Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-725l); Comment Request; Extension, 18279-18283 [2021-07226]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 66 / Thursday, April 8, 2021 / Notices plan can be developed and submitted after your application has been reviewed and selected for funding. For additional information on the open licensing requirements please refer to 2 CFR 3474.20. 4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b). (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including financial information, as directed by the Secretary. If you receive a multiyear award, you must submit an annual performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, please go to www.ed.gov/ fund/grant/apply/appforms/ appforms.html. 5. Performance Measures: For the purposes of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) and reporting under 34 CFR 75.110, the Department has established a set of performance measures, including long-term measures, that are designed to yield information on the quality of the Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program. These measures include: (1) The percentage of preparation programs that incorporate scientifically or evidencebased 13 practices into their curricula; (2) the percentage of scholars completing preparation programs who are knowledgeable and skilled in evidence-based practices for children with disabilities; (3) the percentage of scholars who exit preparation programs prior to completion due to poor academic performance; (4) the percentage of scholars completing preparation programs who are working in the area(s) in which they were prepared upon program completion; (5) the Federal cost per scholar who completed the preparation program; (6) the percentage of scholars who completed the preparation program and 13 For the purposes of this performance measure, ‘‘evidence-based’’ means, at a minimum, evidence that demonstrates a rationale (as defined in 34 CFR 77.1), where a key project component included in the project’s logic model is informed by research or evaluation findings that suggest the project component is likely to improve relevant outcomes. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Apr 07, 2021 Jkt 253001 are employed in high-need districts; and (7) the percentage of scholars who completed the preparation program and who are rated effective by their employers. In addition, the Department will gather information on the following outcome measures: (1) The percentage of scholars who completed the preparation program and are employed in the field of special education for at least two years; (2) the number and percentage of scholars proposed by the grantee in their application that were actually enrolled and making satisfactory academic progress in the current academic year; and (3) the number and percentage of enrolled scholars who are on track to complete the training program by the end of the project’s original grant period. Grantees may be asked to participate in assessing and providing information on these aspects of program quality. 6. 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AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, FERC 725L (Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System: MOD Reliability Standards). DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due June 7, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit copies of your comments (identified by Docket No. IC21–13–000) by one of the following methods: Electronic filing through http:// www.ferc.gov, is preferred. • Electronic Filing: Documents must be filed in acceptable native applications and print-to-PDF, but not in scanned or picture format. • For those unable to file electronically, comments may be filed by USPS mail or by hand (including courier) delivery: Æ Mail via U.S. Postal Service Only: Addressed to: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1 18280 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 66 / Thursday, April 8, 2021 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426. Æ Hand (Including Courier) Delivery: Deliver to: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852. Instructions: All 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 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–725L, Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System: MOD Reliability Standards. OMB Control No.: 1902–0261. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–725L information collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements. Abstract: MOD Reliability Standards ensure that generators remain in operation during specified voltage and frequency excursions, properly coordinate protective relays and generator voltage regulator controls, and ensure that generator models accurately reflect the generator’s capabilities and equipment performance. On May 30, 2013, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) filed a petition explaining that the reliability of the Bulk-Power System benefits from ‘‘good quality simulation models of power system equipment,’’ 2 and that ‘‘model validation ensures the proper performance of the control systems and validates the computer models used for stability analysis.’’ NERC further stated that the Reliability Standards will enhance reliability because the tests performed to obtain model data may reveal latent defects that could cause ‘‘inappropriate unit response during system disturbances.’’ 2 Subsequently, on March 20, 2014,1 the Commission approved Reliability 1 Final Rule in Docket No. RM13–16–000. