Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc-725v); Comment Request; Extension, 38708-38709 [2021-15588]

Download as PDF 38708 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 138 / Thursday, July 22, 2021 / Notices these costs is included in the Appendix to this notice, along with an explanation of how the Commission determined their reasonableness. Points of Contact 12. If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact Raven Rodriguez at (202) 502–6276. Dated: July 15, 2021. Debbie-Anne A. Reese, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–15540 Filed 7–21–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC21–23–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc–725v); 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 the currently approved information collection, FERC– 725V, Mandatory Reliability Standards: COM Reliability Standards, which will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. SUMMARY: Comments on the collection of information are due August 23, 2021. ADDRESSES: Send written comments on FERC–725V to OMB through www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. Please identify the OMB Control Number (1902–0277) 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 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 DATES: 1 16 U.S.C. 824o (2012). CFR 39.5 (2015). 3 The Commission defines burden 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 2 18 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Jul 21, 2021 Jkt 253001 (identified by Docket No. IC21–23–000) 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–725V, Mandatory Reliability Standards: COM Reliability Standards. OMB Control No.: 1902–0277. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–725V information collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements. Abstract: On August 15, 2016, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) filed a petition for Commission approval, pursuant to section 215(d)(1) of the Federal Power Act (‘‘FPA’’) 1 and Section 39.5 2 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s regulations, for Reliability Standard COM–001–3 (Communications), the associated Implementation Plan, retirement of currently-effective Reliability Standard COM–001–2.1, and Violation Risk Factors (‘‘VRFs’’) and Violation Severity Levels (‘‘VSLs’’) associated with new Requirements R12 and R13 in Reliability Standard COM–001–3. Reliability Standard COM–001–3 reflects revisions developed under Project 2015–07 Internal Communications Capabilities, in compliance with the Commission’s directive in Order No. 888 that NERC ‘‘develop modifications to COM–001–2, or develop a new standard, to address the Commission’s concerns regarding ensuring the adequacy of internal communications capability whenever internal communications could directly affect the reliability opera.’’ Reliability Standards COM–001–3 and COM–002–4 do not require responsible entities to file information with the Commission. COM–001–3 requires that transmission operators, balancing authorities, reliability coordinators, distribution providers, and generator operators must maintain documentation of Interpersonal Communication capability and designation of Alternate Interpersonal Communication, as well as evidence of testing of the Alternate Interpersonal Communication facilities. COM–002–4 requires balancing authorities, distribution providers, reliability coordinators, transmission operators, and generator operators to develop and maintain documented communication protocols, and to be able to provide evidence of training on the protocols and of their annual assessment of the protocols. Additionally, all applicable entities (balancing authorities, reliability coordinators, transmission operators, generator operators, and distribution providers) must be able to provide evidence of three-part communication when issuing or receiving an Operating Instruction during an Emergency. Type of Respondents: Public utilities. Estimate of Annual Burden 3: The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden and cost for the information collection as: 4 information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. 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): The hourly estimates for salary plus benefits are: (a) Electrical Engineer (code 17–2071), $70.19; (b) Information and Record Clerk (code 43–4199), $43.38. The average hourly cost (salary plus benefits), weighting both skill sets equally, is $56.79. For these calculations, we round the figure to $57.00 per hour. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 138 / Thursday, July 22, 2021 / Notices 38709 FERC–725V, MANDATORY RELIABILITY STANDARDS: COM RELIABILITY STANDARDS (On-going) Maintain evidence of Interpersonal Communication capability 5. (On-going) Maintain evidence of training and assessments 6. (On-going) Maintain evidence of training 7 .. Total ..................................................... Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses Average burden & cost per response Total annual burden hours & total annual cost ($) Cost per respondent ($) (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) 4 (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) 1,313 (BA, DP, GOP, RC & TOP). 199 (BA, RC & TOP). 1,257 ................. (DP & GOP) ...... ........................... Comments: 5 6 7 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: July 16, 2021. Debbie-Anne A. Reese, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–15588 Filed 7–21–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC21–25–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc-552); 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 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: 5 For COM–001–3 the BA, RC, TOP, GOP, DP were taken as aggregate to eliminate overlap if the same entity has multiple registrations. 6 For COM–002–4 the BA, RC and TOP were taken as aggregate to eliminate overlap if the same entity has multiple registration. 7 For COM–002–4 the DP and GOP were taken as aggregate to eliminate overlap if the same entity has multiple registrations. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Jul 21, 2021 Jkt 253001 1 1,313 4 hrs.; $228 ....... 5,252 hrs.; $299,364 ........... $228 1 199 8 hrs.; 456 ......... 1,592 hrs.; 90,744 ............... 456 1 1,257 8 hrs.; 456 ......... 10,056 hrs.; 573,192 ........... 456 ........................ 2,769 ........................... 16,900 hrs.; 963,300 ........... ........................ public comment on a renewal of currently approved information collection FERC–552, (Annual Report of Natural Gas Transactions), which will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Comments on the collection of information are due August 23, 2021. ADDRESSES: Send written comments on FERC–552 to OMB through www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. Please identify the OMB Control Number (1902–0242) 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. IC21–25–000) 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; DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 Form No. 552, Annual Report of Natural Gas Transactions. OMB Control No.: 1902–0242. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC Form No. 552 information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: The Commission uses the information collected in the FERC Form No. 552 1 to provide greater transparency into the size of the physical natural gas market and the use of physical fixed-price and index-based natural gas transactions. This information assists the Commission and the public in assessing whether index prices are the result of a robust market of fixed-price transactions. FERC Form No. 552 had its genesis in the Energy Policy Act of 2005,2 which added section 23 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). Section 23 of the NGA, among other things, directs the Commission ‘‘to facilitate price transparency in markets for the sale or transportation of physical natural gas in interstate commerce, having due regard for the public interest, the integrity of those markets, 1 FERC Form No. 552 is prescribed in 18 CFR 260.401. 2 Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109–58, sections 1261 et seq., 119 Stat. 594 (2005). E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 138 (Thursday, July 22, 2021)]
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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. IC21-23-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc-725v); Comment 
Request; Extension

