Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-725G); Comment Request; Extension, 29574-29577 [2021-11552]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 29574 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 104 / Wednesday, June 2, 2021 / Notices sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Submissions sent via any other carrier must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The first page of any filing should include docket number P–5411–004. Comments emailed to Commission staff are not considered part of the Commission record. The Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person whose name appears on the official service list for the project. Further, if an intervenor files comments or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. k. Description of Request: The project has not operated since 2012. As a result, the exemptee has determined it would like to surrender the conduit exemption. Electricity to the hydro-generator has been permanently disconnected. No ground disturbance is associated with the proposed surrender and project features will remain in place. l. Locations of the Application: This filing may be viewed on the Commission’s website at http:// www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. You may also register online at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, call 1–866–208–3676 or email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, for TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. m. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission’s mailing list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission. n. Comments, Protests, or Motions To Intervene: Anyone may submit comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, .211, .214, respectively. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will consider all protests or other comments filed, but only those who file a motion to intervene in VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:49 Jun 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 accordance with the Commission’s Rules may become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified comment date for the particular application. o. Filing and Service of Documents: Any filing must (1) bear in all capital letters the title ‘‘COMMENTS’’, ‘‘PROTEST’’, or ‘‘MOTION TO INTERVENE’’ as applicable; (2) set forth in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) furnish the name, address, and telephone number of the person commenting, protesting or intervening; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All comments, motions to intervene, or protests must set forth their evidentiary basis. Any filing made by an intervenor must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 385.2010. Dated: May 26, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–11554 Filed 6–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC21–30–000, RD–20–4–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–725G); 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 Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, FERC–725G (Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System: PRC Reliability Standards.). DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due August 2, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit copies of your comments (identified by Docket No. IC21–30–000) by one of the following methods: Electronic filing through http:// www.ferc.gov, is preferred. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • 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 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–725G (Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System: Regional Reliability Standard PRC standards: PRC–006–5 Automatic Underfrequency Load-Shedding (UFLS), PRC–002–2, PRC–012–2, PRC–019–2, PRC–023–4, PRC–024–1, PRC–025–2, PRC–026–1, and PRC–027–1. OMB Control No.: 1902–0252. Type of Request: Revisions and extension to the information collection, as discussed in Docket No. RD20–4–000. Abstract: On August 8, 2005, Congress enacted into law the Electricity Modernization Act of 2005, which is Title XII, Subtitle A, of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005).1 EPAct 2005 added a new section 215 to the FPA, which required a Commissioncertified Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) to develop mandatory and enforceable Reliability Standards, which are subject to Commission review and approval. Once approved, the Reliability Standards may be enforced by the ERO subject to Commission oversight, or the Commission can independently enforce Reliability Standards.2 1 Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109–58, Title XII, Subtitle A, 119 Stat. 594, 941 (codified at 16 U.S.C. 824o). 2 16 U.S.C. 824o(e)(3). E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 104 / Wednesday, June 2, 2021 / Notices The information collected by the FERC–725G is required to implement the statutory provisions of section 215 of the Federal Power Act (FPA).