Department of Energy March 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Public Hearing for a Proposed Federal Loan Guarantee To Support Construction and Start-Up of the Topaz Solar Farm, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Document Number: 2011-7583
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the DOE Loan Guarantee to Royal Bank of Scotland for Construction and Startup of the Topaz Solar Farm, San Luis Obispo County, California (DOE/EIS-0458D) (Draft EIS) for public review and comment, as well as the date, location and time for a public hearing. The Draft EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the DOE's proposed action of issuing a Federal loan guarantee to support construction and startup of the Topaz Solar Farm Project located in San Luis Obispo County, California (Proposed Project). The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, as Lender-Applicant, with Topaz Solar Farms, LLC (Topaz) as the borrower, submitted an application to DOE under the Federal loan guarantee program pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). Topaz is a limited liability company that is owned by First Solar, Inc. The loan guarantee would support the financing arranged by the Royal Bank of Scotland for the construction and start up of the Proposed Project. Topaz proposes to develop the Project on up to 4,100 acres of land. As proposed, the nominal 550-megawatt electric generation project would include the installation of about nine million photovoltaic (PV) solar modules within approximately 437 arrays and associated electric equipment. Generated electricity would be sold to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) under a long-term power purchase agreement. The Project would be interconnected into PG&E's existing Morro Bay-Midway 230- kilovolt (kV) transmission line, which runs in an east-to-west direction through the site and portions of Kern County.
Objective Merit Review of Discretionary Financial Assistance and Other Transaction Authority Applications
Document Number: 2011-7581
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This Notice establishes the procedure for program offices operating under the authority of the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in conducting the objective merit review of discretionary financial assistance and Other Transaction Authority funding applications. The effective date for the Objective Merit Review Procedure contained in this notice is March 18, 2011.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Decision and Order Granting 180-Day Extension of Compliance Date for Residential Furnaces and Boilers Test Procedure Amendments
Document Number: 2011-7579
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Department of Energy
This document announces receipt by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of 29 petitions from 27 manufacturers seeking a 180-day extension of the compliance date related to recent amendments to the DOE test procedure for residential furnaces and boilers to address the standby mode and off mode energy consumption of those products. The petitioners demonstrated that meeting the specified compliance date would impose an undue hardship. Accordingly, today's Decision and Order grants these petitions to extend the compliance date by the requested 180 days.
Combined Notice of Filings No. 2
Document Number: 2011-7567
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings No. 1
Document Number: 2011-7566
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings No. 2
Document Number: 2011-7565
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings No. 1
Document Number: 2011-7564
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2011-7563
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Records Governing Off-the-Record Communications; Public Notice
Document Number: 2011-7562
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings
Document Number: 2011-7561
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment: Public Meeting and Availability of the Preliminary Technical Support Document
Document Number: 2011-7452
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a public meeting to discuss and receive comments on the equipment classes that DOE plans to analyze for establishing energy conservation standards for commercial refrigeration equipment; the analytical framework, models, and tools that DOE is using to evaluate standards for this equipment; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE for this equipment; the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses that DOE could consider for this equipment; and any other issues relevant to the development of energy conservation standards for commercial refrigeration equipment. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects. To inform interested parties and facilitate this process, DOE has prepared an agenda, a preliminary technical support document (preliminary TSD), and briefing materials.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Miele From the Department of Energy Residential Clothes Dryer Test Procedure (Case No. CD-005)
Document Number: 2011-7449
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of the decision and order (Case No. CD-005) that grants to Miele, Inc. (Miele) a waiver from the DOE clothes dryer test procedure. The waiver pertains to the specified models of condensing residential clothes dryers specified in Miele's petition. Condensing clothes dryers cannot be tested using the existing test procedure. Under today's decision and order, Miele shall be not be required to test and rate its specified models of residential condensing clothes dryer pursuant to the DOE test procedure.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Notice of Petition for Waiver of BSH Corporation From the Department of Energy Residential Dishwasher Test Procedure, and Grant of Interim Waiver
Document Number: 2011-7448
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of and publishes the BSH Corporation (BSH) petition for waiver (hereafter, ``petition'') from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of dishwashers. Today's notice also grants an interim waiver of the dishwasher test procedure. Through this notice, DOE also solicits comments with respect to the BSHpetition.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Oak Ridge Reservation
Document Number: 2011-7446
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Oak Ridge Reservation. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Paducah
Document Number: 2011-7442
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Paducah. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Increased Scope of Coverage for Electric Motors
Document Number: 2011-7440
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) seeks certain information to help inform its current rulemaking to set energy conservation standards for electric motors. Specifically, DOE seeks information to assist DOE in determining whether to develop energy conservation standards for certain types of electric motors that are currently unregulated by any standards. Should DOE receive sufficient information supporting the inclusion of these motor types, DOE will consider including these motor types in the electric motors standards rulemaking.
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2011-7419
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Proposed Subsequent Arrangement
Document Number: 2011-7330
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice is being issued under the authority of section 131a. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. The Department is providing notice of a proposed subsequent arrangement under the Agreement for Cooperation Concerning Civil Uses of Nuclear Energy Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada and the Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy Between the United States of America and the European Atomic Energy Community.
Proposed Subsequent Arrangement
Document Number: 2011-7329
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice is being issued under the authority of section 131a. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. The Department is providing notice of a proposed subsequent arrangement under Article X paragraph 3 of the Agreement for Cooperation Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Korea Concerning Civil Uses of Atomic Energy and the Agreement for Cooperation Between the United States of America and the Argentine Republic Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.
