Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy (DOE).
Agency information collection activities: proposed collection; comment request.
The EIA is soliciting comments on the proposed three-year extension to the Form FE-781R, “Annual Report of International Electrical Export/Import Data.”
Comments must be filed by September 29, 2003. If you anticipate difficulty in submitting comments within that period, contact the person listed below as soon as possible.
Send comments to Steven Mintz. To ensure receipt of the comments by the due date, submission by FAX (202-586-9506) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org is recommended. The mailing address is Office of Coal and Power Imports and Exports, FE-27, Forrestal Building, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC 20585. Alternatively, Mr. Mintz may be contacted by telephone at 202-586-6050.Start Further Info
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II. Current Actions
III. Request for Comments
The Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974 (Pub. L. 93-275, 15 U.S.C. 761 et seq.) and the DOE Organization Act (Pub. L. 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.) requires the EIA to carry out a centralized, comprehensive, and unified energy information program. This program collects, evaluates, assembles, analyzes, and disseminates information on energy resource reserves, production, demand, technology, and related economic and statistical information. This information is used to assess the adequacy of energy resources to meet near and longer-term domestic demands.
The EIA, as part of its effort to comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), provides the general public and other Federal agencies with opportunities to comment on collections of energy information conducted by or in conjunction with the EIA. Any comments received help the EIA to prepare data requests that maximize the utility of the information collected, and to assess the impact of collection requirements on the public. Also, the EIA will later seek approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under Section 3507(a) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
The Office of Coal and Power Imports and Exports (Fossil Energy) will monitor the levels of electricity imports and exports and issue summary tabulations in a staff Annual Report. This information will be kept in the public docket files and will be available for public inspection and copying. The Office will also provide monthly tabulations of these data for use by the Energy Information Administration.
II. Current Actions
A clearance package will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget requesting approval of a three-year extension with no change of the currently-approved collection.
III. Request for Comments
Prospective respondents and other interested parties should comment on the actions discussed in item II. The following guidelines are provided to assist in the preparation of comments.
A. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency and does the information have practical utility? Practical utility is defined as the actual usefulness of information to or for an agency, taking into account its accuracy, adequacy, reliability, timeliness, and the agency's ability to process the information it collects.
B. What enhancements can be made to the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected?
As a Potential Respondent to the Request for Information
A. What actions could be taken to help ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of the information to be collected?
B. Are the instructions and definitions clear and sufficient? If not, which instructions need clarification?
C. Can the information be submitted by the due date?
D. Public reporting burden for this collection is estimated to average 10 hours per response for those reporting annually, and 2.5 hours per response for those reporting quarterly. The estimated burden includes the total time necessary to provide the requested information. In your opinion, how accurate is this estimate?
E. The agency estimates that the only cost to a respondent is for the time it will take to complete the collection. Will a respondent incur any start-up costs for reporting, or any recurring annual costs for operation, maintenance, and purchase of services associated with the information collection?
F. What additional actions could be taken to minimize the burden of this collection of information? Such actions may involve the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
G. Does any other Federal, State, or local agency collect similar information? If so, specify the agency, the data element(s), and the methods of collection.
As a Potential User of the Information To Be Collected
A. What actions could be taken to help ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of the information disseminated?
B. Is the information useful at the levels of detail to be collected?
C. For what purpose(s) would the information be used? Be specific.
D. Are there alternate sources for the information and are they useful? If so, what are their weaknesses and/or strengths?
Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the form. They also will become a matter of public record.Start Signature
Issued in Washington, DC, July 24, 2003.
Jay H. Casselberry,
Agency Clearance Officer, Statistics and Methods Group, Energy Information Administration.
[FR Doc. 03-19343 Filed 7-29-03; 8:45 am]
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