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Apr 07, 2021 Jkt 253001 Standards MOD–025–2, MOD–026–1, and MOD–027–1. These Standards were intended to address generator verifications needed to support BulkPower System reliability that would also ensure that accurate data is verified and made available for planning simulations.2 On May 1, 2014,3 the Commission approved Reliability Standards MOD– 032–1 and MOD–033–2. These Standards were to address ‘‘system-level modeling data and validation requirements necessary for developing planning models and the Interconnection-wide cases that are integral to analyzing the reliability of the Bulk-Power System’’. MOD–025–2, MOD–026–1, MOD– 027–1, MOD–031–3, MOD–032–1 and MOD–033–2 are all currently approved within the FERC–725L information collection. The reporting requirements associated with each standard will not change as a result of this extension request. Type of Respondents: NERCregistered entities including generator owners, transmission planners, planning authorities, balancing authorities, resource planners, transmission service providers, reliability coordinators, and transmission operators.4 Estimate of Annual Burden: 5 The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden 6 and cost for the information collection as: 2 NERC Petition for Approval of Five Proposed Reliability Standards MOD–025–2, MOD–026–1, MOD–027–1, PRC–019–1, and PRC–024–1 submitted to FERC on 5/30/2013. 3 Order in Docket No. RD14–5–000. 4 In subsequent portions of this notice, the following acronyms will be used: PA = Planning Authority, GO = Generator Owner, TP = Transmission Planner, BA = Balancing Authority, RP = Resource Planner, TSP = Transmission Service Provider, RC = Reliability Coordinator, TOP = Transmission Operator. 5 ‘‘Burden’’ is defined as the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. For further explanation of what is included in the information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. 6 Each of the five MOD standards in the FERC– 725L information collection previously contained ‘‘one-time’’ components to their respondent burden. These one-time burden categories consisted primarily of activities related to establishing industry practices and developing data validation procedures tailored toward these reliability PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 RD20–4 • Elimination of the burden associated with the load-serving entity (LSE) function in Requirement R1 of proposed Reliability Standard MOD– 031–3.7 The NERC petition states as the load-serving entity is no longer a NERC registration category, NERC proposes to remove this entity from the applicability section of proposed Reliability Standard MOD–031–3 and remove reference to this entity in Requirement R1, Part 1.1, where it is listed as an ‘‘Applicable Entity’’ for purposes of Requirements R2 and R4.8 Additionally, NERC proposes to strike the term ‘‘Planning Authority’’ from the applicability section of the standard and the explanatory text that follows. The preferred terminology for the responsible entity that coordinates and integrates transmission facilities and service plans, resource plans, and protection systems is ‘‘Planning Coordinator.’’ 9 This is a terminology change and will not result in a change in burden. • Modification of the term ‘‘Planning Authority’’ to ‘‘Planning Coordinator’’ in proposed Reliability Standard MOD– 033–2.10 In the petition, NERC proposes to strike the term ‘‘Planning Authority’’ from the applicability section of the standard and the explanatory text that follows. The proposed change is intended to promote consistent use of ‘‘Planning Coordinator’’ throughout the Reliability Standards.11 This is a terminology change and will not result in a change in burden. • Reliability Standard MOD–031–3 (Demand and Energy Data). • Reliability Standard MOD–033–2 (Steady-State and Dynamic System Model Validation). standards and their reporting requirements. None of the one-time burdens apply any longer, so they are being removed from the FERC–725L information collection. 7 The burden associated with the current version of this standard, MOD–031–2, is included in FERC– 725L. 8 Standards Alignment with Registration Petition at 10. 9 Standards Alignment with Registration Petition at 10. 10 The burden associated with the current version of this standard, MOD–033–1, is included in FERC– 725L. 11 Standards Alignment with Registration Petition at 11. E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1 18281 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 66 / Thursday, April 8, 2021 / Notices PROPOSED CHANGES TO BURDEN DUE TO DOCKET NO. RD20–4–000 ADJUSTMENTS AND CLARIFICATIONS 1 Reliability standard & requirements Number of respondents & type of entity Annual number of responses per respondent Annual number of responses Average burden hrs. per response Total annual burden hours (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) RD20–4 Net Changes to FERC–725L, OMB Control No. 1902–0261 MOD–031–3 (Demand and Energy Data) Develop summary in accordance w/R1, Subparts 1.5.4 and 1.5.5.—program decrease & adjustment/clarification 12. MOD–031–3 (Demand and Energy Data) Develop data request in accordance w/R1 and R3 & Evidence Retention—adjustment/clarification 13. MOD–031–3 (Demand and Energy Data) Develop and provide data in accordance w/R2 and R4 & Evidence Retention—adjustment/ clarification 12. MOD–033–2 (Steady-State Dynamic System Model Validation) R2 Data Submittal [for R2]—adjustment. MOD–033–2 (Steady-State Dynamic System Model Validation), R1–R2, Evidence Retention, adjustment. Net Changes for FERC–725L due to RD20–4. 