Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-725B); Comment Request; Extension, 35783-35785 [2021-14477]

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[FR Doc. 2021–14369 Filed 7–6–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC21–26–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–725B); 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, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, FERC– 725B, (Mandatory Reliability Standards, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP). DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due September 7, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit copies of your comments (identified by Docket No. IC21–26–000) 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. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:44 Jul 06, 2021 Jkt 253001 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–725B (Mandatory Reliability Standards, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)). OMB Control No.: 1902–0248. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–725B information collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements. Abstract: On August 8, 2005, Congress enacted the Energy Policy Act of 2005.1 The Energy Policy Act of 2005 added a new section 215 to the FPA,2 which requires a Commission-certified Electric Reliability Organization to develop mandatory and enforceable Reliability Standards,3 including requirements for cybersecurity protection, which are subject to Commission review and approval. Once approved, the Reliability Standards may be enforced by the Electric Reliability Organization subject to Commission oversight, or the Commission can independently enforce Reliability Standards. On February 3, 2006, the Commission issued Order No. 672,4 implementing FPA section 215. The Commission subsequently certified NERC as the Electric Reliability Organization. The 1 Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109–58, sec. 1261 et seq., 119 Stat. 594 (2005). 2 16 U.S.C. 824o. 3 FPA section 215 defines Reliability Standard as a requirement, approved by the Commission, to provide for reliable operation of existing bulkpower system facilities, including cybersecurity protection, and the design of planned additions or modifications to such facilities to the extent necessary to provide for reliable operation of the Bulk-Power System. However, the term does not include any requirement to enlarge such facilities or to construct new transmission capacity or generation capacity. Id. at 824o(a)(3). 4 Rules Concerning Certification of the Elec. Reliability Org.; and Procedures for the Establishment, Approval, and Enf’t of Elec. Reliability Standards, Order No. 672, 71 FR 8661 (Feb. 17, 2006), 114 FERC ¶ 61,104, order on reh’g, Order No. 672–A, 71 FR 19814 (Apr. 28, 2006), 114 FERC ¶ 61,328 (2006). PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35783 Reliability Standards developed by NERC become mandatory and enforceable after Commission approval and apply to users, owners, and operators of the Bulk-Power System, as set forth in each Reliability Standard.5 The CIP Reliability Standards require entities to comply with specific requirements to safeguard critical cyber assets. These standards are results-based and do not specify a technology or method to achieve compliance, instead leaving it up to the entity to decide how best to comply. On January 18, 2008, the Commission issued Order No. 706,6 approving the initial eight CIP Reliability Standards, CIP version 1 Standards, submitted by NERC. Subsequently, the Commission has approved multiple versions of the CIP Reliability Standards submitted by NERC, partly to address the evolving nature of cyber-related threats to the Bulk-Power System. On November 22, 2013, the Commission issued Order No. 791,7 approving CIP version 5 Standards, the last major revision to the CIP Reliability Standards. The CIP version 5 Standards implement a tiered approach to categorize assets, identifying them as high, medium, or low risk to the operation of the Bulk Electric System (BES) 8 if compromised. High impact systems include large control centers. Medium impact systems include smaller control centers, ultrahigh voltage transmission, and large substations and generating facilities. 