Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc-725u); Comment Request; Extension, 11277-11278 [2021-03802]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 24, 2021 / Notices of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Dated: February 18, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [Docket No. IC21–9–000] [FR Doc. 2021–03804 Filed 2–23–21; 8:45 am] Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc–725u); Comment Request; Extension BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments. [Docket No. AD21–10–000] SUMMARY: AGENCY: Modernizing Electricity Market Design; Notice of Technical Conference on Resource Adequacy in the Evolving Electricity Sector khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Take notice that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) will convene a Commissioner-led technical conference in the abovereferenced proceeding on Tuesday March 23, 2021 from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday March 24, 2021 from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern time. The conference will be held remotely. The Commission will issue a supplemental notice providing the agenda for the technical conference. The conference will be open for the public to attend remotely. There is no fee for attendance. Information on this event will be posted on the Calendar of Events on the Commission’s website, www.ferc.gov, prior to the event. The conference will be transcribed. Transcripts will be available for a fee from Ace Reporting (202–347–3700). 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 202–208–8659 (TTY), or send a fax to 202–208–2106 with the required accommodations. For more information about this technical conference, please contact David Rosner at david.rosner@ferc.gov or Emma Nicholson at emma.nicholson@ferc.gov. For information related to logistics, please contact Sarah McKinley at sarah.mckinley@ferc.gov or (202) 502– 8368. Dated: February 18, 2021. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–03807 Filed 2–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Feb 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 a renewal of currently approved information collection, FERC–725U (Mandatory Reliability Standards: Reliability Standard CIP–014–2), which will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due March 26, 2021. ADDRESSES: Send written comments on the information collections to OMB through www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. Please identify the OMB Control Number (1902–0274) in the subject line of your comments. Comments should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/PRAMain. Please submit copies of your comments to the Commission. You may submit copies of your comments (identified by Docket No. IC21–9–000) by one of the following methods: • eFiling at Commission’s Website: http://www.ferc.gov. • U.S. Postal Service Mail: Persons unable to file electronically may mail similar pleadings to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426. • Delivery of filings other than by eFiling or the U.S. Postal Service should be delivered to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of the Secretary, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Instructions: OMB submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Using the search function under the ‘‘Currently Under Review’’ field, select Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; click ‘‘submit,’’ and select ‘‘comment’’ to the right of the subject collection. FERC submissions must be formatted PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11277 and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov. For user assistance, contact FERC Online Support by email at ferconlinesupport@ ferc.gov, or by phone at: (866) 208–3676 (toll-free). 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at DataClearance@FERC.gov, telephone at (202) 502–8663. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC–725U (Mandatory Reliability Standards: Reliability Standard CIP–014–2). OMB Control No.: 1902–0274. Type of Request: Three-year approval of the FERC–725U information collection requirements, with no changes to the reporting or recordkeeping requirements. Abstract: On August 8, 2005, the Electricity Modernization Act of 2005, which is Title XII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), was enacted into law. EPAct 2005 added a new section 215 to the Federal Power Act (FPA),1 which requires a Commissioncertified Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) to develop mandatory and enforceable Reliability Standards, subject to Commission review and approval. Once approved, the Reliability Standards may be enforced by the ERO, subject to Commission oversight, or by the Commission independently. Section 215 of the FPA requires a Commissioncertified ERO to develop mandatory and enforceable Reliability Standards, subject to Commission review and approval. Once approved, the Reliability Standards may be enforced by the ERO subject to Commission oversight or by the Commission independently. In 2006, the Commission certified NERC (now called the North American Electric Reliability Corporation) as the ERO pursuant to section 215 of the FPA. Reliability Standard CIP–014–2 requires applicable transmission owners and transmission operators to identify and protect transmission stations and transmission substations, and their associated primary control centers that if rendered inoperable or damaged resulting from a physical attack could result in widespread instability, uncontrolled separation, or cascading within an Interconnection. In terms of information collection requirements, an applicable entity must 1 16 E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM U.S.C. 824o. 24FEN1 11278 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 24, 2021 / Notices create or maintain documentation showing