Federal Register: March 7, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 43)
DOCID: FR Doc 05-4343
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Energy Information Administration
DOCUMENT ACTION: Agency information collection activities: proposed collection; comment request.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
DATES: Comments must be filed by May 6, 2005. If you anticipate difficulty in submitting comments within that period, contact the person listed below as soon as possible.
The EIA is soliciting comments on the proposed revision and threeyear extension under section 3507(h)(1) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 of the surveys in the Natural Gas Data Collection Program Package. The surveys covered by this request include:
In addition, EIA is proposing that the following new survey be approved by OMB.
Agency information collection activities; proposals, submissions, and approvals,
II. Current Actions
III. Request for Comments
The Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974 (Pub. L. 93275, 15
U.S.C. 761 et seq.) and the DOE Organization Act (Pub. L. 9591, 42
U.S.C. 7101 et seq.) require the EIA to carry out a centralized,
comprehensive, and unified energy information program. This program
collects, evaluates, assembles, analyzes, and disseminates information
on energy resource reserves, production, demand, technology, and
related economic and statistical information. This information is used to assess the adequacy of energy resources to meet
both near and longerterm domestic demands.
The EIA, as part of its effort to comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 10413, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), provides the general public and other Federal agencies with opportunities to comment on the collection of energy information conducted by or in conjunction with the EIA. Any comments received help the EIA prepare data requests that maximize the utility of the information collected, and assess the impact of collection requirements on the public. As required by section 3507(h)(1) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the EIA will later seek approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
The natural gas surveys included in the Natural Gas Data Collection
Program Package collect information on natural gas production,
underground storage, transmission, distribution, and consumption by
sector, and wellhead and consumer prices. This information is used to
support public policy analyses of the natural gas industry and
estimates generated from data collected on these surveys are posted to
the EIA Web site (http://www.eia.doe.gov) in various EIA products,
including the Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report (WNGSR), Natural Gas
Monthly (NGM), Natural Gas Annual (NGA), Monthly Energy Review (MER),
ShortTerm Energy Outlook (STEO), Annual Energy Outlook (AEO), and
Annual Energy Review (AER). Respondents to EIA natural gas surveys
include State agencies, underground storage operators, transporters,
marketers, and distributors. Each form included as part of this package is discussed in detail below.
EIA176, ``Annual Report of Natural and Supplemental Gas Supply and Disposition''
In conjunction with data collected in other EIA surveys, Form EIA
176 provides EIA with the major elements of information required to
develop annual gas supply and disposition balances and relevant cost,
price, and related information at the State level. It is used for the following purposes:
(1) To develop and make available to Congress, State government, and the public an accurate quantified overview of the supply of natural and supplemental gas available to each of the States from all sources both internal and external to the State, and the manner in which such supply was utilized or otherwise disposed of,
(2) To determine the quantity of natural and supplemental gas consumed within each of the States by market sector, the average sales prices for such gas, and the changes in consumption and price patterns over time.
EIA191, ``Monthly and Annual Underground Gas Storage Report''
Form EIA191 is comprised of a monthly (EIA191M) and annual (EIA 191A) schedule. The EIA191M currently requests monthly data on the location and operations of all active underground natural gas storage fields. The EIA191A collects data on total field capacity, operation capability and field type as of December 31 of the reporting year. Storage data are a critical link in understanding the deliverability of the natural gas system of the United States and overall system operations.
The information collected on Form EIA191 will be used in the following ways:
(1) To provide Statelevel data on underground natural gas storage with respect to injections, withdrawals, inventories, and type of storage facility, location, and capacity. These data will be made available through EIA's NGM, NGA, MER, and AER. Monthly data collection also provides reliable baseline data on storage operations necessary for analyses, modeling, and comparison with normal industry operations in cases of severe weather, natural disaster, or other extreme circumstances,
(2) To provide data on all aspects of underground natural gas storage to enable EIA and other elements of DOE to identify and assess the supplies of gas in storage by geographic location.
