Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-592); Comment Request; Extension, 64818-64819 [2018-27308]

Download as PDF 64818 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 18, 2018 / Notices Dated: December 12, 2018. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–27306 Filed 12–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC19–12–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–592); Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of information collection 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 currently approved information collection, FERC– 592 (Standards of Conduct for Transmission Provider and Marketing Affiliates of Interstate Pipelines). DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due February 19, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC19–12–000) by either of the following methods: • eFiling at Commission’s website: https://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. SUMMARY: Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at: https:// 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 https://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: Standards of Conduct for Transmission Provider and Marketing Affiliates of Interstate Pipelines. OMB Control No.: 1902–0157. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–592 information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: The Commission uses the information maintained and posted by the respondents to monitor the pipeline’s transportation, sales, and storage activities for its marketing affiliate to deter undue discrimination by pipeline companies in favor of their marketing affiliates. Non-affiliated shippers and other entities (e.g. state commissions) also use information to determine whether they have been harmed by affiliate preference and to prepare evidence for proceedings following the filing of a complaint. 18 CFR Part 358 (Standards of Conduct) Respondents maintain and provide the information required by part 358 on their internet websites. When the Commission requires a pipeline to post information on its website following a disclosure of non-public information to its marketing affiliate, non-affiliated shippers obtain comparable access to the non-public transportation information, which allows them to compete with marketing affiliates on a more equal basis. 18 CFR 250.16, and the FERC–592 Log/ Format This form (log/format) provides the electronic formats for maintaining information on discounted transportation transactions and capacity allocation to support monitoring of activities of interstate pipeline marketing affiliates. Commission staff considers discounts given to shippers in litigated rate cases. Without this information collection: • The Commission would be unable to effectively monitor whether pipelines are giving discriminatory preference to their marketing affiliates; and • non-affiliated shippers and state commissions and others would be unable to determine if they have been harmed by affiliate preference or prepare evidence for proceedings following the filing of a complaint. Type of Respondents: Natural gas pipelines. Estimate of Annual Burden:1 The Commission estimates the annual reporting burden and cost for the information collection as: FERC–592—STANDARDS FOR CONDUCT FOR TRANSMISSION PROVIDERS MARKETING AFFILIATES OF INTERSTATE PIPELINES amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES FERC 592 3 ... 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) 85 1 85 116.62 hrs.; $9,212.98 ........ 9,913 hrs.; $783,127 ........... 9,212.98 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; 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, 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 * $79.00/hour = Average cost/ response. The figure is the 2018 FERC average hourly cost (for wages and benefits) of $79.00 (and an average annual salary of $164,820/year). Commission staff is using the FERC average salary because we consider any reporting requirements completed in response to the FERC–592 to be compensated at rates similar to the work of FERC employees. 3 The requirements for this collection are contained in 18 CFR part 358 and 18 CFR part 250.16. VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:45 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 242 / Tuesday, December 18, 2018 / Notices 64819 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. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Dated: December 12, 2018. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [Docket No. AC19–43–000] [Docket No. AC19–30–000] Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC; Notice of Filing Virginia Electric and Power Company; Notice of Filing Take notice that on December 6, 2018, Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC filed a request for approval to use Account 439, authorized by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. 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 Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the eFiling link at https://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. This filing is accessible on-line at https://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 website 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. Comments: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on December 26, 2018. Take notice that on November 28, 2018, Virginia Electric and Power Company filed a request for approval to use Account 439, authorized by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. 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 Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the eFiling link at https://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. This filing is accessible online at https://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 website 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. Comments: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on December 18, 2018. Dated: December 12, 2018. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. Dated: December 12, 2018. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–27314 Filed 12–17–18; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. 2018–27302 Filed 12–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P BILLING CODE 6717–01–P [FR Doc. 2018–27308 Filed 12–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. IS18–766–000; IS18–767–000] Mid-America Pipeline Company, LLC; Seminole Pipeline Company LLC; Notice of Technical Conference Take notice that a technical conference will be held Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time), in Hearing Room 7, at the offices of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington DC 20426. At the technical conference, the Commission staff and the parties to the proceeding should be prepared to discuss all issues set for technical conference as established in the October 25, 2018 order, Mid-America Pipeline Company, LLC et al., 165 FERC 61,046. All interested persons are permitted to attend. Commission conferences are accessible under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For accessibility accommodations please send an email to accessibility@ferc.gov or call toll free 1–866–208–3372 (voice) or 202–502–8659 (TTY); or send a fax to 202–208–2106 with the required accommodations. For more information about this technical conference please contact Matthew Petersen at (202)-502–6845 or matthew.petersen@ferc.gov. Dated: December 12, 2018. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2018–27309 Filed 12–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:45 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 242 (Tuesday, December 18, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 64818-64819]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC19-12-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-592); Comment 
Request; Extension