5 NERC uses the term ‘‘registered entity’’ to identify users, owners, and operators of the BulkPower System responsible for performing specified reliability functions with respect to NERC Reliability Standards. See, e.g., Version 4 Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards, Order No. 761, 77 FR 24594 (Apr. 25, 2012), 139 FERC ¶ 61,058, at P 46, order denying clarification and reh’g, 140 FERC ¶ 61,109 (2012). Within the NERC Reliability Standards are various subsets of entities responsible for performing various specified reliability functions. We collectively refer to these as ‘‘entities.’’ 6 Order No. 706, 122 FERC ¶ 61,040 at P 1. 7 Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards, Order No. 791, 78 FR 72755 (Dec. 13, 2013), 145 FERC ¶ 61,160 (2013), order on reh’g, Order No. 791–A, 146 FERC ¶ 61,188 (2014). 8 In general, NERC defines BES to include all Transmission Elements operated at 100 kV or higher and Real Power and Reactive Power resources connected at 100 kV or higher. This does not include facilities used in the local distribution of electric energy. See NERC, Bulk Electric System Definition Reference Document, Version 3, at page iii (August 2018). In Order No. 693, the Commission found that NERC’s definition of BES is narrower than the statutory definition of Bulk-Power System. The Commission decided to rely on the NERC definition of BES to provide certainty regarding the applicability of Reliability Standards to specific entities. See Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System, Order No. 693, 72 FR 16415 (Apr. 4, 2007), 118 FERC ¶ 61,218, at PP 75, 79, 491, order on reh’g, Order No. 693–A, 72 FR 49717 (July 25, 2007), 120 FERC ¶ 61,053 (2007). E:\FR\FM\07JYN1.SGM 07JYN1 35784 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 127 / Wednesday, July 7, 2021 / Notices • CIP–004–6 Personnel and Training: Requires entities to minimize the risk against compromise that could lead to mis-operation or instability in the BES from individuals accessing BES Cyber Systems by requiring an appropriate level of personnel risk assessment, training, and security awareness in support of protecting BES Cyber Systems. • CIP–005–6 Electronic Security Perimeter(s): Requires entities to manage electronic access to BES Cyber Systems by specifying a controlled Electronic Security Perimeter in support of protecting BES Cyber Systems against compromise that could lead to misoperation or instability in the BES. • CIP–006–6 Physical Security of Bulk Electric System Cyber Systems: Requires entities to manage physical access to BES Cyber Systems by specifying a physical security plan in support of protecting BES Cyber Systems against compromise that could lead to misoperation or instability in the BES. • CIP–007–6 System Security Management: Requires entities to manage system security by specifying select technical, operational, and procedural requirements in support of protecting BES Cyber Systems against compromise that could lead to misoperation or instability in the BES. • CIP–008–6 Incident Reporting and Response Planning: Requires entities to mitigate the risk to the reliable operation of the BES as the result of a cybersecurity incident by specifying incident response requirements. • CIP–009–6 Recovery Plans for Bulk Electric System Cyber Systems: Requires entities to recover reliability functions performed by BES Cyber Systems by specifying recovery plan requirements The remainder of the BES Cyber Systems 9 are categorized as low impact systems. Most requirements in the CIP Reliability Standards apply to high and medium impact systems; however, a technical controls requirement in Reliability standard CIP–003, described below, applies only to low impact systems. Since 2013, the Commission has approved new and modified CIP Reliability Standards that address specific issues such as supply chain risk management, cyber incident reporting, communications between control centers, and the physical security of critical transmission facilities.10 The CIP Reliability Standards currently consist of 12 standards specifying a set of requirements that entities must follow to ensure the cyber and physical security of the Bulk-Power System. There are 12 currently effective cybersecurity standards and one cybersecurity standard that has been approved by the Commission and will become enforceable on July 1, 2022. There is also one physical security standard CIP–002–5.1a Bulk Electric System Cyber System Categorization: requires entities to identify and categorize BES Cyber Assets for the application of cyber security requirements commensurate with the adverse impact that loss, compromise, or misuse of those BES Cyber