EIA857, ``Monthly Report of Natural Gas Purchases and Deliveries to Consumers''
Monthly Statelevel data collected on the Form EIA857 consist of
average price of natural gas purchased by local distribution companies
at their city gates, consumption of natural gas by sector, and average
sales price by sector. These data are necessary to provide timely
information needed to measure the combined impact of government,
industry, and consumer actions; geographic location; climatic
conditions; and other factors on the natural gas industry and natural
gas consumers. The data collected on the Form EIA857 are used to
develop information for publication in EIA's STEO, NGM, and MER, and to
make the data available to Congress, State governments, industry, and the public.
EIA895, ``Monthly and Annual Quantity and Value of Natural Gas Production Report''
Form EIA895 is a voluntary survey, which is comprised of monthly (EIA895M) and annual (EIA895A) schedules. The EIA895M collects monthly information from the appropriate State agencies concerning natural gas production. It provides details on gross withdrawals from gas and oil wells and from coalbed methane wells, volumes vented and flared, volumes of nonhydrocarbon gases removed, gas used as fuel on leases, and the amount of natural gas available for market. These data are routinely collected by States for taxation, conservation, or statistical purposes. In addition to providing an annual summary of the monthly collected data, the EIA895A provides detail on the value of marketed production.
EIA910, ``Monthly Natural Gas Marketer Survey''
Form EIA910 collects monthly information for developing accurate estimates of Statelevel prices paid by residential and commercial consumers of natural gas in states where a choice program exists. Data from the EIA910 are combined with data from the EIA857 to produce more complete and accurate price estimates.
EIA912, ``Weekly Underground Natural Gas Storage Report''
The EIA912 data collection responds to requests to provide weekly
measures of natural gas underground storage operations. Through this
survey instrument, EIA provides a weekly data series on underground
storage of natural gas similar to what was previously published by the
American Gas Association (AGA). AGA discontinued its data collection on
May 1, 2002. EIA first released data from the survey on May 9, 2002.
Data are now published weekly in the WNGSR. EIA uses the data to
prepare analytical products assessing storage operations in the three
AGA regions and their impact on supplies available for the winter
heating season, and in more detailed analyses correlating demand,
heatingdegreedays, and prior inventory levels. Such correlations help
EIA to understand the impact of storage operations on natural gas supply and demand.
EIA913, ``Monthly and Annual Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Storage Report''
In 2003, EIA proposed a survey to monitor the monthly volume of LNG
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facilities in the United States. However, EIA did not implement this proposal due to modest public interest and limited budget resources. At the time of that decision, EIA committed to monitor the LNG market and reevaluate the usefulness of an LNG storage survey at a later date. EIA has prepared a revised proposal that has reduced the budget requirements and has also reduced the survey scope. The current proposal is discussed further in Section II.
Please refer to the proposed forms and instructions for more information about the purpose, who must report, when to report, where to submit, the elements to be reported, detailed instructions, provisions for confidentiality, and uses (including possible nonstatistical uses) of the information. For instructions on obtaining materials, see the For Further Information Contact section. II. Current Actions
EIA will be requesting a threeyear extension of the collection
authority for each of the abovereferenced surveys, including the
proposed new EIA913. In addition, EIA proposes the changes outlined
below that affect the EIA176, EIA191, EIA857, EIA895, EIA910, EIA 912, and EIA913.
Form EIA176, ``Annual Report of Natural and Supplemental Gas Supply and Disposition''
No significant changes are proposed for the EIA176. Minor changes
will be made to the survey form and instructions in order to provide
simplicity and clarity. Although EIA proposes to continue the
collection of the ``Operation type'' data, EIA is requesting comments
regarding the practical utility of the data. EIA proposes to add a
question about the use of alternative fueled vehicles to assist in the
development of a comprehensive survey frame of respondents for the EIA
886, ``Annual Survey of Alternative Fueled Vehicles Suppliers and Users.''
