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

Combined Notice of Filings
Document Number: 2012-13202
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Energy Conservation Program: Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods and Alternative Rating Methods
Document Number: 2012-13108
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-05-31
Agency: Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to revise and expand its existing regulations governing the use of particular methods as alternatives to testing for the purposes of certifying compliance with the applicable energy conservation standards and the reporting of related ratings for certain consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment covered by energy conservation standards.
Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation by Transmission Owning and Operating Public Utilities
Document Number: 2012-12418
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-05-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission affirms its basic determinations in Order No. 1000, amending the transmission planning and cost allocation requirements established in Order No. 890 to ensure that Commission-jurisdictional services are provided at just and reasonable rates and on a basis that is just and reasonable and not unduly discriminatory or preferential. This order affirms the Order No. 1000 transmission planning reforms that: Require that each public utility transmission provider participate in a regional transmission planning process that produces a regional transmission plan; provide that local and regional transmission planning processes must provide an opportunity to identify and evaluate transmission needs driven by public policy requirements established by state or federal laws or regulations; improve coordination between neighboring transmission planning regions for new interregional transmission facilities; and remove from Commission-approved tariffs and agreements a federal right of first refusal. This order also affirms the Order No. 1000 requirements that each public utility transmission provider must participate in a regional transmission planning process that has: A regional cost allocation method for the cost of new transmission facilities selected in a regional transmission plan for purposes of cost allocation and an interregional cost allocation method for the cost of new transmission facilities that are located in two neighboring transmission planning regions and are jointly evaluated by the two regions in the interregional transmission coordination process required by this Final Rule. Additionally, this order affirms the Order No. 1000 requirement that each cost allocation method must satisfy six cost allocation principles.
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Clothes Washers
Document Number: 2012-12320
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-05-31
Agency: Department of Energy
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential clothes washers. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to determine whether amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this direct final rule, DOE is adopting amended energy conservation standards for residential clothes washers. It has determined that the amended energy conservation standards for these products would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified. A notice of proposed rulemaking that proposes identical energy efficiency standards is published elsewhere in today's Federal Register. If DOE receives adverse comment and determines that such comment may provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing the direct final rule, this final rule will be withdrawn and DOE will proceed with the proposed rule.
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Clothes Washers
Document Number: 2012-12319
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-05-31
Agency: Department of Energy
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential clothes washers. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to determine whether amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this proposed rule, DOE proposes amended energy conservation standards for residential clothes washers identical to those set forth in a direct final rule published elsewhere in today's Federal Register. If DOE receives adverse comment and determines that such comment may provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing the direct final rule, DOE will publish a notice withdrawing the final rule and will proceed with this proposed rule.
Wind and Water Power Program
Document Number: 2012-13102
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Programs with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) are required to undertake rigorous, objective peer review of their funded projects in order to ensure and enhance the management, relevance, effectiveness, and productivity of those projects. The 2012 Wind and Water Power Program, Wind Power Peer Review Meeting will review wind technology development and market acceleration and deployment projects from the Program's research and development portfolio. The 2012 Wind Power Peer Review Meeting will be held June 19 through June 21, 2012, in Alexandria, VA.
Energy Conservation Program: Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods and Alternative Rating Methods: Public Meeting
Document Number: 2012-13099
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is holding a public meeting to provide interested parties an opportunity to comment on DOE's proposed modifications to the regulations authorizing the use of alternative methods of determining energy efficiency or energy consumption of various consumer products and commercial equipment.
Notice of Orders Granting Authority to Import and Export Natural Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas During April 2012
Document Number: 2012-13090
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy gives notice that during April 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 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Paducah
Document Number: 2012-13067
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-30
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. No. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Notice of Applications for Authorization To Abandon Facilities and Services and To Acquire Facilities by Merger
Document Number: 2012-13027
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
PPL Montana, LLC; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2012-13026
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2012-13008
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Unnamed Entity
Document Number: 2012-13004
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Perryville Gas Storage LLC; Notice of Amendment
Document Number: 2012-13003
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
New Mexico Gas Company, Inc; Notice of Revised Statement of Operating Conditions
Document Number: 2012-13002
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Thrifty Propane, Inc.
Document Number: 2012-13000
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Hope Gas, Inc.; Notice of Baseline Filing
Document Number: 2012-12999
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Test Procedures for Showerheads, Faucets, Water Closets, Urinals, and Commercial Prerinse Spray Valves
Document Number: 2012-12919
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy
In this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to update its test procedures for showerheads, faucets, water closets, and urinals. Specifically, DOE proposes to incorporate by reference the American Society of Mechanical Engineers/American National Standards Institute (ASME/ANSI) Standard A112.18.1-2011 test procedure for faucets and showerheads, which would replace the 1996 version currently referenced by DOE in its test procedure. DOE also proposes to incorporate by reference ASME/ANSI Standard A112.19.2-2008 procedure for water closets and urinals, which would replace the 1995 version currently referenced by DOE in its test procedure. These updates fulfill DOE's obligation under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) to review its test procedures for covered products at least once every 7 years and either amend the applicable test procedures or publish a determination in the Federal Register not to amend them. DOE also expects that incorporation of the updated procedures will bring DOE's testing requirements more closely in line with current industry practices, reduce the burden associated with testing and reporting test results for these products, and improve the accuracy of test results. For commercial prerinse spray valves, DOE has preliminarily determined that no changes are needed to the existing DOE test procedure in order to accurately measure the water consumption of these products, and proposes to retain the existing procedure without change. However, since the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) reapproved this standard in 2009 as F2324-03 (2009), DOE is proposing to incorporate by reference this most recent version. This action would also satisfy the EPCA requirement for DOE to review the test procedures for these products at least once every 7 years. This notice also announces a public meeting to receive comments on these proposed amendments to the test procedures.
