Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-725A); Comment Request; Extension, 44014-44016 [2021-17129]

Download as PDF 44014 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 152 / Wednesday, August 11, 2021 / Notices Number of respondents Number of respondents Annual number of responses per respondent Total number of responses (column A × column B) Average burden & cost per response 2 Total annual burden hours & total annual cost (column C × column D) Cost per respondent (column E ÷ column A) A B C D E F N/A ......................... 4,825 hrs.; $419,775 ...... Totals ....................... 616 N/A 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: August 5, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–17134 Filed 8–10–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC21–19–000, RD21–4–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–725A); Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. AGENCY: Notice of information collection and request for comments. ACTION: 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– 725A (Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System). This notice includes the burden totals for proposed Reliability Standard FAC–008–5, which will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Comments on the collection of information are due September 10, 2021. DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:05 Aug 10, 2021 Jkt 253001 616 Send written comments on FERC–725A to OMB through www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. Please identify the OMB Control Number (1902–0244) 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. IC21–19–000) 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 ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 N/A at DataClearance@FERC.gov, telephone at (202) 502–8663. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC–725A (Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System). OMB Control No.: 1902–0244. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–725A information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Abstract: On August 8, 2005, the Electricity Modernization Act of 2005, which is Title XII, Subtitle A, of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), was enacted into law.1 EPAct 2005 added a new section 215 to the FPA, which requires a Commission-certified electric reliability organization (ERO) (FERC–725) 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 (FERC–725A).2 On February 3, 2006, the Commission issued Order No. 672, implementing section 215 of the FPA.3 Pursuant to Order No. 672, the Commission certified one organization, NERC, as the ERO.4 The ERO is required to develop Reliability Standards, which are subject to Commission review and approval. The Reliability Standards will apply to users, owners and operators of the BulkPower System, as set forth in each Reliability Standard. On March 16, 2007, the Commission issued Order No. 693, a Final Rule adding part 40, a new part, to the 1 Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109–58, Title XII, Subtitle A, 119 Stat. 594, 941 (2005), to be codified at 16 U.S.C. 824o. 2 16 U.S.C. 824o(e)(3). 3 Rules Concerning Certification of the Electric Reliability Organization; Procedures for the Establishment, Approval and Enforcement of Electric Reliability Standards, Order No. 672, 71 FR 8662 (February 17, 2006), FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,204 (2006), order on reh’g, Order No. 672–A, 71 FR 19814 (April 18, 2006), FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,212 (2006). 4 North American Electric Reliability Corp., 116 FERC ¶ 61,062 (ERO Certification Order), order on reh’g & compliance, 117 FERC ¶ 61,126 (ERO Rehearing Order) (2006), order on compliance, 118 FERC ¶ 61,030 (2007) (January 2007 Compliance Order). E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 44015 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 152 / Wednesday, August 11, 2021 / Notices Entity together with a summary of the Reliability Standard review proceedings of the ERO and a demonstration that the proposed Reliability Standard is ‘‘just, reasonable, not unduly discriminatory or preferential, and in the public interest. Commission’s regulations. The Final Rule states that this part applies to all users, owners and operators of the BulkPower System within the United States (other than Alaska or Hawaii). It also requires that each Reliability Standard identify the subset of users, owners and operators to which that particular Reliability Standard applies. The new regulations also require that each Reliability Standard that is approved by the Commission will be maintained on the ERO’s internet website for public inspection. In order that the Commission is able to perform its oversight function with regard to Reliability Standards that are proposed by the ERO and established by the Commission, it is essential that the Commission receive timely information regarding all or potential violations of Reliability Standards. While section 215 of the FPA contemplates the filing of the record of an ERO or Regional Entity enforcement action, FERC needs information regarding violations and potential violations at or near the time of occurrence. Therefore, it will work with the ERO and regional reliability organizations to be able to use the electronic filing of information so the Commission receives timely information. The