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice of information collection 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 currently approved 
information collection, FERC-592 (Standards of Conduct for Transmission 
Provider and Marketing Affiliates of Interstate Pipelines).

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due February 19, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC19-12-
000) by either of the following methods:
     eFiling at Commission's website: https://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: https://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 https://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: Standards of Conduct for Transmission Provider and Marketing 
Affiliates of Interstate Pipelines.
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0157.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-592 information 
collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting 
requirements.
    Abstract: The Commission uses the information maintained and posted 
by the respondents to monitor the pipeline's transportation, sales, and 
storage activities for its marketing affiliate to deter undue 
discrimination by pipeline companies in favor of their marketing 
affiliates. Non-affiliated shippers and other entities (e.g. state 
commissions) also use information to determine whether they have been 
harmed by affiliate preference and to prepare evidence for proceedings 
following the filing of a complaint.

18 CFR Part 358 (Standards of Conduct)

    Respondents maintain and provide the information required by part 
358 on their internet websites. When the Commission requires a pipeline 
to post information on its website following a disclosure of non-public 
information to its marketing affiliate, non-affiliated shippers obtain 
comparable access to the non-public transportation information, which 
allows them to compete with marketing affiliates on a more equal basis.

18 CFR 250.16, and the FERC-592 Log/Format

    This form (log/format) provides the electronic formats for 
maintaining information on discounted transportation transactions and 
capacity allocation to support monitoring of activities of interstate 
pipeline marketing affiliates. Commission staff considers discounts 
given to shippers in litigated rate cases.
    Without this information collection:
     The Commission would be unable to effectively monitor 
whether pipelines are giving discriminatory preference to their 
marketing affiliates; and
     non-affiliated shippers and state commissions and others 
would be unable to determine if they have been harmed by affiliate 
preference or prepare evidence for proceedings following the filing of 
a complaint.
    Type of Respondents: Natural gas pipelines.
    Estimate of Annual Burden:\1\ The Commission estimates the annual 
reporting burden and cost for the information collection as:
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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, 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 * $79.00/hour = 
Average cost/response. The figure is the 2018 FERC average hourly 
cost (for wages and benefits) of $79.00 (and an average annual 
salary of $164,820/year). Commission staff is using the FERC average 
salary because we consider any reporting requirements completed in 
response to the FERC-592 to be compensated at rates similar to the 
work of FERC employees.
    \3\ The requirements for this collection are contained in 18 CFR 
part 358 and 18 CFR part 250.16.

                         FERC-592--Standards for Conduct for Transmission Providers Marketing Affiliates of Interstate Pipelines
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                                                        Annual  number                                             Total annual burden
                                         Number of       of responses   Total number of   Average burden & cost   hours & total annual       Cost per
                                        respondents     per respondent     responses        per response \2\              cost            respondent ($)
                                                 (1)              (2)   (1) * (2) = (3)  (4)...................  (3) * (4) = (5).......       (5) / (1)
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FERC 592 \3\........................              85                1               85   116.62 hrs.; $9,212.98  9,913 hrs.; $783,127..        9,212.98
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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;

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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: December 12, 2018.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-27308 Filed 12-17-18; 8:45 am]
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