[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 162 (Thursday, August 21, 2014)]
[Pages 49504-49506]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-19863]

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket Nos. IC14-13-000 and IC14-15-000]

Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-510 and FERC-
549B) Comment Request

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Comment request.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, 44 USC 3507(a)(1)(D), the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting its information 
collection FERC-510 (Application for Surrender of Hydropower License) 
and FERC-549B (Gas Pipeline Rates: Capacity Reports and Index of 
Customers) 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 previously issued 
notices in the Federal Register for FERC-510 (79 FR 32925, 6/9/2014) 
and FERC-549B (79 FR 32929, 6/9/2014) requesting public comments. The 
Commission received no comments on these collections and is making this 
notation in its submittal to OMB.

    Note: The Commission issued both 60-day notices for both the 
FERC-510 and FERC-549B separately under different docket numbers. 
Both docket numbers (IC14-13-000 and IC14-15-000) are combined in 
this notice. This combination has no effect on the requirements 
within each information collection.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by September 
22, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 
1902-0068 (FERC-510) or 1902-0169 (FERC-549B) should be sent via email 
to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: [email protected]. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be reached via telephone at 
    A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in 
Docket No. IC14-13-000 or IC14-15-000, by either of the following 
     eFiling at Commission's Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp.
     Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426.
    Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in 
accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov/help/submission-guide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support 
by email at [email protected], or by phone at: (866) 208-3676 
(toll-free), or (202) 502-8659 for TTY.
    Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of 
activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and 
issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/docs-filing.asp.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at 
[email protected], by telephone at (202) 502-8663, and by fax at 
(202) 273-0873.

    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the information collection 
requirements for all collections described below with no changes to the 
current reporting requirements. Please note that each collection is 
distinct from the next.
    Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collections of 
information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions 
of the Commission, including whether the information will have 
practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimates of the 
burden and cost of the collections of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility and clarity of the information collections; and 
(4) ways to minimize the burden of the collections of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.

FERC-510, Application for Surrender of Hydropower License

    OMB Control No.: 1902-0068.
    Abstract: The information collected under the requirements of FERC-
510 is used by the Commission to implement the statutory provisions of 
sections 4(e), 6 and 13 of the Federal Power Act (FPA) (16 U.S.C. 
sections 797(e), 799 and 806). Section 4(e) gives the Commission 
authority to issue licenses for the purposes of constructing, operating 
and maintaining dams, water conduits, reservoirs, powerhouses, 
transmission lines or other power project works necessary or convenient 
for developing and improving navigation, transmission and utilization 
of power using bodies of water over which Congress has jurisdiction. 
Section 6 gives the Commission the authority to prescribe the 
conditions of licenses including the revocation or surrender of the 
license. Section 13 defines the Commission's authority to delegate time 
periods for when a license must be terminated if project construction 
has not begun. Surrender of a license may be desired by a licensee when 
a licensed project is retired or not constructed or natural 
catastrophes have damaged or destroyed the project facilities.
    FERC-510 is the application for the surrender of a hydropower 
license. The information is used by Commission staff to determine the 
broad impact of such surrender. The Commission will issue a notice 
soliciting comments from the public and other agencies and conduct a 
careful review of the application before issuing an order for Surrender 
of a License. The order is the result of an analysis of the information 
produced, i.e., economic, environmental concerns, etc., which is 
examined to determine if the application for surrender is warranted. 
The order implements the existing regulations and is inclusive for 
surrender of all types of hydropower licenses issued by FERC and its 
predecessor, the Federal Power Commission. The Commission implements 
these mandatory filing requirements in the Code of Federal Regulations 
(CFR) under 18 CFR 6.1-6.4.
    Type of Respondent: Private or Municipal Hydropower Licensees.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden for the information collection as:

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                            FERC-510, Application for Surrender of Hydropower License
                                                                                   Total annual
                                   Annual number   Total number   Average burden  burden hours &     Cost per
    Number of respondents (1)      of responses    of responses     & cost per     total annual   respondent ($)
                                  per respondent    (1)*(2)=(3)    response \1\        cost           (5)/(1)
                                        (2)                             (4)         (3)*(4)=(5)
16..............................               1              16              10             160            $705
                                                                            $705         $11,280
\1\ We estimate that the salary and skill mix is similar to that of Commission employees. The average hourly
  cost of $70.50 (for salary plus benefits) is used. The estimates for cost per response are derived using the
  following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $70.50 per Hour = Average Cost per Response.

FERC-549B, Gas Pipeline Rates: Capacity Reports and Index of Customers

    OMB Control No.: 1902-0169
    Abstract: The information collected under the requirements of FERC-
549B includes both the Index of Customers (IOC) report under Commission 
regulations at 18 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 284.13(c) and three 
capacity reporting requirements. One of these is in Commission 
regulations at 18 CFR 284.13(b) and requires reports on firm and 
interruptible services. The second is at 18 CFR 284.13(d)(1) and 
requires pipelines make information on capacity and flow information 
available on their Internet Web sites. The third is at 18 CFR 
284.13(d)(2) and requires an annual filing of peak day capacity.

