Commission Information Collection Activities; (FERC-920, Electric Quarterly Report); Comment Request; Extension, 53048-53049 [2021-20774]

Download as PDF 53048 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 183 / Friday, September 24, 2021 / Notices analyzed by staff and considered in the Commission’s final licensing decision. The application will be processed according to the following schedule. Revisions to the schedule may be made as appropriate. Milestone Commission issues EA. Comments on EA ...... Target date March 2022.1 May 2022. Any questions regarding this notice may be directed to Amanda Gill at (202) 502–6773 or amanda.gill@ferc.gov. Dated: September 20, 2021. Debbie-Anne A. Reese, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–20777 Filed 9–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC21–38–000] Commission Information Collection Activities; (FERC–920, Electric Quarterly Report); Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, FERC– 920 (Electric Quarterly Report (EQR)), which will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a review of the information collection requirements. SUMMARY: Comments on the collection of information are due November 23, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit copies of your comments (identified by Docket No. IC21–38–000 and the specific FERC collection number (FERC–920) by one of the following methods: Electronic filing through http:// www.ferc.gov is preferred. DATES: 1 The Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) regulations under 40 CFR 1501.10(b)(1) require that EAs be completed within 1 year of the federal action agency’s decision to prepare an EA. This notice establishes the Commission’s intent to prepare an EA for the Campton Hydroelectric Project. Therefore, in accordance with CEQ’s regulations, the EA must be issued within 1 year of the issuance date of this notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:50 Sep 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 • 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 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 and telephone at (202) 502–8663. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC–920, (Electric Quarterly Reports (EQR)). OMB Control No.: 1902–0255. Type of Respondent: Public utilities, and non-public utilities with more than a de minimis market presence. Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC–920 information collection with no changes to the current reporting requirements.1 Abstract: The Commission originally set forth the EQR filing requirements in Order No. 2001 (Docket No. RM01–8– 000) which required public utilities to electronically file EQRs summarizing transaction information for short-term and long-term cost-based sales and market-based rate sales and the contractual terms and conditions in their agreements for all jurisdictional services.2 The Commission established 1 This Notice in Docket No. IC21–38 is separate from, and does not address, the activities in Docket No. AD21–8–000. 2 Revised Public Utility Filing Requirements, Order No. 2001, 67 FR 31043 (May 8, 2002), FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,127, reh’g denied, Order No. 2001–A, 100 FERC ¶ 61,074, reh’g denied, Order No. 2001–B, 100 FERC ¶ 61,342, order directing filing, Order No. 2001–C, 101 FERC ¶ 61,314 (2002), order directing filing, Order No. 2001–D, 102 FERC ¶ 61,334, order refining filing requirements, Order No. 2001–E, 105 FERC ¶ 61,352 (2003), order on clarification, Order No. 2001–F, 106 FERC ¶ 61,060 (2004), order revising filing requirements, Order No. 2001–G, 72 FR 56735 (Oct. 4, 2007), 120 FERC PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the EQR reporting requirements to help ensure the collection of information needed to perform its regulatory functions over transmission and sales, while making data more useful to the public and allowing public utilities to better fulfill their responsibility under Federal Power Act (FPA) section 205(c) 3 to have rates on file in a convenient form and place. As noted in Order No. 2001, the EQR data is designed to ‘‘provide greater price transparency, promote competition, enhance confidence in the fairness of the markets, and provide a better means to detect and discourage discriminatory practices.’’ Since issuing Order No. 2001, the Commission has provided guidance and refined the reporting requirements, as necessary, to reflect changes in the Commission’s rules and regulations.4 The Commission also adopted an Electric Quarterly Report Data Dictionary, which provides in one document the definitions of certain terms and values used in filing EQR data.5 To increase transparency broadly across all wholesale markets subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction, the Commission issued Order No. 768 in 2012.6 Order No. 768 required market participants that are excluded from the Commission’s jurisdiction under the FPA section 205 (non-public utilities) and have more than a de minimis market presence to file EQRs with the Commission. In addition, Order No. 768 revised the EQR filing requirements to build upon the Commission’s prior improvements to the reporting requirements and further enhance the goals of providing greater price transparency, promoting competition, instilling confidence in the fairness of the markets, and providing a better means to detect and discourage anticompetitive, discriminatory, and manipulative practices. EQR information allows the public to assess supply and demand fundamentals and to price interstate wholesale market transactions. This, in turn, results in greater market confidence, lower transaction costs, and ¶ 61,270, order on reh’g and clarification, Order No. 2001–H, 73 FR 1876 (Jan. 10, 2008), 121 FERC ¶ 61,289 (2007), order revising filing requirements, Order No. 2001–I, 73 FR 65526 (Nov. 4, 2008), 125 FERC ¶ 61,103 (2008). 3 16 U.S.C. 824d(c). 