1 The –561 (DP, LSE, TP & BA) ... 1 –561 ......................... 8 –4,488 113 (PC & BA) ..................... 1 113 ........................... 8 904 381 (TP, BA & DP) .............. 1 381 ........................... 8 3,048 –14 (RC & TOP) 14 .............. 1 –14 ........................... 8 –112 –14 (PC, RC & TOP) 15 ....... 1 –14 ........................... 1 –14 .............................................. ............................ –95 (net reduction) ... ............................ –662 (net reduction). adjustments, due to normal industry fluctuations, are based on figures in the NERC registry as of April 10, 2020. MOD–025–2 (VERIFICATION AND DATA REPORTING OF GENERATOR REAL AND REACTIVE POWER CAPABILITY AND SYNCHRONOUS CONDENSER REACTIVE POWER CAPABILITY) Number of respondents 16 Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) Attachment 2 ........................... Evidence Retention ................. 1003 (GO) ...... 1003 (GO) ...... 1 1 1003 1003 6 hrs.; $502.02 17 ................... 1 hr.; $34.79 18 ....................... 6,018 hrs.; $503,526.06 ......... 1003 hrs.; $34,894.07 ............ Total ................................. ........................ ........................ ........................ ................................................. 7,021 hrs.; $538,420.07. 502.02 34.79 MOD–026–1 (VERIFICATION OF MODELS AND DATA FOR GENERATOR EXCITATION CONTROL SYSTEM OR PLANT VOLT/ VARIANCE CONTROL FUNCTIONS) khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Instructions for obtaining excitation control system or plant voltage/variance control function model. Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) 8 hrs.; $669.36 17 ............ 1,608 hrs.; $134,541.36 .. 201 (TP) ..................... 12 The estimates reflect a program decrease of 63 de-registered LSEs (and corresponding program decrease of 504 hrs.) related to Docket No. RD20– 4–000, and an adjustment/clarification (decrease) of 498 DPs, TPs, and BAs (and corresponding decrease of 3,984 hrs.), not related to Docket No. RD20–4– 000. The updated number of 381 DPs, TPs and BAs is listed in a new row clarifying their applicability with Requirements R2 and R4. Requirement R2 requires applicable entities to develop and provide data pursuant with Requirement R1. 13 The 113 PCs and BAs were originally estimated in FERC–725A due to Order No. 693. However, the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Apr 07, 2021 Jkt 253001 1 201 estimates and descriptions were not clearly spelled out, so we are clarifying them. [Some of this burden may still be in FERC–725A (and double counted temporarily).] 14 The estimate is changing to 174 (from 188) due to normal industry fluctuation. 15 The estimate is changing to 188 (from 194) due to normal industry fluctuation. 16 The number of respondents for MOD–025–2/ MOD–026–1/MOD–027–1/MOD–31–3/MOD–032–/ MOD–033–2 are from the NERC compliance registry February 5, 2021. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 669.36 17 This wage figure uses the average hourly wage (plus benefits) for electrical engineers (Occupation Code: 17–2071, $70.19/hour) and managers (Occupation Code: 11–0000, $97.15/hour) obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) (from https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics2_22.htm). The average used the following calculation: [$70.19/hour + $97.15/hour] ÷ 2 = $83.67/hour. 18 The estimate uses the hourly average wage (plus benefits) for file clerks obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: $34.79/hour (BLS Occupation Code: 43–4071). E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1 18282 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 66 / Thursday, April 8, 2021 / Notices MOD–026–1 (VERIFICATION OF MODELS AND DATA FOR GENERATOR EXCITATION CONTROL SYSTEM OR PLANT VOLT/ VARIANCE CONTROL FUNCTIONS)—Continued Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) 8 hrs.; $669.36 17 ............ 4,008 hrs.; $335,349.36 .. 669.36 668 hrs.; $23,239.72 ....... 34.79 501 (GO) i .................. Documentation on generator verification. Evidence Retention .................... 1 501 668 (GO and TOP) .... 1 668 Total .................................... .................................... ........................ ........................ 1 hr.; $34.79 18 ................ ......................................... 6,284 hrs.; $493,130.44. MOD–027–1 (VERIFICATION OF MODELS AND DATA FOR TURBINE/GOVERNOR AND LOAD CONTROL OR ACTIVE POWER/ FREQUENCY CONTROL FUNCTIONS) Instructions for obtaining excitation control system or plant voltage/variance control function model. Documentation on generator verification. Evidence Retention .................... Total .................................... Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) 201 (TP) ..................... 1 201 8 hrs.; $669.36 17 ............ 1,608 hrs.; $134,541.36 .. 669.36 501 (GO) 19 ................ 1 501 8 hrs.; $669.36 17 ............ 4,008 hrs.; $335,349.36 .. 669.36 668 (GO and TP) ....... 1 668 1 hr.; $34.79 18 ................ 668 hrs.; $23,239.72 ....... 34.79 .................................... ........................ ........................ ......................................... 