Systems could have on the reliable operation of the BES. • CIP–003–8 Security Management Controls: Requires entities to specify consistent and sustainable security management controls that establish responsibility and accountability to protect BES Cyber Systems against compromise that could lead to misoperation or instability in the BES. in support of the continued stability, operability, and reliability of the BES. • CIP–010–3 Configuration Change Management and Vulnerability Assessments: Requires entities to prevent and detect unauthorized changes to BES Cyber Systems by specifying configuration change management and vulnerability assessment requirements in support of protecting BES Cyber Systems from compromise that could lead to misoperation or instability in the BES. • CIP–011–2 Information Protection: Requires entities to prevent unauthorized access to BES Cyber System Information by specifying information protection requirements in support of protecting BES Cyber Systems against compromise that could lead to mis-operation or instability in the BES. • CIP–012–1 Communications between Control Centers:11 requires entities to protect the confidentiality and integrity of Real-time Assessment and Real-time monitoring data transmitted between Control Centers. • CIP–013–1 Supply Chain Risk Management: requires entities to mitigate cybersecurity risks to the reliable operation of the BES by implementing security controls for supply chain risk management of BES Cyber Systems. The CIP Reliability Standards, viewed as a whole, implement a defense-indepth approach to protecting the security of BES Cyber Systems at all impact levels.12 The CIP Reliability Standards are objective-based and allow entities to choose compliance approaches best tailored to their systems.13 FERC–725B—(MANDATORY RELIABILITY STANDARDS FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION [CIP] RELIABILITY STANDARDS) AFTER ADDING FILERS FROM CYBERSECURITY INCENTIVES INVESTMENT ACTIVITY (SUBMITTED AS A SEPARATE IC WITHIN FERC–725B) Number and type of respondent 14 Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden per response (hours) 15 & cost per response Total annual burden (hours) & total annual cost 16 ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES CIP–003–8 17 ................................................ CIP–003–8 19 ................................................ CIP–003–820 ................................................. 1,14918 1,149 343 9 NERC defines BES Cyber System as ‘‘[o]ne or more BES Cyber Assets logically grouped by a responsible entity to perform one or more reliability tasks for a functional entity.’’ NERC, Glossary of Terms Used in NERC Reliability Standards, at 5 (2020), https://www.nerc.com/files/glossary_of_ terms.pdf (NERC Glossary of Terms). NERC defines BES Cyber Asset as A Cyber Asset that if rendered unavailable, degraded, or misused would, within 15 minutes of its required operation, mis-operation, or non-operation, adversely impact one or more VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:44 Jul 06, 2021 Jkt 253001 300 1 1 344,700 1,149 343 1.5 hrs.; $127.53 ............ 20 hrs.; $1,700.40 .......... 1 hr.; $85.02 ................... Facilities, systems, or equipment, which, if destroyed, degraded, or otherwise rendered unavailable when needed, would affect the reliable operation of the Bulk Electric System. Redundancy of affected Facilities, systems, and equipment shall not be considered when determining adverse impact. Each BES Cyber Asset is included in one or more BES Cyber Systems. Id. at 4. 10 See, e.g., Order No. 791, 78 FR 72755; Revised Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards, Order No. 822, 81 FR 4177 (Jan. 26, PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 517,050 hrs.; $43,959,591. 23,220 hrs.; $1,974,164.4. 343 hrs.; $29,161.86. 2016), 154 FERC ¶ 61,037, reh’g denied, Order No. 822–A, 156 FERC ¶ 61,052 (2016); Revised Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standard CIP– 003–7—Cyber Security—Security Management Controls, Order No. 843, 163 FERC ¶ 61,032 (2018). 11 CIP–012–1: Communications between Control Centers will be subject to enforcement by July 1, 2022. 12 Order No. 822, 154 FERC ¶ 61,037 at 32. 