2018-09859. Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-917 and FERC-918); Comment Request; Extension  

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    AGENCY:

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    ACTION:

    Comment request.

    SUMMARY:

    In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting its information collection FERC-917 (Electric Transmission Facilities) and FERC-918 (Standards for Business Practices and Communication Protocols for Public Utilities 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 published a Notice in the Federal Register 2/6/2018 requesting public comments. The Commission received no comments on the FERC-917 nor the FERC-918 and is making this notation in its submittal to OMB.

    DATES:

    Comments on the collection of information are due by June 8, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 1902-0233 (for both the FERC-917 and FERC-918), should be sent via email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: oira_submission@omb.gov. Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be reached via telephone at 202-395-8528.

    A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in Docket No. IC18-5-000, by either of the following methods:

    Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov/​help/​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 (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-917 (Electric Transmission Facilities) and FERC-918 (Standards for Business Practices and Communication Protocols for Public Utilities.

    OMB Control No.: 1902-0233.

    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-917 and FERC-918 information collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements.

    Abstract: On February 17, 2007, the Commission issued Order No. 890 [1] to address and remedy opportunities for undue discrimination under the pro forma Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) adopted in 1996 by Order No. 888.[2] Through Order No. 890, the Commission:

    • Adopted pro forma OATT provisions necessary to keep imbalance charges closely related to incremental costs;
    • Increased nondiscriminatory access to the grid by requiring public utilities, working through the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), to develop consistent methodologies for available transfer capability (ATC) calculation and to publish those methodologies to increase transparency;
    • Required an open, transparent, and coordinated transmission planning process thereby increasing the ability of customers to access new generating resources and promote efficient utilization of transmission;
    • Gave the right to customers to request from transmission providers, studies addressing congestion and/or integration of new resource loads in areas of the transmission system where they have encountered transmission problems due to congestion or where they believe upgrades and other investments may be necessary to reduce congestion and to integrate new resources;
    • Required both the transmission provider's merchant function and network customers to include a statement with each application for network service or to designate a new network resource that attests, for each network resource identified, that the transmission customer owns or has committed to purchase the designated network resource and the designated network resource comports with the requirements for designated network resources. The network customer includes this attestation in the customer's comment section of the request when it confirms the request on the Open Access Same-Time Information System (OASIS);
    • Required with regard to capacity reassignment that: (a) All sales or assignments of capacity be conducted through or otherwise posted on the transmission provider's OASIS on or before the date the reassigned service commences; (b) assignees of transmission capacity execute a service agreement prior to the date on which the reassigned service commences; and (c) transmission providers aggregate and summarize in an electric quarterly report the data contained in these service agreements;
    • Adopted an operational penalties annual filing that provides information regarding the penalty revenue the transmission provider has received and distributed; and
    • Required creditworthiness information to be included in a transmission provider's OATT. Attachment L must specify the qualitative and quantitative criteria that the transmission provider uses to Start Printed Page 21289determine the level of secured and unsecured credit required.

    The Commission required a NERC/NAESB [3] team to draft and review Order No. 890 reliability standards and business practices. The team was to solicit comment from each utility on developed standards and practices and utilities were to implement each, after Commission approval. Public utilities, working through NERC, were to revise reliability standards to require the exchange of data and coordination among transmission providers and, working through NAESB, were to develop complementary business practices.

    Required OASIS postings included:

    • Explanations for changes in ATC values;
    • Capacity benefit margin (CBM) reevaluations and quarterly postings;
    • OASIS metrics and accepted/denied requests;
    • Planning redispatch offers and reliability redispatch data;
    • Curtailment data;
    • Planning and system impact studies;
    • Metrics for system impact studies; and
    • All rules.

    Incorporating the Order No. 890 standards into the Commission's regulations benefits wholesale electric customers by streamlining utility business practices, transactional processes, and OASIS procedures, and by adopting a formal ongoing process for reviewing and upgrading the Commission's OASIS standards and other electric industry business practices. These practices and procedures benefit from the implementation of generic industry standards.

    The Commission's Order No. 890 regulations can be found in 18 CFR 35.28 (pro forma tariff requirements), and 37.6 and 37.7 (OASIS requirements).

    Type of Respondents: Provide information on any types of entities who respond to the information collection.

    Estimate of Annual Burden[4] : The estimated annual public reporting burdens for FERC-917 (requirements in 18 CFR 35.28) and FERC-918 (requirements in 18 CFR 37.6 and 37.7) are reduced from the original estimates made three years ago. The reductions are due to the incorporation and completion of:

    • One-time pro forma tariff and standards changes by utilities in existence at that time, which would not be needed unless the tariff and/or standards are changed again; and
    • completed development and comment solicitation of the required NERC/NAESB reliability standards and business practices. The other activities are annual ongoing requirements. The estimated annual figures follow:
    FERC information collectionAnnual number of respondentsAverage number of reponses per respondentAverage burden 5 hours per responseTotal annual burden hours
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    18 CFR 35.28 (FERC-917)
    Conforming tariff changes0000
    Revision of Imbalance Charges0000
    ATC revisions0000
    Planning (Attachment K)134110013,400
    Congestion studies134130040,200
    Attestation of network resource commitment13411134
    Capacity reassignment134110013,400
    Operational Penalty annual filing1341101,340
    Creditworthiness—include criteria in the tariff0000
    FERC-917—Sub Total Part 3568,474
    18 CFR 37.6 & 37.7 (FERC-918)
    ATC-related standards:
    NERC/NAESB Team to develop0000
    Review and comment by utility0000
    Implementation by each utility0000
    Mandatory data exchanges13418010,720
    Explanation of change of ATC values134110013,400
    Reevaluate CBM and post quarterly1341202,680
    Post OASIS metrics; requests accepted/denied13419012,060
    Post planning redispatch offers and reliability redispatch data1341202,680
    Post curtailment data1341101,340
    Post Planning and System Impact Studies13415670
    Posting of metrics for System Impact Studies134110013,400
    Post all rules to OASIS13415670
    FERC-918—Recordkeeping Requirements1341405,360
    FERC-918 -Sub Total of Part 37 Reporting Requirements57,620
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    FERC-918—Sub Total of Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements62,980
    Total FERC-917 and FERC-918 (Part 35 + Part 37, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements)131,454

    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: May 3, 2018.

    Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,

    Deputy Secretary.

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    Footnotes

    1.  Final Rule in Docket Nos. RM05-17-000 and RM05-25-000, issued 2/16/2007.

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    2.  Promoting Wholesale Competition Through Open Access Non-discriminatory Transmission Services by Public Utilities; Recovery of Stranded Costs by Public Utilities and Transmitting Utilities, Order No. 888, 61 FR 21540 (May 10, 1996), FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,036 (1996), order on reh'g, Order No. 888-A, 62 FR 12274 (Mar. 14, 1997), FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,048 (1997), order on reh'g, Order No. 888-B, 81 FERC ¶ 61,248 (1997), order on reh'g, Order No. 888-C, 82 FERC ¶ 61,046 (1998), aff'd in relevant part sub nom. Transmission Access Policy Study Group v. FERC, 225 F.3d 667 (D.C. Cir. 2000), aff'd sub nom. New York v. FERC, 535 U.S. 1 (2002).

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    3.  NAESB is the North American Energy Standards Board.

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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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    5.  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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    [FR Doc. 2018-09859 Filed 5-8-18; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Published:
05/09/2018
Department:
Energy Department
Agency:
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Comment request.
Document Number:
2018-09859
Dates:
Comments on the collection of information are due by June 8, 2018.
Pages:
21288-21290 (3 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Docket No. IC18-5-000
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2018-09859.pdf