6,284 hrs.; $493,130.44. MOD–031–3 (FORMERLY MOD–031–2) (DEMAND AND ENERGY DATA), INCLUDED IN FERC–725L Reliability standard MOD–031–3 (On-going) Develop summary in accordance with Requirement R1, Subparts 1.5.4 and 1.5.5. MOD–031–3 Net Changes in RD20–4 (in the first table above). Number and type of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Avg. burden & cost per response 20 Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) 616 (DP, TP and/or BA). New Total for MOD–031–3 for Renewal. 1 616 8 hrs.; $561.52 ................ 4,928 hrs.; $345,896.32 .. .................................... ........................ –67 ......................................... –536 hrs.; $37,621.84. .................................... ........................ 549 ......................................... 4,392 hrs.; $308,274.48. 561.52 MOD–032–1 (VERIFICATION OF MODELS AND DATA FOR TURBINE/GOVERNOR AND LOAD CONTROL OR ACTIVE POWER/ FREQUENCY CONTROL FUNCTIONS) khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Data Submittal .................... Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) 1,418 (BA, GO, PA/PC, RP, TO, TP, and TSP). 19 It is estimated that the applicable numbers of generator owner respondents used to calculate the public reporting burden for these standards MOD– 026–1, MOD–027–1, MOD–032–1 and MOD–033–1 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Apr 07, 2021 Jkt 253001 1 1,418 8 hrs.; $561.52 20 is half of total numbers of GO (501=1003/2) due to the higher applicability threshold for those Reliability Standards. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 .............. 11,344 hrs.; $796,235.36 .. 561.52 20 The estimate uses the average hourly wage (plus benefits) of $70.19/hour for electrical engineers (Occupation Code: 17–2071) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 66 / Thursday, April 8, 2021 / Notices 18283 MOD–032–1 (VERIFICATION OF MODELS AND DATA FOR TURBINE/GOVERNOR AND LOAD CONTROL OR ACTIVE POWER/ FREQUENCY CONTROL FUNCTIONS)—Continued Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) Evidence Retention ............ 1,418 (BA, GO, PA/PC, RP, TO, TP, and TSP). 1 1,418 1 hr.; $34.79 18 .................. 1,418 hrs.; $49,332.22 ...... Total ............................. ...................................... ........................ ........................ ............................................ 12,762 hrs.; $998,484.70. 34.79 MOD–033–2 (FORMERLY MOD–033–1) (STEADY-STATE AND DYNAMICS SYSTEM MODEL VALIDATION) Data Submittal ........................... Evidence Retention .................... MOD–033–2 Net Changes in RD20–4 (in the first table above). Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) 178 (RC and TOP) .... 243 (PA/PC, RC, and TOP). .................................... 1 1 178 243 8 hrs.; $669.36 ................ 1 hr.; $34.79 18 ................ 1,424 hrs.; $119,146.08 .. 243 hrs.; $8,453.97 ......... ........................ –28 ......................................... –126. .................................... ........................ 393 ......................................... 1,541 hrs.; $128,935.47. New Total for MOD–033–2 Renewal. The total annual estimated burden and cost for the FERC–725L information collection is 38,724 hours and $2,960,375.60 respectively. 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: April 4, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–07226 Filed 4–7–21; 8:45 am] khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 6717–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Apr 07, 2021 Jkt 253001 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [10022–37–Region 1] Notice of Availability of Draft NPDES Small Wastewater Treatment Facility General Permits in Massachusetts and New Hampshire Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of Availability of Draft NPDES General Permits MAG580000 and NHG580000. AGENCY: The Director of the Water Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—Region 1 (EPA), is providing a Notice of Availability for the Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Small Wastewater Treatment Facility General Permit (WWTF GP) for discharges to certain waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New Hampshire. This Draft NPDES WWTF GP (‘‘Draft General Permit’’) establishes effluent limitations and requirements, effluent and ambient monitoring requirements, reporting requirements, and standard conditions for 66 eligible facilities currently covered by either the existing General Permit or individual NPDES permits (see Attachment E of the Draft General Permit for a list of eligible WWTFs; 34 in Massachusetts and 32 in New Hampshire). The Draft General Permit is available on EPA Region 1’s SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 669.36 34.79 website at https://www.epa.gov/npdespermits/region-1-draft-smallwastewater-treatment-facilities-generalpermit. The Fact Sheet for the Draft General Permit sets forth principal facts and the significant factual, legal, methodological, and policy questions considered in the development of the Draft General Permit and is also available at this website. DATES: Public comments must be received by May 10, 2021. 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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC21-13-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-725l); Comment 
Request; Extension

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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 725L (Mandatory Reliability Standards for 
the Bulk-Power System: MOD Reliability Standards).

