Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-920); Comment Request, 49724-49725 [2019-20515]

Download as PDF jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 49724 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 184 / Monday, September 23, 2019 / Notices maintained by the Secretary of the Commission and will receive copies of all documents filed by the applicant and by all other parties. A party must submit 3 copies of filings made in the proceeding with the Commission and must provide a copy to the applicant and to every other party. Only parties to the proceeding can ask for court review of Commission orders in the proceeding. However, a person does not have to intervene in order to have comments considered. The second way to participate is by filing with the Secretary of the Commission, as soon as possible, an original and two copies of comments in support of or in opposition to this project. The Commission will consider these comments in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but the filing of a comment alone will not serve to make the filer a party to the proceeding. The Commission’s rules require that persons filing comments in opposition to the project provide copies of their protests only to the party or parties directly involved in the protest. Persons who wish to comment only on the environmental review of this project should submit an original and two copies of their comments to the Secretary of the Commission. Environmental commenters will be placed on the Commission’s environmental mailing list and will be notified of any meetings associated with the Commission’s environmental review process. Environmental commenters will not be required to serve copies of filed documents on all other parties. However, the non-party commenters will not receive copies of all documents filed by other parties or issued by the Commission and will not have the right to seek court review of the Commission’s final order. As of the February 27, 2018 date of the Commission’s order in Docket No. CP16–4–001, the Commission will apply its revised practice concerning out-of-time motions to intervene in any new Natural Gas Act section 3 or section 7 proceeding.1 Persons desiring to become a party to a certificate proceeding are to intervene in a timely manner. If seeking to intervene out-oftime, the movant is required to show good cause why the time limitation should be waived, and should provide justification by reference to factors set forth in Rule 214(d)(1) of the Commission’s Rules and Regulations.2 The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests 1 Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C., 162 FERC 61,167 at 50 (2018). 2 18 CFR 385.214(d)(1). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 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 3 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426. Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 8, 2019. Dated: September 17, 2019. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–20506 Filed 9–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC19–30–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–920); Comment Request Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. 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–920 [Electric Quarterly Reports (EQR)] 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 published a Notice in the Federal Register on July 8, 2019 requesting public comments. The Commission received no comments and is making this notation in its submittal to OMB. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by October 23, 2019. ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 1902–0255, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: oira_submission@omb.gov. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in Docket No. IC19–30–000, by either of the following methods: • eFiling at Commission’s Website: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ efiling.asp. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • 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–920 [Electric Quarterly Reports (EQR)]. OMB Control No.: 1902–0255. Abstract: The Commission originally set forth the EQR filing requirements in Order No. 2001 (Docket No. RM01–8– 000, issued April 25, 2002, at http:// elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/search/ intermediate.asp?link_ file=yes&doclist=2270047). Order No. 2001 required public utilities to electronically file EQRs summarizing transaction information for short-term and long-term cost-based sales and market-based rate sales and the contractual terms and conditions in their agreements for all jurisdictional services.1 The Commission established the EQR reporting requirements to help ensure the collection of information needed to perform its regulatory functions over transmission and sales, while making data more useful to the public and allowing public utilities to better fulfill their responsibility under FPA section 205(c) to have rates on file in a convenient form and place. As noted in Order No. 2001, the EQR data is designed to ‘‘provide greater price 1 Revised Public Utility Filing Requirements, Order No. 2001, 67 FR 31043 (May 8, 2002), FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,127, reh’g denied, Order No. 2001–A, 100 FERC ¶ 61,074, reh’g denied, Order No. 2001–B, 100 FERC ¶ 61,342, order directing filing, Order No. 2001–C, 101 FERC ¶ 61,314 (2002), order directing filing, Order No. 2001–D, 102 FERC ¶ 61,334, order refining filing requirements, Order No. 2001–E, 105 FERC ¶ 61,352 (2003), order on clarification, Order No. 2001–F, 106 FERC ¶ 61,060 (2004), order revising filing requirements, Order No. 2001–G, 72 FR 56735 (Oct. 4, 2007), 120 FERC ¶ 61,270, order on reh’g and clarification, Order No. 2001–H, 73 FR 1876 (Jan. 10, 2008), 121 FERC ¶ 61,289 (2007), order revising filing requirements, Order No. 2001–I, 73 FR 65526 (Nov. 4, 2008), 125 FERC ¶ 61,103 (2008). E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 49725 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 184 / Monday, September 23, 2019 / Notices transparency, promote competition, enhance confidence in the fairness of the markets, and provide a better means to detect and discourage discriminatory practices.’’ Since issuing Order No. 2001, the Commission has provided guidance and refined the reporting requirements, as necessary, to reflect changes in the Commission’s rules and regulations.2 The Commission also adopted an Electric Quarterly Report Data Dictionary, which provides in one document the definitions of certain terms and values used in filing EQR data.3 To increase transparency broadly across all wholesale markets subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction, the Commission issued Order No. 768 in 2012.4 Order No. 768 required market participants that are excluded from the Commission’s jurisdiction under the Federal Power Act section 205 (nonpublic utilities) and have more than a de minimis market presence to file EQRs with the Commission. In addition, Order No. 768 revised the EQR filing requirements to build upon the Commission’s prior improvements to the reporting requirements and further enhance the goals of providing greater price transparency, promoting competition, instilling confidence in the fairness of the markets, and providing a better means to detect and discourage anti-competitive, discriminatory, and manipulative practices. EQR information allows the public to assess supply and demand fundamentals and to price interstate wholesale market transactions. This, in turn, results in greater market confidence, lower transaction costs, and ultimately supports competitive markets. In addition, the data filed in the EQR strengthens the Commission’s ability to exercise its wholesale electric rate and electric power transmission oversight and enforcement responsibilities in accordance with the Federal Power Act. Without this information, the Commission would lack some of the data it needs to examine and approve or modify electric rates. Type of Respondent: Public utilities, and non-public utilities with more than a de minimis market presence. Estimate of Annual Burden: 5 The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as: FERC–920: ELECTRIC QUARTERLY REPORTS (EQR) Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden hrs. & cost per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) 2,595 4 Dated: September 18, 2019. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–20515 Filed 9–20–19; 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 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 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 2 See, e.g., Revised Public Utility Filing Requirements for Electric Quarterly Reports, 124 FERC ¶ 61,244 (2008) (providing guidance on the filing of information on transmission capacity reassignments in EQRs); Notice of Electric Quarterly Reports Technical Conference, 73 FR 2477 (Jan. 15, 2008) (announcing a technical conference to discuss changes associated with the EQR Data Dictionary). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Sep 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 10,380 18.1 hrs.; $1,448 ................................... 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. Unless the Commission determines that the prohibited communication and any responses thereto should become a part of the decisional record, the prohibited off-the-record communication will not be considered by the Commission in reaching its decision. Parties to a proceeding may seek the opportunity to respond to any facts or contentions made in a prohibited off-the-record communication, and may request that the Commission place the prohibited communication and responses thereto in the decisional record. The Commission will grant such a request only when it determines that fairness so requires. Any person identified below as having made a prohibited off-the-record communication shall serve the document on all parties listed on the official service list for the applicable proceeding in accordance with Rule 2010, 18 CFR 385.2010. 3 Order No. 2001–G, 120 FERC ¶ 61,270 (2007). No. 768, 77 FR 61896 (Oct. 11, 2012), FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,336 (2012). 5 ‘‘Burden’’ is 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 4 Order PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 187,878 hrs.; $15,030,240 Exempt off-the-record communications are included in the decisional record of the proceeding, unless the communication was with a cooperating agency as described by 40 CFR 1501.6, made under 18 CFR 385.2201(e)(1)(v). The following is a list of off-therecord communications recently received by the Secretary of the Commission. The communications listed are grouped by docket numbers in ascending order. These filings are available for electronic review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s website at 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, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnline Support@ burden, refer to Title 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. The cost is based on FERC’s 2019 average FTE (full-time equivalent) cost (wages plus benefits) of $80.00/hour. The Commission staff believes the FERC FTE cost for wages plus benefits is representative of the corresponding cost for the industry respondents. E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 184 (Monday, September 23, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 49724-49725]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-20515]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC19-30-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-920); Comment 
Request

