Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc-549); Comment Request; Extension, 56805-56807 [2019-23095]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 205 / Wednesday, October 23, 2019 / Notices Applicant Contact: Mr. Luigi Resta, Owyhee Energy Storage, LLC, 201 S. Main St., Ste. 2000, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111; phone: (415) 602–2569. FERC Contact: John Matkowski; phone: (202) 502–8576. 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. 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/ 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–15006–000. More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link of Commission’s website at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (P–15006) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Dated: October 17, 2019. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–23098 Filed 10–22–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC20–1–000] Transportation for Intrastate Pipelines Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc–549); 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 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:10 Oct 22, 2019 Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, FERC– 549 (NGPA Title III Transaction and NGA Blanket Certificate Transactions). DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due December 23, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC20–1–000) 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/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: NGPA Title III Transactions and NGA Blanket Certificate Transactions. OMB Control No.: 1902–0086. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–549 information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: FERC–549 is required to implement the statutory provisions governed by Sections 311 and 312 of the Natural Gas Policy Act (NGPA) (15 U.S.C. 3371–3372) and Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) (15 U.S.C. 717f). The reporting requirements for implementing these provisions are contained in 18 CFR part 284. Jkt 250001 In 18 CFR 284.102(e), the Commission requires interstate pipelines to obtain proper certification in order to ship natural gas on behalf of intrastate pipelines and local distribution companies (LDC). This certification consists of a letter from the intrastate pipeline or LDC authorizing the interstate pipeline to ship gas on its behalf. In addition, interstate pipelines PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56805 must obtain from its shippers certifications including sufficient information to verify that their services qualify under this section. 18 CFR 284.123(b) provides that intrastate gas pipeline companies file for Commission approval of rates for services performed in the interstate transportation of gas. An intrastate gas pipeline company may elect to use rates contained in one of its then effective transportation rate schedules on file with an appropriate state regulatory agency for intrastate service comparable to the interstate service or file proposed rates and supporting information showing the rates are cost based and are fair and equitable. It is the Commission policy that each pipeline must file at least every five years to ensure its rates are fair and equitable. Depending on the business process used, either 60 or 150 days after the application is filed, the rate is deemed to be fair and equitable unless the Commission either extends the time for action, institutes a proceeding or issues an order providing for rates it deems to be fair and equitable. 18 CFR 284.123(e) requires that within 30 days of commencement of new service any intrastate pipeline engaging in the transportation of gas in interstate commerce must file a statement that includes the interstate rates and a description of how the pipeline will engage in the transportation services, including operating conditions. If an intrastate gas pipeline company changes its operations or rates it must amend the statement on file with the Commission. Such amendment is to be filed not later than 30 days after commencement of the change in operations or change in rate election. Market-Based Rates for Storage In 2006, the Commission amended its regulations to establish criteria for obtaining market-based rates for storage services offered under 18 CFR 284.501– 505. First, the Commission modified its market-power analysis to better reflect the competitive alternatives to storage. Second, pursuant to the EPAct 2005, the Commission promulgated rules to implement section 4(f) of the Natural Gas Act, to permit underground natural gas storage service providers that are unable to show that they lack market power to negotiate market-based rates in circumstances where market-based rates are in the public interest and necessary to encourage the construction of the storage capacity in the area needing storage services, and where customers are adequately protected. The revisions were intended to facilitate the E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 56806 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 205 / Wednesday, October 23, 2019 / Notices development of new natural gas storage capacity while protecting customers. Code of Conduct The Commission’s regulations at 18 CFR 284.288 and 284.403 provide that applicable sellers of natural gas adhere to a code of conduct when making gas sales in order to protect the integrity of the market. As part of this code, the Commission imposes a record retention requirement on applicable sellers to ‘‘retain, for a period of five years, all data and information upon which it billed the prices it charged for natural gas it sold pursuant to its market based sales certificate or the prices it reported for use in price indices.’’ FERC uses these records to monitor the Commission seeks civil penalties for violations of the anti-manipulation rules or other rules, regulations, or orders to which the price data may be relevant. Failure to have this information available would mean the Commission is unable to perform its regulatory functions and to monitor and evaluate transactions and operations of interstate pipelines and blanket marketing certificate holders. Type of Respondents: Jurisdictional interstate and intrastate natural gas pipelines. Estimate of Annual Burden: 1 The Commission estimates the annual burden and cost for the information collection as follows. jurisdictional transportation activities and unbundled sales activities of interstate natural gas pipelines and blanket marketing certificate holders. The record retention period of five years is necessary due to the importance of records related to any investigation of possible wrongdoing and related to assuring compliance with the codes of conduct and the integrity of the market. The requirement is necessary to ensure consistency with the rule prohibiting market manipulation (regulations adopted in Order No. 670, implementing the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) anti-manipulation provisions) and the generally applicable five-year statute of limitations where the FERC–549—NGPA TITLE III TRANSACTIONS AND NGA BLANKET CERTIFICATE TRANSACTION 2 Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent (1) (2) Total number of responses Average burden hrs. & cost ($) per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost ($) (rounded) Cost per respondent ($) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) Transportation by Pipelines 3. Market-Based Rates 4 .. 53 2 106 50 hrs.; $5,331 ............ 5,300 hrs.; $565,086 ... 10,662 1 1 1 350 hrs.; $37,317 ........ 350 hrs.; $37,317 ........ 37,317 Total ...................... ........................ ........................ 107 ..................................... 5,650 hrs.; $602,403. RECORD RETENTION REQUIREMENTS FOR HOLDERS OF BLANKET MARKETING OR UNBUNDLED SALES CERTIFICATES Labor burden and cost Code of Conduct (record-keeping) 5 6. Total ...................... Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent (1) (2) Total number of responses Average burden hrs. & cost ($) per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost ($) (rounded) Cost per respondent ($) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) 319 1 319 1 hr.; $33.39 ................ 319 hrs.; $10,651 ........ ........................ ........................ 319 ..................................... 319; $10,651. 33.39 STORAGE COST FOR RECORD RETENTION REQUIREMENTS FOR HOLDERS OF BLANKET MARKETING OR UNBUNDLED SALES CERTIFICATES Total number of responses Cost ($) per respondent Total annual burden hours & total annual cost ($) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) Paper Storage .............................................................................................................................. Electronic Storage ....................................................................................................................... 319 319 80.75 3.18 25,759.25 1,014.42 Total Storage Burden ........................................................................................................... 319 ........................ 26,773.67 1 The Commission defines burden as the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:10 Oct 22, 2019 Jkt 250001 provide information to or for a Federal agency. For further explanation of what is included in the PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information collection burden, refer to Title 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 205 / Wednesday, October 23, 2019 / Notices Storage Cost: 7 In addition to the burden and cost for labor, the table above reflects an additional cost for record retention and storage: • Paper storage costs (using an estimate of 12.5 cubic feet × $6.46 per cubic foot): $80.75 per respondent annually. Total annual paper storage cost to industry ($80.75 × 319 respondents): $25,759.25. This estimate assumes that a respondent stores 12.5 cubic feet of paper. We expect that this estimate should trend downward over time as more companies move away from paper storage and rely more heavily on electronic storage. • Electronic storage costs: $3.18 per respondent annually. Total annual electronic storage cost to industry ($3.18 × 319 respondents): $1,014.42. This calculation estimates storage of approximately 200 MB per year cost of $3.18. We expect that this estimate should trend downward over time as the cost of electronic storage technology, including cloud storage, continues to decrease. For example, external hard drives of approximately 500GB are available for approximately $50. In addition, cloud storage plans from multiple providers for 1TB of storage (with a reasonable amount of requests and data transfers) are available for less than $35 per month. 