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due June 7, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit copies of your comments (identified by Docket 
No. IC21-13-000) by one of the following methods:
    Electronic filing through http://www.ferc.gov, is preferred.
     Electronic Filing: Documents must be filed in acceptable 
native applications and print-to-PDF, but not in scanned or picture 
format.
     For those unable to file electronically, comments may be 
filed by USPS mail or by hand (including courier) delivery:
    [cir] Mail via U.S. Postal Service Only: Addressed to: Federal 
Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the

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Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426.
    [cir] Hand (Including Courier) Delivery: Deliver to: Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852.
    Instructions: All 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-725L, Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-
Power System: MOD Reliability Standards.
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0261.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-725L information 
collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements.
    Abstract: MOD Reliability Standards ensure that generators remain 
in operation during specified voltage and frequency excursions, 
properly coordinate protective relays and generator voltage regulator 
controls, and ensure that generator models accurately reflect the 
generator's capabilities and equipment performance.
    On May 30, 2013, the North American Electric Reliability 
Corporation (NERC) filed a petition explaining that the reliability of 
the Bulk-Power System benefits from ``good quality simulation models of 
power system equipment,'' \2\ and that ``model validation ensures the 
proper performance of the control systems and validates the computer 
models used for stability analysis.'' NERC further stated that the 
Reliability Standards will enhance reliability because the tests 
performed to obtain model data may reveal latent defects that could 
cause ``inappropriate unit response during system disturbances.'' \2\ 
Subsequently, on March 20, 2014,\1\ the Commission approved Reliability 
Standards MOD-025-2, MOD-026-1, and MOD-027-1. These Standards were 
intended to address generator verifications needed to support Bulk-
Power System reliability that would also ensure that accurate data is 
verified and made available for planning simulations.\2\
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    \1\ Final Rule in Docket No. RM13-16-000.
    \2\ NERC Petition for Approval of Five Proposed Reliability 
Standards MOD-025-2, MOD-026-1, MOD-027-1, PRC-019-1, and PRC-024-1 
submitted to FERC on 5/30/2013.
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    On May 1, 2014,\3\ the Commission approved Reliability Standards 
MOD-032-1 and MOD-033-2. These Standards were to address ``system-level 
modeling data and validation requirements necessary for developing 
planning models and the Interconnection-wide cases that are integral to 
analyzing the reliability of the Bulk-Power System''.
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    \3\ Order in Docket No. RD14-5-000.
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    MOD-025-2, MOD-026-1, MOD-027-1, MOD-031-3, MOD-032-1 and MOD-033-2 
are all currently approved within the FERC-725L information collection. 
The reporting requirements associated with each standard will not 
change as a result of this extension request.
    Type of Respondents: NERC-registered entities including generator 
owners, transmission planners, planning authorities, balancing 
authorities, resource planners, transmission service providers, 
reliability coordinators, and transmission operators.\4\
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    \4\ In subsequent portions of this notice, the following 
acronyms will be used: PA = Planning Authority, GO = Generator 
Owner, TP = Transmission Planner, BA = Balancing Authority, RP = 
Resource Planner, TSP = Transmission Service Provider, RC = 
Reliability Coordinator, TOP = Transmission Operator.
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    Estimate of Annual Burden: \5\ The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden \6\ and cost for the information collection as:
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    \5\ ``Burden'' is defined as the total time, effort, or 
financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, 
retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal 
agency. For further explanation of what is included in the 
information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal 
Regulations 1320.3.
    \6\ Each of the five MOD standards in the FERC-725L information 
collection previously contained ``one-time'' components to their 
respondent burden. These one-time burden categories consisted 
primarily of activities related to establishing industry practices 
and developing data validation procedures tailored toward these 
reliability standards and their reporting requirements. None of the 
one-time burdens apply any longer, so they are being removed from 
the FERC-725L information collection.
