Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Showerheads
On August 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (``NOPR'') regarding proposals to amend the test procedures for showerheads and to request comment on the proposals. That NOPR also announced a webinar but did not announce a webinar date. DOE is announcing that the webinar will be held on September 3, 2020, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally, on August 18, 2020, DOE received a request from Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) to extend the comment period for the NOPR by 30 days. DOE is announcing the comment period is extended to September 30, 2020.
Enforcement for Consumer Products and Commercial and Industrial Equipment
The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'' or the ``Department'') proposes to revise its existing enforcement regulations for certain consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment covered under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended (EPCA or the ``Act''). The proposal, if adopted, would provide the regulated industry with further clarity and transparency about DOE's enforcement process, including enforcement sampling procedures and test notice requirements. The proposal provides for a process to petition DOE for reexamination of a pending determination of noncompliance, and for DOE to have the discretion to consider third-party certification program testing as official enforcement test data. Ultimately, the proposal will further align DOE's regulations with its statutory authority, foster communication between DOE and the regulated industry, and promote the effective and systematic enforcement of DOE's regulations.
Surplus Plutonium Disposition
The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) is announcing this amendment to the April 2003 Amended Record of Decision (AROD) for the Final Surplus Plutonium Disposition Environmental Impact Statement (Final SPD EIS) (DOE/EIS- 0283). In this AROD, DOE/NNSA is announcing its decision to use the dilute and dispose method to disposition up to 7.1 MT of non-pit plutonium as contact handled transuranic (CH-TRU) waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). This AROD changes the disposition pathway for a portion of the 34 MT of surplus plutonium DOE/NNSA previously announced and decided in 2003 to fabricate into mixed oxide (MOX) fuel. DOE/NNSA prepared a Supplement Analysis (SA) for Disposition of Additional Non-Pit Surplus Plutonium (DOE/EIS-0283-SA-4, August 2020) to inform this decision.
Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-725R); Comment Request
In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the information collection FERC- 725R (Mandatory Reliability Standards: BAL Reliability Standards) and will be submitting the information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.
Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-725A(1C); Comment Request; Extension
In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the extension to the information collection, FERC-725A(1C) (Mandatory Reliability Standards for Bulk- Power System: Reliability Standard TOP-001-4) which will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a review of the information collection requirements.
Notice of Interim Approval of Rate Schedules for Cumberland System
The Administrator for the Southeastern Power Administration (Southeastern) has confirmed and approved, on an interim basis, new rate schedules CBR-1-J, CSI-1-J, CEK-1-J, CM-1-J, CC-1-K, CK-1-J, CTV- 1-J, CTVI-1-C, and Replacement-3. The rate schedules are approved on an interim basis through September 30, 2025, and are subject to confirmation and approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on a final basis.
Notice of Interim Approval of Rate Schedules for Kerr-Philpott System
The Administrator for the Southeastern Power Administration (Southeastern) has confirmed and approved, on an interim basis, new rate schedules VA-1-D, VA-2-D, VA-3-D, VA-4-D, DEP-1-D, DEP-2-D, DEP-3- D, DEP-4-D, AP-1-D, AP-2-D, AP-3-D, AP-4-D, NC-1-D, and Replacement-2- C. These rate schedules are applicable to Southeastern power sold to existing preference customers in the Virginia and North Carolina service area. The rate schedules are approved on an interim basis through September 30, 2025, and are subject to confirmation and approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on a final basis.
Notice of Orders Issued Under Section 3 of The Natural Gas Act During July 2020
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy gives notice that during July 2020, it issued orders granting authority to import and export natural gas, to import and export liquefied natural gas (LNG), and vacating prior authorization. These orders are summarized in the attached appendix and may be found on the FE website at https://www.energy.gov/fe/listing-doefe-authorizationsorders- issued- 2020. They are also available for inspection and copying in the U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Division of Natural Gas Regulation, Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Docket Room 3E-033, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-9387. 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 Room Air Conditioners
The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is reopening the public comment period for the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating energy conservation standards for room air conditioners (ACs). DOE published the notice of webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document in the Federal Register on June 17, 2020, establishing a 60-day public comment period ending August 17, 2020. On August 3, 2020, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by 14 days. DOE is reopening the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the notice of webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document by 14 days, to September 8, 2020.
Extending Natural Gas Export Authorizations to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries Through the Year 2050
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) will act on applications and amendments requesting to export domestically produced natural gasincluding liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas, and compressed gas liquidfrom the lower-48 states to non-free trade agreement (non-FTA) countries for a term ending on December 31, 2050, discontinuing its practice of issuing standard 20-year export terms. In this Final Policy Statement, DOE responds to the 22 public comments received on the Proposed Policy Statement and describes the implementation process for long-term non- FTA authorization holders and applicants to request this term extension, and for DOE to adjudicate each request.
Salt Lake City Area Integrated Projects and Colorado River Storage Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-190
The fixed rate for the Salt Lake City Area Integrated Projects (SLCA/IP) firm power rate, the formula rates for the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) transmission and ancillary services, and the new formula rate for CRSP sales of surplus products (collectively, Provisional Rates) have been confirmed, approved, and placed into effect on an interim basis. These Provisional Rates replace the existing firm power, transmission, and ancillary services rates under Rate Order No. WAPA-169 that expire on September 30, 2020.
Notice of Request for Information (RFI) on FY 2021 Bioenergy Technologies Office Multi-Topics
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on its Request for Information (RFI) number DE-FOA-0002386 to help inform its Bioenergy Technologies Office's (BETO) research priorities and funding strategies. The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to residential wood heater technology advancement and bioprocessing separations development.
Application to Export Electric Energy; Manitoba Hydro
Manitoba Hydro (Applicant or Manitoba Hydro) has applied for authorization to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada pursuant to the Federal Power Act.
Application To Export Electric Energy; Roctop Investments Inc.
Roctop Investments Inc. (Applicant or Roctop) has applied for renewal of its authorization to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada pursuant to the Federal Power Act (FPA).