Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-725Y); Comment Request; Extension, 35791-35792 [2021-14476]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 127 / Wednesday, July 7, 2021 / Notices must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Regulations (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. Protests may be considered, but intervention is necessary to become a party to the proceeding. eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/ docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Dated: June 29, 2021. Debbie-Anne A. Reese, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–14372 Filed 7–6–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC21–18–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–725Y); Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments. 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 a renewal of currently approved information collection FERC–725Y, Mandatory Reliability Standard (Personnel Performance, Training, and Qualifications), which will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due August 6, 2021. ADDRESSES: Send written comments on FERC–725Y to OMB through www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. Please identify the OMB Control Number (1902–0279) in the subject line of your comments. Comments should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Please submit copies of your comments to the Commission. You may submit copies of your comments khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:44 Jul 06, 2021 Jkt 253001 (identified by Docket No. IC21–18–000) 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 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: OMB submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Using the search function under the ‘‘Currently Under Review’’ field, select Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; click ‘‘submit,’’ and select ‘‘comment’’ to the right of the subject collection. FERC submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov. For user assistance, contact FERC Online Support by email at 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 https://www.ferc.gov/ferconline/overview. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at DataClearance@FERC.gov, telephone at (202) 502–8663. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC–725Y, Mandatory Reliability Standard (Personnel Performance, Training, and Qualifications). OMB Control No.: 1902–0279. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–725Y information collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements. Abstract: The FERC–725Y information collection is intended to help ensure the safe and reliable operation of the interconnected grid through the retention of suitably trained and qualified personnel in positions that can impact the reliable operation of the Bulk-Power System. The Commission uses the FERC–725Y to implement the Congressional mandate of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35791 develop mandatory and enforceable Reliability Standards to better ensure the reliability of the nation’s BulkPower System. FERC–725Y ensures that personnel performing or supporting real-time operations on the Bulk Electric System (BES) are trained using a systematic approach. The Reliability Standard requires entities to maintain records subject to review by the Commission and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to ensure compliance with the Reliability Standard. Reliability Standard PER–005–2 (Operations Personnel Training) requires entities to maintain records subject to review by the Commission and NERC to ensure compliance with the Reliability Standard. This Reliability Standard contains of six Requirements: • R1 requires reliability coordinators, balancing authorities, and transmission operators to develop and implement a training program for system operators • R2 requires transmission owners to develop and implement a training program for system operators • R3 requires reliability coordinators, balancing authorities, transmission operators and transmission owners to verify the capabilities of their identified personnel • R4 requires reliability coordinators, balancing authorities, transmission operators and transmission owners to provide those personnel with emergency operations training using simulation technology • R5 requires reliability coordinators, balancing authorities, and transmission operators develop and implement training for system operators whose job functions can impact BES real-time reliability tasks • R6 requires applicable generator operators to develop and implement training for certain of their dispatch personnel at a centrally located dispatch center Reliability Standard PER–006–1 (Specific Training for personnel) ensures that personnel are trained on specific topics essential to reliability to perform or support Real-Time operations of the Bulk Electric System. • R1 identifies generator operator plant personnel responsible for Realtime control and carrying out Operating instructions are trained on the operational functionality of Protection Systems and Remedial Action Schemes that affect the output of generating facility(ies) it operates. E:\FR\FM\07JYN1.SGM 07JYN1 35792 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 127 / Wednesday, July 7, 2021 / Notices The 60-day Federal Register Notice 1 published on April 21, 2021 and no comments were received during the comment period. Type of Respondents: Transmission owners and generator owners. Estimate of Annual Burden: 2 Our estimate below regarding the number of respondents is based on the NERC compliance registry as of February 5, 2021. The Commission estimates the additional annual reporting burden and cost as follows: Number and type of respondents 3 Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response 4 Total annual burden hours & total annual cost ($) Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) FERC–725Y in Docket No. IC21–18–000 Reliability Standard PER–005–2 Annual Evaluation and Update of Training Program (Reporting for all Req.). Retention of Records ........... (RC, BA, TOP, TO, GOP) 1,148. 1 1,148 8 hrs.; $561.52 ....... 9,184 hrs.; $644,624.96 ...... $561.52 (RC, BA, TOP, TO, GOP) 1,148. 1 1,148 10 hrs.; $433.80 ..... 11,480 hrs.; $498,002.40 .... $433.80 $350.95 $433.80 FERC–725Y (Reliability Standard PER–006–1) GOP; Reporting Req. R1 ..... GOP; Recordkeeping Req. R1. Total .............................. 937 5 ..................................... 937 ....................................... 1 1 937 937 5 hrs.; $350.95 ....... 10 hrs. $433.80 ...... 4,685 hrs.; $328,840.15 ...... 9,370 hrs.; $406,470.60 ...... .............................................. ........................ ........................ ................................ 34,719 hrs.; $1,877,938.11 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: June 30, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–14476 Filed 7–6–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P 1 86 FR 20685. 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. 3 For PER–005–2 and PER–006–1: RC=Reliability Coordinator; BA=Balancing Authority; TOP=Transmission Operator; TO=Transmission Owner; GOP=Generator Operator. To eliminate khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 2 Burden VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:44 Jul 06, 2021 Jkt 253001 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. EL21–81–000] Hill Top Energy Center LLC; Notice of Institution of Section 206 Proceeding and Refund Effective Date On June 29, 2021, the Commission issued an order in Docket No. EL21–81– 000, pursuant to section 206 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), 16 U.S.C. 824e, instituting an investigation into whether Hill Top Energy Center LLC’s proposed Rate Schedule 1 is unjust, unreasonable, unduly discriminatory, or preferential, or otherwise unlawful. Hill Top Energy Center LLC, 175 FERC ¶ 61,254 (2021). The refund effective date in Docket No. EL21–81–000, established pursuant to section 206(b) of the FPA, will be the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Any interested person desiring to be heard in Docket No. EL21–81–000 must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in accordance with Rule 214 of the counting the same number multiple times the figure reflects the number of US unique entities (1,148) accounts for overlaps between RC, BA, TOP, TO and GOP. The NERC compliance registry table February 5, 2021 was used preform analysis. 4 The estimates for cost per response are loaded hourly wage figure (includes benefits) is based on two occupational categories for 2020 found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website (http:// www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics2_22.htm): PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ........................ Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.214 (2020), within 21 days of the date of issuance of the order. In addition to publishing the full text of this document in the Federal Register, the Commission provides all interested persons an opportunity to view and/or print the contents of this document via the internet through the Commission’s Home Page (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. At this time, the Commission has suspended access to the Commission’s Public Reference Room, due to the proclamation declaring a National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19), issued by the President on March 13, 2020. For assistance, contact FERC at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (886) 208–3676 or TYY, (202) 502–8659. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFile’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. In lieu of electronic filing, you may • Electrical Engineer (Occupation Code: 17– 2071): $70.19 (to calculate the reporting requirements). • Office and Administrative Support (Occupation Code: 43–0000): $43.38 (to calculate the recordkeeping requirements). 5 The number of US unique GOPs is 937 taken from the NERC compliance registry information of February 5, 2021. 1 Hill Top Energy Center LLC, Reactive Power Tariff, Hill Top Energy Center, Reactive Power Tariff, 0.0.0. E:\FR\FM\07JYN1.SGM 07JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 127 (Wednesday, July 7, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35791-35792]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC21-18-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-725Y); 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 a renewal of currently approved 
information collection FERC-725Y, Mandatory Reliability Standard 
(Personnel Performance, Training, and Qualifications), which will be 
submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due August 6, 
2021.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments on FERC-725Y to OMB through 
www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission Desk Officer. Please identify the OMB Control Number (1902-
0279) in the subject line of your comments. Comments should be sent 
within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.
    Please submit copies of your comments to the Commission. You may 
submit copies of your comments (identified by Docket No. IC21-18-000) 
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: OMB submissions must be formatted and filed in 
accordance with submission guidelines at www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Using the search function under the ``Currently Under Review'' 
field, select Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; click ``submit,'' 
and select ``comment'' to the right of the subject collection. FERC 
submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission 
guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov. For user assistance, contact FERC 
Online Support by email at [email protected], or by phone at: 
(866) 208-3676 (toll-free).
    Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of 
activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and 
issuances in this docket may do so at https://www.ferc.gov/ferc-online/overview.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: FERC-725Y, Mandatory Reliability Standard (Personnel 
Performance, Training, and Qualifications).
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0279.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-725Y information 
collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements.
    Abstract: The FERC-725Y information collection is intended to help 
ensure the safe and reliable operation of the interconnected grid 
through the retention of suitably trained and qualified personnel in 
positions that can impact the reliable operation of the Bulk-Power 
System. The Commission uses the FERC-725Y to implement the 
Congressional mandate of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to develop 
mandatory and enforceable Reliability Standards to better ensure the 
reliability of the nation's Bulk-Power System. FERC-725Y ensures that 
personnel performing or supporting real-time operations on the Bulk 
Electric System (BES) are trained using a systematic approach. The 
Reliability Standard requires entities to maintain records subject to 
review by the Commission and North American Electric Reliability 
Corporation (NERC) to ensure compliance with the Reliability Standard.
    Reliability Standard PER-005-2 (Operations Personnel Training) 
requires entities to maintain records subject to review by the 
Commission and NERC to ensure compliance with the Reliability Standard. 
This Reliability Standard contains of six Requirements:

 R1 requires reliability coordinators, balancing authorities, 
and transmission operators to develop and implement a training program 
for system operators
 R2 requires transmission owners to develop and implement a 
training program for system operators
 R3 requires reliability coordinators, balancing authorities, 
transmission operators and transmission owners to verify the 
capabilities of their identified personnel
 R4 requires reliability coordinators, balancing authorities, 
transmission operators and transmission owners to provide those 
personnel with emergency operations training using simulation 
technology
 R5 requires reliability coordinators, balancing authorities, 
and transmission operators develop and implement training for system 
operators whose job functions can impact BES real-time reliability 
tasks
 R6 requires applicable generator operators to develop and 
implement training for certain of their dispatch personnel at a 
centrally located dispatch center

    Reliability Standard PER-006-1 (Specific Training for personnel) 
ensures that personnel are trained on specific topics essential to 
reliability to perform or support Real-Time operations of the Bulk 
Electric System.
     R1 identifies generator operator plant personnel 
responsible for Real-time control and carrying out Operating 
instructions are trained on the operational functionality of Protection 
Systems and Remedial Action Schemes that affect the output of 
generating facility(ies) it operates.

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    The 60-day Federal Register Notice \1\ published on April 21, 2021 
and no comments were received during the comment period.
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    \1\ 86 FR 20685.
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    Type of Respondents: Transmission owners and generator owners.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \2\ Our estimate below regarding the 
number of respondents is based on the NERC compliance registry as of 
February 5, 2021.
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    \2\ Burden is defined as the total time, effort, or financial 
resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or 
disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. For 
further explanation of what is included in the information 
collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3.
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    The Commission estimates the additional annual reporting burden and 
cost as follows:

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                                                            Annual  number                                          Total annual burden      Cost per
                                       Number and type of    of  responses   Total number   Average burden & cost   hours & total annual    respondent
                                        respondents \3\     per respondent   of responses      per response \4\          cost  ($)              ($)
                                     (1)..................             (2)     (1) * (2) =  (4)..................  (3) * (4) = (5)......       (5) / (1)
                                                                                       (3)
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                                                           FERC-725Y in Docket No. IC21-18-000
                                                             Reliability Standard PER-005-2
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Annual Evaluation and Update of      (RC, BA, TOP, TO,                   1           1,148  8 hrs.; $561.52......  9,184 hrs.;                   $561.52
 Training Program (Reporting for      GOP) 1,148.                                                                   $644,624.96.
 all Req.).
Retention of Records...............  (RC, BA, TOP, TO,                   1           1,148  10 hrs.; $433.80.....  11,480 hrs.;                  $433.80
                                      GOP) 1,148.                                                                   $498,002.40.
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                                                       FERC-725Y (Reliability Standard PER-006-1)
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GOP; Reporting Req. R1.............  937 \5\..............               1             937  5 hrs.; $350.95......  4,685 hrs.;                   $350.95
                                                                                                                    $328,840.15.
GOP; Recordkeeping Req. R1.........  937..................               1             937  10 hrs. $433.80......  9,370 hrs.;                   $433.80
                                                                                                                    $406,470.60.
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    Total..........................  .....................  ..............  ..............  .....................  34,719 hrs.;           ..............
                                                                                                                    $1,877,938.11.
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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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    \3\ For PER-005-2 and PER-006-1: RC=Reliability Coordinator; 
BA=Balancing Authority; TOP=Transmission Operator; TO=Transmission 
Owner; GOP=Generator Operator. To eliminate counting the same number 
multiple times the figure reflects the number of US unique entities 
(1,148) accounts for overlaps between RC, BA, TOP, TO and GOP. The 
NERC compliance registry table February 5, 2021 was used preform 
analysis.
    \4\ The estimates for cost per response are loaded hourly wage 
figure (includes benefits) is based on two occupational categories 
for 2020 found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics2_22.htm):
     Electrical Engineer (Occupation Code: 17-2071): $70.19 
(to calculate the reporting requirements).
     Office and Administrative Support (Occupation Code: 43-
0000): $43.38 (to calculate the recordkeeping requirements).
    \5\ The number of US unique GOPs is 937 taken from the NERC 
compliance registry information of February 5, 2021.

    Dated: June 30, 2021.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-14476 Filed 7-6-21; 8:45 am]
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