Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy.
Notice of information collection and request for comments.
In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, FERC Form No. 2 (Major Natural Gas Pipeline Annual Report) and FERC Form No. 2A (Non-major Natural Gas Pipeline Annual Report).
Comments on the collection of information are due June 12, 2017.
You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC17-10-000) by either of the following methods:
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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, telephone at (202) 502-8663, and fax at (202) 273-0873.
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Title: FERC Form No. 2 (Annual Report of Major Natural Gas Companies) & FERC Form No. 2A (Annual Report of Non-major Natural Gas Companies).
OMB Control No.: 1902-0028 (FERC Form No. 2) and 1902-0030 (FERC Form No. 2A).
Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC Form No. 2 and FERC Form No. 2A information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements.
Abstract: Pursuant to sections 8, 10 and 14 of the National Gas Act (NGA), (15 U.S.C. 717g-717m, Pub. L. 75-688), the Commission is authorized to make investigations and collect and record data, to prescribe rules and regulations concerning accounts, records and memoranda as necessary or appropriate for purposes of administering the NGA. The Commission includes the filing requirements in 18 CFR parts 260.1 and 260.2.
The forms provide information concerning a company's past Start Printed Page 17421performance. The information is compiled using a standard chart of accounts contained in the Commission's Uniform System of Accounts (USofA).
The forms contain schedules which include a basic set of financial statements: Comparative Balance Sheet, Statement of Income and Retained Earnings, Statement of Cash Flows, and the Statement of Comprehensive Income and Hedging Activities. Supporting schedules containing supplementary information are filed, including revenues and the related quantities of products sold or transported; account balances for various operating and maintenance expenses; selected plant cost data; and other information.
The information collected in the forms is used by Commission staff, state regulatory agencies and others in the review of the financial condition of regulated companies. The information is also used in various rate proceedings, industry analyses and in the Commission's audit programs and, as appropriate, for the computation of annual charges based on Page 520 of the forms. The Commission provides the information to the public, interveners and all interested parties to assist in the proceedings before the Commission.
Print versions of the Forms No. 2 and 2A are located on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/forms.asp#2.
Type of Respondent: Each natural gas company whose combined gas transported or stored for a fee exceed 50 million dekatherms in each of the previous three years must file the Form 2. Each natural gas company not meeting the filing threshold for the Form 2 but having total gas sales or volume transactions exceeding 200,000 dekatherms in each of the previous three calendar years must submit the Form 2A.
Estimate of Annual Burden: 
The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as:
FERC Form No. 2: Annual Report of Major Natural Gas Companies and FERC Form No. 2A: Annual Report of Non-Major Natural Gas Companies
| ||Number of respondents||Annual number of
respondent||Total number of
response 4||Total annual burden hours
annual cost||Cost per respondent
| ||(1)||(2)||(1) * (2) = (3)||(4)||(3) * (4) = (5)||(5) ÷ (1)|
|FERC Form No. 2||92||1||92||1,629 $124,619||149,868 $11,464,902||$124,619|
|FERC Form No. 2A||66||1||66||253.39 $19,384||16,724 $1,279,366||19,384|
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: April 5, 2017.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2017-07241 Filed 4-10-17; 8:45 am]
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