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RD20-4

     Elimination of the burden associated with the load-serving 
entity (LSE) function in Requirement R1 of proposed Reliability 
Standard MOD-031-3.\7\ The NERC petition states as the load-serving 
entity is no longer a NERC registration category, NERC proposes to 
remove this entity from the applicability section of proposed 
Reliability Standard MOD-031-3 and remove reference to this entity in 
Requirement R1, Part 1.1, where it is listed as an ``Applicable 
Entity'' for purposes of Requirements R2 and R4.\8\ Additionally, NERC 
proposes to strike the term ``Planning Authority'' from the 
applicability section of the standard and the explanatory text that 
follows. The preferred terminology for the responsible entity that 
coordinates and integrates transmission facilities and service plans, 
resource plans, and protection systems is ``Planning Coordinator.'' \9\ 
This is a terminology change and will not result in a change in burden.
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    \7\ The burden associated with the current version of this 
standard, MOD-031-2, is included in FERC-725L.
    \8\ Standards Alignment with Registration Petition at 10.
    \9\ Standards Alignment with Registration Petition at 10.
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     Modification of the term ``Planning Authority'' to 
``Planning Coordinator'' in proposed Reliability Standard MOD-033-
2.\10\ In the petition, NERC proposes to strike the term ``Planning 
Authority'' from the applicability section of the standard and the 
explanatory text that follows. The proposed change is intended to 
promote consistent use of ``Planning Coordinator'' throughout the 
Reliability Standards.\11\ This is a terminology change and will not 
result in a change in burden.
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    \10\ The burden associated with the current version of this 
standard, MOD-033-1, is included in FERC-725L.
    \11\ Standards Alignment with Registration Petition at 11.
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     Reliability Standard MOD-031-3 (Demand and Energy Data).
     Reliability Standard MOD-033-2 (Steady-State and Dynamic 
System Model Validation).

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                               Proposed Changes to Burden Due to Docket No. RD20-4-000 Adjustments and Clarifications \1\
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                                                                  Annual number of                             Average burden
  Reliability standard & requirements    Number of respondents &    responses per       Annual number of          hrs. per         Total annual burden
                                             type of entity          respondent             responses             response                hours
                                        (1).....................               (2)  (1) * (2) = (3).........               (4)  (3) * (4) = (5)
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                                               RD20-4 Net Changes to FERC-725L, OMB Control No. 1902-0261
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MOD-031-3 (Demand and Energy Data)      -561 (DP, LSE, TP & BA).                 1  -561....................                 8  -4,488
 Develop summary in accordance w/R1,
 Subparts 1.5.4 and 1.5.5.--program
 decrease & adjustment/clarification
 \12\.
MOD-031-3 (Demand and Energy Data)      113 (PC & BA)...........                 1  113.....................                 8  904
 Develop data request in accordance w/
 R1 and R3 & Evidence Retention--
 adjustment/clarification \13\.
MOD-031-3 (Demand and Energy Data)      381 (TP, BA & DP).......                 1  381.....................                 8  3,048
 Develop and provide data in
 accordance w/R2 and R4 & Evidence
 Retention--adjustment/clarification
 \12\.
MOD-033-2 (Steady-State Dynamic System  -14 (RC & TOP) \14\.....                 1  -14.....................                 8  -112
 Model Validation) R2 Data Submittal
 [for R2]--adjustment.
MOD-033-2 (Steady-State Dynamic System  -14 (PC, RC & TOP) \15\.                 1  -14.....................                 1  -14
 Model Validation), R1-R2, Evidence
 Retention, adjustment.
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    Net Changes for FERC-725L due to    ........................  ................  -95 (net reduction).....  ................  -662 (net reduction).
     RD20-4.
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\1\ The adjustments, due to normal industry fluctuations, are based on figures in the NERC registry as of April 10, 2020.

     
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    \12\ The estimates reflect a program decrease of 63 de-
registered LSEs (and corresponding program decrease of 504 hrs.) 
related to Docket No. RD20-4-000, and an adjustment/clarification 
(decrease) of 498 DPs, TPs, and BAs (and corresponding decrease of 
3,984 hrs.), not related to Docket No. RD20-4-000. The updated 
number of 381 DPs, TPs and BAs is listed in a new row clarifying 
their applicability with Requirements R2 and R4. Requirement R2 
requires applicable entities to develop and provide data pursuant 
with Requirement R1.
