[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 168 (Monday, August 31, 2015)]
[Pages 52469-52470]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-21436]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC15-7-000]

Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-915); Comment 

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

ACTION: Comment request.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D), the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting its information 
collection FERC-915 (Public Utility Market-Based Rate Authorization 
Holders--Records Retention Requirements) 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 a Notice in the Federal Register (80 
FR 28264, 5/18/2015) requesting public comments. The Commission 
received no comments on the FERC-915 and is making this notation in its 
submittal to OMB.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by September 
30, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 
1902-0250 or collection number (FERC-915), 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 202-395-0710.
    A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in 
Docket No. IC15-7-000, by either of the following methods:
     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 CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at 
[email protected], by telephone at (202) 502-8663, and by fax at 
(202) 273-0873.

    Title: FERC-915, Public Utility Market-Based Rate Authorization 
Holders--Records Retention Requirements.
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0250.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-915 information 
collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements.
    Abstract: The Commission has the regulatory responsibility under 
section 205 of the Federal Power Act (FPA) to ensure that wholesale 
sales of electricity are just and reasonable and provided in a non-
discriminatory manner. The Commission uses the information maintained 
by the respondents under FERC-915 to monitor the entities' sales, 
ensure that the prices are just and reasonable, maintain the integrity 
of the wholesale jurisdictional sales markets, and ensure that the 
entities comply with the requirements of the FPA and any orders 
authorizing market-based rate sales. FERC-915 information collection 
requirements are contained in 18 Code of Federal Regulations part 
    Type of Respondents: Public Utility Market-Based Rate Authorization 
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \1\ The Commission estimates the total 
Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as:

    \1\ The Commission defines burden as the total time, effort, or 
financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, 
retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal 
agency. For further explanation of what is included in the 
information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal 
Regulations 1320.3.

                             FERC-915: Public Utility Market-Based Rate Authorization Holders--Record Retention Requirements
                                                                                                                        Total annual
                                                          Number of     Annual number   Total number   Average burden  burden hours &       Cost per
                                                         respondents    of responses    of responses     & cost per     total annual    respondent  ($)
                                                                       per respondent                   response \2\        cost
                                                             (1)             (2)        (1)*(2) = (3)        (4)        (3)*(4) = (5)      (5) / (1).
Electric Utilities With Market-Based Rate Authority..           1,955               1           1,955               1           1,955             $30.66
                                                                                                               $30.66         $59,940
\2\ The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $30.66 per Hour = Average Cost per
  Response. The hourly cost figure comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics2_22.htm). The occupation
  title is ``file clerk'' and the occupation code is 43-4071. 69.4 percent of this cost is hourly wages. The rest of the cost is benefits (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.nr0.htm).

    The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is: $416,293
     Labor costs: 1,955 hours * $30.66/hour = $59,940
     Record retention/storage cost for paper records (using an 
estimate of 48,891 cubic feet): $315,792 \3\

    \3\ The Commission bases this figure on industry archival 
storage costs.


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     Electronic record retention/storage cost: $40,561
    [cir] staff-time cost: 1,955 hours / 2 \4\ = 977.50 hours * $28/
hour \5\ = $27,370;

    \4\ Only 50% of records are retained in electronic formats.
    \5\ The Commission bases the $28/hour figure on a FERC staff 
study that included estimating public utility recordkeeping costs.

    [cir] electronic record storage cost: 865 * $15.25/year \6\ = 

    \6\ The Commission bases the estimated $15.25/year for each 
entity on the estimated cost to service and to store 1 GB of data 
(based on the aggregated cost of an IBM advanced data protection 

    Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of 
information is 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 estimate of the burden and 
cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.

    Dated: August 24, 2015.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2015-21436 Filed 8-28-15; 8:45 am]