Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc-500 and Ferc-505); Consolidated Comment Request; Extension, 59704-59706 [2021-23481]

Download as PDF 59704 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 206 / Thursday, October 28, 2021 / Notices Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 11/2/21. Docket Numbers: RP22–74–000. Applicants: Steckman Ridge, LP. Description: Compliance filing: SR Order 587–Z (Docket No. RM96–1–042) Compliance Filing to be effective 6/1/ 2022. Filed Date: 10/21/21. Accession Number: 20211021–5052. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 11/2/21. Docket Numbers: RP22–75–000. Applicants: Black Hills Shoshone Pipeline, LLC. Description: Compliance filing: NAESB Compliance Filing—Order No. 587–Z to be effective 11/1/2021. Filed Date: 10/21/21. Accession Number: 20211021–5078. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 11/2/21. Docket Numbers: RP22–76–000. Applicants: Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC. Description: Compliance filing: AGT Order 587–Z (Docket RM96–1–042) Compliance Filing to be effective 6/1/ 2022. Filed Date: 10/22/21. Accession Number: 20211022–5079. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 11/3/21. Any person desiring to intervene or protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Regulations (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. Protests may be considered, but intervention is necessary to become a party to the proceeding. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Filings in Existing Proceedings Docket Numbers: RP22–77–000. Applicants: Big Sandy Pipeline, LLC. Description: Compliance filing: Big Sandy Order 587–Z (Docket RM96–1– 042) Compliance Filing to be effective 6/ 1/2022. Filed Date: 10/22/21. Accession Number: 20211022–5083. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 11/3/21. Any person desiring to protest in any the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rule 211 of the Commission’s Regulations (18 CFR 385.211) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. The filings are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system (https:// elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/search/ fercgensearch.asp) by querying the docket number. eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/ docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Oct 27, 2021 Jkt 256001 Dated: October 22, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–23479 Filed 10–27–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. Ic21–34–000] Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc–500 and Ferc–505); Consolidated Comment Request; Extension Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Notice of information collections 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 collections, FERC–500 (Application for License/ Relicense for Water Projects with More than 10 Megawatt (MW) Capacity); and FERC–505 (Application for Small Hydropower Projects and Conduit Facilities including License/Relicense, Exemption, and Qualifying Conduit Facility Determinations). DATES: Comments on the collections of information are due December 27, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may provide your comments (identified by Docket No. IC21–34–000) on FERC–500 and/or FERC–505 by one of the following methods: • Electronic Filing: http:// www.ferc.gov (preferred method) 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, Secretary of the 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, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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, or by telephone at (202) 502–8663. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Titles: FERC–500 (Application for License/ Relicense for Water Projects with More than 10 Megawatt (MW) Capacity) and FERC–505 (Application for Small Hydropower Projects and Conduit Facilities including License/Relicense, Exemption, and Qualifying Conduit Facility Determination). OMB Control Nos.: 1902–0058 (FERC– 500) and 1902–0115 (FERC–505). Type of Request: Extension of currently approved information collections. Abstract: Part I of the Federal Power Act (FPA) 1 authorizes the Commission to grant hydropower licenses and exemptions to citizens of the United States, or to any corporation organized under the laws of United States or any State thereof, or to any State or municipality. Holders of such licenses and exemptions construct, operate, and maintain dams, water conduits, reservoirs, power houses, transmission lines, or other project works necessary or convenient for the development and improvement of navigation and for the development, transmission, and utilization of power across, along, from, or in any of the streams or other bodies of water over which Congress has jurisdiction. This jurisdiction stems from Congressional authority to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the several States, or upon any part of the public lands and reservations of the United States. FERC–500 and FERC–505 comprise applications and other information collection activities implemented under numerous regulations. Some of the regulations are relevant to both FERC– 500 and FERC–505, and others are relevant only to FERC–500 or FERC– 505. Effective October 4, 2021,2 1 16 U.S.C. 791a–823g. October 4, 2021, FERC–500 applied only to projects with an installed capacity of more than 5 MW. On August 5, 2021, the Commission published a final rule that affected the paperwork burdens of FERC–500 by changing the regulatory threshold for certain licensing requirements from 5 MW to 10 MW. As a result, the regulatory threshold for FERC–500 is now projects with an installed capacity of more than 10 MW. See Final Rule, Docket RM20–21–000, 86 FR 42710 (Aug. 5, 2021). 