new regulations also require that each Reliability Standard that is approved by the Commission will be maintained on the ERO’s internet website for public inspection. In accordance with section 39.5 of the Commission’s regulations, the ERO must file each Reliability Standard or a modification to a Reliability Standard with the Commission. The filing is to include a concise statement of the basis and purpose of the proposed Reliability Standard, either a summary of the Reliability development proceedings conducted by the ERO or a summary of the Reliability Standard development proceedings conducted by a Regional RD21–4 (FAC–008–05) The proposed information collection changes in Docket No. RD21–4–000 relate to the proposed Reliability Standard FAC–008–05 (Facility Ratings) developed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and submitted to the Commission for approval. The Commission received NERC’s petition to approve the proposed Reliability Standards. On February 19, 2021, NERC filed a petition seeking approval of proposed Reliability Standard FAC–008–5. NERC states that proposed Reliability Standard FAC–008–5 reflects the retirement of Requirement R7 of the currently effective standard. NERC notes that this proposal was recommended following the first phase of work under the NERC Standards Efficiency Review and that in its Order No. 873 remanding a previously proposed version of the FAC–008 Reliability Standard, the Commission agreed that the retirement of Requirement R7 from the standard would not result in a reliability gap. In June 2019, following the conclusion of the standard development process, NERC submitted a series of standard retirement proposals to the Commission. Among the proposals, NERC submitted for Commission approval proposed Reliability Standard FAC–008–4, in which NERC proposed to retire Requirements R7 and R8 of currently effective Reliability Standard FAC–008–3. In September 2020, the Commission issued Order No. 873 regarding NERC’s retirement proposals. In this order, the Commission remanded proposed Reliability Standard FAC– 008–4 to NERC for further consideration, citing concerns with the proposed retirement of Requirement R8 of the currently effective standard. The standard drafting team determined to develop a new version of the Reliability Standard, proposed Reliability Standard FAC–008–5, in which only Requirement R7 of the currently effective standard would be proposed for retirement. Reliability Standard FAC–008–5 Requirement R7 requires Generator Owners and Transmission Owners to provide certain information to requesting Reliability Coordinator(s), Planning Coordinator(s), Transmission Planner(s), Transmission Owner(s), and Transmission Operator(s) regarding their Facilities, as follows: R7. Each Generator Owner shall provide Facility Ratings (for its solely and jointly owned Facilities that are existing Facilities, new Facilities, modifications to existing Facilities and re-ratings of existing Facilities) to its associated Reliability Coordinator(s), Planning Coordinator(s), Transmission Planner(s), Transmission Owner(s) and Transmission Operator(s) as scheduled by such requesting entities. In the years since Reliability Standard FAC–008–5 was developed, NERC has developed other Reliability Standards that render the data provision obligations of Requirement R7 redundant, Requirement R1 of Reliability Standard TOP–003–3— Operational Reliability Data requires the Transmission Operator to maintain a documented data specification (Requirement R1) and for the Transmission Owner and Generator Owner to provide the requested data (Requirement R5). Estimate of Annual Burden: 5 The Commission estimates the burden and cost 6 for this information collection as follows. PROPOSED CHANGES TO BURDEN DUE TO DOCKET NO. RD21–4–000 ADJUSTMENTS AND CLARIFICATIONS Reliability standard and requirements RD21–4 Number of respondents and type of entity Annual number of responses per respondent Annual number of responses Average burden hrs. per response Total annual burden hours (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) †¥10 † ¥10,030 Net Changes to FERC–725A, OMB Control No. 1902–0244 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES FAC–008–05 (Facility Ratings) 7 .......................................... * 1,003 1 * 1,003 * (No Changes). † (Reduction). 5 Burden is defined as the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. For further VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:05 Aug 10, 2021 Jkt 253001 explanation of what is included in the information collection burden, refer to 5 CFR part 1320. 6 The Commission staff thinks that the average respondent for this collection is similarly situated PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to the Commission, in terms of salary plus benefits. Based on FERC’s 2020 annual average of $172,329 (for salary plus benefits), the average hourly cost is $83/hour. E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 44016 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 152 / Wednesday, August 11, 2021 / Notices IC21–19–000 Renewal of 725A The following table represents the current burden associated with all Reliability standard and requirement I Number of entity 8 Number of annual responses per entity (1) (2) Mandatory Reliability Standards that fall under FERC–725A. Total number of responses I (1) * (2) = (3) Average number of burden hours per response (4) Total burden hours I (3) * (4) = (5) FERC–725A Mandatory Reliability Standards for Bulk Power System .... RD21–4 Net Changes .......................................................... Total for FERC–725A ................................................... (3,420) * 1,003 1 1 3,420 * 1,003 428.86 ¥10 1,466,716 † ¥10,030 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 1,456,686 * (No Change). † (Reduction) jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Note: FAC–008–05 is a part of the Bulk Power System burden totals. The net changes for the responses and hours will affect the totals for the row stated ‘‘Mandatory Reliability Standards for Bulk Power System.’’ Expanded Table Showing the Mandatory Reliability Standards for Bulk Power System is provided below The hyperlinks highlighted in blue provide additional information on the individual standards (Requirements, Measurements, and most recent order): Standard Name In-service FAC–008–5 ...... INT–006–5 ........ INT–009–3 ........ PER–003–2 ...... PRC–008–0 ...... PRC–011–0 ...... PRC–017–1 ...... PRC–018–1 ...... TOP–001–5 ...... TOP–002–4 ...... TOP–003–4 ...... TOP–010–1(i) ... Facility Ratings ..................................................................................................................................................... Evaluation of Interchange Transactions ............................................................................................................... Implementation of Interchange ............................................................................................................................. Operating Personnel Credentials ......................................................................................................................... Implementation and Documentation of Underfrequency Load Shedding Equipment Maintenance Program ..... Undervoltage Load Shedding System Maintenance and Testing ........................................................................ Remedial Action Scheme Maintenance and Testing ........................................................................................... Disturbance Monitoring Equipment Installation and Data Reporting ................................................................... Transmission Operations ...................................................................................................................................... Operations Planning ............................................................................................................................................. Operational Reliability Data .................................................................................................................................. Real-time Reliability Monitoring and Analysis Capabilities .................................................................................. 1/1/2013 4/1/2021 4/1/2021 7/1/2019 6/18/2007 6/18/2007 4/1/2017 6/18/2007 4/1/2021 4/1/2017 4/1/2021 4/1/2018 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: August 5, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. On July 1, 2019, South Sutter Water District filed an application for a major, new license for the 6.8-megawatt Camp Far West Hydroelectric Project (Camp Far West Project; FERC No. 2997). The Camp Far West Project is located on the Bear River in Yuba, Nevada, and Placer Counties, California. No federal or tribal lands occur within or adjacent to the project boundary or along the Bear River downstream of the project. In accordance with the Commission’s regulations, on March 16, 2021, Commission staff issued a notice that the project was ready for environmental analysis (REA Notice). Based on the information in the record, including comments filed on the REA Notice, staff does not anticipate that licensing the project would constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. Therefore, staff intends to prepare a draft and final Environmental Assessment (EA) on the 7 The type of entity effect is the NERC registered GO = Generator Owners (1,003). This reduction for 725A represent a decrease in burden but the GOs still have other obligations, so the 1,003 is included for information purpose but does not affect the overall number of entities in 725A. 8 This is a list of NERC registered entities who under 725A need to follow the NERC Standards. BA = Balancing Authority (99); DP = Distribution Provider (373); GP = Generator Owner (1,003); Generator Operator (937); PA/PC Planning Authority/Planning Coordinator (65); RC=Reliability Coordinator (11); RP = Resource Planner (160); RSG = Reserve Sharing Group (11); FRSG = Frequency Response Sharing Group (1); TO = Transmission Owner (321); TOP = Transmission Operator (167); TP = Transmission Provided (201); TSP = Transmission Service Provider (71); for a sum total of (3,420). The same entity may have multiple registration obligation to follow under 725A so an individual entity’s obligation increases based on registration functions. These values were derived from the NERC Compliance data of February 5, 2021 using only unique United States registered entities. VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:05 Aug 10, 2021 Jkt 253001 [FR Doc. 2021–17129 Filed 8–10–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2997–031] South Sutter Water District; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC21-19-000, RD21-4-000]