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

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-920 [Electric 
Quarterly Reports (EQR)] 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 published a Notice in the Federal Register on July 8, 2019 
requesting public comments. The Commission received no comments and is 
making this notation in its submittal to OMB.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by October 23, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 
1902-0255, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs: [email protected]. Attention: Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission Desk Officer.
    A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in 
Docket No. IC19-30-000, by either of the following methods:
     eFiling at Commission's Website: 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 [email protected], 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 
[email protected], by telephone at (202) 502-8663, and by fax at 
(202) 273-0873.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: FERC-920 [Electric Quarterly Reports (EQR)].
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0255.
    Abstract: The Commission originally set forth the EQR filing 
requirements in Order No. 2001 (Docket No. RM01-8-000, issued April 25, 
2002, at http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/search/intermediate.asp?link_file=yes&doclist=2270047). Order No. 2001 
required public utilities to electronically file EQRs summarizing 
transaction information for short-term and long-term cost-based sales 
and market-based rate sales and the contractual terms and conditions in 
their agreements for all jurisdictional services.\1\ The Commission 
established the EQR reporting requirements to help ensure the 
collection of information needed to perform its regulatory functions 
over transmission and sales, while making data more useful to the 
public and allowing public utilities to better fulfill their 
responsibility under FPA section 205(c) to have rates on file in a 
convenient form and place. As noted in Order No. 2001, the EQR data is 
designed to ``provide greater price

