Proposed Agency Information Collection Extension

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 233 (Wednesday, December 4, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 233 (Wednesday, December 4, 2019)]
[Pages 66393-66394]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-26209]
Proposed Agency Information Collection Extension
AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE).
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Department of Energy pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction
Act of 1995, intends to extend for three years an information
collection request with the Office of Management and Budget.
DATES: Comments regarding this proposed information collection must be
received on or before February 3, 2020. If you anticipate difficulty in
submitting comments within that period, contact the person listed below
as soon as possible.
ADDRESSES: Written comments should include DOCKET # EERE-2019-VT-0XXX
in the subject line of the message and be sent to: Mr. Dennis Smith,
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE-3V), U.S.
Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC
20585-0121, or by fax at 202-586-1600, or by email at
[email protected].
[email protected] or via 202-586-1791.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the
extended collection of information is necessary for the proper
performance of the functions of DOE, including whether the information
shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of DOE's estimate of the
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected;
and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on
respondents, including through the use of automated collection
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    The Department of Energy is proposing to extend an information
collection pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The
approved collection is being used for three Clean Cities programmatic
efforts. The first initiative is the collection of information for a
voluntary plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) questionnaire that assists
communities and DOE Clean Cities coalitions in assessing the level of
readiness of their communities for PEVs. The second effort is intended
to develop information that enables DOE to review the progress of DOE's
National Clean Fleets Partnership (Partnership). The third effort is
referred to as ``Ride and Drive Surveys''. DOE is not proposing to
expand the scope of these information collection efforts.
    This information collection request contains: (1) OMB No.: 1910-
5171; (2) Information Collection Request Title: Clean Cities Vehicle
Programs; (3) Type of Review: Renewal; (4) Purpose: DOE's Clean Cities
initiative has developed three voluntary mechanisms by which
communities, certain fleets, and the purchasing public can get a better
understanding of their readiness for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs),
and to help DOE's Clean Cities coalitions prepare for the adoption of
these vehicles review their progress in doing so. The voluntary PEV
Scorecard is intended to assist communities and the coalitions in
assessing the level of readiness of their communities for PEVs. The
principal objectives of the questionnaire are to provide
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respondents with an objective assessment and estimate of their
respective community's readiness for PEVs as well as understand the
respective community's goals related to integrating these vehicles, and
allow communities to assess the magnitude of gaps in their readiness to
achieve their goals. DOE intends the questionnaire to be completed by a
city/county/regional sustainability or energy coordinator. As the
intended respondent may not be aware of every aspect of local or
regional PEV readiness, coordination among local stakeholders to gather
appropriate information may be necessary.
    DOE expects a total respondent population of approximately 1,250
respondents. Selecting the multiple-choice answers in completing a
questionnaire is expected to take under 30 minutes, although additional
time of no more than 20 hours may be needed to assemble information
necessary to be able to answer the questions, leading to a total burden
of approximately 25,625 hours. Assembling information to update
questionnaire answers in the future on a voluntary basis would be
expected to take less time, on the order of 10 hours, as much of any
necessary time and effort needed to research information would have
been completed previously.
    For the Clean Fleets Partnership information collection, the
Partnership is targeted at large, private-sector fleets that own or
have contractual control over at least 50 percent of their vehicles and
have vehicles operating in multiple States. DOE expects approximately
50 fleets to participate in the Partnership and, as a result, DOE
expects a total respondent population of approximately 50 respondents.
Providing initial baseline information for each participating fleet,
which occurs only once, is expected to take 60 minutes. Follow-up
questions and clarifications for the purpose of ensuring accurate
analyses are expected to take up to 90 minutes. The total burden is
expected to be 125 hours.
    For the DOE Clean Cities initiative that involves the ride-and-
drive surveys, DOE has developed a three-part voluntary survey to
assist its coalitions and stakeholders in assessing the level of
interest, understanding, and acceptance of PEVs and alternative fuel
vehicles (AFV) by the purchasing public. DOE intends the surveys to be
completed by individuals who are participating in one of many ride-and-
drive events. There are three phases to the Survey: (1) Pre Ride-and-
Drive; (2) post Ride-and-Drive; and (3) a few months/some time later to
discern if the respondent followed through with acquisition of a PEV or
another AFV. Respondents provide answers in the first two phases
through a user-friendly paper survey and on-line survey, and in the
third phase they answer questions via an electronic interface, although
a paper survey may be used for those lacking access to an electronic
device or computer.
    The Surveys' effort relies on responses to questions the respondent
chooses to answer. The multiple-choice questions address the following
topic areas: (1) Demographics; (2) Current vehicle background; (3) How
they learned about ride and drive event; (3) Perceptions of PEVs before
and after driving; (4) Post-drive vehicle experience; (5) Purchase
expectations; (6) Follow-up survey regarding subsequent behaviors; (7)
Purchase information; (8) Barriers; and (9) Future intentions. The
survey is expected to take 30 minutes, leading to a total burden of
approximately 28,250 hours (an increase 2,500 hours above the total
burden in hours for the two currently approved collections).
    (5) Type of Respondents: Public; (6) Annual Estimated Number of
Respondents for all three information collections: 16,300; (7) Annual
Estimated Number of Total Responses: 16,300; (7) Annual Estimated
Number of Burden Hours: 28,250 (25,625 for PEV Scorecard, 125 for Clean
Fleets Partnership, and 2,500 for the Ride and Drive Surveys); and (8)
Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: There is no
cost associated with reporting and recordkeeping.
    Statutory Authority: 42 U.S.C. 13233; 42 U.S.C. 13252 (a)-(b);
42 U.S.C. 13255.
    Issued in Washington, DC, on: November 25, 2019.
David Howell,
Deputy Director, Vehicle Technologies Office, Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2019-26209 Filed 12-3-19; 8:45 am]