Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.
In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting the information collections in Docket No. RM14-22-000 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 file a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below.
The Commission solicited comments on the information collections associated with RM14-22-000 in Order No. 800 published in the Federal Register (79 FR 59105, October 1, 2014). The Commission received no comments on the information collections and is making this notation in its submission to OMB.
Comments on the information collections are due by January 9, 2015.
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Comments filed with OMB, identified by FERC-505 and FERC-512, should be sent by email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: email@example.com, Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be reached by telephone at (202) 395-4718.
A copy of the comments should also be filed with the Commission, identified by the Docket No. RM14-22-000, by either of the following methods:
Instructions: All submissions to the Commission 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at: (866) 208-3676 (toll-free), or (202) 502-8659 (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.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ellen Brown by email at DataClearance@FERC.gov, by telephone at (202) 502-8663, or by fax at (202) 273-0873.
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The information collections in Docket No. RM14-22-000 relate to Commission-approved revisions to conform the Commission's regulations on preliminary permits and exemptions to the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (Hydropower Efficiency Act).
The information collection requirements for preliminary permits and exemptions are contained in: FERC-505 (Small Hydropower Projects and Conduits Facilities including License/Relicense, Exemption, and Qualifying Conduit Facility Determination, OMB Control Number 1902-0115) and FERC-512 (Preliminary Permit, OMB Control Number 1902-0073).
The Hydropower Efficiency Act amended statutory provisions pertaining to preliminary permits and to projects that are exempt from certain licensing requirements under the Federal Power Act (FPA) 
in order to reduce cost and regulatory burden, and in turn, promote hydropower development. Specifically, the Hydropower Efficiency Act gave the Commission authority to extend a preliminary permit once for not more than two additional years without requiring the permittee to apply for a successive preliminary permit. The Hydropower Efficiency Act also expanded the number of projects that may qualify for exemptions from certain licensing requirements under the FPA (i.e., small conduit exemptions or small hydroelectric power projects), and allowed other projects to qualify to operate without Commission oversight (i.e., qualifying conduit hydropower facilities).
The Commission approved the revised regulations in Order No. 800. While the revised regulations formally implement the Hydropower Efficiency Act, the Commission has complied with the Act since its enactment. Moreover, in Order No. 800, the Commission found that the revised regulations will reduce the current burden for affected entities.
Burden Statement: 
The Commission estimates the average annual reporting burden and cost as follows:
Annual Changes Implemented by the Final Rule in RM14-22 5
|Type of respondents||Number of respondents||Annual number of
per respondent||Total number of
responses||Average burden and
response||Total annual burden
total annual cost||Cost per respondent|
| ||(a)||(b)||(a) × (b) = (c)||(d)||(c) × (d) = (e)||(e)/(a)|
|FERC-505, Small Hydropower Projects and Conduit Facilities Including License/Relicense, Exemption, and Qualifying Conduit Facility Determination|
|Small conduit exemption applications (40 MW or less, which can now be on fed. lands) 7||8 2||1||2||* 46 $3,243||* 92 $6,486||$3,243|
|Small conduit exemption holder—notice to fed. agencies of petition to surrender and steps to be taken to restore lands||1||9 0.1||0.1||* 46 $3,243||* 4.6 $324||$324|
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|Small hydroelectric power project exemption applications (greater than 5 MW and up to 10 MW)||10 2||1||2||* 46 $3,243||* 92 $6,486||$3,243|
|Qualifying conduit hydropower facility—notices of intent 11||12 8||1||8||* 46 $3,243||* 368 $25,944||$3,243|
|FERC-512, Preliminary Permit|
|Request for extension to 5 years||13 80||1||80||* 4 $282||* 320 $22,560||$282|
Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the information collections 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 estimate of the burden and cost of the information collections, 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 information collections on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
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Dated: December 5, 2014.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
[FR Doc. 2014-28949 Filed 12-9-14; 8:45 am]
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