    \13\ The 113 PCs and BAs were originally estimated in FERC-725A 
due to Order No. 693. However, the estimates and descriptions were 
not clearly spelled out, so we are clarifying them. [Some of this 
burden may still be in FERC-725A (and double counted temporarily).]
    \14\ The estimate is changing to 174 (from 188) due to normal 
industry fluctuation.
    \15\ The estimate is changing to 188 (from 194) due to normal 
industry fluctuation.

     MOD-025-2 (Verification and Data Reporting of Generator Real and Reactive Power Capability and Synchronous Condenser Reactive Power Capability)
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                                                            Annual  number
                                           Number of         of  responses   Total number   Average burden & cost   Total annual burden      Cost per
                                        respondents \16\          per        of responses        per response       hours & total annual  respondent ($)
                                                              respondent                                                    cost
                                     (1)..................             (2)     (1) * (2) =  (4)..................  (3) * (4) = (5)......       (5) / (1)
                                                                                       (3)
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Attachment 2.......................  1003 (GO)............               1            1003  6 hrs.; $502.02 \17\.  6,018 hrs.;                    502.02
                                                                                                                    $503,526.06.
Evidence Retention.................  1003 (GO)............               1            1003  1 hr.; $34.79 \18\...  1003 hrs.; $34,894.07           34.79
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    Total..........................  .....................  ..............  ..............  .....................  7,021 hrs.;
                                                                                                                    $538,420.07.
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    \16\ The number of respondents for MOD-025-2/MOD-026-1/MOD-027-
1/MOD-31-3/MOD-032-/MOD-033-2 are from the NERC compliance registry 
February 5, 2021.
    \17\ This wage figure uses the average hourly wage (plus 
benefits) for electrical engineers (Occupation Code: 17-2071, 
$70.19/hour) and managers (Occupation Code: 11-0000, $97.15/hour) 
obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) (from https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics2_22.htm). The average used the 
following calculation: [$70.19/hour + $97.15/hour] / 2 = $83.67/
hour.
    \18\ The estimate uses the hourly average wage (plus benefits) 
for file clerks obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: 
$34.79/hour (BLS Occupation Code: 43-4071).

              MOD-026-1 (Verification of Models and Data for Generator Excitation Control System or Plant Volt/Variance Control Functions)
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                                                            Annual  number
                                           Number of         of  responses   Total number   Average burden & cost   Total annual burden      Cost per
                                          respondents             per        of responses        per response       hours & total annual  respondent ($)
                                                              respondent                                                    cost
                                     (1)..................             (2)     (1) * (2) =  (4)..................  (3) * (4) = (5)......       (5) / (1)
                                                                                       (3)
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Instructions for obtaining           201 (TP).............               1             201  8 hrs.; $669.36 \17\.  1,608 hrs.;                    669.36
 excitation control system or plant                                                                                 $134,541.36.
 voltage/variance control function
 model.

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Documentation on generator           501 (GO) \i\.........               1             501  8 hrs.; $669.36 \17\.  4,008 hrs.;                    669.36
 verification.                                                                                                      $335,349.36.
Evidence Retention.................  668 (GO and TOP).....               1             668  1 hr.; $34.79 \18\...  668 hrs.; $23,239.72.           34.79
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    Total..........................  .....................  ..............  ..............  .....................  6,284 hrs.;
                                                                                                                    $493,130.44.
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              MOD-027-1 (Verification of Models and Data for Turbine/Governor and Load Control or Active Power/Frequency Control Functions)
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                                                            Annual  number
                                           Number of         of  responses   Total number   Average burden & cost   Total annual burden      Cost per
                                          respondents             per        of responses        per response       hours & total annual  respondent ($)
                                                              respondent                                                    cost
                                     (1)..................             (2)     (1) * (2) =  (4)..................  (3) * (4) = (5)......       (5) / (1)
                                                                                       (3)
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Instructions for obtaining           201 (TP).............               1             201  8 hrs.; $669.36 \17\.  1,608 hrs.;                    669.36
 excitation control system or plant                                                                                 $134,541.36.
 voltage/variance control function
 model.