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 2 The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $106.62 per Hour = Average Cost per Response. The hourly average of $101.69 (for wages and benefits) assumes equal time is spent by an economist and lawyer. The average hourly cost (for wages plus benefits) is: $70.38 for economists (occupation code 19–3011) and $142.86 for lawyers (occupation code 23–0000). (The figures are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2018 figures at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics2_ 22.htm). 3 The entities affected by 18 CFR 284.123(b) and (e) are intrastate pipelines. Interstate and intrastate pipelines are affected by 18 CFR 284.102(e). Since 2016, the Commission has not received any filings under 18 CFR 284.102(e). 4 18 CFR 284.501–505. 5 18 CFR 284.288 and 284.403. 6 For the Code of Conduct record-keeping, the $33.39 hourly cost figure comes from the average cost (wages plus benefits) of a file clerk (Occupation Code 43–4071) as posted on the BLS website (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics2_22.htm). 7 Each of the 319 entities is assumed to have both paper and electronic record retention. Internal analysis assumes 50% paper storage and 50% electronic storage. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:10 Oct 22, 2019 Jkt 250001 56807 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. Wind Farm II GIA (J807) to be effective 10/3/2019. Filed Date: 10/17/19. Accession Number: 20191017–5072. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 11/7/19. Dated: October 17, 2019. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. Docket Numbers: ER20–132–000. Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: 2019–10–17_SA 3363 ATC-Marathon Wind Farm GIA (J821) to be effective 10/3/2019. Filed Date: 10/17/19. Accession Number: 20191017–5074. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 11/7/19. [FR Doc. 2019–23095 Filed 10–22–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings #1 Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings: Docket Numbers: ER19–2643–002. Applicants: Duke Energy Florida, LLC. Description: Tariff Amendment: DEF OATT Attachment G Amendment (FRCC Dissolution) to be effective 9/1/ 2019. Filed Date: 10/17/19. Accession Number: 20191017–5095. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 11/7/19. Docket Numbers: ER19–2828–002. Applicants: AEP Ohio Transmission Company, Inc., Ohio Power Company, PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. Description: Tariff Amendment: AEP submits an amendment to ILDSA, Service Agreement No. 1336 re: Attachment 1 to be effective 12/31/9998. Filed Date: 10/17/19. Accession Number: 20191017–5067. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 11/7/19. Docket Numbers: ER20–129–000. Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: 2019–10–16_Resources with long-term planned outages filing to be effective 2/ 1/2020. Filed Date: 10/16/19. Accession Number: 20191016–5194. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 11/6/19. Docket Numbers: ER20–130–000. Applicants: Buffalo Ridge II LLC. Description: Tariff Cancellation: Notice of Cancellation of Reactive Power Rate Schedule to be effective 12/ 16/2019. Filed Date: 10/16/19. Accession Number: 20191016–5195. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 11/6/19. Docket Numbers: ER20–131–000. Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: 2019–10–17_SA 3362 ATC-Quilt Block PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Docket Numbers: ER20–133–000. Applicants: PacifiCorp. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: BPA Construct Agmt for Green Springs BAA Move to be effective 12/17/2019. Filed Date: 10/17/19. Accession Number: 20191017–5133. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 11/7/19. Docket Numbers: ER20–134–000. Applicants: Cardinal Point LLC. Description: Baseline eTariff Filing: Cardinal Point LLC’s Market-Based Rate Tariff to be effective 12/17/2019. Filed Date: 10/17/19. Accession Number: 20191017–5135. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 11/7/19. 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. eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/ docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Dated: October 17, 2019. 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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC20-1-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc-549); 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-549 (NGPA Title III Transaction and NGA 
Blanket Certificate Transactions).