4 See, e.g., Revised Public Utility Filing Requirements for Electric Quarterly Reports, 124 FERC ¶ 61,244 (2008) (providing guidance on the filing of information on transmission capacity reassignments in EQRs). 5 Order No. 2001–G, 120 FERC ¶ 61,270 (2007). 6 Order No. 768, 77 FR 61896 (Oct. 11, 2012), FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,336 (2012). E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 183 / Friday, September 24, 2021 / Notices ultimately supports competitive markets. In addition, the data filed in the EQR strengthens the Commission’s ability to exercise its wholesale electric rate and electric power transmission oversight and enforcement responsibilities in accordance with the Federal Power Act. Without this information, the Commission would lack some of the data it needs to support its regulatory function over transmission and sales. 53049 Type of Respondent: Public utilities, and non-public utilities with more than a de minimis market presence. Estimate of Annual Burden and Cost: 7 The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden 8 for the information collection as: FERC–920: ELECTRIC QUARTERLY REPORT (EQR) Requirements Number of respondents Average annual number of responses per respondent 1 2 Total number of responses Average annual burden hrs. & cost ($) per response (rounded) Total average annual burden hours & total annual cost ($) (rounded) Cost per respondent ($) (rounded) (1) * (2) = (3) 4 (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) Electric Quarterly Report ................ 2,929 4 11,716 18.1 hrs.; $1,575 212,060 hrs.; $18,452,700. $6,300 Total ......................................... ........................ ........................ 11,716 ............................ 212,060 hrs.; $18,452,700. $6,300 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: September 20, 2021. Debbie-Anne A. Reese, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–20774 Filed 9–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP21–493–000] Great Lakes Gas Transmission Limited Partnership; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization and Establishing Intervention and Protest Deadline Take notice that on September 10, 2021, Great Lakes Gas Transmission Limited Partnership (Great Lakes), 700 Louisiana Street, Suite 1300, Houston, 7 The cost is based on FERC’s 2021 Commissionwide average salary cost (salary plus benefits) of $87.00/hour. The Commission staff believes the FERC FTE (full-time equivalent) average cost for VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:50 Sep 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 Texas 77002–2700, filed in the above referenced docket, a prior notice request to modify the operation of a portion of its natural gas pipeline mainline system to reduce the Maximum Operating Pressure (MOP) in the Bemidji, Minnesota operations area, and to abandon associated system design capacity under authorities granted by its blanket certificate issued in Docket No. CP90–2053–000, all in Federal offshore waters, offshore Louisiana, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. Great Lakes requests authorization to modify the operation of its 36-inch mainlines 100, 200, and 300 to reduce the MOP from 974 psig to 812 psig from CS 3 to CS 4, in the Bemidji, Minnesota operations area. Additionally, Great Lakes requests authorization to abandon 252.9 MDth/d of long-term summer capacity and 299.4 MDth/d of long-term winter capacity, from its point of receipt at Emerson in Kittson County, Minnesota to its point of delivery at Fortune Lake in Iron County, Michigan, associated with the Shevlin de-rate. The estimated cost is $100,000. In addition to publishing the full text of this document in the Federal Register, the Commission provides all interested persons an opportunity to view and/or print the contents of this document via the internet through the Commission’s Home Page (http:// ferc.gov) using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. At this time, the Commission has suspended access to the Commission’s Public Reference Room, due to the proclamation declaring a National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19), issued by the President on March 13, 2020. For assistance, contact FERC at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (886) 208–3676 or TYY, (202) 502–8659. Any questions regarding this prior notice request should be directed to David A. Alonzo, Manager, Project Authorizations, Great Lakes Gas Transmission Company, 700 Louisiana Street, Suite 1300, Houston, Texas, 77002–2700, at (832) 320–5477 or by email at david_alonzo@tcenergy.com. wages plus benefits is representative of the corresponding cost for the industry respondents. 8 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 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3. PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Public Participation There are three ways to become involved in the Commission’s review of this project: You can file a protest to the project, you can file a motion to intervene in the proceeding, and you can file comments on the project. There is no fee or cost for filing protests, motions to intervene, or comments. The deadline for filing protests, motions to intervene, and comments is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on November 19, 2021. How to file protests, motions to intervene, and comments is explained below. E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 183 (Friday, September 24, 2021)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-20774]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC21-38-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities; (FERC-920, Electric 
Quarterly Report); 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 (PRA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission 
or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved 
information collection, FERC-920 (Electric Quarterly Report (EQR)), 
which will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for a review of the information collection requirements.