13 Order No. 706, 122 FERC ¶ 61,040 at 72. E:\FR\FM\07JYN1.SGM 07JYN1 35785 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 127 / Wednesday, July 7, 2021 / Notices FERC–725B—(MANDATORY RELIABILITY STANDARDS FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION [CIP] RELIABILITY STANDARDS) AFTER ADDING FILERS FROM CYBERSECURITY INCENTIVES INVESTMENT ACTIVITY (SUBMITTED AS A SEPARATE IC WITHIN FERC–725B)—Continued Number and type of respondent 14 Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden per response (hours) 15 & cost per response Total annual burden (hours) & total annual cost 16 ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) 343 1 343 600 21 hrs.; $51,012 ........ 205,800 hrs.; $17,497,116. 343 23 724 1 1 1 343 321 724 30 hrs.; $2550.60 ........... 2 hrs.; $170.04 ............... 83 hrs.; $7,056.66 .......... 10,290 hrs.; $874,855.80. 642 hrs.; $54,582.84. 60,092 hrs., $5,109,021.84. ........................ ........................ 347,923 ......................................... 817,437 hrs.; $69,498,493.74. CIP–002–5.1, CIP–004–6, CIP–005–7, CIP–006–6, CIP–007–6, CIP–008–6, CIP–009–6, CIP–010–3, CIP–011–2. CIP–013–1 .................................................... CIP–014–2 .................................................... CIP–012–1 .................................................... Total Burden of FERC–725B ................ 22 321 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 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. 14 The number of respondents is based on the NERC Compliance Registry as of June 22, 2021. Currently there are 1,508 unique NERC Registered, subtracting 16 Canadians Entities yields 1492 U.S. entities. 15 Of the average estimated 295.702 hours per response, 210 hours are for recordkeeping, and 85.702 hours are for reporting. 16 The estimates for cost per hour are $85.02/hour (averaged based on the following occupations): • Manager (Occupational Code: 11–0000): $97.89/hour; and • Electrical Engineer (Occupational Code 17– 2071): $72.15/hour, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics at http://bls.gov/oes/current/naics3_ 221000.htm, as of June 2021. 17 Updates and reviews of low impact TCA assets (ongoing) 18 We estimate that 1,161 entities will face an increased paperwork burden under Reliability Standard CIP 003–8, estimating that a majority of these entities will have one or more low impact BES Cyber Systems. 19 Update paperwork for access control implementation in Section 2 and Section 3 (ongoing) 20 Modification and approval of cybersecurity policies for all CIP Standards 21 600 hr. estimate is based on ongoing burden estimate from Order No. 791, added to the 3-year audit burden split over 3 years: 600 = (640/3) + (408¥(20 + 1)). (20 + 1) is the CIP–003–8 burden. 22 321 U.S. Transmission Owners in NERC Compliance Registry as of June 22, 2021. 23 The number of entities and the number of hours required are based on FERC Order No. 802 which approved CIP–012–1. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:44 Jul 06, 2021 Jkt 253001 Dated: June 30, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–14477 Filed 7–6–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P 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: ER10–1186–012; ER10–1329–012; ER11–2731–005; ER11–3097–013. Applicants: DTE Energy Supply, Inc., DTE Electric Company, DTE Energy Trading, Inc., DTE Garden Wind Farm, LLC, DTE Stoney Corners Wind Farm, LLC, St. Paul Cogeneration, LLC. Description: Triennial Market Power Analysis for Central Region of DTE Energy Supply, Inc., et al. Filed Date: 6/29/21. Accession Number: 20210629–5267. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/30/21. Docket Numbers: ER10–1520–006; ER10–1521–006; ER10–1522–005; ER20–2493–001. Applicants: Occidental Power Services, Inc., Occidental Power Marketing, L.P., Occidental Chemical Corporation, OTCF, LLC. Description: Triennial Market Power Analysis for Central Region of Occidental Power Services, Inc., et al. Filed Date: 6/29/21. Accession Number: 20210629–5214. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/30/21. Docket Numbers: ER10–1581–025; ER10–2265–019; ER11–1846–010; ER11–1847–010; ER11–1850–010; ER11–2062–027; ER11–2175–005; ER11–2176–004; ER11–2598–013; ER11–3188–005; ER11–3418–007; PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ER11–4307–028; ER11–4308–028; ER12–224–006; ER12–225–006; ER12– 2301–005; ER12–261–027; ER13–1192– 007; ER17–764–005; ER17–765–005; ER17–767–005; ER18–1160–003. Applicants: NRG Power Marketing LLC, Direct Energy Business, LLC, Direct Energy Business Marketing, LLC, Direct Energy Marketing Inc., Direct Energy Services, LLC, Energy Plus Holdings LLC, Gateway Energy Services Corporation, Green Mountain Energy Company, Independence Energy Group LLC, Long Beach Peakers LLC, NRG Cottonwood Tenant LLC, Reliant Energy Northeast LLC, SGE Energy Sourcing, LLC, Stream Energy Columbia, LLC, Stream Energy Delaware, LLC, Stream Energy Illinois, LLC, Stream Energy Maryland, LLC, Stream Energy New Jersey, LLC, Stream Energy New York, LLC, Stream Energy Pennsylvania, LLC, Stream Ohio Gas & Electric, LLC, XOOM Energy, LLC. Description: Triennial Market Power Analysis for Central Region of Long Beach Peakers LLC, et al. Filed Date: 6/29/21. Accession Number: 20210629–5266. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/30/21. Docket Numbers: ER10–1874–013; ER19–9–007. Applicants: Mankato Energy Center, LLC, Mankato Energy Center II, LLC. Description: Triennial Market Power Analysis for Central Region of Mankato Energy Center, LLC, et al. Filed Date: 6/29/21. Accession Number: 20210629–5264. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/30/21. Docket Numbers: ER10–2742–016; ER14–153–010; ER14–154–010; ER16– 517–005. Applicants: Tilton Energy LLC, Gibson City Energy Center, LLC, Grand Tower Energy Center, LLC, Shelby County Energy Center, LLC, Southern Illinois Generation Company, LLC. E:\FR\FM\07JYN1.SGM 07JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC21-26-000]


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

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or 
FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved 
information collection, FERC-725B, (Mandatory Reliability Standards, 
Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP).

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

ADDRESSES: You may submit copies of your comments (identified by Docket 
No. IC21-26-000) 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-725B (Mandatory Reliability Standards, Critical 
Infrastructure Protection (CIP)).
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0248.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-725B information 
collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements.
    Abstract: On August 8, 2005, Congress enacted the Energy Policy Act 
of 2005.\1\ The Energy Policy Act of 2005 added a new section 215 to 
the FPA,\2\ which requires a Commission-certified Electric Reliability 
Organization to develop mandatory and enforceable Reliability 
Standards,\3\ including requirements for cybersecurity protection, 
which are subject to Commission review and approval. Once approved, the 
Reliability Standards may be enforced by the Electric Reliability 
Organization subject to Commission oversight, or the Commission can 
independently enforce Reliability Standards.
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    \1\ Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109-58, sec. 1261 et 
seq., 119 Stat. 594 (2005).
    \2\ 16 U.S.C. 824o.
    \3\ FPA section 215 defines Reliability Standard as a 
requirement, approved by the Commission, to provide for reliable 
operation of existing bulk-power system facilities, including 
cybersecurity protection, and the design of planned additions or 
modifications to such facilities to the extent necessary to provide 
for reliable operation of the Bulk-Power System. However, the term 
does not include any requirement to enlarge such facilities or to 
construct new transmission capacity or generation capacity. Id. at 
824o(a)(3).
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    On February 3, 2006, the Commission issued Order No. 672,\4\ 
implementing FPA section 215. The Commission subsequently certified 
NERC as the Electric Reliability Organization. The Reliability 
Standards developed by NERC become mandatory and enforceable after 
Commission approval and apply to users, owners, and operators of the 
Bulk-Power System, as set forth in each Reliability Standard.\5\ The 
CIP Reliability Standards require entities to comply with specific 
requirements to safeguard critical cyber assets. These standards are 
results-based and do not specify a technology or method to achieve 
compliance, instead leaving it up to the entity to decide how best to 
comply.
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    \4\ Rules Concerning Certification of the Elec. Reliability 
Org.; and Procedures for the Establishment, Approval, and Enf't of 
Elec. Reliability Standards, Order No. 672, 71 FR 8661 (Feb. 17, 
2006), 114 FERC ] 61,104, order on reh'g, Order No. 672-A, 71 FR 
19814 (Apr. 28, 2006), 114 FERC ] 61,328 (2006).