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

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

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-725A (Mandatory Reliability Standards for 
the Bulk-Power System). This notice includes the burden totals for 
proposed Reliability Standard FAC-008-5, which will be submitted to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due September 10, 
2021.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments on FERC-725A to OMB through 
www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission Desk Officer. Please identify the OMB Control Number (1902-
0244) 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. IC21-19-000) 
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-725A (Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-
Power System).
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0244.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-725A information 
collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting 
requirements.
    Abstract: On August 8, 2005, the Electricity Modernization Act of 
2005, which is Title XII, Subtitle A, of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 
(EPAct 2005), was enacted into law.\1\ EPAct 2005 added a new section 
215 to the FPA, which requires a Commission-certified electric 
reliability organization (ERO) (FERC-725) 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 (FERC-725A).\2\
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    \1\ Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109-58, Title XII, 
Subtitle A, 119 Stat. 594, 941 (2005), to be codified at 16 U.S.C. 
824o.
    \2\ 16 U.S.C. 824o(e)(3).
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    On February 3, 2006, the Commission issued Order No. 672, 
implementing section 215 of the FPA.\3\ Pursuant to Order No. 672, the 
Commission certified one organization, NERC, as the ERO.\4\ The ERO is 
required to develop Reliability Standards, which are subject to 
Commission review and approval. The Reliability Standards will apply to 
users, owners and operators of the Bulk-Power System, as set forth in 
each Reliability Standard.
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    \3\ Rules Concerning Certification of the Electric Reliability 
Organization; Procedures for the Establishment, Approval and 
Enforcement of Electric Reliability Standards, Order No. 672, 71 FR 
8662 (February 17, 2006), FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,204 (2006), order 
on reh'g, Order No. 672-A, 71 FR 19814 (April 18, 2006), FERC Stats. 
& Regs. ] 31,212 (2006).
    \4\ North American Electric Reliability Corp., 116 FERC ] 61,062 
(ERO Certification Order), order on reh'g & compliance, 117 FERC ] 
61,126 (ERO Rehearing Order) (2006), order on compliance, 118 FERC ] 
61,030 (2007) (January 2007 Compliance Order).
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    On March 16, 2007, the Commission issued Order No. 693, a Final 
Rule adding part 40, a new part, to the

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Commission's regulations. The Final Rule states that this part applies 
to all users, owners and operators of the Bulk-Power System within the 
United States (other than Alaska or Hawaii). It also requires that each 
Reliability Standard identify the subset of users, owners and operators 
to which that particular Reliability Standard applies. The new 
regulations also require that each Reliability Standard that is 
approved by the Commission will be maintained on the ERO's internet 
website for public inspection.
    In order that the Commission is able to perform its oversight 
function with regard to Reliability Standards that are proposed by the 
ERO and established by the Commission, it is essential that the 
Commission receive timely information regarding all or potential 
violations of Reliability Standards. While section 215 of the FPA 
contemplates the filing of the record of an ERO or Regional Entity 
enforcement action, FERC needs information regarding violations and 
potential violations at or near the time of occurrence. Therefore, it 
will work with the ERO and regional reliability organizations to be 
able to use the electronic filing of information so the Commission 
receives timely information. The new regulations also require that each 
Reliability Standard that is approved by the Commission will be 
maintained on the ERO's internet website for public inspection.
    In accordance with section 39.5 of the Commission's regulations, 
the ERO must file each Reliability Standard or a modification to a 
Reliability Standard with the Commission. The filing is to include a 
concise statement of the basis and purpose of the proposed Reliability 
Standard, either a summary of the Reliability development proceedings 
conducted by the ERO or a summary of the Reliability Standard 
development proceedings conducted by a Regional Entity together with a 
summary of the Reliability Standard review proceedings of the ERO and a 
demonstration that the proposed Reliability Standard is ``just, 
reasonable, not unduly discriminatory or preferential, and in the 
public interest.

