Commission Information Collection Activity (FERC-717); Comment Request; Extension, 48226-48227 [2017-22472]

Download as PDF 48226 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 199 / Tuesday, October 17, 2017 / Notices 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 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. Dated: October 11, 2017. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–22463 Filed 10–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC17–13–000] Commission Information Collection Activity (FERC–717); Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 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–717, (Open Access Same-Time Information System and Standards for Business Practices and Communication Protocol) which will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a 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 published Notice in the Federal Register in Docket No. IC17–13–000, (82 FR 37580, 8/11/2017) requesting public comments. FERC received no comments in response to the Notice and is indicating that in its submittal to the OMB. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Oct 16, 2017 Jkt 244001 Comments on the collection of information are due November 16, 2017. ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by OMB Control No. 1902– 0173, 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. IC17–13–000 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, telephone at (202) 502–8663, and fax at (202) 273– 0873. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC–717, Open Access SameTime information System and Standards for Business Practices and Communication Protocols. OMB Control No.: 1902–0173. Type of Request: Three-year approval of the FERC–717 information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: The Commission directs all public utilities that own, control or operate facilities for transmitting energy in interstate commerce to provide certain types of information regarding their transmission operations on an Open Access Same-time Information System (OASIS). The Commission does not believe that open-access nondiscriminatory transmission services can be completely realized until it removes real-world obstacles that prevent transmission customers from competing effectively with the Transmission Provider. One of the obstacles is unequal access to DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 transmission information. The Commission believes that transmission customers must have simultaneous access to the same information available to the Transmission Provider if truly nondiscriminatory transmission services are to be a reality. The Commission also established Standards of Conduct requiring that personnel engaged in transmission system operations function independently from personnel engaged in marketing functions. The Standards of Conduct were designed to prevent employees of a public utility (or any of its affiliates) engaged in marketing functions from preferential access to OASIS-related information or from engaging in unduly discriminatory business practices. Companies were required to separate their transmission operations/reliability functions from their marketing/merchant functions and prevent system operators from providing merchant employees and employees of affiliates with transmission-related information not available to all customers at the same time through public posting on the OASIS. Type of Respondents: Transmission Owners and Transmission Operators. Estimate of Annual Burden: 1 The Commission estimates an adjustment in the annual public reporting burden for the FERC–717. The adjustment is due to Transmission Providers being allowed to file responses jointly or individually. The Transmission Provider may delegate this responsibility to a Responsible Party such as another Transmission Provider, an Independent System Operator, a Regional Transmission Group, or a Regional Reliability Council. The number comprise two separate entities: Transmission Owners and Transmission Operators. The responses submitted are our best estimate of the Transmission Operators and remaining individual Transmission Owners. The rationale is that some Transmission Owners have elected to turn over operational control of their collective transmission systems to Transmission Operators, including RTOs/ISOs (as authorized in 18 CFR 37.5). These Transmission Operators offer OASIS access to the collective systems facilitating a single OASIS transmission request serving multiple transmission systems. As a result of 1 Burden is defined 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, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 48227 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 199 / Tuesday, October 17, 2017 / Notices these efficiency gains, the lower respondent count is appropriate. As a result of the efficiency gains, and an overestimate of the respondents in our past request, we are submitting a more accurate number of respondents. The estimate below reflects the work associated with the current information collection requirements: FERC–717, OPEN ACCESS SAME-TIME INFORMATION SYSTEM AND STANDARDS FOR BUSINESS PRACTICES AND COMMUNICATION PROTOCOLS Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden hours and cost per response 2 Total annual burden hours and total annual cost (1) Information collection requirements (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) 30 hrs.; $2,295 .......... 5,100 hrs.; $390,150. FERC–717 ................................................... 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: October 11, 2017. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–22472 Filed 10–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P on EISs are available at: https:// cdxnodengn.epa.gov/cdx-nepa-public/ action/eis/search. EIS No. 20170198, Final, USAF, MD, Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization Program, Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility, Review Period Ends: 11/15/2017, Contact: Ms Jean Renolds 210–925–4534. EIS No. 20170200, Draft, FTA, PA, King of Prussia Rail Project, Comment Period Ends: 12/4/2017, Contact: Daniel Koenig 202–366–8224. EIS No. 20170201, Draft, USN, CA, Hawaii-Southern Californian Training and Testing, Comment Period Ends: 12/12/2017, Contact: Nora MacariolaSee 808–472–1402. EIS No. 20170202, Draft, USFS, CO, CP District-wide Salvage, Comment Period Ends: 11/30/2017, Contact: Mike Tooley 719–274–6321. BILLING CODE 6560–50–P Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability Responsible Agency: Office of Federal Activities, General Information (202) 564–7146 or http://www2.epa.gov/ nepa/. Weekly receipt of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) Filed 10/02/2017 through 10/06/2017 Pursuant to 40 CFR 1506.9 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 170 [FR Doc. 2017–22165 Filed 10–13–17; 12:00 pm] [ER–FRL–9035–6] Notice Section 309(a) of the Clean Air Act requires that EPA make public its comments on EISs issued by other Federal agencies. EPA’s comment letters 2 The Commission staff thinks that the average respondent for this collection is similarly situated to the Commission, in terms of salary plus benefits. Based upon FERC’s 2017 annual average of $158,754 (for salary plus benefits), the average hourly cost is $76.50/hour. 17:10 Oct 16, 2017 1 Dated: October 9, 2017. Kelly Knight, Director, NEPA Compliance Division, Office of Federal Activities. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY VerDate Sep<11>2014 170 Jkt 244001 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9969–52–OA] Notice of Meeting of the EPA Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) Washington, DC 20052. The CHPAC advises the Environmental Protection Agency on science, regulations, and other issues relating to children’s environmental health. DATES: November 29 and 30 at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, DC. ADDRESSES: 950 New Hampshire Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20052. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela Hackel, Office of Children’s Health Protection, USEPA, MC 1107T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, (202) 566–2977 or hackel.angela@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meetings of the CHPAC are open to the public. An agenda will be posted to epa.gov/children. Access and Accommodations: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Angela Hackel at 202–5566– 2977. Dated: October 2, 2017. Angela Hackel, Designated Federal Official. 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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC17-13-000]