Documentation on generator           501 (GO) \19\........               1             501  8 hrs.; $669.36 \17\.  4,008 hrs.;                    669.36
 verification.                                                                                                      $335,349.36.
Evidence Retention.................  668 (GO and TP)......               1             668  1 hr.; $34.79 \18\...  668 hrs.; $23,239.72.           34.79
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    Total..........................  .....................  ..............  ..............  .....................  6,284 hrs.;
                                                                                                                    $493,130.44.
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    \19\ It is estimated that the applicable numbers of generator 
owner respondents used to calculate the public reporting burden for 
these standards MOD-026-1, MOD-027-1, MOD-032-1 and MOD-033-1 is 
half of total numbers of GO (501=1003/2) due to the higher 
applicability threshold for those Reliability Standards.

                                     MOD-031-3 (formerly MOD-031-2) (Demand and Energy Data), included in FERC-725L
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                                                            Annual  number
                                       Number and type of    of  responses   Total number     Avg. burden & cost    Total annual burden      Cost per
   Reliability standard MOD-031-3         respondents             per        of responses     per response \20\     hours & total annual    respondent
                                                              respondent                                                    cost
                                     (1)..................             (2)     (1) * (2) =  (4)..................  (3) * (4) = (5)......       (5) / (1)
                                                                                       (3)
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(On-going) Develop summary in        616 (DP, TP and/or                  1             616  8 hrs.; $561.52......  4,928 hrs.;                    561.52
 accordance with Requirement R1,      BA).                                                                          $345,896.32.
 Subparts 1.5.4 and 1.5.5.
MOD-031-3 Net Changes in RD20-4 (in  .....................  ..............             -67  .....................  -536 hrs.; $37,621.84
 the first table above).
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    New Total for MOD-031-3 for      .....................  ..............             549  .....................  4,392 hrs.;
     Renewal.                                                                                                       $308,274.48.
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    \20\ The estimate uses the average hourly wage (plus benefits) 
of $70.19/hour for electrical engineers (Occupation Code: 17-2071) 
from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

              MOD-032-1 (Verification of Models and Data for Turbine/Governor and Load Control or Active Power/Frequency Control Functions)
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                                                            Annual  number
                                           Number of         of  responses   Total number   Average burden & cost   Total annual burden      Cost per
                                          respondents             per        of responses        per response       hours & total annual  respondent ($)
                                                              respondent                                                    cost
                                     (1)..................             (2)     (1) * (2) =  (4)..................  (3) * (4) = (5)......       (5) / (1)
                                                                                       (3)
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Data Submittal.....................  1,418 (BA, GO, PA/PC,               1           1,418  8 hrs.; $561.52 \20\.  11,344 hrs.;                   561.52
                                      RP, TO, TP, and TSP).                                                         $796,235.36.

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Evidence Retention.................  1,418 (BA, GO, PA/PC,               1           1,418  1 hr.; $34.79 \18\...  1,418 hrs.;                     34.79
                                      RP, TO, TP, and TSP).                                                         $49,332.22.
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    Total..........................  .....................  ..............  ..............  .....................  12,762 hrs.;
                                                                                                                    $998,484.70.
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                                   MOD-033-2 (formerly MOD-033-1) (Steady-State and Dynamics System Model Validation)
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                                                            Annual  number
                                           Number of         of  responses   Total number   Average burden & cost   Total annual burden      Cost per
                                          respondents             per        of responses        per response       hours & total annual  respondent ($)
                                                              respondent                                                    cost
                                     (1)..................             (2)     (1) * (2) =  (4)..................  (3) * (4) = (5)......       (5) / (1)
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Data Submittal.....................  178 (RC and TOP).....               1             178  8 hrs.; $669.36......  1,424 hrs.;                    669.36
                                                                                                                    $119,146.08.
Evidence Retention.................  243 (PA/PC, RC, and                 1             243  1 hr.; $34.79 \18\...  243 hrs.; $8,453.97..           34.79
                                      TOP).
MOD-033-2 Net Changes in RD20-4 (in  .....................  ..............             -28  .....................  -126.................
 the first table above).
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    New Total for MOD-033-2 Renewal  .....................  ..............             393  .....................  1,541 hrs.;
                                                                                                                    $128,935.47.
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    The total annual estimated burden and cost for the FERC-725L 
information collection is 38,724 hours and $2,960,375.60 respectively.
    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: April 4, 2021.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-07226 Filed 4-7-21; 8:45 am]
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