RD21-4 (FAC-008-05)

    The proposed information collection changes in Docket No. RD21-4-
000 relate to the proposed Reliability Standard FAC-008-05 (Facility 
Ratings) developed by the North American Electric Reliability 
Corporation (NERC), and submitted to the Commission for approval. The 
Commission received NERC's petition to approve the proposed Reliability 
Standards.
    On February 19, 2021, NERC filed a petition seeking approval of 
proposed Reliability Standard FAC-008-5. NERC states that proposed 
Reliability Standard FAC-008-5 reflects the retirement of Requirement 
R7 of the currently effective standard. NERC notes that this proposal 
was recommended following the first phase of work under the NERC 
Standards Efficiency Review and that in its Order No. 873 remanding a 
previously proposed version of the FAC-008 Reliability Standard, the 
Commission agreed that the retirement of Requirement R7 from the 
standard would not result in a reliability gap.
    In June 2019, following the conclusion of the standard development 
process, NERC submitted a series of standard retirement proposals to 
the Commission. Among the proposals, NERC submitted for Commission 
approval proposed Reliability Standard FAC-008-4, in which NERC 
proposed to retire Requirements R7 and R8 of currently effective 
Reliability Standard FAC-008-3. In September 2020, the Commission 
issued Order No. 873 regarding NERC's retirement proposals. In this 
order, the Commission remanded proposed Reliability Standard FAC-008-4 
to NERC for further consideration, citing concerns with the proposed 
retirement of Requirement R8 of the currently effective standard. The 
standard drafting team determined to develop a new version of the 
Reliability Standard, proposed Reliability Standard FAC-008-5, in which 
only Requirement R7 of the currently effective standard would be 
proposed for retirement. Reliability Standard FAC-008-5 Requirement R7 
requires Generator Owners and Transmission Owners to provide certain 
information to requesting Reliability Coordinator(s), Planning 
Coordinator(s), Transmission Planner(s), Transmission Owner(s), and 
Transmission Operator(s) regarding their Facilities, as follows:
    R7. Each Generator Owner shall provide Facility Ratings (for its 
solely and jointly owned Facilities that are existing Facilities, new 
Facilities, modifications to existing Facilities and re-ratings of 
existing Facilities) to its associated Reliability Coordinator(s), 
Planning Coordinator(s), Transmission Planner(s), Transmission Owner(s) 
and Transmission Operator(s) as scheduled by such requesting entities.
    In the years since Reliability Standard FAC-008-5 was developed, 
NERC has developed other Reliability Standards that render the data 
provision obligations of Requirement R7 redundant, Requirement R1 of 
Reliability Standard TOP-003-3--Operational Reliability Data requires 
the Transmission Operator to maintain a documented data specification 
(Requirement R1) and for the Transmission Owner and Generator Owner to 
provide the requested data (Requirement R5).
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \5\ The Commission estimates the burden 
and cost \6\ for this information collection as follows.
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    \5\ Burden is defined as the total time, effort, or financial 
resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or 
disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. For 
further explanation of what is included in the information 
collection burden, refer to 5 CFR part 1320.
    \6\ The Commission staff thinks that the average respondent for 
this collection is similarly situated to the Commission, in terms of 
salary plus benefits. Based on FERC's 2020 annual average of 
$172,329 (for salary plus benefits), the average hourly cost is $83/
hour.