Commission Information Collection Activity (FERC-717); Comment 
Request; Extension

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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-717, (Open Access 
Same-Time Information System and Standards for Business Practices and 
Communication Protocol) which will be submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for a 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 published Notice in the Federal 
Register in Docket No. IC17-13-000, (82 FR 37580, 8/11/2017) requesting 
public comments. FERC received no comments in response to the Notice 
and is indicating that in its submittal to the OMB.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due November 16, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by OMB Control No. 1902-
0173, 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. IC17-13-000 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, telephone at (202) 502-8663, and fax at 
(202) 273-0873.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: FERC-717, Open Access Same-Time information System and 
Standards for Business Practices and Communication Protocols.
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0173.
    Type of Request: Three-year approval of the FERC-717 information 
collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting 
requirements.
    Abstract: The Commission directs all public utilities that own, 
control or operate facilities for transmitting energy in interstate 
commerce to provide certain types of information regarding their 
transmission operations on an Open Access Same-time Information System 
(OASIS). The Commission does not believe that open-access 
nondiscriminatory transmission services can be completely realized 
until it removes real-world obstacles that prevent transmission 
customers from competing effectively with the Transmission Provider. 
One of the obstacles is unequal access to transmission information. The 
Commission believes that transmission customers must have simultaneous 
access to the same information available to the Transmission Provider 
if truly nondiscriminatory transmission services are to be a reality.
    The Commission also established Standards of Conduct requiring that 
personnel engaged in transmission system operations function 
independently from personnel engaged in marketing functions. The 
Standards of Conduct were designed to prevent employees of a public 
utility (or any of its affiliates) engaged in marketing functions from 
preferential access to OASIS-related information or from engaging in 
unduly discriminatory business practices. Companies were required to 
separate their transmission operations/reliability functions from their 
marketing/merchant functions and prevent system operators from 
providing merchant employees and employees of affiliates with 
transmission-related information not available to all customers at the 
same time through public posting on the OASIS.
    Type of Respondents: Transmission Owners and Transmission 
Operators.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \1\ The Commission estimates an 
adjustment in the annual public reporting burden for the FERC-717. The 
adjustment is due to Transmission Providers being allowed to file 
responses jointly or individually. The Transmission Provider may 
delegate this responsibility to a Responsible Party such as another 
Transmission Provider, an Independent System Operator, a Regional 
Transmission Group, or a Regional Reliability Council. The number 
comprise two separate entities: Transmission Owners and Transmission 
Operators. The responses submitted are our best estimate of the 
Transmission Operators and remaining individual Transmission Owners. 
The rationale is that some Transmission Owners have elected to turn 
over operational control of their collective transmission systems to 
Transmission Operators, including RTOs/ISOs (as authorized in 18 CFR 
37.5). These Transmission Operators offer OASIS access to the 
collective systems facilitating a single OASIS transmission request 
serving multiple transmission systems. As a result of

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these efficiency gains, the lower respondent count is appropriate.
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    \1\ Burden is defined 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, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3.
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    As a result of the efficiency gains, and an overestimate of the 
respondents in our past request, we are submitting a more accurate 
number of respondents. The estimate below reflects the work associated 
with the current information collection requirements:

                   FERC-717, Open Access Same-Time Information System and Standards for Business Practices and Communication Protocols
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                                                     Annual  number
                                        Number of     of  responses   Total  number  Average burden hours and cost per    Total annual burden hours and
Information collection requirements    respondents         per        of  responses             response \2\                    total annual cost
                                                       respondent
                                                (1)             (2)     (1) * (2) =  (4)..............................  (3) * (4) = (5)
                                                                                (3)
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FERC-717...........................             170               1             170  30 hrs.; $2,295..................  5,100 hrs.; $390,150.
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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.
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    \2\ The Commission staff thinks that the average respondent for 
this collection is similarly situated to the Commission, in terms of 
salary plus benefits. Based upon FERC's 2017 annual average of 
$158,754 (for salary plus benefits), the average hourly cost is 
$76.50/hour.

    Dated: October 11, 2017.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-22472 Filed 10-16-17; 8:45 am]
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