compliance, when appropriate, with each requirement of the Reliability Standard. This Reliability Standard CIP–014–2 has six requirements. Transmission owners and transmission operators must keep data or evidence to show compliance with the standard for three years unless directed by its Compliance Enforcement Authority. If a responsible entity is found noncompliant, it must keep information related to the non-compliance until mitigation is complete and approved, or for three years, whichever is longer. Type of Respondents: Intrastate natural gas and Hinshaw pipelines. Estimate of Annual Burden 2 and Cost 3: The Commission estimates the total Public Reporting Burden for the FERC–725U information collection as: FERC–725U [Mandatory reliability standards: Reliability standard CIP–014] Number of respondents 4 Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden hours & cost per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Average annual cost per respondent (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping. Total FERC–725U 336 1 336 32.71 hrs.; $2,714.93 .. 10,991 hrs.; $912,253 $2,714,93 336 1 336 32.71 hrs.; $2,714.93 .. 10,991 hrs.; $912,253 $2,714.93 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: February 18, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–03802 Filed 2–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 3409–032] khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Boyne USA, Inc.; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment On January 31, 2020, Boyne USA, Inc. filed an application for a subsequent minor license to continue operating the existing, licensed, 250-kilowatt Boyne River Hydroelectric Project No. 3409 2 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, refer to 5 CFR 1320.3. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Feb 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 (Boyne River Project). The project is located on the Boyne River in Boyne Valley Township, Charlevoix County, Michigan. The project does not occupy federal land. In accordance with the Commission’s regulations, on November 24, 2020, Commission staff issued a notice that the project was ready for environmental analysis (REA notice). Based on the information in the record, including comments filed on the REA notice, staff does not anticipate that licensing the project would constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. Therefore, staff intends to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) on the application to license the Boyne River Project. The EA will be issued and circulated for review by all interested parties. All comments filed on the EA will be analyzed by staff and considered in the Commission’s final licensing decision. The application will be processed according to the following schedule. Revisions to the schedule may be made as appropriate. Milestone Target date Commission issues EA .................. June 2021.1 3 Commission staff estimates that the industry’s skill set and cost (for wages and benefits) for FERC– 725U are approximately the same as the Commission’s average cost. The FERC 2020 average salary plus benefits for one FERC full-time equivalent (FTE) is $172,329/year (or $83.00/hour). PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Milestone Comments on EA .......................... Target date July 2021. 1 The Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) regulations under 40 CFR 1501.10(b)(1) require that EAs be completed within 1 year of the federal action agency’s decision to prepare an EA. This notice establishes the Commission’s intent to prepare an EA for the Boyne River Project. Therefore, in accordance with CEQ’s regulations, the EA must be issued within 1 year of the issuance date of this notice. Any questions regarding this notice may be directed to Patrick Ely at patrick.ely@ferc.gov or (202) 502–8570. Dated: February 18, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–03801 Filed 2–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. AD21–6–000; AD20–6–000] RTO/ISO Credit Principles and Practices; Credit Reforms in Organized Wholesale Electric Markets Supplemental Notice of Technical Conference As first announced in the Notice of Technical Conference issued in this proceeding on November 4, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) will convene a staff-led technical conference in the above referenced proceeding on Thursday, 4 The total number of transmission owners and operators equals 336, this represents the unique US entities taken from October 2, 2020 NERC Compliance registry information. E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 35 (Wednesday, February 24, 2021)]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC21-9-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc-725u); 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 a renewal of currently approved 
information collection, FERC-725U (Mandatory Reliability Standards: 
Reliability Standard CIP-014-2), which will be submitted to the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due March 26, 
2021.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments on the information collections to OMB 
through www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Attention: Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. Please identify the OMB Control 
Number (1902-0274) in the subject line of your comments. Comments 
should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to 
www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.
    Please submit copies of your comments to the Commission. You may 
submit copies of your comments (identified by Docket No. IC21-9-000) by 
one of the following methods:
     eFiling at Commission's Website: http://www.ferc.gov.
     U.S. Postal Service Mail: Persons unable to file 
electronically may mail similar pleadings to the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426.
