Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-725I); Comment Request
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 the information collection FERC-725I, Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Northeast Power Coordinating Council, 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 solicited comments in an order published in the Federal Register (76 FR 66057, 10/25/2011) requesting public comments. FERC received no comments on the FERC-725I and is making this notation in its submission to OMB.
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Comments on the collection of information are due by February 24, 2012.
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Comments filed with OMB, identified by collection FERC-725I, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be reached via telephone at (202) 395-4718.
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Title: FERC-725I, Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Northeast Power Coordinating Council.
OMB Control No.: To be determined.
Type of Request: Three-year approval of the FERC-725I information collection requirements.
Abstract: This information collection relates to FERC-approved Reliability Standard, PRC-002-NPCC-01—Disturbance Monitoring. This Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC) regional Reliability Standard requires respondents to provide recording capability necessary to monitor the response of the Bulk-Power System to system disturbances, including scheduled and unscheduled outages; requires each reliability coordinator to establish requirements for its area's dynamic disturbance recording needs; and establishes disturbance data reporting requirements.
Reliability Standard PRC-002-NPCC-01 introduces several new mandatory and enforceable requirements for the applicable entities. However, NPCC presently has criteria  and published guidance  addressing similar requirements that the new Reliability Standard make mandatory. Thus, it is currently usual and customary for affected entities within NPCC to create, maintain and store some of the same or equivalent information identified in Reliability Standard PRC-002-NPCC-01. Therefore, many of the requirements contained in PRC-002-NPCC-01 do not impose new burdens on the affected entities. 
Several requirements contained in regional Reliability Standard PRC-002-NPCC-01 do introduce entirely new responsibilities for the applicable entities and each of these is listed in the estimated annual burden section below.
Type of Respondents: Transmission owners, generator owners and reliability coordinators within the NPCC region. 
Estimate of Annual Burden: 
|PRC-002-NPCC-01||Number of respondents annually6||Number of responses per respondent||Average burden hours per response||Total annual hours|
|R13: GO7and TO to document acquisition and installation of dynamic disturbance recorders. GO, TO, and RC to develop and employ implementation schedule||1||1||Record Retention—10||10|
|R14.5: GO and TO maintenance and testing program for stand-alone disturbance monitoring equipment includes monthly verification of active analog quantities||163||12||Record Retention—5||9,780|
|R14.7: GO and TO requirement to return failed units to service in 90 days. Record kept of efforts if greater than 90 days8||33||1||Reporting (assessment and dist. of records)—10||330|
|R17: RC maintains data on equipment, and provide to RE upon request||5||1||Reporting (assessment and dist. of data)—5||25|
|Sub-total||Reporting (assessment and dist)||355|
The totalestimated annual cost resulting from this Reliability Standard is made up the hourly wage cost for record retention and reporting, and the compliance cost for new equipment. The total cost  is $1,077,360 ($284,760 + $42,600 + $750,000). The individual components of this cost are:
- Estimated annual record retention cost  = 10,170 hours @ $28/hour = $284,360
- Estimated annual reporting cost = 355 hours @ $120/hour = $ 42,600
Total estimated non-hourly annual compliance cost  (acquisition and installation of dynamic disturbance recorders) = $750,000
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: January 18, 2012.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2012-1472 Filed 1-24-12; 8:45 am]
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1. Disturbance Monitoring Equipment Criteria (Aug. 2007), available at https://www.npcc.org/Standards/Criteria/A-15.pdf (Disturbance Monitoring Criteria).Back to Context
2. Guide for Application of Disturbance Recording Equipment (Sept. 2006), available at https://www.npcc.org/Standards/Guides/B-26.pdf (Application Guide).Back to Context
4. These entity types are contained in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's compliance registry. See http://www.nerc.com/page.php?cid=3|25 for more information.Back to Context
5. Burden is defined 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.Back to Context
6. The estimate below regarding the number of respondents is based on the NERC compliance registry as of August 29, 2011. After accounting for double counting, the net number of entities responding will be approximately 167 entities registered as a transmission owner, generation owner, or reliability coordinator.
7. For purposes of this chart, generation owner is abbreviated to GO, transmission owner is abbreviated to TO, and reliability coordinator is abbreviated to RC.
8. We estimate that an entity will experience a unit failure greater than 90 days once every five years. Therefore, 20 percent of NPCC's 163 generator owners and transmission owners will experience a unit failure of this duration each year.Back to Context
9. In the initial order there was a calculation error in the total cost and in the record retention cost. The difference is minor and has been corrected here.Back to Context
10. The hourly reporting cost is based on the estimated cost of an engineer to implement the requirements of the rule. The record retention cost comes from Commission staff research on record retention requirements.Back to Context
11. We estimate that annually, approximately one entity within NPCC will have to procure dynamic disturbance recording capability and the total acquisition and installation cost will range between $150,000 and $750,000. We use the higher estimate here.Back to Context