                                 Proposed Changes to Burden Due to Docket No. RD21-4-000 Adjustments and Clarifications
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                                                                        Number of
                                                                       respondents     Annual  number   Annual  number  Average  burden    Total annual
               Reliability standard and requirements                   and type of     of  responses    of  responses      hrs.  per       burden hours
                                                                          entity       per respondent                       response
                                                                                (1)              (2)   (1) * (2) = (3)             (4)   (3) * (4) = (5)
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FAC-008-05 (Facility Ratings) \7\..................................         * 1,003                1          * 1,003      [dagger]-10       [dagger] -
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IC21-19-000 Renewal of 725A

    The following table represents the current burden associated with 
all Mandatory Reliability Standards that fall under FERC-725A.
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    \7\ The type of entity effect is the NERC registered GO = 
Generator Owners (1,003). This reduction for 725A represent a 
decrease in burden but the GOs still have other obligations, so the 
1,003 is included for information purpose but does not affect the 
overall number of entities in 725A.

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                                                                        Number of          annual      Total number of     of  burden      Total burden
                Reliability standard and requirement                    entity \8\     responses per      responses        hours  per         hours
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Mandatory Reliability Standards for Bulk Power System..............         (3,420)                1            3,420           428.86        1,466,716
RD21-4 Net Changes.................................................         * 1,003                1          * 1,003              -10       [dagger] -
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    Total for FERC-725A............................................  ...............  ...............  ...............  ...............      1,456,686
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* (No Change).
[dagger] (Reduction)

    Note: FAC-008-05 is a part of the Bulk Power System burden totals. 
The net changes for the responses and hours will affect the totals for 
the row stated ``Mandatory Reliability Standards for Bulk Power 
System.''
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    \8\ This is a list of NERC registered entities who under 725A 
need to follow the NERC Standards. BA = Balancing Authority (99); DP 
= Distribution Provider (373); GP = Generator Owner (1,003); 
Generator Operator (937); PA/PC Planning Authority/Planning 
Coordinator (65); RC=Reliability Coordinator (11); RP = Resource 
Planner (160); RSG = Reserve Sharing Group (11); FRSG = Frequency 
Response Sharing Group (1); TO = Transmission Owner (321); TOP = 
Transmission Operator (167); TP = Transmission Provided (201); TSP = 
Transmission Service Provider (71); for a sum total of (3,420). The 
same entity may have multiple registration obligation to follow 
under 725A so an individual entity's obligation increases based on 
registration functions. These values were derived from the NERC 
Compliance data of February 5, 2021 using only unique United States 
registered entities.
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    Expanded Table Showing the Mandatory Reliability Standards for Bulk 
Power System is provided below The hyperlinks highlighted in blue 
provide additional information on the individual standards 
(Requirements, Measurements, and most recent order):

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          Standard                       Name               In-service
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FAC-008-5..................  Facility Ratings...........        1/1/2013
INT-006-5..................  Evaluation of Interchange          4/1/2021
                              Transactions.
INT-009-3..................  Implementation of                  4/1/2021
                              Interchange.
PER-003-2..................  Operating Personnel                7/1/2019
                              Credentials.
PRC-008-0..................  Implementation and                6/18/2007
                              Documentation of
                              Underfrequency Load
                              Shedding Equipment
                              Maintenance Program.
PRC-011-0..................  Undervoltage Load Shedding        6/18/2007
                              System Maintenance and
                              Testing.
PRC-017-1..................  Remedial Action Scheme             4/1/2017
                              Maintenance and Testing.
PRC-018-1..................  Disturbance Monitoring            6/18/2007
                              Equipment Installation and
                              Data Reporting.
TOP-001-5..................  Transmission Operations....        4/1/2021
TOP-002-4..................  Operations Planning........        4/1/2017
TOP-003-4..................  Operational Reliability            4/1/2021
                              Data.
TOP-010-1(i)...............  Real-time Reliability              4/1/2018
                              Monitoring and Analysis
                              Capabilities.
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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.

    Dated: August 5, 2021.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-17129 Filed 8-10-21; 8:45 am]
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