2 Before E:\FR\FM\28OCN1.SGM 28OCN1 59705 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 206 / Thursday, October 28, 2021 / Notices information collection activities within FERC–500 are for projects with an installed capacity of more than 10 MW. of each activity are listed at the pairs of regulations listed in the following table: Title 18 CFR cites FERC–500 FERC–505 Application for License for Major 3 Unconstructed Project and Major Modified Project ............. Application for License for Major Project—Existing Dam ........................................................... Application for License for Minor 4 Water Power Projects and Major Water Power Projects More Than 10 Megawatts. Application for License for Transmission Line Only ................................................................... Exemption of Small Conduit Hydroelectric Facilities .................................................................. Exemption of Small Hydroelectric Power Projects of 10 Megawatts or Less ............................ Application for Amendment of ..................................................................................................... License ........................................................................................................................................ Notice of Intent to Construct Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facilities ..................................... Application Under the Integrated Licensing Process .................................................................. 4.40 and 4.41 ........ 4.50 and 4.51 ........ 4.60 and 4.61 ........ Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes 4.70 and 4.71 ........ 4.90 and 4.92 ........ 4.101 and 4.107 .... 4.200 and 4.201 .... Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 4.400 and 4.401 .... 5.1 and 5.18 .......... No No Yes Yes Each of the ‘‘contents’’ regulations listed above requires information that assists the Commission in identifying the respondent and the type of proposed project. In addition, certain types of applications must include all 5 or some 6 of the following exhibits: • Exhibit A is a description of the project. • Exhibit B is a statement of project operation and resource utilization. • Exhibit C is a proposed construction schedule for the project. • Exhibit D is a statement of project costs and financing. • Exhibit E is an environmental report. • Exhibit F consists of general design drawings of the principal project works described under Exhibit A and supporting information used as the basis of design. • Exhibit G is a map of the project. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Information collection activities within FERC–505 are for other smaller projects. The applicability and required contents No exhibits are required in a Notice of Intent to Construct Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facilities under 18 CFR 4.401. However, the Notice of Intent must include: • Statements that the proposed project will use the hydroelectric potential of a non-federally owned conduit and that the proposed facility has not been licensed or exempted from the licensing requirements and Part I of the FPA; • A description of the proposed facility; • Project drawings; • If applicable, the preliminary permit number for the proposed facility; and • Verification in accordance with 18 CFR 4.401(g). In addition to the reporting requirements described above, FERC– 500 and FERC–505 also contain requirements for those entities who ultimately receive a FERC license or exemption. Both information collections include an activity related to recreation signage (18 CFR 8.1 and 8.2), which is used to inform the public of appropriate uses at the project. FERC–500 includes an annual conveyance report (18 CFR 141.15), which must be submitted only if a conveyance of easements or rightsof-way across project lands, or a lease of project lands, has occurred in the previous year. Types of Respondents: Entities requesting Licenses, Relicenses, Exemptions, or Qualifying Conduit Facility Determinations, and certain entities in receipt of Commission Licenses and Exemptions. Estimate of Annual Burden: For FERC–500, the Commission estimates 487 responses, 320,962 hours, and $27,923,694 annually. For FERC–505, the Commission estimates 324 responses, 24,555 hours, and $2,136,285 annually. These burdens are itemized in detail in the following table: Type of response Number of respondents and responses 7 Average burden & cost 8 per response Average annual burden hours & total annual cost (Column B × Column C) A. B. C. D. 9 35,602.55 hrs.; $3,097,421.85 .. 320,422.95 hrs.; $27,876,796.65. 5 40 hrs.; $3,480 .......................... 200 hrs.; $17,400. 41 432 3 hrs.; $261 ............................... 0.5 hr.; $43.50 .......................... 123 hrs.; $10,701 216 hrs.; $18,792. Subtotals for FERC–500 ..................................................................... 487 N/A ............................................ 320,961.95 hrs.; $27,923,689.65. FERC–505, for Small Hydropower Projects and Conduit Facilities including License/Relicense, Exemption, and Qualifying Conduit Facility Determinations. FERC–505, Request for Authorization to Use Expedited Licensing Process. FERC–505, Recreation Posting ................................................................. 32 756.59 hrs.; $65,823.33 ............ 24,210.88 hrs.; $2,106,346.56. 5 40 hrs.; $3,480 .......................... 200 hrs.; $17,400. 287 0.5 hr.; $43.50 .......................... 143.5 hrs.; $12,484.50. Sub-Totals for FERC–505 .................................................................. 324 N/A ............................................ 24,554.38 hrs.; $2,136,231.06. FERC–500, Application for License/Relicense for Water Projects with Greater than 10 MW Capacity 9. FERC–500, Request for Authorization to Use Expedited Licensing Process. FERC–500, Annual Conveyance Reports ................................................. FERC–500, Recreation Posting ................................................................. 