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Dishwashers
Document Number: 2012-12340
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential dishwashers. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to determine whether amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this direct final rule, DOE is adopting amended energy conservation standards for residential dishwashers. DOE has determined that the amended energy conservation standards for these products would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified. A notice of proposed rulemaking that proposes identical energy efficiency standards is published elsewhere in today's Federal Register. If DOE receives adverse comment and determines that such comment may provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing the direct final rule, this final rule will be withdrawn and DOE will proceed with the proposed rule.
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Dishwashers
Document Number: 2012-12338
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-05-30
Agency: Department of Energy
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential dishwashers. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to determine whether amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this proposed rule, DOE proposes amended energy conservation standards for residential dishwashers identical to those set forth in a direct final rule published elsewhere in today's Federal Register. If DOE receives adverse comment and determines that such comment may provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing the direct final rule, DOE will publish a notice withdrawing the final rule and will proceed with this proposed rule.
Reducing Regulatory Burden
Document Number: 2012-13054
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-05-29
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice announces that the period for submitting comments on the Department of Energy's (DOE) request for information (RFI) issued as part of its implementation of Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' is extended to June 19, 2012.
Combined Notice of Filings #2
Document Number: 2012-12892
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2012-12891
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2012-12890
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-587); Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-12869
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 United States Code (U.S.C.) 3507(a)(1)(D), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting the information collection FERC-587, Land Description (Public Land States/ Non-Public Land States [Rectangular or Non-Rectangular Survey System Lands in Public Land States]) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review of the information collection requirements. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. The Commission issued a Notice in the Federal Register (77 FR 11518, 02/27/2012) requesting public comments. FERC received no comments on the FERC-587 and is making this notation in its submittal to OMB.
Application To Export Electric Energy; Emera Energy Services Subsidiaries
Document Number: 2012-12762
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-25
Agency: Department of Energy
Five power marketing subsidiaries of Emera Incorporated (Emera) have applied separately to renew its authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada pursuant to section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act (FPA).
Application To Export Electric Energy; DC Energy, LLC
Document Number: 2012-12761
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-25
Agency: Department of Energy
DC Energy, LLC (DC Energy) has applied to renew its authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada pursuant to section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act (FPA).
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2012-12734
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-25
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Records Governing Off-the-Record Communications; Public Notice
Document Number: 2012-12733
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-25
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Boott Hydropower, Inc.; Notice of Consulting Parties and Agenda for Section 106 Consultation Meeting
Document Number: 2012-12708
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-25
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings
Document Number: 2012-12707
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-25
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
High Prairie Pipeline, LLC v. Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership; Notice of Complaint
Document Number: 2012-12706
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-25
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-914); Comment Request; Extension
Document Number: 2012-12700
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-25
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 (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, Cogeneration and Small Power ProductionTariff Filings.
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Residential Dishwashers, Dehumidifiers, and Conventional Cooking Products (Standby Mode and Off Mode)
Document Number: 2012-11155
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-05-25
Agency: Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its test procedures for residential dishwashers, dehumidifiers, and conventional cooking products (which includes cooktops, ovens, and ranges) to address the measurement of active mode fan-only energy use. This SNOPR also addresses energy and water use associated with dishwasher water softeners, the energy test cycle for dishwashers with a separate soil- sensing cycle, and the normal cycle definition, power supply and detergent dosing for dishwashers. The proposal would also update the industry test method specified in the dehumidifier test procedure, eliminate measurement of gas pilot light energy use in the cooking products test procedure, and remove an obsolete energy efficiency metric in the dishwasher test procedure.
Proposed Agency Information Collection
Document Number: 2012-12610
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable 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.
Notice of Commission Staff Attendance
Document Number: 2012-12607
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC; Notice of Application
Document Number: 2012-12606
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Southern Natural Gas Company; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization
Document Number: 2012-12605
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Support of Deployment of Prototype Small Modular Reactors at the Savannah River Site
Document Number: 2012-12486
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-23
Agency: Department of Energy
DOE-Savannah River Operations Office (SR), in conjunction with the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), announces the availability of support for deployment of Small Modular Reactors (SMR) on the Savannah River Site (SRS).
Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Risk Management Process
Document Number: 2012-12484
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-23
Agency: Department of Energy
This serves as public notification of the publication, by the Department of Energy (DOE) of the Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Risk Management Process guideline. The guideline describes a risk management process that is targeted to the specific needs of electricity sector organizations. The objective of the guideline is to build upon existing guidance and requirements to develop a flexible risk management process tuned to the diverse missions, equipment, and business needs of the electric power industry. The document was posted on May 23, 2012.
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2012-12469
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-23
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission