Qualifying Facility Rates and Requirements Implementation Issues Under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978
In this Order, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission addresses arguments raised on rehearing and clarifies, in part, its final rule adopting revisions to its regulations implementing sections 201 and 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). These changes will enable the Commission to continue to fulfill its statutory obligations under sections 201 and 210 of PURPA.
Posting of the Presidential Policy Directive 6 (Space Policy), “National Strategy for Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion”
Presidential Policy Directive 6 (Space Policy) directs implementation of the National Strategy for Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion. The Secretary is authorized and directed to publish the Memorandum in the Federal Register.
Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC; Application to Amend Export Term Through December 31, 2050, for Existing Non-Free Trade Agreement Authorization
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice (Notice) of receipt of an application (Application), filed on December 15, 2020, by Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC (GLLC). GLLC seeks to amend the export term set forth in its current authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-free trade agreement countries, DOE/FE Order No. 4410, to a term ending on December 31, 2050. GLLC filed the Application under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and DOE's policy statement entitled, ``Extending Natural Gas Export Authorizations to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries Through the Year 2050'' (Policy Statement). Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written comments on the requested term extension are invited.
Actions Regarding the Commission's Policy on Price Index Formation and Transparency, and Indices Referenced in Natural Gas and Electric Tariffs
The Commission's price index policy is set forth in its Policy Statement on Natural Gas and Electric Price Indices. The Commission proposes several revisions to that policy to encourage more market participants to report their transactions to price index developers and to provide greater transparency into the natural gas price formation process to increase confidence in the accuracy and reliability of wholesale natural gas prices. First, the Commission proposes to allow data providers (market participants that report transaction data to price index developers) to report either their non-index based next-day natural gas transactions, their non-index based next-month natural gas transactions, or both, to price index developers. In addition, the Commission proposes to encourage data providers to report to all available Commission approved price index developers and also allow data providers to self-audit on a biennial basis. The Commission also proposes to modify the Commission's standards to remain an approved natural gas price index developer such that price index developers should: Indicate whether a published index price is assessed in their published indices and obtain recertification in order for their indices to continue to be included in FERC-jurisdictional tariffs. Finally, the Commission proposes to clarify the review period for assessing the liquidity of price indices submitted for reference in FERC- jurisdictional tariffs.
Energy Conservation Program: Notice of Petition for Waiver of Heat Transfer Products Group From the Department of Energy Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers Test Procedure and Notice of Grant of Interim Waiver
This document announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Heat Transfer Products Group (``HTPG''), which seeks a waiver for specified carbon dioxide (``CO2'') direct expansion unit cooler basic models from the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') test procedure used to determine the efficiency of walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer refrigeration systems. DOE also gives notice of an Interim Waiver Order that requires HTPG to test and rate the specified CO2 direct expansion unit cooler basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning HTPG's petition and its suggested alternate test procedure so as to inform DOE's final decision on HTPG's waiver request.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Northern New Mexico
This notice announces an online virtual meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Northern New Mexico. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of this conference call be announced in the Federal Register.
Reauthorization of Permits, Maintenance, and Vegetation Management on Western Area Power Administration Transmission Lines on National Forest System Lands, Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah (DOE/EIS-0442)
The Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) has determined that it will implement the proposed action, or Project, as described in the Reauthorization of Maintenance and Vegetation Management on Western Area Power Administration Transmission Lines on Forest Service Lands, Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah final environmental impact statement (Final EIS) (DOE/EIS-0442). The proposed action includes changing WAPA's vegetation management and facility maintenance practices in some rights-of-way (ROWs) along approximately 273 miles of electrical transmission lines on National Forest System (NFS) lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) was a joint lead agency on the EIS and proposes to authorize the changes through new Special Use Permits (SUPs) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Plans. This Record of Decision (ROD) was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing NEPA, and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) NEPA regulations.
Notice of Availability of Draft Versatile Test Reactor Environmental Impact Statement
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces the availability of the Draft Versatile Test Reactor Environmental Impact Statement (VTR EIS) (DOE/EIS-0542). DOE is also announcing a public comment period and public hearings to receive comments on the Draft VTR EIS. DOE prepared the Draft VTR EIS to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for constructing and operating a versatile test reactor (VTR), and the associated facilities for post-irradiation examination of test and experimental fuels and materials. The Draft VTR EIS also evaluates the potential environmental impacts of options for VTR driver fuel (the fuel that powers the reactor) fabrication and the management of spent nuclear fuel from the VTR.
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products; Early Assessment Review; Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps
The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating an early assessment review to determine whether any new or amended standards would satisfy the relevant requirements of EPCA for a new or amended energy conservation standard for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (``PTACs'') and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (``PTHPs). Specifically, through this request for information (``RFI''), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a ``no new standard'' determination because a more stringent standard: Would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of foregoing. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant concerning this early assessment review.