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

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC20-1-
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], telephone at (202) 502-8663, and fax at (202) 
273-0873.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: NGPA Title III Transactions and NGA Blanket Certificate 
Transactions.
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0086.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-549 information 
collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting 
requirements.
    Abstract: FERC-549 is required to implement the statutory 
provisions governed by Sections 311 and 312 of the Natural Gas Policy 
Act (NGPA) (15 U.S.C. 3371-3372) and Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act 
(NGA) (15 U.S.C. 717f). The reporting requirements for implementing 
these provisions are contained in 18 CFR part 284.

Transportation for Intrastate Pipelines

    In 18 CFR 284.102(e), the Commission requires interstate pipelines 
to obtain proper certification in order to ship natural gas on behalf 
of intrastate pipelines and local distribution companies (LDC). This 
certification consists of a letter from the intrastate pipeline or LDC 
authorizing the interstate pipeline to ship gas on its behalf. In 
addition, interstate pipelines must obtain from its shippers 
certifications including sufficient information to verify that their 
services qualify under this section.
    18 CFR 284.123(b) provides that intrastate gas pipeline companies 
file for Commission approval of rates for services performed in the 
interstate transportation of gas. An intrastate gas pipeline company 
may elect to use rates contained in one of its then effective 
transportation rate schedules on file with an appropriate state 
regulatory agency for intrastate service comparable to the interstate 
service or file proposed rates and supporting information showing the 
rates are cost based and are fair and equitable. It is the Commission 
policy that each pipeline must file at least every five years to ensure 
its rates are fair and equitable. Depending on the business process 
used, either 60 or 150 days after the application is filed, the rate is 
deemed to be fair and equitable unless the Commission either extends 
the time for action, institutes a proceeding or issues an order 
providing for rates it deems to be fair and equitable.
    18 CFR 284.123(e) requires that within 30 days of commencement of 
new service any intrastate pipeline engaging in the transportation of 
gas in interstate commerce must file a statement that includes the 
interstate rates and a description of how the pipeline will engage in 
the transportation services, including operating conditions. If an 
intrastate gas pipeline company changes its operations or rates it must 
amend the statement on file with the Commission. Such amendment is to 
be filed not later than 30 days after commencement of the change in 
operations or change in rate election.

Market-Based Rates for Storage

    In 2006, the Commission amended its regulations to establish 
criteria for obtaining market-based rates for storage services offered 
under 18 CFR 284.501-505. First, the Commission modified its market-
power analysis to better reflect the competitive alternatives to 
storage. Second, pursuant to the EPAct 2005, the Commission promulgated 
rules to implement section 4(f) of the Natural Gas Act, to permit 
underground natural gas storage service providers that are unable to 
show that they lack market power to negotiate market-based rates in 
circumstances where market-based rates are in the public interest and 
necessary to encourage the construction of the storage capacity in the 
area needing storage services, and where customers are adequately 
protected. The revisions were intended to facilitate the

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development of new natural gas storage capacity while protecting 
customers.

Code of Conduct

    The Commission's regulations at 18 CFR 284.288 and 284.403 provide 
that applicable sellers of natural gas adhere to a code of conduct when 
making gas sales in order to protect the integrity of the market. As 
part of this code, the Commission imposes a record retention 
requirement on applicable sellers to ``retain, for a period of five 
years, all data and information upon which it billed the prices it 
charged for natural gas it sold pursuant to its market based sales 
certificate or the prices it reported for use in price indices.'' FERC 
uses these records to monitor the jurisdictional transportation 
activities and unbundled sales activities of interstate natural gas 
pipelines and blanket marketing certificate holders.
    The record retention period of five years is necessary due to the 
importance of records related to any investigation of possible 
wrongdoing and related to assuring compliance with the codes of conduct 
and the integrity of the market. The requirement is necessary to ensure 
consistency with the rule prohibiting market manipulation (regulations 
adopted in Order No. 670, implementing the Energy Policy Act of 2005 
(EPAct 2005) anti-manipulation provisions) and the generally applicable 
five-year statute of limitations where the Commission seeks civil 
penalties for violations of the anti-manipulation rules or other rules, 
regulations, or orders to which the price data may be relevant.
    Failure to have this information available would mean the 
Commission is unable to perform its regulatory functions and to monitor 
and evaluate transactions and operations of interstate pipelines and 
blanket marketing certificate holders.
    Type of Respondents: Jurisdictional interstate and intrastate 
natural gas pipelines.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \1\ The Commission estimates the annual 
burden and cost for the information collection as follows.
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    \1\ 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, refer to Title 5 Code of Federal 
Regulations 1320.3.