[2] Section 215 of the FPA buttresses the Commission’s efforts to strengthen the reliability of the interstate bulk power grid. The FERC–725G information collection currently contains the reporting and recordkeeping requirements for the following Reliability Standards: PRC–002–2, PRC– 006–5, PRC–012–2, PRC–019–2, PRC– 023–4, PRC–024–1, PRC–025–2, PRC– 026–1, and PRC–027–1. • PRC–002–2 Disturbance Monitoring and Reporting Requirements The purpose is to have adequate data available to facilitate analysis of Bulk Electric System (BES) Disturb. • PRC–006–5 Automatic Underfrequency Load Shedding To establish design and documentation requirements for automatic Underfrequency Load Shedding (UFLS) programs to arrest declining frequency, assist recovery of frequency following underfrequency events and provide last resort system preservation measures. • PRC–012–2 Schemes Remedial Action To ensure that Remedial Action Schemes (RAS) do not introduce unintentional or unacceptable reliability risks to the Bulk Electric System (BES). • PRC–019–2 Coordination of Generating Unit or Plant Capabilities, Voltage Regulating Controls, and Protection The purpose is to verify coordination of generating unit Facility or synchronous condenser voltage regulating controls, limit functions, equipment capabilities and Protection System settings. • PRC–023–4 Load-Ability Transmission Relay jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Protective relay settings shall not limit transmission load-ability; not interfere with system operators’ ability to take remedial action to protect system reliability and; be set to reliably detect all fault conditions and protect the electrical network from these faults. • PRC–024–1 Generator Frequency and Voltage Protective Relay Settings The purpose is to ensure Generator Owners set their generator protective relays such that generating units remain connected during defined frequency and voltage excursions. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:49 Jun 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 • PRC–025–2 Ability Generator Relay Load- The purpose is to set load-responsive protective relays associated with generation Facilities at a level to prevent unnecessary tripping of generators during a system disturbance for conditions that do not pose a risk of damage to the associated equipment. • PRC–026–1 Relay Performance During Stable Power Swings The purpose is to ensure that loadresponsive protective relays are expected to not trip in response to stable power swings during non-Fault conditions. • PRC–027–1 Coordination of Protection Systems for Performance During Faults The purpose is to maintain the coordination of Protection Systems installed to detect and isolate Faults on Bulk Electric System (BES) Elements, such that those Protection Systems operate in the intended sequence during Faults. Each of these Reliability Standards have three components that impose burden upon affected industry: • Requirements (e.g., denoted in each Reliability Standard as R1, R2 . . .) • Measures (e.g., denoted in each Reliability Standard as M1, M2 . . .) • Evidence Retention These three components can be reviewed for the Reliability Standards in NERC petitions in FERC’s eLibrary system (http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ elibrary.asp) or on NERC’s own website (www.nerc.com). Type of Respondents: Generator owners, Planning coordinators, Distribution providers, UFLS-only Distribution Providers, and transmission owners in the Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC) Region. Estimate of Annual Burden: 3 Our estimates are based on the NERC Compliance Registry Summary of Entities as of February 5, 2021. According to the NERC compliance registry, and Functions as of, which indicates there are registered as GO, PC, DP and TO entities. The individual burden estimates are based on the time needed to gather data, run studies, and analyze study results to design or update the underfrequency load shedding programs. Additionally, documentation and the review of 3 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. PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29575 underfrequency load shedding (UFLS) program results by supervisors and management is included in the administrative estimations. These are consistent with estimates for similar tasks in other Commission approved standards. RD20–4 (PRC–006–4) The revisions in the proposed Reliability Standards will align these standards with the previously approved changes to the NERC registration criteria 4 by removing reference to entities 5 that are no longer registered with NERC. In proposed Reliability Standard PRC–006–4, NERC adds the UFLS-only Distribution Provider as an applicable entity. In two instances, NERC has proposed changes that will promote consistent use of the term Planning Coordinator across the Reliability Standards.6 The Commission’s request to OMB will reflect the following: • Addition to the burden associated with UFLS-only distribution providers to proposed (in RD–20–4) Reliability Standard PRC–006–4.7 The petition states that the currently effective standard is applicable to planning coordinators, ‘‘UFLS entities’’ (which may include transmission owners and distribution providers that own, operate, or control UFLS equipment), and transmission owners that own certain elements. In proposed Reliability Standard PRC–006–4, NERC proposes to add the UFLS-only distribution provider as an applicable UFLS entity.8 • Current, Reliability Standard PRC– 006–5 9 (formerly PRC–006–3) (Automatic Underfrequency Load Shedding) Commission estimates the annual burden and cost for the information collection as follows: 4 Order on Electric Reliability Organization Risk Based Registration Initiative and Requiring Compliance Filing, 150 FERC ¶ 61,213 (2015); Order on Compliance Filing, 153 FERC ¶ 61,024 (2015). 