Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods and Alternate Rating Methods
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks information and data related to the use of computer simulations, mathematical methods, and other alternative methods of determining the efficiency of certain types of consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment. DOE intends to use the information and data collected in this RFI to better inform the proposals for a rulemaking addressing alternative efficiency determination methods (AEDM) and alternate rating methods (ARM) for these types of covered products.
Record of Decision for Issuance of Loan Guarantees to Solar Partners I, LLC; Solar Partners II, LLC; and Solar Partners VIII, LLC (Solar Partners) for Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Units 1, 2, and 3
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces its decision to issue loan guarantees under Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 05) to Solar Partners I, LLC; Solar Partners II, LLC; and Solar Partners VIII, LLC (Solar Partners) for construction and start-up of Units 1, 2, and 3 of the 370 megawatt (MW) Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) on 3,471.36 acres, all of which are managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in San Bernardino County, California. The environmental impacts of the construction and operation of this project were analyzed in the Proposed California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, San Bernardino County, California (75 FR 47592; 08/ 06/10) (Final EIS), prepared by the BLM Needles Field Office with DOE as a cooperating agency. DOE was consulted during the preparation of the EIS and provided comments, which BLM incorporated. DOE determined that the project analyzed in the Final EIS was substantially the same as the project that would be covered by the DOE loan guarantees, and a notice of DOE's adoption of the Final EIS as DOE/EIS-0416 was published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Federal Register on October 22, 2010 (75 FR 65320).
Reopening of Scoping Period for the Northern Pass Transmission Line Project Environmental Impact Statement
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is reopening the public scoping period for the Northern Pass Transmission Line Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (DOE/EIS-0463). The scoping period now ends on June 14, 2011. DOE announced on February 11, 2011 (76 FR 7828), its intention to prepare an EIS to assess the potential environmental impacts from its proposal to grant a Presidential Permit to Northern Pass Transmission, LLC, to construct, operate, maintain, and connect a new electric transmission line across the U.S.-Canada border in northern New Hampshire. The EIS will address potential environmental impacts from the proposed action and the range of reasonable alternatives. The U.S. Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest, and the Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, are cooperating agencies. DOE held seven public scoping meetings from March 14 to 20 in Pembroke, Franklin, Lincoln, Whitefield, Plymouth, Colebrook, and Haverhill, New Hampshire. The public scoping period closed on April 12, 2011. DOE is reopening the public scoping period in response to public requests and to ensure that the public has ample opportunity to provide comments.
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers
On January 4, 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (January 2010 NOPR) to establish new test procedures for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers (WICF or walk- ins). On September 9, 2010, DOE issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (September 2010 SNOPR) to propose changes to the test procedures that it proposed in the NOPR. Those proposed rulemakings serve as the basis for today's action. DOE is issuing a final rule that establishes new test procedures for measuring the energy efficiency of certain walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer components including panels, doors, and refrigeration systems. These test procedures will be mandatory for product testing to demonstrate compliance with energy standards that DOE is establishing in a separate, but concurrent rulemaking, and for representations starting 180 days after publication. This final rule incorporates by reference industry test procedures that, along with calculations established in the rule, can be used to measure the energy consumption or performance characteristics of certain components of walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. Additionally, the final rule clarifies the definitions of ``Display door,'' ``Display panel,'' ``Door,'' ``Envelope,'' ``K- factor,'' ``Panel,'' ``Refrigerated,'' ``Refrigeration system,'' ``U- factor,'' ``Automatic door opener/closer,'' ``Core region,'' ``Edge region,'' ``Surface area,'' ``Rating condition,'' and ``Percent time off'' as applicable to walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
As part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process to seek feedback from the public on service delivery, the Department of Energy has submitted a Generic Information Collection Request (Generic ICR): ``Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery'' to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.).
Application To Export Electric Energy; DC Energy Texas, LLC
DC Energy Texas, LLC (DCE Texas) has requested authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Mexico pursuant to section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act (FPA).
Standards of Conduct for Transmission Providers
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) issued Order No. 717-A to address requests for rehearing and make clearer the Standards of Conduct as implemented by Order No. 717. The Commission issued Order No. 717-B to address expedited requests for rehearing and clarification concerning paragraph 80 of Order No. 717-A and whether an employee who is not making business decisions about contract non-price terms and conditions is considered a ``marketing function employee.'' Order No. 717-C addressed requests for rehearing and clarification concerning Order No. 717-A. This order addresses an additional request for rehearing and clarification concerning Order No. 717-C.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board Chairs
On March 28, 2011, in FR Doc. 2011-7243, on page 17118, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of open meeting announcing a meeting on April 13-14, 2011 of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board Chairs (76 FR 17118). This notice announces the cancellation of this meeting.
Bidding by Affiliates in Open Seasons for Pipeline Capacity
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is proposing revisions to its regulations governing interstate natural gas pipelines to prohibit multiple affiliates of the same entity from bidding in an open season for pipeline capacity in which the pipeline may allocate capacity on a pro rata basis, unless each affiliate has an independent business reason for submitting a bid. The Commission is also proposing that if more than one affiliate of the same entity participates in such an open season, then none of those affiliates may release any capacity obtained in that open season pursuant to a pro rata allocation to any affiliate, or otherwise allow any affiliate to obtain the use of the allowed capacity.
Application To Export Electric Energy; Cargill Power Markets, LLC
Cargill Power Markets, LLC (CPM) has applied for authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Mexico pursuant to section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act.
Occupational Radiation Protection
The Department of Energy (DOE) today amends the values in appendix C to its Occupational Radiation Protection requirements. The derived air concentration values for air immersion are calculated using several parameters. One of these, exposure time, is better represented by the hours in the workday, rather than the hours in a calendar day, and is therefore used in the revised calculations.