Department of Energy March 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Orders Granting Authority To Import and Export Natural Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas During February 2012
Document Number: 2012-7670
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Department of Energy
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy gives notice that during February 2012, it issued Orders granting authority to import and export natural gas and liquefied natural gas. These Orders are summarized in the attached appendix and may be found on the FE Web site at http://www.fossil.energy.gov/programs/ gasregulation/authorizations/Orders-2012.html. They are also available for inspection and copying in the Office of Fossil Energy, Office of Natural Gas Regulatory Activities, Docket Room 3E-033, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-9478. The Docket Room is open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Proposed Agency Information Collection
Document Number: 2012-7666
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Department of Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted the Electricity Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management Maturity Pilot to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance, a proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) and 5 CFR 1320.13.
Informational Meeting on Nuclear Fuel Cycle Options
Document Number: 2012-7664
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Department of Energy
The Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies will be hosting a one- day informational meeting at the Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois. At this meeting, input is being sought from participants knowledgeable in nuclear fuel cycles, including those from the public, universities, industry and national laboratories.
Proposed Agency Information Collection
Document Number: 2012-7663
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Department of Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on a proposed collection of information that DOE is developing for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. The proposed collection would involve information for a scorecard that would assist DOE's Clean Cities Coalitions and stakeholders in assessing the level of readiness of their communities for plug-in electric vehicles. Information collected would allow DOE to provide respondents with an objective assessment of their communities' readiness for PEV adoption and an understanding of their commitment to successful deployment of PEVs, and is needed to ensure appropriate evaluation of progress in deploying PEVs.
Northern Indiana Public Service Company; Notice of Petition for Declaratory Order
Document Number: 2012-7645
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Leaf River Energy Center LLC; Notice of Application
Document Number: 2012-7644
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals: Standard Work Specifications for Single Family Energy Upgrades
Document Number: 2012-7544
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) requests comments on the revised version of the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals: Standard Work Specifications for Single Family Energy Upgrades. This document is a set of work specifications applicable to energy efficiency retrofits of single family homes. These specifications are intended as a resource for any organization, company, or individual involved in energy efficiency retrofits of residential homes. This document was released for public comment in draft form on November 9, 2010. As a result of the comments received, EERE made revisions to the document for which EERE is providing an opportunity for public comment.
Energy Conservation Program: Public Meeting and Availability of the Framework Document for High-Intensity Discharge Lamps
Document Number: 2012-7543
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy
This document announces an extension of the time period for submitting comments on the Notice of Public Meeting (NOPM) and Availability of Framework Document Regarding Energy Conservation Standards for High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps. The comment period is extended to April 12, 2012.
Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-552); Comment Request; Extension
Document Number: 2012-7507
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, FERC-552, Annual Report of Natural Gas Transactions.
Southwest Power Pool, Inc.; Notice of Initiation of Proceeding and Refund Effective Date
Document Number: 2012-7504
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Notice of Commission Staff Attendance
Document Number: 2012-7503
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Petroleum Reduction and Alternative Fuel Consumption Requirements for Federal Fleets
Document Number: 2012-7436
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-28
Agency: Department of Energy
On March 12, 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to implement section 142 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which amended the Energy Policy and Conservation Act and directed the Secretary of Energy to issue implementing regulations for a statutorily-required reduction in petroleum consumption and increase in alternative fuel consumption for Federal fleets. With this Request for Information (RFI), DOE requests public comment on whether the proposed method for calculating the fiscal year 2005 alternative fuel consumption baseline should include the alternative fuel consumed by exempt vehicles and low-speed electric vehicles.
President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)
Document Number: 2012-7433
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-28
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for an open conference call of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463; 86 Stat. 770. The purpose of this conference call is to discuss PCAST's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership report.
Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee (ERAC); Correction
Document Number: 2012-7426
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-28
Agency: Department of Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE), on March 15, 2012, published a notice of open meeting announcing an open meeting of the Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee (ERAC). The meeting date has been extended to include April 18, 2012. As a result, the language is being corrected in this notice.
