Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy.
In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Collection (Commission or FERC) is submitting FERC-725A(1B) (Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk Power System) and FERC-725AZ (Mandatory Reliability Standards: IRO Reliability Standards), in Docket No. RD16-6 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 issued a Notice in the Federal Register (81 FR 66952, 9/29/2016) requesting public comments. FERC received no comments in response to FERC-725A(1B) or FERC-725Z and is making this notation in the submittal to OMB.
Comments on the collection of information are due by January 27, 2017.
Comments filed with OMB, identified by RD16-6-000, FERC-725Z (OMB Control No. 1902-0276), and FERC-725A(1B) (OMB Control No. TBD), 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.
A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in Docket No. RD16-6, by either of the following methods:
Instructions: All submissions 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 email@example.com, or by phone at: (866) 208-3676 (toll-free), or (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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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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Title: FERC-725A(1B), (Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk Power System).
OMB Control No.: TBD.
Type of Request: Three-year extension of FERC-725A(1B) information collection requirement with no changes to the reporting requirements.
Abstract: Under section 215 of the Federal Power Act (FPA),
the Commission proposes to approve Reliability Standards TOP-010-1 (Real-time Reliability Monitoring and Analysis Capabilities) and IRO-018-1 (Reliability Coordinator Real-time Reliability Monitoring and Analysis Capabilities), submitted by North American Electric Corporation (NERC). In this order, the Reliability Standards build on monitoring, real-time assessments and support effective situational awareness. The Reliability Standards accomplish this by requiring applicable entities to: (1) Provide notification to operators of real-time monitoring alarm failures; (2) provide operators with indications of the quality of information being provided by their monitoring and analysis capabilities; and (3) address deficiencies in the quality of information being provided by their monitoring and analysis capabilities.
FERC-725A(1B) address situational awareness objectives by providing for operator awareness when key alarming tools are not performing as intended. These collections will improve real-time situational awareness capabilities and enhance reliable operations by requiring reliability coordinators, transmission operators, and balancing authorities to provide operators with an improved awareness of system conditions analysis capabilities, including alarm availability, so that operators may take appropriate steps to ensure reliability. These functions include planning, operations, data sharing, monitoring, and analysis.
Type of Respondents: Balancing Authority (BA),Transmission Operations (TOP) and Reliability Coordinators (RC).
Estimate of Annual Burden 
: The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as:
FERC-725A(1B), Changes Due to TOP-010-1 in Docket No. RD16-6-000
|Entity||Requirements & period||Number of respondents 3||Annual number of
respondent||Total number of Responses||Average burden & cost per response 4||Total annual burden hours & total annual cost||Cost per respondent
| ||(1)||(2)||(1) * (2) = (3)||(4)||(3) * (4) = (5)||(5) ÷ (1)|
|BA 5||Year 1 Implementation (one-time reporting)||100||1||100||70 hrs.; $4,494.00||7,000 hrs.; $449,400.00||$4,494.00|
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| ||Starting in Year 2 (annual reporting)||100||1||100||42 hrs.; $2,696.40||4,200 hrs.; $269,640.00||2,696.40|
|TOP 6||Year 1 implementation (one-time reporting)||171||1||171||70 hrs.; $4,494.00||11,970 hrs.; $768,474.00||4,494.00|
| ||Starting in Year 2 (annual reporting)||171||1||171||40 hrs. $2,568.00||6,840 hrs.; $439,128.00||2,568.00|
|BA/TOP||Annual Record Retention||271||1||271||2 hrs.; $75.38||542 hrs.; $20,427.98||75.38|
|Total burden hours per year||19,512 hrs. $1,238,301.98 (Year 1); 11,582 hrs. $729,195.98 per year, (starting in Year 2)|
FERC-725Z, Mandatory Reliability Standards: IRO Reliability Standards.
OMB Control No.: 1902-0276.
Type of Request: Three-year extension of FERC-725Z information collections requirement with no changes to the reporting requirements.
Abstract: FERC-725Z requires reliability coordinators to have an alarm process monitor that provides notification to system operators when the failure of a real-time monitoring alarm processor has occurred. Proposed Reliability Standard TOP-010-1, Requirement R4 contains an identical requirement applicable to transmission operators and balancing authorities. This collection will improve real-time situational awareness capabilities and enhance reliable operations by requiring reliability coordinators, transmission operators, and balancing authorities to provide operators with an improved awareness of system conditions analysis capabilities, including alarm availability, so that operators may take appropriate steps to ensure reliability. These functions include planning, operations, data sharing, monitoring, and analysis.
Type of Respondents: Balancing Authority and Transmission Operations.
Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as:
FERC-725Z, Changes Due to Reliability Standard IRO-018-1
|Entity||Requirements & period||Number of respondents 7||Annual number of
responses per respondent||Total number of responses||Average burden & cost per response 8||Total annual burden hours & total annual cost||Cost per respondent
| ||(1)||(2)||(1) * (2) = (3)||(4)||(3) * (4) = (5)||(5) ÷ (1)|
|RC 9||Year 1 Implementation (reporting)||11||1||11||60 hrs.; $3,852.00||660 hrs.; $42,372.00||$3,852.00|
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; Start Printed Page 95584and (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: December 20, 2016.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
[FR Doc. 2016-31294 Filed 12-27-16; 8:45 am]
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