[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 23 (Monday, February 4, 2013)]
[Pages 7767-7768]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02240]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. IC13-2-000]

Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-729); Comment 

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

ACTION: Comment request.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D), the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting the information 
collection, FERC-729 (Electric Transmission Facilities), 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 issued a Notice in the Federal Register 
(77 FR 67638, 11/13/2012) requesting public comments. FERC received no 
comments on the FERC-729 and is making this notation in its submittal 
to OMB.

DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by March 6, 

ADDRESSES: Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 
1902-0238, should be sent via email to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs: [email protected]. Attention: Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be 
reached via telephone at 202-395-4718.
    A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, identified by the Docket No. IC13-2-000, by 
either of the following methods:
     eFiling at Commission's Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp.
     Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426.
    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 [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 http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/docs-filing.asp.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by email at 
[email protected], by telephone at (202) 502-8663, and by fax at 
(202) 273-0873.

    Title: FERC-729 (Electric Transmission Facilities).

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    OMB Control No.: 1902-0238.
    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-729 information 
collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements.
    Abstract: This information collection implements the Commission's 
mandates under EPAct 2005 Section 1221 which authorizes the Commission 
to issue permits under FPA Section 216(b) for electric transmission 
facilities and the Commission's delegated responsibility to coordinate 
all other federal authorizations under FPA Section 216(h). The related 
FERC regulations seek to develop a timely review process for siting of 
proposed electric transmission facilities. The regulations provide for 
(among other things) an extensive pre-application process that will 
facilitate maximum participation from all interested entities and 
individuals to provide them with a reasonable opportunity to present 
their views and recommendations, with respect to the need for and 
impact of the facilities, early in the planning stages of the proposed 
facilities as required under FPA Section 216(d).
    Additionally, FERC has the authority to issue a permit to construct 
electric transmission facilities if a state has withheld approval for 
more than a year or has conditioned its approval in such a manner that 
it will not significantly reduce transmission congestion or is not 
economically feasible.\1\ FERC envisions that, under certain 
circumstances, the Commission's review of the proposed facilities may 
take place after one year of the state's review. Under Section 
50.6(e)(3) the Commission will not accept applications until one year 
after the state's review and then from applicants who can demonstrate 
that a state may withhold or condition approval of proposed facilities 
to such an extent that the facilities will not be constructed.\2\ In 
cases where FERC's jurisdiction rests on FPA section 216(b)(1)(C),\3\ 
the pre-filing process should not commence until one year after the 
relevant State applications have been filed. This will give states one 
full year to process an application without any intervening Federal 
proceedings, including both the pre-filing and application processes. 
Once that year is complete, an applicant may seek to commence FERC's 
pre-filing process. Thereafter, once the pre-filing process is 
complete, the applicant may submit its application for a construction 

    \1\ FPA section 216(b)(1)(C).
    \2\ However, the Commission will not issue a permit authorizing 
construction of the proposed facilities until, among other things, 
it finds that the state has, in fact, withheld approval for more 
than a year or had so conditioned its approval.
    \3\ In all other instances (i.e. where the state does not have 
jurisdiction to act or otherwise to consider interstate benefits, or 
the applicant does not qualify to apply for a permit with the State 
because it does not serve end use customers in the State), the pre-
filing process may be commenced at any time.

    Type of Respondents: Electric transmission facilities.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: \4\ The Commission estimates the total 
Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as:

    \4\ 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, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3.

                                                       FERC-729--Electric Transmission Facilities
                                                                                         Number of                      Average  burden
                                                                        Number of      responses per   Total number of     hours  per    Estimated total
                                                                       respondents       respondent       responses         response      annual burden
                                                                                (A)              (B)        (A)x(B)=(C)            (D)                (C)x(D)
Electric Transmission Facilities...................................               1                1                1            9,600            9,600

    The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is 
$662,492.31 [9,600 hours / 2080 \5\ hours per year = 4.61538 * 
$143,540/year \6\ = $662,492.31]

    \5\ 2080 hours/year = 40 hours/week * 52 weeks/year
    \6\ Average annual salary plus benefits per employee in 2012.

    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.

    Dated: January 28, 2013.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2013-02240 Filed 2-1-13; 8:45 am]