Inflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties
The Department of Energy (``DOE'') publishes this final rule to adjust DOE's civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (collectively referred to herein as ``the Act''). This rule adjusts CMPs within the jurisdiction of DOE to the maximum amount required by the Act.
Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc-725d); Comment Request; Extension
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 a renewal of currently approved information collection, FERC-725D (Facilities Design, Connections and Maintenance Reliability Standards). This notice includes all modified standards included in FERC725D (FAC-001-3, FAC-002-3, FAC-010-2, FAC- 011-3, and FAC-014-2) in Docket no. IC21-3-000 for renewal which already reflect the changes mentioned in version update RD20-4-000 published separately. All burden totals supersede previous notices for both dockets.
Fuels of the Future Advisory Board
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and in accordance with Title 41, Code of Federal Regulations, and following consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Fuels of the Future Advisory Board (FoFAB) will be established. The FoFAB will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy concerning the development of alternative fuels throughout the Department of Energy. Additionally, the establishment of the Board has been determined to be essential to the conduct of the Department's business and to be in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed upon the Department of Energy, by law and agreement. The Board will operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and the rules and regulations in implementation of that Act.
Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee; Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee; Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee; Termination
The Department of Energy is publishing this notice to announce that it is terminating the following three Federal Advisory Committees (FACAs) effective January 7, 2021: The Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (BR&D TAC); Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee (MHAC); and Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC).
Energy Conservation Program: Notification of Petition for Waiver of Air Innovations From the Department of Energy Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers Test Procedure and Notification of Grant of Interim Waiver
This document announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Air Innovations, which seeks a waiver for specified walk-in cooler refrigeration system basic models from the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') test procedure used to determine the efficiency and energy consumption of walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. DOE also gives notice of an Interim Waiver Order that requires Air Innovations to test and rate the specified walk-in cooler refrigeration system basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order, which modifies the alternate test procedure suggested by Air Innovations. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Air Innovations' petition, its suggested alternate test procedure, and the alternate test procedure specified in the Interim Waiver Order so as to inform DOE's final decision on Air Innovations' waiver request.
Including Short-Term Export Authority in Long-Term Authorizations for the Export of Natural Gas on a Non-Additive Basis
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) is discontinuing its practice of issuing separate long-term and short- term authorizations for exports of domestically produced natural gas from the same facility (or facilities). DOE is instead establishing a practice that certain long-term authorizations to export domestically produced natural gasincluding liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas, and compressed gas liquidinclude additional authority to export the same approved volume pursuant to transactions with terms of less than two years on a non-additive basis (including non-additive commissioning volumes). By consolidating this authority in a single authorization without any increase in total approved export volumes, this action will streamline DOE's regulatory process and reduce administrative burdens. This policy statement affects only future long- term export authorizations issued by DOE under the Natural Gas Act (NGA). DOE is concurrently issuing a blanket order amending existing export authorizations consistent with this policy statement.
Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-512); Comment Request; Extension
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 a renewal of currently approved information collection, FERC-512 (Preliminary Permit).
Electricity Advisory Committee; Meeting
This notice announces an open meeting of the Electricity Advisory Committee. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Idaho Cleanup Project
This notice announces an online virtual meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of this online virtual meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Agency Information Collection Extension
The Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted a request to the OMB for the extension of information collection authorities under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DOE requests a three-year extension of its authority to collection information for its American Assured Fuel Supply Program, OMB Control Number 1910-5173. The proposed collection is necessary for DOE to determine the eligibility of the applicants to access low enriched uranium (LEU) in the American Assured Fuel Supply (AAFS).
Energy Conservation Program: Definition of Showerhead; Correction
On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule amending the definition of showerhead. This correction republishes an amendment from the final rule that could not be incorporated into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) due to an inaccurate amendatory instruction. Neither the errors nor the corrections in this document affect the substance of the rulemaking or any of the conclusions reached in support of this final rule.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Savannah River Site
This notice announces an online virtual meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Savannah River Site. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of this online virtual meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Prohibition Order Securing Critical Defense Facilities
The U.S. Department of Energy (Department or DOE) gives notice of this Prohibition Order prohibiting the acquisition, importation, transfer, or installation of specified bulk-power system (BPS) electric equipment that directly serves Critical Defense Facilities (CDFs), pursuant to Executive Order 13920.
Procedures for the Issuance of Guidance Documents
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) publishes this final rule to establish procedures for the issuance of DOE guidance documents in accordance with Executive Order 13891. In this final rule, DOE establishes internal agency requirements for the contents of guidance documents, and procedures for providing notice of, and soliciting public comment on, certain guidance documents. This final rule also establishes procedures for the public to petition DOE to modify or withdraw guidance documents.
Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-549B); Comment Request; Extension
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-549B (Gas Pipeline Rates: Annual Capacity Reports and Index of Customers), and is submitting the information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below.