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transparency, promote competition, enhance confidence in the fairness 
of the markets, and provide a better means to detect and discourage 
discriminatory practices.''
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    \1\ Revised Public Utility Filing Requirements, Order No. 2001, 
67 FR 31043 (May 8, 2002), FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,127, reh'g 
denied, Order No. 2001-A, 100 FERC ] 61,074, reh'g denied, Order No. 
2001-B, 100 FERC ] 61,342, order directing filing, Order No. 2001-C, 
101 FERC ] 61,314 (2002), order directing filing, Order No. 2001-D, 
102 FERC ] 61,334, order refining filing requirements, Order No. 
2001-E, 105 FERC ] 61,352 (2003), order on clarification, Order No. 
2001-F, 106 FERC ] 61,060 (2004), order revising filing 
requirements, Order No. 2001-G, 72 FR 56735 (Oct. 4, 2007), 120 FERC 
] 61,270, order on reh'g and clarification, Order No. 2001-H, 73 FR 
1876 (Jan. 10, 2008), 121 FERC ] 61,289 (2007), order revising 
filing requirements, Order No. 2001-I, 73 FR 65526 (Nov. 4, 2008), 
125 FERC ] 61,103 (2008).
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    Since issuing Order No. 2001, the Commission has provided guidance 
and refined the reporting requirements, as necessary, to reflect 
changes in the Commission's rules and regulations.\2\ The Commission 
also adopted an Electric Quarterly Report Data Dictionary, which 
provides in one document the definitions of certain terms and values 
used in filing EQR data.\3\
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    \2\ See, e.g., Revised Public Utility Filing Requirements for 
Electric Quarterly Reports, 124 FERC ] 61,244 (2008) (providing 
guidance on the filing of information on transmission capacity 
reassignments in EQRs); Notice of Electric Quarterly Reports 
Technical Conference, 73 FR 2477 (Jan. 15, 2008) (announcing a 
technical conference to discuss changes associated with the EQR Data 
Dictionary).
    \3\ Order No. 2001-G, 120 FERC ] 61,270 (2007).
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    To increase transparency broadly across all wholesale markets 
subject to the Commission's jurisdiction, the Commission issued Order 
No. 768 in 2012.\4\ Order No. 768 required market participants that are 
excluded from the Commission's jurisdiction under the Federal Power Act 
section 205 (non-public utilities) and have more than a de minimis 
market presence to file EQRs with the Commission. In addition, Order 
No. 768 revised the EQR filing requirements to build upon the 
Commission's prior improvements to the reporting requirements and 
further enhance the goals of providing greater price transparency, 
promoting competition, instilling confidence in the fairness of the 
markets, and providing a better means to detect and discourage anti-
competitive, discriminatory, and manipulative practices.
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    \4\ Order No. 768, 77 FR 61896 (Oct. 11, 2012), FERC Stats. & 
Regs. ] 31,336 (2012).
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    EQR information allows the public to assess supply and demand 
fundamentals and to price interstate wholesale market transactions. 
This, in turn, results in greater market confidence, lower transaction 
costs, and ultimately supports competitive markets. In addition, the 
data filed in the EQR strengthens the Commission's ability to exercise 
its wholesale electric rate and electric power transmission oversight 
and enforcement responsibilities in accordance with the Federal Power 
Act. Without this information, the Commission would lack some of the 
data it needs to examine and approve or modify electric rates.
    Type of Respondent: Public utilities, and non-public utilities with 
more than a de minimis market presence.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \5\ The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden for the information collection as:
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    \5\ ``Burden'' is 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 Title 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3.
    The cost is based on FERC's 2019 average FTE (full-time 
equivalent) cost (wages plus benefits) of $80.00/hour. The 
Commission staff believes the FERC FTE cost for wages plus benefits 
is representative of the corresponding cost for the industry 
respondents.

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                                  Annual number of                                           Total annual burden
      Number of respondents         responses per     Total number of   Average burden hrs.     hours & total
                                     respondent          responses      & cost per response      annual cost
(1)                                            (2)     (1) * (2) = (3)  (4)................  (3) * (4) = (5)
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2,595...........................                 4              10,380  18.1 hrs.; $1,448..  187,878 hrs.;
                                                                                              $15,030,240
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    Dated: September 18, 2019.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-20515 Filed 9-20-19; 8:45 am]
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