    \5\ NERC uses the term ``registered entity'' to identify users, 
owners, and operators of the Bulk-Power System responsible for 
performing specified reliability functions with respect to NERC 
Reliability Standards. See, e.g., Version 4 Critical Infrastructure 
Protection Reliability Standards, Order No. 761, 77 FR 24594 (Apr. 
25, 2012), 139 FERC ] 61,058, at P 46, order denying clarification 
and reh'g, 140 FERC ] 61,109 (2012). Within the NERC Reliability 
Standards are various subsets of entities responsible for performing 
various specified reliability functions. We collectively refer to 
these as ``entities.''
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    On January 18, 2008, the Commission issued Order No. 706,\6\ 
approving the initial eight CIP Reliability Standards, CIP version 1 
Standards, submitted by NERC. Subsequently, the Commission has approved 
multiple versions of the CIP Reliability Standards submitted by NERC, 
partly to address the evolving nature of cyber-related threats to the 
Bulk-Power System. On November 22, 2013, the Commission issued Order 
No. 791,\7\ approving CIP version 5 Standards, the last major revision 
to the CIP Reliability Standards. The CIP version 5 Standards implement 
a tiered approach to categorize assets, identifying them as high, 
medium, or low risk to the operation of the Bulk Electric System (BES) 
\8\ if compromised. High impact systems include large control centers. 
Medium impact systems include smaller control centers, ultra-high 
voltage transmission, and large substations and generating facilities.

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The remainder of the BES Cyber Systems \9\ are categorized as low 
impact systems. Most requirements in the CIP Reliability Standards 
apply to high and medium impact systems; however, a technical controls 
requirement in Reliability standard CIP-003, described below, applies 
only to low impact systems. Since 2013, the Commission has approved new 
and modified CIP Reliability Standards that address specific issues 
such as supply chain risk management, cyber incident reporting, 
communications between control centers, and the physical security of 
critical transmission facilities.\10\
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    \6\ Order No. 706, 122 FERC ] 61,040 at P 1.
    \7\ Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability 
Standards, Order No. 791, 78 FR 72755 (Dec. 13, 2013), 145 FERC ] 
61,160 (2013), order on reh'g, Order No. 791-A, 146 FERC ] 61,188 
(2014).
    \8\ In general, NERC defines BES to include all Transmission 
Elements operated at 100 kV or higher and Real Power and Reactive 
Power resources connected at 100 kV or higher. This does not include 
facilities used in the local distribution of electric energy. See 
NERC, Bulk Electric System Definition Reference Document, Version 3, 
at page iii (August 2018). In Order No. 693, the Commission found 
that NERC's definition of BES is narrower than the statutory 
definition of Bulk-Power System. The Commission decided to rely on 
the NERC definition of BES to provide certainty regarding the 
applicability of Reliability Standards to specific entities. See 
Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System, Order No. 
693, 72 FR 16415 (Apr. 4, 2007), 118 FERC ] 61,218, at PP 75, 79, 
491, order on reh'g, Order No. 693-A, 72 FR 49717 (July 25, 2007), 
120 FERC ] 61,053 (2007).
    \9\ NERC defines BES Cyber System as ``[o]ne or more BES Cyber 
Assets logically grouped by a responsible entity to perform one or 
more reliability tasks for a functional entity.'' NERC, Glossary of 
Terms Used in NERC Reliability Standards, at 5 (2020), https://www.nerc.com/files/glossary_of_terms.pdf (NERC Glossary of Terms). 
NERC defines BES Cyber Asset as A Cyber Asset that if rendered 
unavailable, degraded, or misused would, within 15 minutes of its 
required operation, mis-operation, or non-operation, adversely 
impact one or more Facilities, systems, or equipment, which, if 
destroyed, degraded, or otherwise rendered unavailable when needed, 
would affect the reliable operation of the Bulk Electric System. 
Redundancy of affected Facilities, systems, and equipment shall not 
be considered when determining adverse impact. Each BES Cyber Asset 
is included in one or more BES Cyber Systems. Id. at 4.