5 NERC’s risk-based registration initiative resulted in the removal of the load-serving entity and purchasing-selling entity from the NERC compliance registry. 6 Standards Alignment with Registration Petition at 7. 7 The burden associated with the Commission approved standard, PRC–006–3, is included in FERC–725G. 8 Standards Alignment with Registration Petition at 13. 9 PRC–006–5 was approved April 1, 2021 in RM21–1 which did not trigger the PRA and therefore did not require prior OMB approval. The current version of this standard, PRC–006–5, was approved by the Commission on April 1, 2021. The only change was a revision to the regional variance for the WECC region for PRC–006–4 modifications that needs to be approved through OMB. 10 The number of entities is being reduced in order to more clearly identify the applicable entities E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM Continued 02JNN1 29576 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 104 / Wednesday, June 2, 2021 / Notices RD20–4 NET CHANGES FOR FERC–725G, OMB CONTROL NO. 1902–0252 PRC regional reliability standards PRC–006–4 (Automatic Underfrequency Load Shedding) Reporting Requirement—program decrease 10. PRC–006–4 (Automatic Underfrequency Load Shedding) Evidence Retention—program decrease 14. PRC–006–4 (Automatic Underfrequency Load Shedding) R1–R7, R11–R15 Reporting Requirement—program increase & clarification 11. PRC–006–4 (Automatic Underfrequency Load Shedding) R1–R7, R11–R15 Evidence Retention-program increase & clarification 14. PRC–006–4 (Automatic Underfrequency Load Shedding) R8–R10 Evidence Retention—program increase & clarification 12. Net Changes for FERC–725G due to RD20–4 ............. Average annual number 1 of respondents Average annual number of responses per respondent Average annual total number of responses Average burden hours per response (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) Total annual burden hours ¥80 (TO & DP) 1 ¥80 47 ¥3,760 ¥80 (TO & DP) 1 ¥80 5 ¥400 64 (PC) .............. 1 64 47 3,008 64 (PC) .............. 1 64 5 320 478 (TO, DP, UFLS-only DP). 1 478 5 2,390 ........................... ............................ 446 (net increase) ........................ 1,558 (net increase) IC21–30–000 RENEWAL AS EFFECTED BY RD20–4–000: MANDATORY RELIABILITY STANDARDS FOR THE BULK-POWER SYSTEM: REGIONAL MANDATORY RELIABILITY STANDARDS FOR THE BULK-POWER SYSTEM: REGIONAL RELIABILITY STANDARD PRC STANDARDS: PRC–006–5, PRC–002–2, PRC–012–2, PRC–019–2, PRC–023–4, PRC–024–1, PRC–025–2, PRC–026–1, AND PRC–02713 Average annual number of responses per respondent Average annual number 1 of respondents Reliability standard & requirement I I (1) I (2) Average annual total number of responses Average burden hours & cost ($) per response Total annual burden hours & cost ($) (rounded) Cost per respondent ($) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) PRC–006–5 (Current burden after net changes due to RD20–4) TO/DP/PC 14 ...................................... 480 1 480 35 hrs.; $2,905 ............. 16,800 hrs.; $1,394,400 ......... Net Changes for FERC–725G due to RD20–4. ........................ ........................ 926 ....................................... 18,358 hrs.; $1,523,714. 303 hrs.; $25,149 ......... 212 hrs.; $17,596 ......... 398,142 hrs.; $33,045,786 ..... 13,780 hrs.; $1,143,740 ......... $2,905 PRC–023–4 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES TO/GO/DP 15 ..................................... PC ..................................................... 1,314 65 1 1 1,314 65 in subsequent rows in this table. As stated in the NERC Petition, ‘‘[t]he currently effective standard is applicable to Planning Coordinators, ‘‘UFLS entities’’ (which may include Transmission Owners and Distribution Providers that own, operate, or control UFLS equipment), and Transmission Owners that own certain Elements. In proposed Reliability Standard PRC–006–4, NERC proposes to add the UFLS-Only Distribution Provider as an applicable UFLS entity, consistent with the language in Section III(b) of Appendix 5B of the NERC Rules of Procedure (Statement of Compliance Registry Criteria) that the Reliability Standards applicable to UFLS-Only Distribution Providers includes prior effective versions of the PRC–006 standard.’’ The changes are not due to Docket No. RD20–4–000. 11 The increases are not due to Docket No. RD20– 4–000. They are a program increase of 64 PCs (and the corresponding hrs.) in order to correct and clarify the estimates. 12 The program increase is due to adding 63 UFLS-only DPs due to Docket No. RD20–4–000. In addition, 415 TOs and DPs 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. As a result, there are 315 hours (63 * 5 hours) and the corresponding increase of 63 respondents of program increase due to Docket No. RD20–4–000, and 2,075 hours (415 * 5 hours) of increase due to adjustment. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:49 Jun 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 25,149 17,596 29577 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 104 / Wednesday, June 2, 2021 / Notices IC21–30–000 RENEWAL AS EFFECTED BY RD20–4–000: MANDATORY RELIABILITY STANDARDS FOR THE BULK-POWER SYSTEM: REGIONAL MANDATORY RELIABILITY STANDARDS FOR THE BULK-POWER SYSTEM: REGIONAL RELIABILITY STANDARD PRC STANDARDS: PRC–006–5, PRC–002–2, PRC–012–2, PRC–019–2, PRC–023–4, PRC–024–1, PRC–025–2, PRC–026–1, AND PRC–02713—Continued Reliability standard & requirement I Average annual number 1 of respondents Average annual number of responses per respondent (1) (2) I Average annual total number of responses Average burden hours & cost ($) per response Total annual burden hours & cost ($) (rounded) Cost per respondent ($) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) 4 hrs.; $332 .................. 5,256 hrs.; $436,248 .............. 332 8.9 hrs.; $664 ............... 9,424 hrs.; $782,192 .............. 664 8 hrs.; $664 .................. 8,024 hrs.; $665,992 .............. 664 18 hrs.; $1,494 ............. 21,402 hrs.; $1,776,366 ......... 1,494 100 hrs.; $8,300 ........... 59,450 hrs.; $4,934,350 ......... 8,300 88 hrs.; $7,304 ............. 116,952 hrs.; $9,707,016 ....... 7,304 3,652 PRC–025–2 16 GO/TO/DP 17 ..................................... 1,314 1 GO/TO ............................................... 1,178 1 1,314 PRC–019–2 1,178 PRC–024–1 GO ..................................................... 1,003 1 1,003 PRC–026–1 GO/PC/TO ......................................... 1,189 1 1,189 PRC–002–2 TO/GO/PC 18 ..................................... 1,189 0.50 594.5 PRC–012–2 RC/PC/TO/GO/DP ............................. 1,329 1 1,329 PRC–027–1 TO/GO/DP ......................................... 1,314 1 1,314 44 hrs.; $3,652 ............. 57,816 hrs.; $4,798,728 ......... Total for FERC–725G ................ ........................ ........................ 10,226.50 ....................................... 708,604 hrs.; $58,814,132. Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 13 The number of respondents on this table reflect information taken from NERC Compliance Registry, while it may show a decrease from previous years the 2021 values reflect treating standards as a whole instead of by requirement which allow for aggregate values and eliminating multiple counts of the same entity within a standard. 14 Using NERC Compliance Registration data (February 5, 2021), the number of respondents are for US unique entities and takes into account the overlap between functions of the DP = Distribution Provider, TO = Transmission Owner and PC= Planning Coordinator for a total of 480. 15 Using NERC Compliance Registration data (February 5, 2021), the number of respondents are for US unique entities and takes into account the overlap between functions of the DP = Distribution Provider, TO = Transmission Owner and DP = Distribution Provider for a total of 1,314. The number of hours also take into account line terminal work needed to be done applicable TO, GO, or DP as per PRC–023–1 approved in Order No. 773 March 18, 2010. 16 Reliability Standard PRC–025–2 from FERC– 725G2 (OMB No. 1902–0281)– a temporary place holder is now being placed back into 725G. 17 According to the NERC compliance registry as of February 5, 2021, NERC has registered 379 distribution providers (DP), 1,003 generator owners (GO) and 321 transmission owners (TO). However, under NERC’s compliance registration program, entities may be registered for multiple functions, so these numbers incorporate some double counting. The number of unique entities responding will be approximately 994 entities registered as a transmission owner, a distribution provider, or a VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:49 Jun 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 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: May 26, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–11552 Filed 6–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P generator owner that is also a transmission owner and/or a distribution owner. These values reflect removing any year 1–2 costs and covers on-going cost from version PRC–025–1 and PRC–025–2. 18 Based on the Requirements of PRC–002–2 some entities do not have to perform tasks annual so average response rate is set to 0.50. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: ER15–1375–012. Applicants: McCoy Solar, LLC. Description: Notice of Change in Status of McCoy Solar, LLC. Filed Date: 5/26/21. Accession Number: 20210526–5138. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 6/16/21. Docket Numbers: ER18–194–000. Applicants: American Electric Power Service Corporation, Southwest Power Pool, Inc. Description: Formal Challenge of Joint Customers’ to May 26, 2021 Annual Informational Filing by American Electric Power Service Corporation. Filed Date: 5/21/21. Accession Number: 20210521–5275. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 6/21/21. Docket Numbers: ER20–687–003. Applicants: Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC21-30-000, RD-20-4-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-725G); 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, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the 
currently approved information collection, FERC-725G (Mandatory 
Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System: PRC Reliability 
Standards.).

