                          Annual  number                      Average      burden  hours
                                                             Number of     of  responses   Total number    burden & cost      & total        Cost per
                                                            respondents         per        of responses    per response     annual cost   respondent ($)
                                                                            respondent                        ($) \3\           ($)
                                                                     (1)             (2)     (1) * (2) =             (4)     (3) * (4) =       (5) / (1)
                                                                                                     (3)                             (5)
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Capacity Reports under 284.13(b) & 284.13(d)(1).........             185               6           1,110            $145        $160,950         $66,558
                                                                                                                  11,093      12,313,230
93049344Peak Day Annual Capacity Report under                        185               1             185              10           1,850             765
 284.13(d)(2)...........................................                                                             765         141,525
Index of Customers under 284.13(c)......................             185               4             740               3           2,220             920
                                                                                                                     230         170,200

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    Total...............................................  ..............  ..............  ..............           2,035         165,020          68,243
                                                                                                                              12,624,955
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    Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Commission, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden and 
cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.

    Dated: July 25, 2017.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
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