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or 
FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved 
information collection, FERC-725V, Mandatory Reliability Standards: COM 
Reliability Standards, which will be submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due August 23, 
2021.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments on FERC-725V to OMB through 
www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission Desk Officer. Please identify the OMB Control Number (1902-
0277) 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. IC21-23-000) 
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-725V, Mandatory Reliability Standards: COM Reliability 
Standards.
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0277.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-725V information 
collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements.
    Abstract: On August 15, 2016, the North American Electric 
Reliability Corporation (NERC) filed a petition for Commission 
approval, pursuant to section 215(d)(1) of the Federal Power Act 
(``FPA'') \1\ and Section 39.5 \2\ of the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission's regulations, for Reliability Standard COM-001-3 
(Communications), the associated Implementation Plan, retirement of 
currently-effective Reliability Standard COM-001-2.1, and Violation 
Risk Factors (``VRFs'') and Violation Severity Levels (``VSLs'') 
associated with new Requirements R12 and R13 in Reliability Standard 
COM-001-3. Reliability Standard COM-001-3 reflects revisions developed 
under Project 2015-07 Internal Communications Capabilities, in 
compliance with the Commission's directive in Order No. 888 that NERC 
``develop modifications to COM-001-2, or develop a new standard, to 
address the Commission's concerns regarding ensuring the adequacy of 
internal communications capability whenever internal communications 
could directly affect the reliability opera.''
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    \1\ 16 U.S.C. 824o (2012).
    \2\ 18 CFR 39.5 (2015).
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    Reliability Standards COM-001-3 and COM-002-4 do not require 
responsible entities to file information with the Commission. COM-001-3 
requires that transmission operators, balancing authorities, 
reliability coordinators, distribution providers, and generator 
operators must maintain documentation of Interpersonal Communication 
capability and designation of Alternate Interpersonal Communication, as 
well as evidence of testing of the Alternate Interpersonal 
Communication facilities. COM-002-4 requires balancing authorities, 
distribution providers, reliability coordinators, transmission 
operators, and generator operators to develop and maintain documented 
communication protocols, and to be able to provide evidence of training 
on the protocols and of their annual assessment of the protocols. 
Additionally, all applicable entities (balancing authorities, 
reliability coordinators, transmission operators, generator operators, 
and distribution providers) must be able to provide evidence of three-
part communication when issuing or receiving an Operating Instruction 
during an Emergency.
    Type of Respondents: Public utilities.
    Estimate of Annual Burden \3\: The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden and cost for the information collection as: \4\
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    \3\ The Commission defines burden 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.
    \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):
    The hourly estimates for salary plus benefits are: (a) 
Electrical Engineer (code 17-2071), $70.19; (b) Information and 
Record Clerk (code 43-4199), $43.38. The average hourly cost (salary 
plus benefits), weighting both skill sets equally, is $56.79. For 
these calculations, we round the figure to $57.00 per hour.

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                                                            Annual  number                                           Total annual burden
                                    Number of  respondents   of  responses   Total number    Average burden & cost      hours & total        Cost per
                                                            per respondent   of responses        per  response         annual cost ($)    respondent ($)
                                   (1)....................             (2)     (1) * (2) =  \4\ (4)................   (3) * (4) = (5)...       (5) / (1)
                                                                                       (3)
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(On-going) Maintain evidence of    1,313 (BA, DP, GOP, RC                1           1,313  4 hrs.; $228...........  5,252 hrs.;                    $228
 Interpersonal Communication        & TOP).                                                                           $299,364.
 capability \5\.
(On-going) Maintain evidence of    199 (BA, RC & TOP).....               1             199  8 hrs.; 456............  1,592 hrs.; 90,744.             456
 training and assessments \6\.
(On-going) Maintain evidence of    1,257..................               1           1,257  8 hrs.; 456............  10,056 hrs.;                    456
 training \7\.                     (DP & GOP).............                                                            573,192.
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    Total........................  .......................  ..............           2,769  .......................  16,900 hrs.;         ..............
                                                                                                                      963,300.
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    Comments: 5 6 7 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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    \5\ For COM-001-3 the BA, RC, TOP, GOP, DP were taken as 
aggregate to eliminate overlap if the same entity has multiple 
registrations.
    \6\ For COM-002-4 the BA, RC and TOP were taken as aggregate to 
eliminate overlap if the same entity has multiple registration.
    \7\ For COM-002-4 the DP and GOP were taken as aggregate to 
eliminate overlap if the same entity has multiple registrations.

    Dated: July 16, 2021.
Debbie-Anne A. Reese,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-15588 Filed 7-21-21; 8:45 am]
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