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due August 2, 
2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit copies of your comments (identified by Docket 
No. IC21-30-000) 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 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-725G (Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-
Power System: Regional Reliability Standard PRC standards: PRC-006-5 
Automatic Underfrequency Load-Shedding (UFLS), PRC-002-2, PRC-012-2, 
PRC-019-2, PRC-023-4, PRC-024-1, PRC-025-2, PRC-026-1, and PRC-027-1.
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0252.
    Type of Request: Revisions and extension to the information 
collection, as discussed in Docket No. RD20-4-000.
    Abstract: On August 8, 2005, Congress enacted into law the 
Electricity Modernization Act of 2005, which is Title XII, Subtitle A, 
of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005).\1\ EPAct 2005 added a 
new section 215 to the FPA, which required a Commission-certified 
Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) to develop mandatory and 
enforceable Reliability Standards, which are subject to Commission 
review and approval. Once approved, the Reliability Standards may be 
enforced by the ERO subject to Commission oversight, or the Commission 
can independently enforce Reliability Standards.\2\
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    \1\ Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109-58, Title XII, 
Subtitle A, 119 Stat. 594, 941 (codified at 16 U.S.C. 824o).
    \2\ 16 U.S.C. 824o(e)(3).

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    The information collected by the FERC-725G is required to implement 
the statutory provisions of section 215 of the Federal Power Act 
(FPA).\[2]\ Section 215 of the FPA buttresses the Commission's efforts 
to strengthen the reliability of the interstate bulk power grid.
    The FERC-725G information collection currently contains the 
reporting and recordkeeping requirements for the following Reliability 
Standards: PRC-002-2, PRC-006-5, PRC-012-2, PRC-019-2, PRC-023-4, PRC-
024-1, PRC-025-2, PRC-026-1, and PRC-027-1.