3 As defined at 18 CFR 4.30(b)(14) through 4.30(b)(16), a ‘‘major’’ project has a total installed generating capacity of more than 1.5 MW. 4 As defined at 18 CFR 4.30(b)(17), a ‘‘minor’’ project has a total installed generating capacity of 1.5 MW or less. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Oct 27, 2021 Jkt 256001 5 The following regulations require Exhibits A through G: 18 CFR 4.41, 4.51, 4.61, and 4.71. 6 The following regulations do not require Exhibits B, C, and D: 18 CFR 4.92 and 4.107. The regulations at 18 CFR 4.201 and 5.18 pertain to several types of applications and projects. The PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 exhibits required by those regulations vary, depending on the type of application. E:\FR\FM\28OCN1.SGM 28OCN1 59706 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 206 / Thursday, October 28, 2021 / Notices Type of response Number of respondents and responses 7 Average burden & cost 8 per response Average annual burden hours & total annual cost (Column B × Column C) A. B. C. D. Totals .................................................................................................. 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: October 22, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–23481 Filed 10–27–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 9821–107] Ampersand Ogdensburg Hydro, LLC; Notice of Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Protests jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection: a. Application Type: Extension of License Term. b. Project No: 9821–107. c. Date Filed: May 26, 2021. 7 There is one response per respondent for each activity in this information collection. 8 Commission staff estimates that the average industry hour4ly cost for this information collection is approximated by the current FERC 2021 average hourly costs for wages and benefits, i.e., $87.00/ hour. 9 The previously reported 33 responses associated with Comprehensive Plans were incorrect and not consistent in how we have approached the number of respondents for this Information Collection. As a result, the total number of hours associated with the Comprehensive Plans requirement was moved to the total number of hours associated with the application process. The Commission does not break down pieces of this process (as it is all considered one application) and so this edit was made for consistency across the information collection. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Oct 27, 2021 Jkt 256001 811 N/A ............................................ d. Applicant: Ampersand Ogdensburg Hydro, LLC. e. Name of Project: Ogdensburg Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: The project is located on the Oswegatchie River in St. Lawrence County, New York. g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791a–825r. h. Applicant Contact: Jason Huang, Ampersand Ogdensburg, LLC., 717 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 1A, Boston, MA 02111, (617) 933–7200. i. FERC Contact: Ashish Desai, (202) 502–8370, Ashish.Desai@ferc.gov. j. Deadline for Filing Comments, Motions to Intervene, and Protests: November 18, 2021. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file comments, motions to intervene, and protests using the Commission’s eFiling system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, you may submit a paper copy. Submissions sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Submissions sent via any other carrier must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The first page of any filing should include the docket number P–9821–107. Comments emailed to Commission staff are not considered part of the Commission record. The Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person whose name appears on the official service list for the project. Further, if an intervenor files comments or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 345,516.33 hrs.; $30,068,620.71. particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. k. Description of Request: Ampersand Ogdensburg Hydro, LLC., licensee for the Ogdensburg Project No. 9821, filed a request with the Commission for 36month extension of the 40-year license for the project, currently expiring on May 31, 2027. The licensee requests the extension to allow additional time to begin relicensing the project, as it has several other projects currently in the relicensing process. l. Locations of the Application: This filing may be viewed on the Commission’s website at http:// www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. You may also register online at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, call 1–866–208–3676 or email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, for TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. m. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission’s mailing list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission. n. Comments, Protests, or Motions to Intervene: Anyone may submit comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, .211, .214, respectively. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will consider all protests or other comments filed, but only those who file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission’s Rules may become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified comment date for the particular application. o. Filing and Service of Documents: Any filing must (1) bear in all capital letters the title ‘‘COMMENTS’’, ‘‘PROTEST’’, or ‘‘MOTION TO INTERVENE’’ as applicable; (2) set forth in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) furnish the name, address, E:\FR\FM\28OCN1.SGM 28OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. Ic21-34-000]


Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc-500 and Ferc-
505); Consolidated Comment Request; Extension

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

ACTION: Notice of information collections 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 collections, FERC-500 (Application for License/Relicense 
for Water Projects with More than 10 Megawatt (MW) Capacity); and FERC-
505 (Application for Small Hydropower Projects and Conduit Facilities 
including License/Relicense, Exemption, and Qualifying Conduit Facility 
Determinations).

DATES: Comments on the collections of information are due December 27, 
2021.

ADDRESSES: You may provide your comments (identified by Docket No. 
IC21-34-000) on FERC-500 and/or FERC-505 by one of the following 
methods:
     Electronic Filing: http://www.ferc.gov (preferred method) 
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, Secretary of the 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], or by telephone at (202) 502-8663.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Titles: FERC-500 (Application for License/
Relicense for Water Projects with More than 10 Megawatt (MW) Capacity) 
and FERC-505 (Application for Small Hydropower Projects and Conduit 
Facilities including License/Relicense, Exemption, and Qualifying 
Conduit Facility Determination).
    OMB Control Nos.: 1902-0058 (FERC-500) and 1902-0115 (FERC-505).
    Type of Request: Extension of currently approved information 
collections.
    Abstract: Part I of the Federal Power Act (FPA) \1\ authorizes the 
Commission to grant hydropower licenses and exemptions to citizens of 
the United States, or to any corporation organized under the laws of 
United States or any State thereof, or to any State or municipality. 
Holders of such licenses and exemptions construct, operate, and 
maintain dams, water conduits, reservoirs, power houses, transmission 
lines, or other project works necessary or convenient for the 
development and improvement of navigation and for the development, 
transmission, and utilization of power across, along, from, or in any 
of the streams or other bodies of water over which Congress has 
jurisdiction. This jurisdiction stems from Congressional authority to 
regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the several States, or 
upon any part of the public lands and reservations of the United 
States.
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    \1\ 16 U.S.C. 791a-823g.
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    FERC-500 and FERC-505 comprise applications and other information 
collection activities implemented under numerous regulations. Some of 
the regulations are relevant to both FERC-500 and FERC-505, and others 
are relevant only to FERC-500 or FERC-505. Effective October 4, 
2021,\2\

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information collection activities within FERC-500 are for projects with 
an installed capacity of more than 10 MW. Information collection 
activities within FERC-505 are for other smaller projects. The 
applicability and required contents of each activity are listed at the 
pairs of regulations listed in the following table:
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    \2\ Before October 4, 2021, FERC-500 applied only to projects 
with an installed capacity of more than 5 MW. On August 5, 2021, the 
Commission published a final rule that affected the paperwork 
burdens of FERC-500 by changing the regulatory threshold for certain 
licensing requirements from 5 MW to 10 MW. As a result, the 
regulatory threshold for FERC-500 is now projects with an installed 
capacity of more than 10 MW. See Final Rule, Docket RM20-21-000, 86 
FR 42710 (Aug. 5, 2021).