Form EIA191, ``Monthly and Annual Underground Gas Storage Report''
In addition to several minor changes to the instructions and monthly and annual schedules of Form EIA191 for the purpose of simplicity and clarity, EIA proposes significant revisions to the data collected under Form EIA191 as detailed below:
In an effort to reduce respondent burden and simplify reporting requirements, EIA proposes to eliminate the ``Pipelines to which this field is connected,'' as well as to eliminate the check boxes used to note if data have changed from the previous annual report. EIA proposes to add the collection of ``Working Gas Capacity'' and the field status (i.e. active, abandoned, depleting, etc.) as of December 31 of each year. EIA is proposing that the data collected on the revised Annual Schedule of the EIA191 will not be confidential, making individual company data of the following types available to the public: Storage Field Names, Reservoir Names, Location, Type of Facility, Total Field Capacity, Working Gas Capacity, and Maximum Deliverability, for all natural gas storage fields reporting on the EIA191A.
In an effort to reduce respondent burden, EIA proposes to eliminate
the request for ``Peak day'' and ``Peak day withdrawals'' from the EIA
191M. The addition of a check box to signal capacity change for the field will be added.
Form EIA857, ``Monthly Report of Natural Gas Purchases and Deliveries to Consumers''
No significant changes are proposed for the Form EIA857. The
instructions will include minor changes to provide simplicity and
clarity. Although EIA proposes to continue the collection of the
``Purchased CityGate'' data, EIA is requesting comment regarding the practical utility of the data.
Form EIA895, ``Annual and Monthly Quantity and Value of Natural Gas Production Report''
In addition to several minor changes to the instructions of Form EIA895, EIA proposes significant revisions to the data collected under Form EIA895 as detailed below:
EIA proposes to continue collecting the annual data with no significant change.
EIA proposes to eliminate the current monthly schedule for Form EIA895 as a source of production and disposition of natural gas components and used to calculate monthly marketed production estimates. Estimates based on the EIA914, ``Monthly Natural Gas Production Report,'' will replace this monthly data source. Thus, there will be no monthly reporting with Form EIA895.
Form EIA910, ``Monthly Natural Gas Marketer Survey''
No significant changes are proposed for the EIA910. Minor changes will be made to the survey form and instructions.
Form EIA912, ``Weekly Underground Natural Gas Storage Report''
No significant changes are proposed for the EIA912. Minor changes will be made to the survey form and instructions.
Form EIA913, ``Monthly (SeptemberMarch) and Annual Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Storage Report''
In 2003, EIA proposed to collect monthly and annual LNG storage information, but decided not to implement that proposal at that time. EIA promised to continue to monitor the LNG market and reconsider the proposed survey at a future time. LNG has an increasingly important role as a source of natural gas supply, especially during periods of peak demand. Therefore, EIA is proposing to conduct LNG storage surveys, subject to funds being provided in the FY2007 budget. If funding is made available, the survey would most likely not begin until calendar year 2007.
The current LNG survey proposal is different from the 2003 LNG Storage Report proposal. The current proposal would have the survey operate seasonally and monitor monthly storage levels during September through March only, whereas the 2003 proposal would have monitored monthly storage levels throughout the entire year. The current proposal also requires that respondents report only one monthly data item; i.e., the amount of LNG in storage as of the report date. The 2003 proposal required respondents to report the amount of LNG in storage, LNG additions, LNG withdrawals, LNG peak day and LNG peak day withdrawals. Additionally, unlike the 2003 proposed survey, the 2005 proposed monthly survey would be administered via the telephone in order to increase timeliness of product dissemination and reduce respondent burden. The proposed annual survey form is similar to the one included in the 2003 proposal. Respondents will be required to report: Storage facility name, state location of the storage facility, storage facility design capacity, maximum liquefaction design capacity, maximum vaporization design capacity, trailer loading/unloading ability and number of bays, and whether the capacity had changed from what was previously reported.
All operators of facilities that store LNG for baseload, seasonal,
and peak demand delivery in the United States, or for delivery to
United States customers for these purposes would be required to complete the mandatory report. This
will include operators with LNG inventories such as distribution companies, pipeline companies, liquefaction facilities, LNG wholesalers, and marine terminals providing peaking storage services. The survey coverage will not include LNG inventories held by any industrial, residential, commercial, or power generation operations for ultimate consumption.
