Senior Executive Service; Performance Review Board; Amendment
The Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice in the Federal Register on October 8, 2014, (79 FR 60845) listing the names of the Performance Review Board Standing Register. This document amends that notice by removing the name of Sarah Gamage and adding in its place, the name of Sharlene Weatherwax. DOE also published a correction notice on October 27, 2014 (79 FR 63915). Also added are the new names listed below as alternates for the Performance Review Board Standing Register.
International Energy Agency Meeting
A meeting involving members of the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) to the International Energy Agency (IEA) in connection with the IEA's Emergency Disruption Simulation Exercise (ERE7) will be held on November 17 and 18, 2014, at the OECD Conference Centre, 2 rue Andr[eacute]-Pascal, 75016 Paris, France. The purpose of this notice is to permit participation in ERE7 by U.S. company members of the IAB.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Test Procedures for Residential and Commercial Water Heaters; Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute Petition for Repeal
The Department of Energy (DOE) received a petition from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), requesting that DOE repeal certain parts of the final rule for test procedures for residential and commercial water heaters published in the Federal Register on July 11, 2014. Specifically, AHRI sought repeal of amendments made to the test procedure final rule that address the rated volume of residential storage water heaters. AHRI stated that these amendments in effect increase the stringency of the applicable minimum standards for residential water heaters in violation of the statute, are unnecessary to develop a uniform energy descriptor, and do not coincide with industry practice. DOE seeks comment on whether to grant the petition and proceed with a rulemaking on this matter.
Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC)
This notice announces open meetings for the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.
Orders Granting Authority to Import and Export Natural Gas, and to Import and Export Liquefied Natural Gas During January 2014
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy gives notice that during January 2014, it issued orders granting authority to import and export natural gas, and to import and export liquefied natural gas (LNG). 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/O rders- 2014.html. They are also available for inspection and copying in the Office of Fossil Energy, Office of Oil and Gas Global Security and Supply, 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.
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps; Request for Information
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating an effort to determine whether to amend the current energy conservation standards for residential central air conditioner and heat pump products. According to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act's 6-year review requirement (42 U.S.C. 6295(m)(1)), DOE must publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to propose new standards for residential central air conditioner and heat pump products or a notice of determination that the existing standards do not need to be amended by June 6, 2017. This RFI seeks to solicit information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for residential central air conditioner and heat pump products would result in a significant amount of additional energy savings and whether those standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.
Procedures for Changes in Control Affecting Applications and Authorizations To Import or Export Natural Gas
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE or the Department) regulations require applications to export natural gas from the United States to identify ``all the participants in the transaction, including the parent company, if any, and identification of any corporate or other affiliations among the participants.'' In many cases, either before or after a final export authorization has been issued, ownership or management of the exporting entity changes hands, resulting in a change in control (CIC). This document sets forth procedures that will apply when applicants to import or export natural gas or those entities that have already received an import or export authorization undergo changes in control.
Collegiate Wind Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requests proposals to participate in the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition (Competition), which is administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). DOE anticipates the award of ten (10) firm fixed price subcontracts under this solicitation. The anticipated period of performance is through July 31, 2016, with a funding availability of $20,000 for each award. The Competition is open to teams of undergraduate students from two- and four-year institutions of higher education.
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for External Power Supplies
On October 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy proposed to revise its test procedure for external power supplies and noted that it would hold a public meeting to discuss the proposal at the request of interested parties. DOE has since received such a request and is holding a public meeting on November 21, 2014.
Proposed Subsequent Arrangement
This notice is being issued under the authority of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. The Department is providing notice of a proposed subsequent arrangement under paragraph 2 of Article 6 of the Agreement for Cooperation between the American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, done at Washington on December 20, 2013 (123 Agreement).
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Idaho National Laboratory
On October 27, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of open meeting announcing a meeting on November 18, 2014 of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Paducah (79 FR 63913). This document makes a correction to that notice.
Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program-Eastern Division-Rate Order No. WAPA-170
The Western Area Power Administration (Western), a power marketing administration within the Department of Energy (DOE), is proposing new formula transmission and ancillary services rates for the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin ProgramEastern Division (P-SMBPED). The proposed formula rates would become effective October 1, 2015, and remain in effect until September 30, 2020, or until Western changes the formula rates through another public rate process pursuant to 10 CFR part 903, whichever is sooner. Western's Upper Great Plains Region (Western-UGP) has joined the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) contingent upon Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of Western-UGP's negotiated provisions in the SPP Membership Agreement, Bylaws, and Tariff (SPP Governing Documents). Transmission and ancillary services will be provided over Western-UGP facilities under the SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff (Tariff) by SPP as the transmission service provider upon Western-UGP transferring functional control to SPP. Western-UGP needs to adopt new formula rates for these transmission and ancillary services so Western-UGP's costs can be recovered under the SPP Tariff. These formula rates will provide Western sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expenses, and repay required investments within the allowable periods. Western-UGP's membership in SPP and the functional control of its facilities will be in accordance with the SPP Governing Documents and other contractual arrangements with SPP. Publication of this Federal Register notice begins the formal process for the proposed rates.