    \10\ See, e.g., Order No. 791, 78 FR 72755; Revised Critical 
Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards, Order No. 822, 81 
FR 4177 (Jan. 26, 2016), 154 FERC ] 61,037, reh'g denied, Order No. 
822-A, 156 FERC ] 61,052 (2016); Revised Critical Infrastructure 
Protection Reliability Standard CIP-003-7--Cyber Security--Security 
Management Controls, Order No. 843, 163 FERC ] 61,032 (2018).
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    The CIP Reliability Standards currently consist of 12 standards 
specifying a set of requirements that entities must follow to ensure 
the cyber and physical security of the Bulk-Power System. There are 12 
currently effective cybersecurity standards and one cybersecurity 
standard that has been approved by the Commission and will become 
enforceable on July 1, 2022. There is also one physical security 
standard CIP-002-5.1a Bulk Electric System Cyber System Categorization: 
requires entities to identify and categorize BES Cyber Assets for the 
application of cyber security requirements commensurate with the 
adverse impact that loss, compromise, or misuse of those BES Cyber 
Systems could have on the reliable operation of the BES.
     CIP-003-8 Security Management Controls: Requires entities 
to specify consistent and sustainable security management controls that 
establish responsibility and accountability to protect BES Cyber 
Systems against compromise that could lead to mis-operation or 
instability in the BES.
     CIP-004-6 Personnel and Training: Requires entities to 
minimize the risk against compromise that could lead to mis-operation 
or instability in the BES from individuals accessing BES Cyber Systems 
by requiring an appropriate level of personnel risk assessment, 
training, and security awareness in support of protecting BES Cyber 
Systems.
     CIP-005-6 Electronic Security Perimeter(s): Requires 
entities to manage electronic access to BES Cyber Systems by specifying 
a controlled Electronic Security Perimeter in support of protecting BES 
Cyber Systems against compromise that could lead to mis-operation or 
instability in the BES.
     CIP-006-6 Physical Security of Bulk Electric System Cyber 
Systems: Requires entities to manage physical access to BES Cyber 
Systems by specifying a physical security plan in support of protecting 
BES Cyber Systems against compromise that could lead to mis-operation 
or instability in the BES.
     CIP-007-6 System Security Management: Requires entities to 
manage system security by specifying select technical, operational, and 
procedural requirements in support of protecting BES Cyber Systems 
against compromise that could lead to mis-operation or instability in 
the BES.
     CIP-008-6 Incident Reporting and Response Planning: 
Requires entities to mitigate the risk to the reliable operation of the 
BES as the result of a cybersecurity incident by specifying incident 
response requirements.
     CIP-009-6 Recovery Plans for Bulk Electric System Cyber 
Systems: Requires entities to recover reliability functions performed 
by BES Cyber Systems by specifying recovery plan requirements in 
support of the continued stability, operability, and reliability of the 
BES.
     CIP-010-3 Configuration Change Management and 
Vulnerability Assessments: Requires entities to prevent and detect 
unauthorized changes to BES Cyber Systems by specifying configuration 
change management and vulnerability assessment requirements in support 
of protecting BES Cyber Systems from compromise that could lead to mis-
operation or instability in the BES.
     CIP-011-2 Information Protection: Requires entities to 
prevent unauthorized access to BES Cyber System Information by 
specifying information protection requirements in support of protecting 
BES Cyber Systems against compromise that could lead to mis-operation 
or instability in the BES.
     CIP-012-1 Communications between Control Centers:\11\ 
requires entities to protect the confidentiality and integrity of Real-
time Assessment and Real-time monitoring data transmitted between 
Control Centers.
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    \11\ CIP-012-1: Communications between Control Centers will be 
subject to enforcement by July 1, 2022.
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     CIP-013-1 Supply Chain Risk Management: requires entities 
to mitigate cybersecurity risks to the reliable operation of the BES by 
implementing security controls for supply chain risk management of BES 
Cyber Systems.