 PRC-002-2 Disturbance Monitoring and Reporting Requirements

    The purpose is to have adequate data available to facilitate 
analysis of Bulk Electric System (BES) Disturb.

 PRC-006-5 Automatic Underfrequency Load Shedding

    To establish design and documentation requirements for automatic 
Underfrequency Load Shedding (UFLS) programs to arrest declining 
frequency, assist recovery of frequency following underfrequency events 
and provide last resort system preservation measures.

 PRC-012-2 Remedial Action Schemes

    To ensure that Remedial Action Schemes (RAS) do not introduce 
unintentional or unacceptable reliability risks to the Bulk Electric 
System (BES).

 PRC-019-2 Coordination of Generating Unit or Plant 
Capabilities, Voltage Regulating Controls, and Protection

    The purpose is to verify coordination of generating unit Facility 
or synchronous condenser voltage regulating controls, limit functions, 
equipment capabilities and Protection System settings.

 PRC-023-4 Transmission Relay Load-Ability

    Protective relay settings shall not limit transmission load-
ability; not interfere with system operators' ability to take remedial 
action to protect system reliability and; be set to reliably detect all 
fault conditions and protect the electrical network from these faults.

 PRC-024-1 Generator Frequency and Voltage Protective Relay 
Settings

    The purpose is to ensure Generator Owners set their generator 
protective relays such that generating units remain connected during 
defined frequency and voltage excursions.

 PRC-025-2 Generator Relay Load-Ability

    The purpose is to set load-responsive protective relays associated 
with generation Facilities at a level to prevent unnecessary tripping 
of generators during a system disturbance for conditions that do not 
pose a risk of damage to the associated equipment.

 PRC-026-1 Relay Performance During Stable Power Swings

    The purpose is to ensure that load-responsive protective relays are 
expected to not trip in response to stable power swings during non-
Fault conditions.

 PRC-027-1 Coordination of Protection Systems for Performance 
During Faults

    The purpose is to maintain the coordination of Protection Systems 
installed to detect and isolate Faults on Bulk Electric System (BES) 
Elements, such that those Protection Systems operate in the intended 
sequence during Faults.
    Each of these Reliability Standards have three components that 
impose burden upon affected industry:

 Requirements (e.g., denoted in each Reliability Standard as 
R1, R2 . . .)
 Measures (e.g., denoted in each Reliability Standard as M1, M2 
. . .)
 Evidence Retention

    These three components can be reviewed for the Reliability 
Standards in NERC petitions in FERC's eLibrary system (http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp) or on NERC's own website 
(www.nerc.com).
    Type of Respondents: Generator owners, Planning coordinators, 
Distribution providers, UFLS-only Distribution Providers, and 
transmission owners in the Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC) 
Region.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \3\ Our estimates are based on the NERC 
Compliance Registry Summary of Entities as of February 5, 2021. 
According to the NERC compliance registry, and Functions as of, which 
indicates there are registered as GO, PC, DP and TO entities. The 
individual burden estimates are based on the time needed to gather 
data, run studies, and analyze study results to design or update the 
underfrequency load shedding programs. Additionally, documentation and 
the review of underfrequency load shedding (UFLS) program results by 
supervisors and management is included in the administrative 
estimations. These are consistent with estimates for similar tasks in 
other Commission approved standards.
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    \3\ 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.
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RD20-4 (PRC-006-4)