Capacity Reports Under 284.13(b) and 284.13(d)(1)

    On April 4, 1992, in Order No. 636 (RM91-11-000), the Commission 
established a capacity release mechanism under which shippers could 
release firm transportation and storage capacity on either a short- or 
long-term basis to other shippers wanting to obtain capacity. Pipelines 
posted available firm and interruptible capacity information on their 
electronic bulletin boards (EBBs) to inform potential shippers.
    On August 3, 1992, in Order No. 636-A (RM91-11-002), the Commission 
determined through staff audits, that the efficiency of the capacity 
release mechanism could be enhanced by standardizing the content and 
format of capacity release information and the methods by which 
shippers accessed this information, which pipelines posted to their 
    On March 29, 1995, through Order 577 (RM95-5-000), the Commission 
amended Sec.  284.243(h) of its regulations to allow shippers the 
ability to release capacity without having to comply with the 
Commission's advance posting and bidding requirements.
    On February 9, 2000, in Order No. 637 (RM98-10-000), to create 
greater substitution between different forms of capacity and to enhance 
competition across the pipeline grid, the Commission revised its 
capacity release regulations regarding scheduling, segmentation and 
flexible point rights, penalties, and reporting requirements. This 
resulted in more reliable capacity information availability and price 
data that shippers needed to make informed decisions in a competitive 
market as well as to improve shipper's and the Commission's ability to 
monitor the market for potential abuses.

Peak Day Annual Capacity Report Under 284.13(d)(2)

    18 CFR 284.13(d)(2) requires an annual peak day capacity report of 
all interstate pipelines, including natural gas storage only companies. 
This report is generally a short report showing the peak day design 
capacity or the actual peak day capacity achieved, with a short 
explanation, if needed. The regulation states:
    An interstate pipeline must make an annual filing by March 1 of 
each year showing the estimated peak day capacity of the pipeline's 
system, and the estimated storage capacity and maximum daily delivery 
capability of storage facilities under reasonably representative 
operating assumptions and the respective assignments of that capacity 
to the various firm services provided by the pipeline.
    This annual report/filing is publicly available, while other more 
specific interstate pipeline and storage capacity details are filed as 
CEII, such as the Annual System Flow Diagram (FERC-567) which are not 
publicly available.

Index of Customers Under 284.13(c)

    In Order 581, issued September 28, 1995 (Docket No. RM95-4-000), 
the Commission established the IOC quarterly information requirement. 
This Order required the reporting of five data elements in the IOC 
filing: the customer name, the rate schedule under which service is 
rendered, the contract effective date, the contract termination date, 
and the maximum daily contract quantity, for either transportation or 
storage service, as appropriate.
    In a notice issued separate from Order 581 in Docket No. RM95-4-
000, issued February 29, 1996, the Commission, through technical 
conferences with industry, determined that the IOC data reported should 
be in tab delimited format on diskette and in a form as proscribed in 
Appendix A of the rulemaking. In a departure from past practice, a 
three-digit code, instead of a six-digit code, was established to 
identify the respondent.
    In Order 637, issued February 9, 2000 (Docket Nos. RM98-10-000 and 
RM98-12-000), the Commission required the filing of: the receipt and 
delivery points held under contract and the zones or segments in which 
the capacity is held, the common transaction point codes, the contract 
number, the shipper identification number, an indication whether the 
contract includes negotiated rates, the names of any agents or asset 
managers that control capacity in a pipeline rate zone, and any 
affiliate relationship between the pipeline and the holder of capacity. 
It was stated in the Order that the changes to the Commission's 
reporting requirements would enhance the reliability of information 
about capacity availability and price that shippers need to make 
informed decisions in a competitive market as well as improve shippers' 
and the Commission's ability to monitor marketplace behavior to detect, 
and remedy anti-competitive behavior. Order 637 required a pipeline 
post the information quarterly on its Internet Web sites instead of on 
the outdated EBBs.
    Type of Respondent: Respondents for this data collection are 
interstate pipelines subject to FERC regulation under the Natural Gas 
Act and those entities defined as Hinshaw Pipelines under the Natural 
Gas Policy Act.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual 
public reporting burden for the information collection as:

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                                         FERC-549B (Gas Pipeline Rates: Capacity Reports and Index of Customers)
                                                                                                                           Total annual
                                                             Number of     Annual number   Total number   Average burden  burden hours &     Cost per
                                                            respondents    of responses    of responses     & cost per     total annual   respondent ($)
                                                                (1)       per respondent    (1)*(2)=(3)    response \2\        cost           (5)/(1)
                                                                                (2)                             (4)         (3)*(4)=(5)
Capacity Reports under 284.13(b) & 284.13(d)(1).........             185               6           1,110             145         160,950          61,335
                                                                                                              $10,222.50     $11,346,975
93049344Peak Day Annual Capacity Report under                        185               1             185              10           1,850             705
 284.13(d)(2)...........................................                                                            $705        $130,425
Index of Customers under 284.13(c)......................             185               4             740               3           2,220             846
                                                                                                                 $211.50        $156,510
    Total...............................................  ..............  ..............           2,035  ..............         165,020          62,886
\2\ The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $70.50 per hour. This cost is based
  on the average FERC employee salary. We assume (based upon consultation of subject matter experts for this industry) that respondents to this
  collection are similarly compensated in terms of salary and benefits.

    Dated: August 15, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2014-19863 Filed 8-20-14; 8:45 am]