Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-604); Comment Request; Extension, 68442-68443 [2019-27011]

Download as PDF 68442 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Notices FERC FORM 580 (INTERROGATORY ON FUEL AND ENERGY PURCHASE PRACTICES)—Continued Total .......................................................... Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost ($) per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost ($) Annual cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) ........................ ........................ .................................... 1,611.5 hrs.; $128,920 ... .................... 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 estimates 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: December 10, 2019. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–27015 Filed 12–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC19–46–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–604); Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. AGENCY: Notice of information collection and request for comments. ACTION: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comments on the currently approved information collection, FERC– 604 (Cash Management Agreements) and submitting the information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Dec 13, 2019 Jkt 250001 33 Comments on the collection of information are due January 15, 2020. ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 1902–0267, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: oira_submission@omb.gov. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Office. A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in Docket No. IC19–46–000, 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: FERC–604 (Cash Management Agreements). OMB Control No.: 1902–0267. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–604 with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: On September 6, 2019 (84 FR 46949), the Commission published a Notice in the Federal Register in Docket No. IC19–46–000 requesting public comments. The Commission received no comments and is noting that in the related submittal to OMB. Cash management or ‘‘money pool’’ programs typically concentrate affiliates’ cash DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 assets in joint accounts for the purpose of providing financial flexibility and lowering the cost of borrowing. In a 2001 investigation, FERC staff found that balances in cash management programs affecting FERC-regulated entities totaled approximately $16 billion. Additionally, other investigations revealed large transfers of funds amounting to more than $1 billion between regulated pipeline affiliates and non-regulated parents whose financial conditions were precarious. The Commission found that these and other fund transfers and the enormous (mostly unregulated) pools of money in cash management programs could detrimentally affect regulated rates. To protect customers and promote transparency, the Commission issued Order No. 634–A (2003) requiring entities to formalize in writing and file with the Commission their cash management agreements. At that time, the Commission obtained OMB clearance for the new reporting requirement under the FERC–555 information collection (OMB Control No. 1902–0098). The Commission includes these reporting requirements for cash management agreements under the FERC–604 information collection (OMB Control No. 1902–0267). The Commission implemented these reporting requirements in 18 CFR 141.500, 260.400, and 357.5. Type of Respondents: Public utilities, natural gas companies, and oil pipeline companies. Estimate of Annual Burden.1 The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden and cost 2 for the information collection as: 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. See 5 CFR 1320 for additional information on the definition of information collection burden. 2 The Commission staff estimates that industry is similarly situated in terms of hourly cost (for wages plus benefits). Based on the Commission’s FY (Fiscal Year) 2019 average cost of $167,091 (for wages plus benefits), $80.00/hour is used. E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Notices 68443 FERC—604—CASH MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden hours & average cost per response ($) Total annual burden hours & total annual cost ($) Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) = (6) 35 1 35 1.5 hours; $120.00 ......... 52.5 hours; $4,200.00 .... $120.00 Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of information are 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 estimates 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: December 10, 2019. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–27011 Filed 12–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Dated: December 10, 2019. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [Docket No. NJ20–5–000] [FR Doc. 2019–27017 Filed 12–13–19; 8:45 am] lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Notice of Filing; City of Anaheim, California BILLING CODE 6717–01–P Take notice that on December 9, 2019, the City of Anaheim, California submitted its tariff filing: City of Anaheim 2020 Transmission Revenue Balancing Account Adjustment to be effective January 1, 2020. 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. On or before the comment date, it is not necessary to VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Dec 13, 2019 serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests 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 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 http://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. Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on December 30, 2019. Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2816–050] North Hartland, LLC; Notice of Application Tendered for Filing with the Commission and Soliciting Additional Study Requests and Establishing Procedural Schedule for Relicensing and a Deadline For Submission of Final Amendments Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection. a. Type of Application: New Major License. b. Project No.: P–2816–050. c. Date filed: November 26, 2019. PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 d. Applicant: North Hartland, LLC (North Hartland). e. Name of Project: North Hartland Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: On the Ottauquechee River in the town of Hartland, Windsor County, Vermont. The project occupies 20.8 acres of land managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. 791(a)–825(r). h. Applicant Contact: Andrew J. Locke, President, Essex Hydro Associates, LLC, 55 Union Street, Boston, MA 02108; Phone at (617) 367– 0032, or email at alocke@ essexhydro.com. i. FERC Contact: Bill Connelly at (202) 502–8587, or william.connelly@ferc.gov. j. Cooperating agencies: Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies with jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to environmental issues that wish to cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document should follow the instructions for filing such requests described in item l below. Cooperating agencies should note the Commission’s policy that agencies that cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document cannot also intervene. See 94 FERC ¶ 61,076 (2001). k. Pursuant to section 4.32(b)(7) of 18 CFR of the Commission’s regulations, if any resource agency, Indian Tribe, or person believes that an additional scientific study should be conducted in order to form an adequate factual basis for a complete analysis of the application on its merit, the resource agency, Indian Tribe, or person must file a request for a study with the Commission not later than 60 days from the date of filing of the application, and serve a copy of the request on the applicant. l. Deadline for filing additional study requests and requests for cooperating agency status: January 25, 2020. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file additional study requests and requests for cooperating agency status using the Commission’s eFiling system at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. For assistance, please contact FERC Online E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 241 (Monday, December 16, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC19-46-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-604); Comment 
Request; Extension