     Delivery of filings other than by eFiling or the U.S. 
Postal Service should be delivered to Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, Office of the Secretary, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, 
Maryland 20852.
    Instructions: OMB submissions must be formatted and filed in 
accordance with submission guidelines at www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Using the search function under the ``Currently Under Review'' 
field, select Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; click ``submit,'' 
and select ``comment'' to the right of the subject collection. FERC 
submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission 
guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov. For user assistance, contact FERC 
Online Support by email at [email protected], or by phone at: 
(866) 208-3676 (toll-free).
    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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at 
[email protected], telephone at (202) 502-8663.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: FERC-725U (Mandatory Reliability Standards: Reliability 
Standard CIP-014-2).
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0274.
    Type of Request: Three-year approval of the FERC-725U information 
collection requirements, with no changes to the reporting or 
recordkeeping requirements.
    Abstract: On August 8, 2005, the Electricity Modernization Act of 
2005, which is Title XII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), 
was enacted into law. EPAct 2005 added a new section 215 to the Federal 
Power Act (FPA),\1\ which requires a Commission-certified Electric 
Reliability Organization (ERO) to develop mandatory and enforceable 
Reliability Standards, subject to Commission review and approval. Once 
approved, the Reliability Standards may be enforced by the ERO, subject 
to Commission oversight, or by the Commission independently. Section 
215 of the FPA requires a Commission-certified ERO to develop mandatory 
and enforceable Reliability Standards, subject to Commission review and 
approval. Once approved, the Reliability Standards may be enforced by 
the ERO subject to Commission oversight or by the Commission 
independently. In 2006, the Commission certified NERC (now called the 
North American Electric Reliability Corporation) as the ERO pursuant to 
section 215 of the FPA. Reliability Standard CIP-014-2 requires 
applicable transmission owners and transmission operators to identify 
and protect transmission stations and transmission substations, and 
their associated primary control centers that if rendered inoperable or 
damaged resulting from a physical attack could result in widespread 
instability, uncontrolled separation, or cascading within an 
Interconnection.
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    In terms of information collection requirements, an applicable 
entity must

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create or maintain documentation showing compliance, when appropriate, 
with each requirement of the Reliability Standard. This Reliability 
Standard CIP-014-2 has six requirements. Transmission owners and 
transmission operators must keep data or evidence to show compliance 
with the standard for three years unless directed by its Compliance 
Enforcement Authority. If a responsible entity is found non-compliant, 
it must keep information related to the non-compliance until mitigation 
is complete and approved, or for three years, whichever is longer.
    Type of Respondents: Intrastate natural gas and Hinshaw pipelines.
    Estimate of Annual Burden \2\ and Cost \3\: The Commission 
estimates the total Public Reporting Burden for the FERC-725U 
information collection as:
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    \2\ 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, refer to 5 CFR 1320.3.
    \3\ Commission staff estimates that the industry's skill set and 
cost (for wages and benefits) for FERC-725U are approximately the 
same as the Commission's average cost. The FERC 2020 average salary 
plus benefits for one FERC full-time equivalent (FTE) is $172,329/
year (or $83.00/hour).

                                                                        FERC-725U
                                             [Mandatory reliability standards: Reliability standard CIP-014]
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                                          Number of     Annual number                                              Total annual burden    Average annual
                                         respondents    of responses    Total number    Average burden hours &     hours & total annual      cost per
                                             \4\       per respondent   of responses       cost per response               cost             respondent
                                                  (1)             (2)     (1) * (2) =  (4).....................  (3) * (4) = (5)........       (5) / (1)
                                                                                  (3)
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Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping...             336               1             336  32.71 hrs.; $2,714.93...  10,991 hrs.; $912,253..       $2,714,93
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    Total FERC-725U..................             336               1             336  32.71 hrs.; $2,714.93...  10,991 hrs.; $912,253..       $2,714.93
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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; 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.
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    \4\ The total number of transmission owners and operators equals 
336, this represents the unique US entities taken from October 2, 
2020 NERC Compliance registry information.

    Dated: February 18, 2021.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
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