Respondents would be required to complete the EIA913 Annual Schedule at the start of the survey and subsequently once a year in September thereafter and whenever a new facility begins operation or a change in storage operator or storage capacity occurs. The EIA would contact the respondents on the first Monday of the month or the first business day after the first Monday of the month in the event of a holiday.
The aggregate data collected on the Form EIA913 for the United States and several multistate regions would be used to develop national and regional level estimates for publication in the NGM, MER, and NGA; no State level data would be published. EIA proposes that monthly respondent data would be treated as sensitive, proprietary information while respondent data from the annual schedule would not be confidential.
III. Request for Comments
Prospective respondents and other interested parties should comment on the actions discussed in items II and III. The following guidelines are provided to assist in the preparation of comments. Please indicate to which form(s) your comments apply.
A. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency and does the information have practical utility? Practical utility is defined as the actual usefulness of information to or for an agency, taking into account its accuracy, adequacy, reliability, timeliness, and the agency's ability to process the information it collects.
B. What enhancements can be made to the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected?
As a Potential Respondent to the Request for Information
A. Would burden be reduced if applicable data were collected in Btu (heat content) rather than Mcf basis (volumetric, as it is on some surveys)?
B. Would burden be increased if EIA adopted a standard mandatory revision rule for its natural gas surveys requiring resubmission of data for revisions greater than 4 percent?
C. Are the instructions and definitions clear and sufficient? If not, which instructions need clarification?
D. Can the information be submitted by the due date?
E. Public reporting burden for the surveys included in the Natural
Gas Data Collection Program Package is shown below as an average
hour(s) per response. The estimated burden includes the total time
necessary to provide the requested information. In your opinion, how accurate is this estimate for the proposed forms?
(1) Form EIA176, ``Annual Report of Natural and Supplemental Gas Supply and Disposition''; 12 hours per response.
(2) Form EIA191A, ``Annual Underground Gas Storage Report''; 1 hour per response.
(3) Form EIA191M, ``Monthly Underground Gas Storage Report''; 2.5 hours per response.
(4) Form EIA857, ``Monthly Report of Natural Gas Purchases and Deliveries to Consumers''; 3.5 hours per response.
(5) Form EIA895, ``Annual Quantity and Value of Natural Gas Production Report''; .5 hours per response.
(6) Form EIA910, ``Monthly Natural Gas Marketer Survey''; 2 hours per response.
(7) Form EIA912, ``Weekly Underground Natural Gas Storage Report''; 0.5 hour per response.
(8) Form EIA913A, ``Annual Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Storage Report''; 1 hour per response.
(9) Form EIA913M, ``Monthly (SeptemberMarch) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Storage Report''; 0.5 hour per response.
F. The agency estimates that the only cost to a respondent is for the time it will take to complete the collection. Will a respondent incur any startup costs for reporting, or any recurring annual costs for operation, maintenance, and purchase of services associated with the information collection?
G. What additional actions could be taken to minimize the burden of this collection of information? Such actions may involve the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
I. Does any other Federal, State, or local agency collect similar information? If so, specify the agency, the data element(s), and the methods of collection.
As a Potential User of the Information To Be Collected
A. Is the information useful at the levels of detail to be collected?
B. For what purpose(s) would the information be used? Be specific.
C. Are there alternate sources for the information and are they useful? If so, what are their weaknesses and/or strengths?
D. Would the information be more useful if published uniformly in Btu rather than volumetrically? Which is the perceived industry standard?
Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the form. They also will become a matter of public record.
Authority: Sec. 3507(h)(1) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 10413, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).
Issued in Washington, DC, on March 1, 2005.
Agency Clearance Officer, Energy Information Administration. [FR Doc. 054343 Filed 3405; 8:45 am]
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Requests for additional information or copies of any forms and instructions should be directed to Mr. Nalley at the address listed above.
Also, the draft forms and instructions are available on the EIA Web site at http://www.eia.doe.gov/oil_gas/fwd/proposed.html.