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

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 (PRA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission 
or FERC) is soliciting public comments on the currently approved 
information collection, FERC-604 (Cash Management Agreements) and 
submitting the information collection to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review. Any interested person may file comments 
directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the 
Commission as explained below.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due January 15, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 
1902-0267, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs: [email protected]. Attention: Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission Desk Office.
    A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in 
Docket No. IC19-46-000, 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: FERC-604 (Cash Management Agreements).
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0267.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-604 with no 
changes to the current reporting requirements.
    Abstract: On September 6, 2019 (84 FR 46949), the Commission 
published a Notice in the Federal Register in Docket No. IC19-46-000 
requesting public comments. The Commission received no comments and is 
noting that in the related submittal to OMB. Cash management or ``money 
pool'' programs typically concentrate affiliates' cash assets in joint 
accounts for the purpose of providing financial flexibility and 
lowering the cost of borrowing. In a 2001 investigation, FERC staff 
found that balances in cash management programs affecting FERC-
regulated entities totaled approximately $16 billion. Additionally, 
other investigations revealed large transfers of funds amounting to 
more than $1 billion between regulated pipeline affiliates and non-
regulated parents whose financial conditions were precarious. The 
Commission found that these and other fund transfers and the enormous 
(mostly unregulated) pools of money in cash management programs could 
detrimentally affect regulated rates.
    To protect customers and promote transparency, the Commission 
issued Order No. 634-A (2003) requiring entities to formalize in 
writing and file with the Commission their cash management agreements. 
At that time, the Commission obtained OMB clearance for the new 
reporting requirement under the FERC-555 information collection (OMB 
Control No. 1902-0098). The Commission includes these reporting 
requirements for cash management agreements under the FERC-604 
information collection (OMB Control No. 1902-0267). The Commission 
implemented these reporting requirements in 18 CFR 141.500, 260.400, 
and 357.5.
    Type of Respondents: Public utilities, natural gas companies, and 
oil pipeline companies.
    Estimate of Annual Burden.\1\ The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden and cost \2\ 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. See 5 
CFR 1320 for additional information on the definition of information 
collection burden.
    \2\ The Commission staff estimates that industry is similarly 
situated in terms of hourly cost (for wages plus benefits). Based on 
the Commission's FY (Fiscal Year) 2019 average cost of $167,091 (for 
wages plus benefits), $80.00/hour is used.

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                    Number of
   Number of      responses per    Total number  of     Average burden hours & average cost      Total annual burden hours & total         Cost per
  respondents       respondent         responses                 per response ($)                         annual cost ($)               respondent ($)
(1)                         (2)     (1) * (2) = (3)   (4)...................................  (3) * (4) = (5).......................    (5) / (1) = (6)
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            35                1                  35   1.5 hours; $120.00....................  52.5 hours; $4,200.00.................            $120.00
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    Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of 
information are 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 estimates 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: December 10, 2019.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-27011 Filed 12-13-19; 8:45 am]
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