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Application for License for Major \3\        4.40 and 4.41..........................          Yes           Yes
 Unconstructed Project and Major Modified
 Project.
Application for License for Major Project--  4.50 and 4.51..........................          Yes           Yes
 Existing Dam.
Application for License for Minor \4\ Water  4.60 and 4.61..........................           No           Yes
 Power Projects and Major Water Power
 Projects More Than 10 Megawatts.
Application for License for Transmission     4.70 and 4.71..........................          Yes           Yes
 Line Only.
Exemption of Small Conduit Hydroelectric     4.90 and 4.92..........................           No           Yes
 Facilities.
Exemption of Small Hydroelectric Power       4.101 and 4.107........................           No           Yes
 Projects of 10 Megawatts or Less.
Application for Amendment of...............  4.200 and 4.201........................          Yes           Yes
License....................................
Notice of Intent to Construct Qualifying     4.400 and 4.401........................           No           Yes
 Conduit Hydropower Facilities.
Application Under the Integrated Licensing   5.1 and 5.18...........................           No           Yes
 Process.
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    \3\ As defined at 18 CFR 4.30(b)(14) through 4.30(b)(16), a 
``major'' project has a total installed generating capacity of more 
than 1.5 MW.
    \4\ As defined at 18 CFR 4.30(b)(17), a ``minor'' project has a 
total installed generating capacity of 1.5 MW or less.
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    Each of the ``contents'' regulations listed above requires 
information that assists the Commission in identifying the respondent 
and the type of proposed project. In addition, certain types of 
applications must include all \5\ or some \6\ of the following 
exhibits:
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    \5\ The following regulations require Exhibits A through G: 18 
CFR 4.41, 4.51, 4.61, and 4.71.
    \6\ The following regulations do not require Exhibits B, C, and 
D: 18 CFR 4.92 and 4.107. The regulations at 18 CFR 4.201 and 5.18 
pertain to several types of applications and projects. The exhibits 
required by those regulations vary, depending on the type of 
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     Exhibit A is a description of the project.
     Exhibit B is a statement of project operation and resource 
utilization.
     Exhibit C is a proposed construction schedule for the 
project.
     Exhibit D is a statement of project costs and financing.
     Exhibit E is an environmental report.
     Exhibit F consists of general design drawings of the 
principal project works described under Exhibit A and supporting 
information used as the basis of design.
     Exhibit G is a map of the project.
    No exhibits are required in a Notice of Intent to Construct 
Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facilities under 18 CFR 4.401. However, 
the Notice of Intent must include:
     Statements that the proposed project will use the 
hydroelectric potential of a non-federally owned conduit and that the 
proposed facility has not been licensed or exempted from the licensing 
requirements and Part I of the FPA;
     A description of the proposed facility;
     Project drawings;
     If applicable, the preliminary permit number for the 
proposed facility; and
     Verification in accordance with 18 CFR 4.401(g).
    In addition to the reporting requirements described above, FERC-500 
and FERC-505 also contain requirements for those entities who 
ultimately receive a FERC license or exemption. Both information 
collections include an activity related to recreation signage (18 CFR 
8.1 and 8.2), which is used to inform the public of appropriate uses at 
the project. FERC-500 includes an annual conveyance report (18 CFR 
141.15), which must be submitted only if a conveyance of easements or 
rights-of-way across project lands, or a lease of project lands, has 
occurred in the previous year.
    Types of Respondents: Entities requesting Licenses, Relicenses, 
Exemptions, or Qualifying Conduit Facility Determinations, and certain 
entities in receipt of Commission Licenses and Exemptions.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: For FERC-500, the Commission estimates 
487 responses, 320,962 hours, and $27,923,694 annually. For FERC-505, 
the Commission estimates 324 responses, 24,555 hours, and $2,136,285 
annually. These burdens are itemized in detail in the following table:

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                                           Number of
                                          respondents                                                   Average annual burden hours & total annual cost
           Type of response              and responses     Average burden & cost \8\  per response                   (Column B x Column C)
                                              \7\
A.                                                   B.  C..........................................  D.
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FERC-500, Application for License/                    9  35,602.55 hrs.; $3,097,421.85..............  320,422.95 hrs.; $27,876,796.65.
 Relicense for Water Projects with
 Greater than 10 MW Capacity \9\.
FERC-500, Request for Authorization to                5  40 hrs.; $3,480............................  200 hrs.; $17,400.
 Use Expedited Licensing Process.
FERC-500, Annual Conveyance Reports...               41  3 hrs.; $261...............................  123 hrs.; $10,701
FERC-500, Recreation Posting..........              432  0.5 hr.; $43.50............................  216 hrs.; $18,792.
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    Subtotals for FERC-500............              487  N/A........................................  320,961.95 hrs.; $27,923,689.65.
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FERC-505, for Small Hydropower                       32  756.59 hrs.; $65,823.33....................  24,210.88 hrs.; $2,106,346.56.
 Projects and Conduit Facilities
 including License/Relicense,
 Exemption, and Qualifying Conduit
 Facility Determinations.
FERC-505, Request for Authorization to                5  40 hrs.; $3,480............................  200 hrs.; $17,400.
 Use Expedited Licensing Process.
FERC-505, Recreation Posting..........              287  0.5 hr.; $43.50............................  143.5 hrs.; $12,484.50.
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    Sub-Totals for FERC-505...........              324  N/A........................................  24,554.38 hrs.; $2,136,231.06.
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    Totals............................              811  N/A........................................  345,516.33 hrs.; $30,068,620.71.
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    \7\ There is one response per respondent for each activity in 
this information collection.
    \8\ Commission staff estimates that the average industry hour4ly 
cost for this information collection is approximated by the current 
FERC 2021 average hourly costs for wages and benefits, i.e., $87.00/
hour.
    \9\ The previously reported 33 responses associated with 
Comprehensive Plans were incorrect and not consistent in how we have 
approached the number of respondents for this Information 
Collection. As a result, the total number of hours associated with 
the Comprehensive Plans requirement was moved to the total number of 
hours associated with the application process. The Commission does 
not break down pieces of this process (as it is all considered one 
application) and so this edit was made for consistency across the 
information collection.
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    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: October 22, 2021.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-23481 Filed 10-27-21; 8:45 am]
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