[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 124 (Friday, June 27, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36497-36498]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-15065]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy


New Information Collection

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. 
Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice and Request for Comments.

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SUMMARY: 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. The proposed collection of information 
relates to DOE's Superior Energy Performance certification program. 
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.

DATES: Comments regarding this proposed information collection must be 
received on or before August 26, 2014. If you anticipate difficulty in 
submitting comments within that period, contact the person listed in 
ADDRESSES as soon as possible.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent to Paul Scheihing, EE-5A/
Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, 
by fax at 202-586-9234, or by email at [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or

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copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Paul Scheihing, EE-5A/Forrestal Building, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, by fax at 202-586-9234, 
or by email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request 
contains:
    (1) OMB No.: New.
    (2) Information Collection Request Title: Department of Energy 
Superior Energy PerformanceTM Certification Program 
Information Collection Request.
    (3) Type of Request: New.
    (4) Purpose: This Information Collection Request applies to the 
Department of Energy (DOE) voluntary certification program for 
industrial facilities: Superior Energy PerformanceTM (SEP). 
The information being collected is needed so as to include participants 
in the DOE's SEP. SEP is an energy efficiency certification and 
recognition program for industrial facilities demonstrating energy 
management excellence and sustained energy savings. SEP builds on the 
ISO 50001 energy management system standard and provides a rigorous, 
internationally-recognized business process for companies to 
continually improve their energy performance. The SEP third-party 
verification of energy performance improvement is unique in the 
marketplace, and assists to differentiate certified companies from 
their competitors. This request for information consists of a voluntary 
data collection process for SEP participation: To enroll industrial 
facilities, manage and track certification cycles, and relay the costs 
and benefits of SEP certification to industry.
    There are four types of information to be collected from primary 
participants: (1) Background data, including contact information and 
basic information about the facility's experience with energy 
management--collected in the SEP Enrollment Form; (2) Basic facility 
information about its energy use, energy consumption, and energy 
performance indicators--collected in the SEP Application Form; (3) 
Information on energy performance improvement in SEP-certified 
facilities--collected in the SEP Energy Performance Improvement Report; 
(4) Information on the costs and benefits of participating in SEP 
(optional; not required for SEP certification)--collected in the SEP 
Voluntary Costs/Benefits Form.
    Background data will primarily be used to track basic information 
about SEP participants and identify opportunities to provide 
participants with technical assistance. Basic information about a 
facility's energy use, energy consumption, and energy performance 
indicators will be used to administer the SEP program and determine 
readiness for SEP certification audit. Information on energy 
performance improvement will be used by DOE to manage and track 
certification cycles, and to track the results of SEP participation. 
Optional information on costs and benefits of SEP participation will be 
used to conduct and refine analysis on the costs and benefits of SEP 
participation, as called for in Executive Order 13624: Accelerating 
Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency. Responses to the DOE's 
Information Collection Request will be voluntary.
    (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 575.
    (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 475.
    (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 650.
    (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: 
$31,295.

    Statutory Authority: Accelerating Investment in Industrial 
Energy Efficiency. Executive Order 13624, 77 FR 54779 (Aug. 30, 
2012); 42 U.S.C. 16191.

Paul Scheihing,
Technology Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Office.
[FR Doc. 2014-15065 Filed 6-26-14; 8:45 am]
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