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

ADDRESSES: You may submit copies of your comments (identified by Docket 
No. IC21-38-000 and the specific FERC collection number (FERC-920) 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 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] and telephone at (202) 502-8663.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FERC-920, (Electric Quarterly Reports 
(EQR)).
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0255.
    Type of Respondent: Public utilities, and non-public utilities with 
more than a de minimis market presence.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-920 information 
collection with no changes to the current reporting requirements.\1\
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    \1\ This Notice in Docket No. IC21-38 is separate from, and does 
not address, the activities in Docket No. AD21-8-000.
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    Abstract: The Commission originally set forth the EQR filing 
requirements in Order No. 2001 (Docket No. RM01-8-000) which required 
public utilities to electronically file EQRs summarizing transaction 
information for short-term and long-term cost-based sales and market-
based rate sales and the contractual terms and conditions in their 
agreements for all jurisdictional services.\2\ The Commission 
established the EQR reporting requirements to help ensure the 
collection of information needed to perform its regulatory functions 
over transmission and sales, while making data more useful to the 
public and allowing public utilities to better fulfill their 
responsibility under Federal Power Act (FPA) section 205(c) \3\ to have 
rates on file in a convenient form and place. As noted in Order No. 
2001, the EQR data is designed to ``provide greater price transparency, 
promote competition, enhance confidence in the fairness of the markets, 
and provide a better means to detect and discourage discriminatory 
practices.''
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    \2\ Revised Public Utility Filing Requirements, Order No. 2001, 
67 FR 31043 (May 8, 2002), FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,127, reh'g 
denied, Order No. 2001-A, 100 FERC ] 61,074, reh'g denied, Order No. 
2001-B, 100 FERC ] 61,342, order directing filing, Order No. 2001-C, 
101 FERC ] 61,314 (2002), order directing filing, Order No. 2001-D, 
102 FERC ] 61,334, order refining filing requirements, Order No. 
2001-E, 105 FERC ] 61,352 (2003), order on clarification, Order No. 
2001-F, 106 FERC ] 61,060 (2004), order revising filing 
requirements, Order No. 2001-G, 72 FR 56735 (Oct. 4, 2007), 120 FERC 
] 61,270, order on reh'g and clarification, Order No. 2001-H, 73 FR 
1876 (Jan. 10, 2008), 121 FERC ] 61,289 (2007), order revising 
filing requirements, Order No. 2001-I, 73 FR 65526 (Nov. 4, 2008), 
125 FERC ] 61,103 (2008).
    \3\ 16 U.S.C. 824d(c).
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    Since issuing Order No. 2001, the Commission has provided guidance 
and refined the reporting requirements, as necessary, to reflect 
changes in the Commission's rules and regulations.\4\ The Commission 
also adopted an Electric Quarterly Report Data Dictionary, which 
provides in one document the definitions of certain terms and values 
used in filing EQR data.\5\
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    \4\ See, e.g., Revised Public Utility Filing Requirements for 
Electric Quarterly Reports, 124 FERC ] 61,244 (2008) (providing 
guidance on the filing of information on transmission capacity 
reassignments in EQRs).
    \5\ Order No. 2001-G, 120 FERC ] 61,270 (2007).
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    To increase transparency broadly across all wholesale markets 
subject to the Commission's jurisdiction, the Commission issued Order 
No. 768 in 2012.\6\ Order No. 768 required market participants that are 
excluded from the Commission's jurisdiction under the FPA section 205 
(non-public utilities) and have more than a de minimis market presence 
to file EQRs with the Commission. In addition, Order No. 768 revised 
the EQR filing requirements to build upon the Commission's prior 
improvements to the reporting requirements and further enhance the 
goals of providing greater price transparency, promoting competition, 
instilling confidence in the fairness of the markets, and providing a 
better means to detect and discourage anti-competitive, discriminatory, 
and manipulative practices.
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    \6\ Order No. 768, 77 FR 61896 (Oct. 11, 2012), FERC Stats. & 
Regs. ] 31,336 (2012).
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    EQR information allows the public to assess supply and demand 
fundamentals and to price interstate wholesale market transactions. 
This, in turn, results in greater market confidence, lower transaction 
costs, and

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ultimately supports competitive markets. In addition, the data filed in 
the EQR strengthens the Commission's ability to exercise its wholesale 
electric rate and electric power transmission oversight and enforcement 
responsibilities in accordance with the Federal Power Act. Without this 
information, the Commission would lack some of the data it needs to 
support its regulatory function over transmission and sales.
    Type of Respondent: Public utilities, and non-public utilities with 
more than a de minimis market presence.
    Estimate of Annual Burden and Cost: \7\ The Commission estimates 
the annual public reporting burden \8\ for the information collection 
as:
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    \7\ The cost is based on FERC's 2021 Commission-wide average 
salary cost (salary plus benefits) of $87.00/hour. The Commission 
staff believes the FERC FTE (full-time equivalent) average cost for 
wages plus benefits is representative of the corresponding cost for 
the industry respondents.
    \8\ 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 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3.

                                                        FERC-920: Electric Quarterly Report (EQR)
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                                                       Average annual                                              Total average annual
                                          Number of       number of     Total number     Average annual burden     burden hours & total      Cost per
             Requirements                respondents    responses per   of responses      hrs. & cost ($) per        annual cost ($)      respondent ($)
                                                         respondent                       response (rounded)            (rounded)            (rounded)
                                                    1               2     (1) * (2) =  4.......................  (3) * (4) = (5)........       (5) / (1)
                                                                                  (3)
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Electric Quarterly Report............           2,929               4          11,716  18.1 hrs.; $1,575.......  212,060 hrs.;                    $6,300
                                                                                                                  $18,452,700.
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    Total............................  ..............  ..............          11,716  ........................  212,060 hrs.;                    $6,300
                                                                                                                  $18,452,700.
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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: September 20, 2021.
Debbie-Anne A. Reese,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-20774 Filed 9-23-21; 8:45 am]
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