Notice and Request for Comments, 48808-48809 [2017-22798]

Download as PDF 48808 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 202 / Friday, October 20, 2017 / Notices collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. All written comments will be available for public inspection at www.Regulations.gov. Comments submitted in response to this notice may be made available to the public through relevant Web sites. For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. If you send an email comment; your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. Please note that responses to this public comment request containing any routine notice about the confidentiality of the communication will be treated as public comments that may be made available to the public notwithstanding the inclusion of the routine notice. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget control number. srobinson on DSKBC5CHB2PROD with NOTICES Statutory Authority: Executive Order (E.O.) 13571, Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 24, 2017. Nanda Srinivasan, Director, Office of Survey Development and Statistical Integration, U.S. Energy Information Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–22802 Filed 10–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Oct 19, 2017 Jkt 244001 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY U.S. Energy Information Administration Notice and Request for Comments U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: EIA, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends to extend with changes for three years with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Form EIA–63C Densified Biomass Fuel Report. Form EIA–63C collects data on pellet fuel and other densified biomass fuel production, sales, and inventory levels from operators of U.S. pellet fuel manufacturing facilities. The data collected is used for the purpose of estimating densified biomass fuel consumption in the United States, as well as production, sales, and inventory at state, regional, and national levels. DATES: Comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before December 19, 2017. If you anticipate difficulty in submitting comments within that period, contact the person listed in ADDRESSES as soon as possible. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent to Connor Murphy, U.S. Department of Energy, EI–23, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 2058, or by email at DensifiedBiomass2018@eia.gov. The draft form and instructions are available at https://www.eia.gov/survey/#eia-63c. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Connor Murphy at 202–287– 5982, or by email at Connor.Murphy@ eia.gov. SUMMARY: 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 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 or other forms of information technology. This information collection request contains: (1) OMB No.: 1905–0209; (2) Information Collection Request Title: Densified Biomass Fuel Report; (3) Type of Request: Renewal, with Changes; (4) Purpose: Form EIA–63C Densified Biomass Fuel Report is part of EIA’s comprehensive energy data program. The survey collects information on the manufacture, shipment, exports, energy characteristics, and sales of pellet fuels and other densified biomass fuel products data from facilities that manufacture densified biomass fuel products, primarily pellet fuels, for energy applications. The data collected is a primary source of information for the nation’s growing production of biomass products for heating and electric power generation, for both domestic use and export markets. (4a) Proposed Changes to Information Collection: To reduce reporting burden, EIA proposes to eliminate the following seven questions: Part 2 Question 2.2 ‘‘What is the operational month’’ Part 2 Question 2.4 ‘‘What is the total installed horsepower of the pellet extrusion machinery at this facility’’; Part 2. Question 2.5 ‘‘If the pellet extrusion machinery was not fully utilized during the month, choose the applicable explanation’’ and all of explanation selection choices’’; Part 2. Question 2.6 ‘‘What is the planned maximum annual production capacity at this facility’’; Part 2. Question 2.7 ‘‘What is the planned total installed horsepower of the pellet extrusion machinery at this facility’’; Part 3. Question 3.2 ‘‘In the reporting period, did the mill utilize any portion of the above feedstock for uses other than transformation into densified biomass products, such as to operate the mill, produce electricity (combined heat and power) or other beneficial use of energy produced (such as heating/ cooling)’’; Part 4. Question 4.2, Delete the column for reporting ‘‘Export Port.’’ Respondents will continue to report on all other data elements in section 4.2. EIA is proposing to delete these data elements based on consultations with respondents during the collection cycle. The questions that EIA proposes to delete were questions that respondents stated were either confusing or difficult to answer, or are questions that EIA receives too few responses to allow publication because of the data confidentiality rules that EIA applies to the aggregate statistical estimates. EIA is also proposing to change the due date for annual respondents (small biomass fuel manufacturers having a capacity of E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 202 / Friday, October 20, 2017 / Notices less than 10,000 tons per year or planned facilities) from February 1 to June 1 to coincide with the industry’s off-season and ease their burden during their busiest time of the year. Respondents that need to file annually will only need to report limited data in Parts 1 and 2 of the form. (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 105; (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 1095; (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 1,516; (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: The cost of the burden hours is estimated to be $111,699 (1,516 burden hours times $73.66 per hour). EIA estimates that there are no additional costs to respondents associated with the survey other than the costs associated with the burden hours. Statutory Authority: Section 13(b) of the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93–275, codified at 15 U.S.C. 772(b) and the DOE Organization Act of 1977, Pub. L. 95–91, codified at 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq. Issued in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2017. Nanda Srinivasan, Director, Office of Survey Development and Statistical Integration, U.S. Energy Information Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–22798 Filed 10–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Energy Information Administration Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy. ACTION: Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Extension; notice and request for comments. AGENCY: EIA, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends to extend without changes for three years with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Form EIA–111, Quarterly Electricity Imports and Exports Report. Form EIA–111 collects U.S. electricity import and export data for the purpose of measuring the flow of electricity into and out of the United States from Canada and Mexico. DATES: Comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before December 19, 2017. If you anticipate difficulty in submitting comments within that srobinson on DSKBC5CHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Oct 19, 2017 Jkt 244001 period, contact the person listed in as soon as possible. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent to Tosha Beckford, U.S. Energy Information Administration, EI–23, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585 or by email to Electricity2018@eia.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Tosha Beckford at 202–287– 6597 or by email at Tosha.Beckford@ eia.gov. The draft form and instructions are available at https://www.eia.gov/ survey/#eia-111. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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. This information collection request contains: (1) OMB No.: 1905–0208; (2) Information Collection Request Title: Quarterly Electricity Imports and Exports Report; (3) Type of Request: Renewal; (4) Purpose: Form EIA–111 collects U.S. electricity import and export data. The data are used to generate accurate estimates of the flow of electricity into and out of the United States. The import and export data are reported by U.S. purchasers, sellers, and transmitters of wholesale electricity, including persons authorized to export electric power from the United States to foreign countries, persons authorized by Presidential Permit to construct, operate, maintain, or connect electric power transmission lines that cross the U.S. international border, and U.S. Balancing Authorities that are interconnected with foreign Balancing Authorities. Such entities report monthly flows of electricity received or delivered across the border, the cost associated with the transactions, and actual and implemented interchange. (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 176; ADDRESSES PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48809 (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 704; (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 1056; (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: The cost of the burden hours is estimated to be $77,785 (1,056 burden hours times $73.66 per hour). EIA estimates that there are no additional costs to respondents associated with the survey other than the costs associated with the burden hours. Statutory Authority: Section 13(b) of the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93–275, codified as 15 U.S. C. 772(b) and the DOE Organization Act of 1977, P.L. 95–91, codified at 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 28, 2017. Nanda Srinivasan, Director, Office of Survey Development and Statistical Integration, U. S. Energy Information Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–22801 Filed 10–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings Take notice that the Commission has received the following Natural Gas Pipeline Rate and Refund Report filings: Filings Instituting Proceedings Docket Numbers: RP18–28–000. Applicants: Northwest Pipeline LLC. Description: § 4(d) Rate Filing: Entitlement and OFO Filing to be effective 11/10/2017. Filed Date: 10/11/17. Accession Number: 20171011–5112. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/23/17. Docket Numbers: RP18–29–000. Applicants: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company. Description: Compliance filing 2017 Penalty Revenue Sharing Report. Filed Date: 10/12/17. Accession Number: 20171012–5077. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/24/17. The filings are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the links or querying the docket number. 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. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 202 (Friday, October 20, 2017)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-22798]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

U.S. Energy Information Administration


Notice and Request for Comments

AGENCY: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of 
Energy.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: EIA, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends 
to extend with changes for three years with the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) Form EIA-63C Densified Biomass Fuel Report. Form EIA-
63C collects data on pellet fuel and other densified biomass fuel 
production, sales, and inventory levels from operators of U.S. pellet 
fuel manufacturing facilities. The data collected is used for the 
purpose of estimating densified biomass fuel consumption in the United 
States, as well as production, sales, and inventory at state, regional, 
and national levels.

DATES: Comments regarding this proposed information collection must be 
received on or before December 19, 2017. If you anticipate difficulty 
in submitting comments within that period, contact the person listed in 
ADDRESSES as soon as possible.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent to Connor Murphy, U.S. 
Department of Energy, EI-23, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, 
DC 2058, or by email at DensifiedBiomass2018@eia.gov. The draft form 
and instructions are available at https://www.eia.gov/survey/#eia-63c.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Connor Murphy at 202-287-5982, or by email at 
Connor.Murphy@eia.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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.
    This information collection request contains:
    (1) OMB No.: 1905-0209;
    (2) Information Collection Request Title: Densified Biomass Fuel 
Report;
    (3) Type of Request: Renewal, with Changes;
    (4) Purpose: Form EIA-63C Densified Biomass Fuel Report is part of 
EIA's comprehensive energy data program. The survey collects 
information on the manufacture, shipment, exports, energy 
characteristics, and sales of pellet fuels and other densified biomass 
fuel products data from facilities that manufacture densified biomass 
fuel products, primarily pellet fuels, for energy applications. The 
data collected is a primary source of information for the nation's 
growing production of biomass products for heating and electric power 
generation, for both domestic use and export markets.
    (4a) Proposed Changes to Information Collection: To reduce 
reporting burden, EIA proposes to eliminate the following seven 
questions: Part 2 Question 2.2 ``What is the operational month'' Part 2 
Question 2.4 ``What is the total installed horsepower of the pellet 
extrusion machinery at this facility''; Part 2. Question 2.5 ``If the 
pellet extrusion machinery was not fully utilized during the month, 
choose the applicable explanation'' and all of explanation selection 
choices''; Part 2. Question 2.6 ``What is the planned maximum annual 
production capacity at this facility''; Part 2. Question 2.7 ``What is 
the planned total installed horsepower of the pellet extrusion 
machinery at this facility''; Part 3. Question 3.2 ``In the reporting 
period, did the mill utilize any portion of the above feedstock for 
uses other than transformation into densified biomass products, such as 
to operate the mill, produce electricity (combined heat and power) or 
other beneficial use of energy produced (such as heating/cooling)''; 
Part 4. Question 4.2, Delete the column for reporting ``Export Port.'' 
Respondents will continue to report on all other data elements in 
section 4.2. EIA is proposing to delete these data elements based on 
consultations with respondents during the collection cycle. The 
questions that EIA proposes to delete were questions that respondents 
stated were either confusing or difficult to answer, or are questions 
that EIA receives too few responses to allow publication because of the 
data confidentiality rules that EIA applies to the aggregate 
statistical estimates. EIA is also proposing to change the due date for 
annual respondents (small biomass fuel manufacturers having a capacity 
of

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less than 10,000 tons per year or planned facilities) from February 1 
to June 1 to coincide with the industry's off-season and ease their 
burden during their busiest time of the year. Respondents that need to 
file annually will only need to report limited data in Parts 1 and 2 of 
the form.
    (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 105;
    (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 1095;
    (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 1,516;
    (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: The 
cost of the burden hours is estimated to be $111,699 (1,516 burden 
hours times $73.66 per hour). EIA estimates that there are no 
additional costs to respondents associated with the survey other than 
the costs associated with the burden hours.

    Statutory Authority:  Section 13(b) of the Federal Energy 
Administration Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93-275, codified at 15 U.S.C. 
772(b) and the DOE Organization Act of 1977, Pub. L. 95-91, codified 
at 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2017.
Nanda Srinivasan,
Director, Office of Survey Development and Statistical Integration, 
U.S. Energy Information Administration.
[FR Doc. 2017-22798 Filed 10-19-17; 8:45 am]
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