    The CIP Reliability Standards, viewed as a whole, implement a 
defense-in-depth approach to protecting the security of BES Cyber 
Systems at all impact levels.\12\ The CIP Reliability Standards are 
objective-based and allow entities to choose compliance approaches best 
tailored to their systems.\13\
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    \12\ Order No. 822, 154 FERC ] 61,037 at 32.
    \13\ Order No. 706, 122 FERC ] 61,040 at 72.

 FERC-725B--(Mandatory Reliability Standards for Critical Infrastructure Protection [CIP] Reliability Standards) After Adding Filers From Cybersecurity
                                      Incentives Investment Activity (Submitted as a Separate IC Within FERC-725B)
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                                  Number and    Annual  number
                                    type of      of  responses   Total  number of  Average burden per  response    Total annual burden  (hours) & total
                                  respondent          per           responses        (hours) \15\  & cost per              annual cost \16\ ($)
                                     \14\         respondent                                 response
                                           (1)             (2)    (1) * (2) = (3)  (4).........................  (3) * (4) = (5)
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CIP-003-8 \17\................       1,149\18\             300            344,700  1.5 hrs.; $127.53...........  517,050 hrs.; $43,959,591.
CIP-003-8 \19\................           1,149               1              1,149  20 hrs.; $1,700.40..........  23,220 hrs.; $1,974,164.4.
CIP-003-8\20\.................             343               1                343  1 hr.; $85.02...............  343 hrs.; $29,161.86.

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CIP-002-5.1, CIP-004-6, CIP-               343               1                343  600 \21\ hrs.; $51,012......  205,800 hrs.; $17,497,116.
 005-7, CIP-006-6, CIP-007-6,
 CIP-008-6, CIP-009-6, CIP-010-
 3, CIP-011-2.
CIP-013-1.....................             343               1                343  30 hrs.; $2550.60...........  10,290 hrs.; $874,855.80.
CIP-014-2.....................        \22\ 321               1                321  2 hrs.; $170.04.............  642 hrs.; $54,582.84.
CIP-012-1.....................        \23\ 724               1                724  83 hrs.; $7,056.66..........  60,092 hrs., $5,109,021.84.
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    Total Burden of FERC-725B.  ..............  ..............            347,923  ............................  817,437 hrs.; $69,498,493.74.
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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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    \14\ The number of respondents is based on the NERC Compliance 
Registry as of June 22, 2021. Currently there are 1,508 unique NERC 
Registered, subtracting 16 Canadians Entities yields 1492 U.S. 
entities.
    \15\ Of the average estimated 295.702 hours per response, 210 
hours are for recordkeeping, and 85.702 hours are for reporting.
    \16\ The estimates for cost per hour are $85.02/hour (averaged 
based on the following occupations):
     Manager (Occupational Code: 11-0000): $97.89/hour; and
     Electrical Engineer (Occupational Code 17-2071): 
$72.15/hour, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics at http://bls.gov/oes/current/naics3_221000.htm, as of June 2021.
    \17\ Updates and reviews of low impact TCA assets (ongoing)
    \18\ We estimate that 1,161 entities will face an increased 
paperwork burden under Reliability Standard CIP 003-8, estimating 
that a majority of these entities will have one or more low impact 
BES Cyber Systems.
    \19\ Update paperwork for access control implementation in 
Section 2 and Section 3 (ongoing)
    \20\ Modification and approval of cybersecurity policies for all 
CIP Standards
    \21\ 600 hr. estimate is based on ongoing burden estimate from 
Order No. 791, added to the 3-year audit burden split over 3 years: 
600 = (640/3) + (408-(20 + 1)). (20 + 1) is the CIP-003-8 burden.
    \22\ 321 U.S. Transmission Owners in NERC Compliance Registry as 
of June 22, 2021.
    \23\ The number of entities and the number of hours required are 
based on FERC Order No. 802 which approved CIP-012-1.

    Dated: June 30, 2021.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-14477 Filed 7-6-21; 8:45 am]
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