Federal Register: August 9, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 152)
DOCID: fr09au10-50 FR Doc 2010-19523
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Docket ID: [Docket No. IC10-574-000]
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice of proposed information collection and request for comments.
Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-574); Comment Request; Extension
DATES: Comments in consideration of the collection of information are due October 8, 2010.
In compliance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A) (2006), (Pub. L. No. 10413), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the proposed information collection described below.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
DOCUMENT BODY 2:
August 2, 2010.
The information collected under the requirements of FERC574, ``Gas Pipeline Certificates: Hinshaw Exemption'' (OMB No. 19020116), is used by the Commission to implement the statutory provisions of Sections 1(c), 4 and 7 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) (Pub. L. 75688) (15 U.S.C. 717717w). Natural gas pipeline companies file applications with the Commission furnishing information in order for a determination to be made as to whether the applicant qualifies for an exemption under the provisions of the Natural Gas Act (Section 1(c)). If the exemption is granted, the natural gas pipeline company is not required to file certificate applications, rate schedules, or any other applications or forms prescribed by the Commission.
The exemption applies to companies engaged in the transportation or sale for resale of natural gas in interstate commerce if: (a) They receive gas at or within the boundaries of the state from another person at or within the boundaries of that state; (b) such gas is ultimately consumed in such state; (c) the rates, service and facilities of such company are subject to regulation by a State Commission; and (d) that such State Commission is exercising that jurisdiction. The data required to be filed by pipeline companies for an exemption are specified by Title 18 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 152.
Action: The Commission is requesting a threeyear extension of the FERC574 reporting requirements, with no changes.
Burden Statement: The estimated annual public reporting burden for
FERC574 is reduced from the estimate made three years ago due to the
results of an analysis of recent filings showing that 60 hours per
response is a more accurate estimate for the average burden hours per response than the 245 hours used in the 2007 estimate.
Average number of Average burden FERC data collection Number of responses per hours per Total annual respondents (1) respondent (2) response (3) burden hours .................. .................. .................. (1)x(2)x(3) FERC574........................ 1 1 60 60
The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is $3,977 (60 hours/2,080 hours \1\ per year, times $137,874 \2\).
\1\ Estimated number of hours an employee works each year. \2\ Estimated average annual cost per employee.
The reporting burden includes the total time, effort, or financial resources expended to generate, maintain, retain, disclose, or provide the information including: (1) Reviewing instructions; (2) developing, acquiring, installing, and utilizing technology and systems for the purposes of collecting, validating, verifying, processing, maintaining, disclosing and providing information; (3) adjusting the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable instructions and requirements; (4) training personnel to respond to a collection of information; (5) searching data sources; (6) completing and reviewing the collection of information; and (7) transmitting or otherwise disclosing the information.
The estimate of cost for respondents is based upon salaries for professional and clerical support, as well as direct and indirect overhead costs. Direct costs include all costs directly attributable to providing this information, such as administrative costs and the cost for information technology. Indirect or overhead costs are costs incurred by an organization in support of its mission. These costs apply to activities which benefit the whole organization rather than any one particular function or activity.
Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed 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 of the
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality,
utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are
to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic,
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms
of information technology e.g. permitting electronic submission of responses.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
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