                                    FERC-549--NGPA Title III Transactions and NGA Blanket Certificate Transaction \2\
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                                                       Annual  number
                                          Number of     of  responses   Total  number   Average  burden  hrs. &   Total  annual  burden      Cost per
                                         respondents         per        of  responses   cost  ($)  per response   hours & total  annual     respondent
                                                         respondent                                                cost  ($)  (rounded)         ($)
                                                  (1)             (2)     (1) * (2) =  (4).....................  (3) * (4) = (5)........       (5) / (1)
                                                                                  (3)
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Transportation by Pipelines \3\......              53               2             106  50 hrs.; $5,331.........  5,300 hrs.; $565,086...          10,662
Market-Based Rates \4\...............               1               1               1  350 hrs.; $37,317.......  350 hrs.; $37,317......          37,317
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    Total............................  ..............  ..............             107  ........................  5,650 hrs.; $602,403...
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                             Record Retention Requirements for Holders of Blanket Marketing or Unbundled Sales Certificates
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                                                       Annual  number
                                          Number of     of  responses   Total  number   Average  burden  hrs. &   Total  annual  burden      Cost per
       Labor  burden  and cost           respondents         per        of  responses   cost  ($)  per response   hours & total  annual     respondent
                                                         respondent                                                cost  ($)  (rounded)         ($)
                                                  (1)             (2)     (1) * (2) =  (4).....................  (3) * (4) = (5)........       (5) / (1)
                                                                                  (3)
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Code of Conduct (record-keeping) 5 6.             319               1             319  1 hr.; $33.39...........  319 hrs.; $10,651......           33.39
    Total............................  ..............  ..............             319  ........................  319; $10,651...........
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 Storage Cost for Record Retention Requirements for Holders of Blanket Marketing or Unbundled Sales Certificates
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                                                                                                   Total  annual
                                                                                                   burden  hours
                                                                   Total  number  Cost  ($)  per      & total
                                                                   of  responses     respondent     annual cost
                                                                                                        ($)
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                                                                     (1) * (2) =             (4)     (3) * (4) =
                                                                             (3)                             (5)
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Paper Storage...................................................             319           80.75       25,759.25
Electronic Storage..............................................             319            3.18        1,014.42
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    Total Storage Burden........................................             319  ..............       26,773.67
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    Storage Cost: \7\ In addition to the burden and cost for labor, the 
table above reflects an additional cost for record retention and 
storage:
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    \2\ The estimates for cost per response are derived using the 
following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $106.62 per 
Hour = Average Cost per Response. The hourly average of $101.69 (for 
wages and benefits) assumes equal time is spent by an economist and 
lawyer. The average hourly cost (for wages plus benefits) is: $70.38 
for economists (occupation code 19-3011) and $142.86 for lawyers 
(occupation code 23-0000). (The figures are taken from the Bureau of 
Labor Statistics, May 2018 figures at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics2_22.htm).
    \3\ The entities affected by 18 CFR 284.123(b) and (e) are 
intrastate pipelines. Interstate and intrastate pipelines are 
affected by 18 CFR 284.102(e). Since 2016, the Commission has not 
received any filings under 18 CFR 284.102(e).
    \4\ 18 CFR 284.501-505.
    \5\ 18 CFR 284.288 and 284.403.
    \6\ For the Code of Conduct record-keeping, the $33.39 hourly 
cost figure comes from the average cost (wages plus benefits) of a 
file clerk (Occupation Code 43-4071) as posted on the BLS website 
(http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics2_22.htm).
    \7\ Each of the 319 entities is assumed to have both paper and 
electronic record retention. Internal analysis assumes 50% paper 
storage and 50% electronic storage.
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     Paper storage costs (using an estimate of 12.5 cubic feet 
x $6.46 per cubic foot): $80.75 per respondent annually. Total annual 
paper storage cost to industry ($80.75 x 319 respondents): $25,759.25. 
This estimate assumes that a respondent stores 12.5 cubic feet of 
paper. We expect that this estimate should trend downward over time as 
more companies move away from paper storage and rely more heavily on 
electronic storage.
     Electronic storage costs: $3.18 per respondent annually. 
Total annual electronic storage cost to industry ($3.18 x 319 
respondents): $1,014.42. This calculation estimates storage of 
approximately 200 MB per year cost of $3.18. We expect that this 
estimate should trend downward over time as the cost of electronic 
storage technology, including cloud storage, continues to decrease. For 
example, external hard drives of approximately 500GB are available for 
approximately $50. In addition, cloud storage plans from multiple 
providers for 1TB of storage (with a reasonable amount of requests and 
data transfers) are available for less than $35 per month.
    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 17, 2019.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
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