Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Notice of revised information collections and request for comments.
In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission”) is soliciting public comment on revisions to the information collections, FERC-725A (Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System), and FERC-725Z (Mandatory Reliability Standards: IRO Reliability Standards), which will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a review of the information collection requirements.
Comments on the collections of information are due July 3, 2017.
You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. RD17-4-000) by either of the following methods:
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
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-725A (Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System), and FERC-725Z (Mandatory Reliability Standards: IRO Reliability Standards).
OMB Control No.: 1902-0244 (FERC-725A) and 1902-0276 (FERC-725Z).
Type of Request: Revisions to the information collections, as discussed in Docket No. RD17-4-000.
Abstract: In a petition dated March 6, 2017, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) requested Commission approval for proposed Reliability Standards IRO-002-5 (Reliability Coordination, Monitoring and Analysis) and TOP-001-4 (Transmission Operations). NERC stated that the “proposed Reliability Standards address the Commission directives in Order No. 817 related to: (i) Transmission operator monitoring of non-bulk electric system (“BES”) facilities; (ii) redundancy and diverse routing of transmission operator, balancing authority, and reliability coordinator data exchange capabilities; and (iii) testing of alternative or less frequently used data exchange capabilities.” In addition, NERC requested Commission approval of the retirement of Reliability Standards TOP-001-3 and IRO-002-4. In an order on April 17, 2017,
the implementation of Reliability Standard TOP-001-4 and the retirement of Reliability Standard TOP-001-3 was approved.
Type of Respondents: Transmission operators (TOP), balancing authorities (BA), and reliability coordinators (RC).
Estimate of Annual Burden: 
The Commission estimates the changes in the annual public reporting burden and cost as follows.
Changes Due to Docket No. RD17-4-000
|Information collection requirements||Number of respondents
and type of
entity 4||Annual number of
respondent||Total number of responses||Average burden hours and cost
($)||Total annual burden hours and total annual cost ($)|
| ||(1)||(2)||(1) * (2) = (3)||(4) 5||(3) * (4) = (5)|
|Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements (continuing in TOP-001-4 [formerly in TOP-001-3]) 6||no change||no change.|
|Increases, due to Implementation of TOP-001-4 7|
|Reporting (R10, R20, & R21), in Yr. 1||323 (TOP)||1||323||11 hrs.; $707.19||3,553 hrs.; $228,422.37.|
|Reporting (R10, R20, & R21), in Yr. 2 & ongoing||323 (TOP)||1||323||3 hrs.; $192.87||969 hrs.; $62,297.01.|
|Recordkeeping, in Yr. 1||323 (TOP)||1||323||3 hrs.; $113.25||969 hrs.; $36,579.75.|
|Recordkeeping, in Yr. 2 & ongoing||323 (TOP)||1||323||2 hrs.; $75.50||646 hrs.; $24,386.50.|
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|Reporting (R23 & R24), in Yr. 1||99 (BA)||1||99||8 hrs.; $514.32||792 hrs.; $50,917.68.|
|Reporting (R23 & R24), in Yr. 2 & ongoing||99 (BA)||1||99||2 hrs.; $128.58||198 hrs.; $12,729.42.|
|Recordkeeping, in Yr. 1||99 (BA)||1||99||4 hrs.; $151.00||396 hrs.; $14,949.00.|
|Recordkeeping, in Yr. 2 and ongoing||99 (BA)||1||99||4 hrs.; $151.00||396 hrs.; $14,949.00.|
|Increase to FERC-725A in Year 1||5,710 hrs.; $330,868.80.|
|Increase to FERC-725A in Year 2 & ongoing||2,209 hrs.; $114,361.93.|
|Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements (continuing in IRO-002-5 [formerly in IRO-002-4]) 8||no change||no change.|
|Increases, due to Implementation of IRO-002-5 9|
|Reporting (R2 & R3), in Yr. 1||11 (RC)||1||11||8 hrs.; $514.32||88 hrs.; $5,657.52.|
|Reporting (R2 & R3),in Yr. 2 & ongoing||11 (RC)||1||11||2 hrs.; $128.58||22 hrs.; $1,414.38.|
|Recordkeeping, in Yr. 1||11 (RC)||1||11||5 hrs.; $188.75||55 hrs.; $2,076.25.|
|Recordkeeping, in Yr. 2 & ongoing||11 (RC)||1||11||4 hrs.; $151.00||44 hrs.; $1,661.00.|
|Increase to FERC-725Z in Year 1||143 hrs.; $7,733.77.|
|Increase to FERC-725Z in Year 2 and ongoing||66 hrs.; $3,075.38.|
|Total Increase in Year 1, Due to Docket No. RD17-4||5,853 hrs.; $338,602.57.|
|Total Increase in Year 2 and Ongoing, Due to Docket No. RD17-4||2,275 hrs.; $117,437.31.|
Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collections of information 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 estimates of the burden and cost of the collections of information, 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 collections 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 25, 2017.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2017-08800 Filed 5-1-17; 8:45 am]
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