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Natural Gas Pipelines; Project Cost and Annual Limits

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AGENCY:

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

Pursuant to the authority delegated by 18 CFR 375.308(x)(1), the Director of the Office of Energy Projects (OEP) computes and publishes the project cost and annual limits for natural gas pipelines blanket construction certificates for each calendar year.

DATES:

This final rule is effective February 6, 2013 and establishes cost limits applicable from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Richard Foley, Chief, Certificates Branch 1, Division of Pipeline Certificates, (202) 502-8955.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Publication of Project Cost Limits Under Blanket Certificates

Order of the Director, OEP

(February 1, 2013)

Section 157.208(d) of the Commission's Regulations provides for project cost limits applicable to construction, acquisition, operation and miscellaneous rearrangement of facilities (Table I) authorized under the blanket certificate procedure (Order No. 234, 19 FERC ¶ 61,216). Section 157.215(a) specifies the calendar year dollar limit which may be expended on underground storage testing and development (Table II) authorized under the blanket certificate. Section 157.208(d) requires that the “limits specified in Tables I and II shall be adjusted each calendar year to reflect the `GDP implicit price deflator' published by the Department of Commerce for the previous calendar year.”

Pursuant to § 375.308(x)(1) of the Commission's Regulations, the authority for the publication of such cost limits, as adjusted for inflation, is delegated to the Director of the Office of Energy Projects. The cost limits for calendar year 2013, as published in Table I of § 157.208(d) and Table II of § 157.215(a), are hereby issued.

Effective Date

This final rule is effective February 6, 2013. The provisions of 5 U.S.C. 804 regarding Congressional review of Final Rules does not apply to the Final Rule because the rule concerns agency procedure and practice and will not substantially affect the rights or obligations of non-agency parties. The Final Rule merely updates amounts published in the Code of Federal Regulations to reflect the Department of Commerce's latest annual determination of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) implicit price deflator, a mathematical updating required by the Commission's existing regulations.

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List of Subjects in 18 CFR Part 157

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Jeff C. Wright,

Director, Office of Energy Projects.

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Accordingly, 18 CFR part 157 is amended as follows:

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PART 157—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for Part 157 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 15 U.S.C. 717-717w, 3301-3432; 42 U.S.C. 7101-7352.

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2. Table I in § 157.208(d) is revised to read as follows:

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Construction, acquisition, operation, replacement, and miscellaneous rearrangement of facilities.
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Table I

YearLimit
Auto. proj. cost limit (Col.1)Prior notice proj. cost limit (Col.2)
1982$4,200,000$12,000,000
19834,500,00012,800,000
19844,700,00013,300,000
19854,900,00013,800,000
19865,100,00014,300,000
19875,200,00014,700,000
19885,400,00015,100,000
19895,600,00015,600,000
19905,800,00016,000,000
19916,000,00016,700,000
19926,200,00017,300,000
19936,400,00017,700,000
19946,600,00018,100,000
19956,700,00018,400,000
19966,900,00018,800,000
19977,000,00019,200,000
19987,100,00019,600,000
19997,200,00019,800,000
20007,300,00020,200,000
20017,400,00020,600,000
20027,500,00021,000,000
20037,600,00021,200,000
20047,800,00021,600,000
20058,000,00022,000,000
20069,600,00027,400,000
20079,900,00028,200,000
200810,200,00029,000,000
200910,400,00029,600,000
201010,500,00029,900,000
201110,600,00030,200,000
201210,800,00030,800,000
201311,000,00031,400,000
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3. Table II in § 157.215(a)(5) is revised to read as follows:

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Underground storage testing and development.

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Table II

YearLimit
1982$2,700,000
19832,900,000
19843,000,000
19853,100,000
19863,200,000
19873,300,000
19883,400,000
19893,500,000
19903,600,000
19913,800,000
19923,900,000
19934,000,000
19944,100,000
19954,200,000
19964,300,000
19974,400,000
19984,500,000
19994,550,000
20004,650,000
20014,750,000
20024,850,000
20034,900,000
20045,000,000
20055,100,000
20065,250,000
20075,400,000
20085,550,000
20095,600,000
20105,700,000
20115,750,000
20125,850,000
20136,000,000
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[FR Doc. 2013-02612 Filed 2-5-13; 8:45 am]

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