    The revisions in the proposed Reliability Standards will align 
these standards with the previously approved changes to the NERC 
registration criteria \4\ by removing reference to entities \5\ that 
are no longer registered with NERC. In proposed Reliability Standard 
PRC-006-4, NERC adds the UFLS-only Distribution Provider as an 
applicable entity. In two instances, NERC has proposed changes that 
will promote consistent use of the term Planning Coordinator across the 
Reliability Standards.\6\
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    \4\ Order on Electric Reliability Organization Risk Based 
Registration Initiative and Requiring Compliance Filing, 150 FERC ] 
61,213 (2015); Order on Compliance Filing, 153 FERC ] 61,024 (2015).
    \5\ NERC's risk-based registration initiative resulted in the 
removal of the load-serving entity and purchasing-selling entity 
from the NERC compliance registry.
    \6\ Standards Alignment with Registration Petition at 7.
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    The Commission's request to OMB will reflect the following:
     Addition to the burden associated with UFLS-only 
distribution providers to proposed (in RD-20-4) Reliability Standard 
PRC-006-4.\7\ The petition states that the currently effective standard 
is applicable to planning coordinators, ``UFLS entities'' (which may 
include transmission owners and distribution providers that own, 
operate, or control UFLS equipment), and transmission owners that own 
certain elements. In proposed Reliability Standard PRC-006-4, NERC 
proposes to add the UFLS-only distribution provider as an applicable 
UFLS entity.\8\
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    \7\ The burden associated with the Commission approved standard, 
PRC-006-3, is included in FERC-725G.
    \8\ Standards Alignment with Registration Petition at 13.
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     Current, Reliability Standard PRC-006-5 \9\ (formerly PRC-
006-3) (Automatic Underfrequency Load Shedding)
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    \9\ PRC-006-5 was approved April 1, 2021 in RM21-1 which did not 
trigger the PRA and therefore did not require prior OMB approval. 
The current version of this standard, PRC-006-5, was approved by the 
Commission on April 1, 2021. The only change was a revision to the 
regional variance for the WECC region for PRC-006-4 modifications 
that needs to be approved through OMB.
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    Commission estimates the annual burden and cost for the information 
collection as follows:
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    \10\ The number of entities is being reduced in order to more 
clearly identify the applicable entities in subsequent rows in this 
table. As stated in the NERC Petition, ``[t]he currently effective 
standard is applicable to Planning Coordinators, ``UFLS entities'' 
(which may include Transmission Owners and Distribution Providers 
that own, operate, or control UFLS equipment), and Transmission 
Owners that own certain Elements. In proposed Reliability Standard 
PRC-006-4, NERC proposes to add the UFLS-Only Distribution Provider 
as an applicable UFLS entity, consistent with the language in 
Section III(b) of Appendix 5B of the NERC Rules of Procedure 
(Statement of Compliance Registry Criteria) that the Reliability 
Standards applicable to UFLS-Only Distribution Providers includes 
prior effective versions of the PRC-006 standard.'' The changes are 
not due to Docket No. RD20-4-000.
    \11\ The increases are not due to Docket No. RD20-4-000. They 
are a program increase of 64 PCs (and the corresponding hrs.) in 
order to correct and clarify the estimates.
    \12\ The program increase is due to adding 63 UFLS-only DPs due 
to Docket No. RD20-4-000. In addition, 415 TOs and DPs 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. As a result, there are 315 hours (63 * 5 hours) and 
the corresponding increase of 63 respondents of program increase due 
to Docket No. RD20-4-000, and 2,075 hours (415 * 5 hours) of 
increase due to adjustment.

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                                               RD20-4 Net Changes for FERC-725G, OMB Control No. 1902-0252
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                                                                             Average  annual
                                             Average  annual number 1  of      number  of     Average annual total      Average      Total annual burden
    PRC regional reliability standards               respondents              responses per    number of responses   burden hours           hours
                                                                               respondent                            per response
                                           (1)............................               (2)       (1) * (2) = (3)             (4)
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PRC-006-4 (Automatic Underfrequency Load   -80 (TO & DP)..................                 1                   -80              47                -3,760
 Shedding) Reporting Requirement--program
 decrease 10.
PRC-006-4 (Automatic Underfrequency Load   -80 (TO & DP)..................                 1                   -80               5                  -400
 Shedding) Evidence Retention--program
 decrease 14.
PRC-006-4 (Automatic Underfrequency Load   64 (PC)........................                 1                    64              47                 3,008
 Shedding) R1-R7, R11-R15 Reporting
 Requirement--program increase &
 clarification 11.
PRC-006-4 (Automatic Underfrequency Load   64 (PC)........................                 1                    64               5                   320
 Shedding) R1-R7, R11-R15 Evidence
 Retention-program increase &
 clarification 14.
PRC-006-4 (Automatic Underfrequency Load   478 (TO, DP, UFLS-only DP).....                 1                   478               5                 2,390
 Shedding) R8-R10 Evidence Retention--
 program increase & clarification 12.
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    Net Changes for FERC-725G due to RD20- ...............................  ................    446 (net increase)  ..............  1,558 (net increase)
     4.
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 IC21-30-000 Renewal as Effected by RD20-4-000: Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System: Regional Mandatory Reliability Standards for
the Bulk-Power System: Regional Reliability Standard PRC Standards: PRC-006-5, PRC-002-2, PRC-012-2, PRC-019-2, PRC-023-4, PRC-024-1, PRC-025-2, PRC-026-
                                                                    1, and PRC-02713
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                                                       Average annual
                                       Average annual     number of    Average annual   Average burden hours &     Total annual burden       Cost per
  Reliability standard & requirement     number 1 of    responses per   total number     cost ($) per response       hours & cost ($)     respondent ($)
                                         respondents     respondent     of responses                                    (rounded)
                                                  (1)             (2)     (1) * (2) =  (4).....................  (3) * (4) = (5)........       (5) / (1)
                                                                                  (3)
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                                               PRC-006-5 (Current burden after net changes due to RD20-4)
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TO/DP/PC 14..........................             480               1             480  35 hrs.; $2,905.........  16,800 hrs.; $1,394,400          $2,905
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    Net Changes for FERC-725G due to   ..............  ..............             926  ........................  18,358 hrs.; $1,523,714
     RD20-4.
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TO/GO/DP 15..........................           1,314               1           1,314  303 hrs.; $25,149.......  398,142 hrs.;                    25,149
                                                                                                                  $33,045,786.
PC...................................              65               1              65  212 hrs.; $17,596.......  13,780 hrs.; $1,143,740          17,596
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GO/TO/DP 17..........................           1,314               1           1,314  4 hrs.; $332............  5,256 hrs.; $436,248...             332
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GO/TO................................           1,178               1           1,178  8.9 hrs.; $664..........  9,424 hrs.; $782,192...             664
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GO...................................           1,003               1           1,003  8 hrs.; $664............  8,024 hrs.; $665,992...             664
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GO/PC/TO.............................           1,189               1           1,189  18 hrs.; $1,494.........  21,402 hrs.; $1,776,366           1,494
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TO/GO/PC 18..........................           1,189            0.50           594.5  100 hrs.; $8,300........  59,450 hrs.; $4,934,350           8,300
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RC/PC/TO/GO/DP.......................           1,329               1           1,329  88 hrs.; $7,304.........  116,952 hrs.;                     7,304
                                                                                                                  $9,707,016.
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TO/GO/DP.............................           1,314               1           1,314  44 hrs.; $3,652.........  57,816 hrs.; $4,798,728           3,652
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    Total for FERC-725G..............  ..............  ..............       10,226.50  ........................  708,604 hrs.;
                                                                                                                  $58,814,132.
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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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    \13\ The number of respondents on this table reflect information 
taken from NERC Compliance Registry, while it may show a decrease 
from previous years the 2021 values reflect treating standards as a 
whole instead of by requirement which allow for aggregate values and 
eliminating multiple counts of the same entity within a standard.
    \14\ Using NERC Compliance Registration data (February 5, 2021), 
the number of respondents are for US unique entities and takes into 
account the overlap between functions of the DP = Distribution 
Provider, TO = Transmission Owner and PC= Planning Coordinator for a 
total of 480.
    \15\ Using NERC Compliance Registration data (February 5, 2021), 
the number of respondents are for US unique entities and takes into 
account the overlap between functions of the DP = Distribution 
Provider, TO = Transmission Owner and DP = Distribution Provider for 
a total of 1,314. The number of hours also take into account line 
terminal work needed to be done applicable TO, GO, or DP as per PRC-
023-1 approved in Order No. 773 March 18, 2010.
    \16\ Reliability Standard PRC-025-2 from FERC-725G2 (OMB No. 
1902-0281)- a temporary place holder is now being placed back into 
725G.
    \17\ According to the NERC compliance registry as of February 5, 
2021, NERC has registered 379 distribution providers (DP), 1,003 
generator owners (GO) and 321 transmission owners (TO). However, 
under NERC's compliance registration program, entities may be 
registered for multiple functions, so these numbers incorporate some 
double counting. The number of unique entities responding will be 
approximately 994 entities registered as a transmission owner, a 
distribution provider, or a generator owner that is also a 
transmission owner and/or a distribution owner. These values reflect 
removing any year 1-2 costs and covers on-going cost from version 
PRC-025-1 and PRC-025-2.
    \18\ Based on the Requirements of PRC-002-2 some entities do not 
have to perform tasks annual so average response rate is set to 
0.50.

    Dated: May 26, 2021.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-11552 Filed 6-1-21; 8:45 am]
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