Proposed Subsequent Arrangement
Document Number: 2011-7327
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice is being issued under the authority of section 131a. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. The Department is providing notice of a proposed subsequent arrangement under Article X paragraph 3 of the Agreement for Cooperation Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Korea Concerning Civil Uses of Atomic Energy and the Agreement for Cooperation Between the United States of America and the Argentine Republic Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.
Proposed Subsequent Arrangement
Document Number: 2011-7326
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice is being issued under the authority of section 131a. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. The Department is providing notice of a proposed subsequent arrangement under the Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy Between the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) and the United States of America and the Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Norway Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2011-7288
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings #2
Document Number: 2011-7287
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings #
Document Number: 2011-7286
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership; Notice of Filing of Supplement to Facilities Surcharge Settlement
Document Number: 2011-7281
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Contract Reporting Requirements of Intrastate Natural Gas Companies; Notice of Technical Workshop on Form No. 549D
Document Number: 2011-7280
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board Chairs
Document Number: 2011-7243
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-28
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB) Chairs. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Supplemental Notice Requesting Comments
Document Number: 2011-7149
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-28
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2011-7148
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-28
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Publication of the Petition for Waiver and Notice of Granting the Application for Interim Waiver of Samsung From the Department of Energy Residential Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedure
Document Number: 2011-7089
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-25
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of and publishes the Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung) petition for waiver (hereafter, ``petition'') from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of electric refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers. The waiver request pertains to Samsung's product lines that incorporate multiple defrost cycles. In its petition, Samsung provides an alternate test procedure that DOE recently published in an interim final rule. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Samsung's petition and the suggested alternate test procedure. DOE also publishes notice of the grant of an interim waiver to Samsung.
State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB)
Document Number: 2011-7086
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-25
Agency: Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces a teleconference call of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463; 86 Stat.770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
DOE Response to Recommendation 2010-1 of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Safety Analysis Requirements for Defining Adequate Protection for the Public and the Workers
Document Number: 2011-7085
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-25
Agency: Department of Energy
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Recommendation 2010-1, concerning Safety Analysis Requirements for Defining Adequate Protection for the Public and the Workers was published in the Federal Register on November 30, 2010 (75FR 74022). In accordance with section 315(b) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2286d(b), the Secretary of Energy transmitted the following response to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board on February 28, 2011.
Western Electric Coordinating Council Qualified Transfer Path Unscheduled Flow Relief Regional Reliability Standard
Document Number: 2011-7040
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-25
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Under section 215 of the Federal Power Act, the Commission approves regional Reliability Standard of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) IRO-006-WECC-1 (Qualified Transfer Path Unscheduled Flow Relief) and six associated new definitions submitted to the Commission for approval by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. This Reliability Standard is intended to mitigate transmission overloads due to unscheduled flow on a transfer path designated by WECC as being qualified for unscheduled flow mitigation.
Critical Materials Strategy Request for Information
Document Number: 2011-6971
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-24
Agency: Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking information from stakeholders on rare earth elements and other materials used in energy technologies to support analyses updating its 2010 Critical Materials Strategy.
Ultra-Deepwater Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-6949
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-24
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice announces a meeting of the Ultra-Deepwater Advisory Committee. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2011-6920
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Demand Response Compensation in Organized Wholesale Energy Markets
Document Number: 2011-6490
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
In this Final Rule, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) amends its regulations under the Federal Power Act to ensure that when a demand response resource participating in an organized wholesale energy market administered by a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) or Independent System Operator (ISO) has the capability to balance supply and demand as an alternative to a generation resource and when dispatch of that demand response resource is cost-effective as determined by the net benefits test described in this rule, that demand response resource must be compensated for the service it provides to the energy market at the market price for energy, referred to as the locational marginal price (LMP). This approach for compensating demand response resources helps to ensure the competitiveness of organized wholesale energy markets and remove barriers to the participation of demand response resources, thus ensuring just and reasonable wholesale rates.
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2011-6787
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-23
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Revision to Electric Reliability Organization Definition of Bulk Electric System
Document Number: 2011-6779
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-23
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
The Commission denies rehearing and otherwise reaffirms its determinations in Order No. 743. In addition, the Commission clarifies certain provisions of the Final Rule. Order No. 743 directed the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) to revise the definition of the term ``bulk electric system'' through the ERO's Reliability Standards Development Process to address the Commission's policy and technical concerns and ensure that the definition encompasses all facilities necessary for operating an interconnected electric transmission network pursuant to section 215 of the Federal Power Act.
Mandatory Reliability Standards for Interconnection Reliability Operating Limits
Document Number: 2011-6778
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-23
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Under section 215 of the Federal Power Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) approves three new Interconnection Reliability Operations and Coordination Reliability Standards and seven revised Reliability Standards related to Emergency Preparedness and Operations, Interconnection Reliability Operations and Coordination, and Transmission Operations. These Reliability Standards were submitted to the Commission for approval by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), which the Commission has certified as the Electric Reliability Organization responsible for developing and enforcing mandatory Reliability Standards. The Reliability Standards were designed to prevent instability, uncontrolled separation, or cascading outages that adversely impact the reliability of the interconnection by ensuring that the reliability coordinator has the data necessary to assess its reliability coordinator area during the operations horizon and that it takes prompt action to prevent or mitigate instances of exceeding Interconnection Reliability. Operating Limits. The Commission also approves the addition of two new terms to the NERC Glossary of Terms. In addition, the Commission approves NERC's proposed revisions to Reliability Standards EOP-001-1, IRO-002-2, IRO-004-2, IRO-005-3, TOP- 003-1, TOP-005-2, and TOP-006-2, which remove requirements for the reliability coordinator to monitor and analyze system operating limits other than interconnection reliability operating limits.