Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-923); Comment Request; Extension

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 249 (Monday, December 30, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 249 (Monday, December 30, 2019)]
[Pages 71912-71913]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-28120]
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
[Docket No. IC20-5-000]
Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-923); Comment
Request; Extension
AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.
ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments.
SUMMARY: 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 requirements and burden of
the information collection described below.
DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due February 28,
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC20-5-
000) by either of the following methods:
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     eFiling at Commission's Website:
     Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE,
Washington, DC 20426.
    Please identify the specific information collection number and/or
title in your comments.
    Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in
accordance with submission guidelines at: For user assistance contact FERC Online Support
by email at [email protected], 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
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at
[email protected], telephone at (202) 502-8663, and fax at (202)
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the information collection
requirements described below with no changes to the current reporting
    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 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.
FERC-923, Communication of Operational Information between Natural Gas
Pipelines and Electric Transmission Operators
    OMB Control No.: 1902-0265.
    Abstract: In 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC
or Commission) revised its regulations to provide explicit authority to
interstate natural gas pipelines and public utilities that own,
operate, or control facilities used for the transmission of electric
energy in interstate commerce to voluntarily share non-public,
operational information with each other for the purpose of promoting
reliable service and operational planning on either the pipeline's or
public utility's system. This helped ensure the reliability of natural
gas pipeline and public utility transmission services by permitting
transmission operators to share with each other the information that
they deem necessary to promote the reliability and integrity of their
systems. FERC removed actual or perceived prohibitions to the
information sharing and communications between industry entities. The
communications of information are not submitted to FERC. Rather, the
non-public information is shared voluntarily between industry entities.
FERC does not prescribe the content, medium, format, or frequency for
the information sharing and communications. Those decisions are made by
the industry entities, depending on their needs and the situation.
    Type of Respondent: Natural gas pipelines and public utilities.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \1\ The Commission estimates the annual
public reporting burden and cost \2\ for FERC-923 as:
    \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. See 5
CFR 1320 for additional information on the definition of information
collection burden.
    \2\ Commission staff estimates that the industry's skill set
(wages and benefits) for FERC-923 is comparable to the Commission's
skill set. The FERC 2019 average salary plus benefits for one FERC
full-time equivalent (FTE) is $167,091/year (or $80/hour [rounded]).
    \3\ The estimate for the number of respondents is based on the
North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Compliance
Registry as of December 6, 2019, minus the Transmission Operators
within ERCOT.
    \4\ The estimate is based on the number of respondents to the
2018 FERC Forms 2 and 2A (Major and Non-major Natural Gas Pipeline
Annual Reports).
                                                   Annual number
                                     Number of     of responses    Total number    Average burden hours &    Total annual burden hours &     Cost per
                                    respondents   per respondent   of responses     cost ($) per response       total annual cost ($)     respondent ($)
                                             (1)             (2)     (1) * (2) =  (4).....................  (3) * (4) = (5).............       (5) / (1)
Public Utility Transmission              \3\ 165              12           1,980  0.5 hrs.; $40...........  990 hrs.; $79,200...........            $480
 Operator, communications.
Interstate Natural Gas                   \4\ 181              12           2,172  0.5 hrs.; $40...........  1,086 hrs.; $86,880.........             480
 Pipelines, communications.
    Total.......................  ..............  ..............           4,152  ........................  2,076 hrs.; $166,080........  ..............
    Dated: December 20, 2019.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2019-28120 Filed 12-27-19; 8:45 am