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Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-912); Comment Request; Extension

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AGENCY:

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

ACTION:

Notice of information collection and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, FERC-912, Cogeneration and Small Power Production, PURPA Section 210(m) Regulations for Termination or Reinstatement of Obligation to Purchase or Sell.

DATES:

Comments on the collection of information are due October 23, 2015.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. [IC15-13-000]) by either of the following methods:

Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov/​resources/​guides/​submission-guide.asp. For user assistance, contact FERC Online Support by email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov or by phone at (866) 208-3676 (toll-free) or at (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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ellen Brown may be reached by email at DataClearance@FERC.gov, by telephone at (202) 502-8663, and by fax at (202) 273-0873.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: FERC-912, Cogeneration and Small Power Production, PURPA Section 210(m) Regulations for Termination or Reinstatement of Obligation to Purchase or Sell.

OMB Control No.: 1902-0237.

Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-912 information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements.

Abstract: On 8/8/2005, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) [1] was signed into law. Section 1253(a) of EPAct 2005 amends Section 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) by adding subsection “(m),” that provides, based on a specified showing, for the termination and subsequent reinstatement of an electric utility's obligation to purchase from, and sell energy and capacity to, qualifying facilities (QFs). 18 CFR 292.309-292.313 are the implementing regulations, and provide procedures for:

  • An electric utility to file an application for the termination of its obligation to purchase energy and capacity from, or sell to, a QF; [2] and
  • An affected entity or person to subsequently apply to the Commission for an order reinstating the electric utility's obligation to purchase energy and capacity from, or sell to, a QF.[3]

Type of Respondents: Electric utilities, principally.

Estimate of Annual Burden: [4] The Commission estimates the total Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as:

FERC-912—Cogeneration and Small Power Production, PURPA Section 210(m) Regulations for Termination or Reinstatement of Obligation To Purchase or Sell

Number of respondentsAnnual number of responses per respondentTotal number of responsesAverage burden and cost per response 5Total annual burden hours and total annual costCost per respondent ($)
(1)(2)(1) * (2) = (3)(4)(3) * (4) = (5)(5) ÷ (1)
Termination of obligation to purchase51512, $86460, $4,320$864
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Reinstatement of obligations to purchase0000, $00, $00
Termination of obligation to sell0000, $00, $00
Reinstatement of obligation to sell0000, $00, $00
Total60, $4,320864
5 The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $72.00 per Hour = Average Cost per Response. The hourly cost figure comes from the FERC average salary ($149,489/year). Commission staff believes the FERC average salary to be representative wage for industry respondents.

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.

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Dated: August 18, 2015.

Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  Public Law 109-58, 119 Stat. 594 (2005).

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2.  Contained within 18 CFR 292.310 and 292.312.

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3.  Contained within 18 CFR 292.311 and 292.313.

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4.  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.

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[FR Doc. 2015-20855 Filed 8-21-15; 8:45 am]

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