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Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-725R); Comment Request

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


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 information collection FERC-725R (Mandatory Reliability Standards: BAL Reliability Standards) which will be submitted 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 previously issued a Notice in the Federal Register (82 FR 9565, 2/7/2017) requesting public comments. The Commission received no comments on the FERC-725R and is making this notation in its submittal to OMB.


Comments on the collection of information are due by June 16, 2017.


Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 1902-0268 should be sent via email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be reached via telephone at 202-395-0710.

A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in Docket No. RD17-1-000, by the following methods:

Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at:​help/​submission-guide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support by email at, 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​docs-filing/​docs-filing.asp.

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

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Title: FERC-725R, Mandatory Reliability Standards: BAL Reliability Standards.

OMB Control No.: 1902-0268.

Type of Request: Three-year approval of FERC-725R information collection requirement, as modified.

Abstract: On November 10, 2016, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) filed a petition for Commission approval of retirement, pursuant to section 215(d)(1) of the Federal Power Act (FPA) and Section 39.5 of the Commission's regulations, of currently-effective Reliability Standard BAL-004-0 (Time Error Correction). NERC explains that since Reliability Standard BAL-004-0 became effective, improvements have been made to mandatory Reliability Standards (such as the development of Reliability Standards BAL-003-1.1 and BAL-001-2 and the Interconnection Reliability Operations and Coordination (IRO) Standards) that help ensure continued adherence to frequency approximating 60 Hertz over long-term averages and make Reliability Standard BAL-004-0 redundant.

Type of Respondents: Public utilities.

Estimate of Annual Burden[1] : The Commission estimates the reduction (due to the retirement of Reliability Standard BAL-004-0) in the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as follows:

FERC 725R, reductions due to RD17-1-000Number of respondents 2Number of responses per respondentTotal number of responsesAverage burden hours & cost per response 3Annual burden hours & total annual cost
Retirement of current standard BAL-004-0 (currently in FERC-725R)110 (BA 99; RC 11)−1−1103 hrs. ($167) [(Eng.) 2 hrs. ($129); (R.K.) 1 hr. ($38)]−330 hrs.; −$18,370 [Eng., −220 hrs., −$14,190; R.K. −110 hrs., −$4,180]
Total Reduction (Rounded)−110−330 hours; −$18,370

The reduction to total annual burden and cost will be 330 hours and $18,370.

Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Start Printed Page 22659Commission, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimates 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: May 10, 2017.

Kimberly D. Bose,


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1.  Burden is defined 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, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3.

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2.  The estimated number of respondents is based on the NERC compliance registry as of December 12, 2016. According to the NERC compliance registry, there are 99 U.S. balancing authorities (BA) and 11 reliability coordinators (RC).

3.  The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Burden Hours per Response $/hour = Cost per Response. The $64.29/hour figure for an engineer(rounded to $129 for two hours in the above table and the $37.75/hour figure for a record clerk (rounded to $38) are based on the average salary plus benefits from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (​oes/​current/​naics2_​22.htm), May 2015, Section 22, Utilities. In the burden table, engineering is abbreviated as Eng., and record keeping is abbreviated as R.K.

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[FR Doc. 2017-09944 Filed 5-16-17; 8:45 am]