Proposed Agency Information Collection
Document Number: 2012-7424
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-28
Agency: Department of Energy, U.s. Energy Information Administration
The EIA invites public comment on a proposed collection of information that EIA is developing for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The EIA is soliciting comments on the proposed reinstatement of the Forms EIA-871A-J, ``2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.'' The Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974 (Pub. L. 93-275, 15 U.S.C. 761 et seq.) and the DOE Organization Act (Pub. L. 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.) require the EIA to carry out a centralized, comprehensive, and unified energy information program. This program collects, evaluates, assembles, analyzes, and disseminates information on energy resource reserves, production, demand, technology, and related economic and statistical information. This information is used to assess the adequacy of energy resources to meet near and longer-term domestic demands. The EIA, as part of its effort to comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), provides the general public and other Federal agencies with opportunities to comment on collections of energy information conducted by or in conjunction with the EIA. Any comments received help the EIA to prepare data requests that maximize the utility of the information collected, and to assess the impact of collection requirements on the public. Also, the EIA will later seek approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under Section 3507(a) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) has been conducted nine times covering the years 1979, 1983 and 1986 under the name of the ``Nonresidential Buildings Energy Consumption Survey,'' and years 1989, 1992, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007 under the current name, ``Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.'' CBECS collects baseline data on energy consumption and expenditures in commercial buildings, and on the energy-related characteristics of those buildings. To obtain this information, interviews are conducted for a sample of commercial buildings representing the 50 States and the District of Columbia. For buildings in the survey, data are collected on the types, amount and cost of energy consumed in the building, how the energy is used, structural characteristics of the buildings, activities conducted inside the buildings that relate to energy use, building ownership and occupancy, energy conservation measures, and energy-using equipment. The information will be collected using computer assisted interviewing for the 2012 CBECS; interviews will be conducted both in-person and by telephone. For those buildings that cannot provide energy consumption data for the building, the data will be obtained in a follow-up survey (historically a mail survey) from the suppliers of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and/or district heat to the building, after receiving permission from the building owner, manager or tenant. This survey to the energy suppliers is mandatory. The data obtained from the CBECS are available to the public in a variety of EIA electronic tables and reports at http://www.eia.gov/ emeu/cbecs. Public use files that have been screened to protect the identity of the individual respondents are also available electronically at the above web address. Selected data from the surveys are also published in the Annual Energy Review.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC); Notice of Open Meeting
Document Number: 2012-7315
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice announces a meeting of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, 86 Stat. 770, requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Oak Ridge Reservation
Document Number: 2012-7308
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-27
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.
Secretary of Energy Advisory Board
Document Number: 2012-7307
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice announces an open meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board Chairs
Document Number: 2012-7306
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-27
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.
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Battery Chargers and External Power Supplies
Document Number: 2012-6042
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Department of Energy
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment, including battery chargers and external power supplies (EPSs). EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to determine whether more stringent, amended standards for these products are technologically feasible, economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this notice, DOE proposes amended energy conservation standards for Class A EPSs and new energy conservation standards for non-Class A EPSs and battery chargers. The notice also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.
Agency Information Collection Extension
Document Number: 2012-7194
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Department of Energy, U.s. Energy Information Administration
The EIA intends to extend for three years, Form EIA-851A ``Domestic Uranium Production Report (Annual),'' Form EIA-851Q ``Domestic Uranium Production Report (Quarterly),'' and Form EIA-858 ``Uranium Marketing Annual Survey,'' with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Proposed Agency Information Collection
Document Number: 2012-7192
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Department of Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance, a proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed collection will be used to report the progress of participants in the DOE Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) program. The Better Buildings Challenge is a presidential leadership initiative intended to drive greater energy efficiency in the commercial and industrial marketplace to create cost savings and jobs. This will be accomplished by highlighting the ways participants overcome market barriers and persistent obstacles with replicable, marketplace solutions. The program will showcase real solutions and partner with industry leaders to better understand policy and technical opportunities. President Obama launched the Better Buildings Challenge on December 2, 2011.
Putnam Green Power, LLC; Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment
Document Number: 2012-7155
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings #2
Document Number: 2012-7146
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2012-7145
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings
Document Number: 2012-7141
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings #2
Document Number: 2012-7140
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2012-7139
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Notice of Compliance Filing
Document Number: 2012-7138
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2012-6792
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-21
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Hanford
Document Number: 2012-6789
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-21
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Hanford. 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.
Revised Public Utility Filing Requirements for Electric Quarterly Reports
Document Number: 2012-6759
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-21
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) proposes to revise the Electric Quarterly Report (EQR) Data Dictionary to add ``Simultaneous Exchange'' to the list of available Product Names in the EQR. This revision would allow for greater transparency in wholesale electricity markets through a greater understanding of these complex transactions. The Commission invites comment on this proposal.
Transmission Relay Loadability Reliability Standard
Document Number: 2012-6758
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-21
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Pursuant to section 215 of the Federal Power Act, the Commission approves Reliability Standard PRC-023-2 (Transmission Relay Loadability) submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Electric Reliability Organization certified by the Commission. The Reliability Standard requires transmission owners, generation owners, and distribution providers to set load-responsive phase protective relays according to specific criteria to ensure that the relays reliably detectand protect the electric network from fault conditions, but do not limit transmission loadability or interfere with system operators' ability to protect system reliability. The Commission also approves NERC Rules of Procedure Section 1700 Challenges to Determinations, which provides registered entities a means to challenge determinations made by planning coordinators under Reliability Standard PRC-023.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Portsmouth
Document Number: 2012-6549
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-19
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Portsmouth. 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, Nevada
Document Number: 2012-6548
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-19
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Nevada. 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.