• Ensure adequate customer protections under section 4(f) of the NGA;
• Review rate and tariff changes by natural gas companies for the transportation of gas, natural gas storage services;
• Provide general industry oversight;
• And supplement documentation during its audits process.
Failure to collect this information would prevent the Commission from being able to monitor and evaluate transactions and operations of interstate pipelines and perform its regulatory functions.
Type of Respondents:Pipeline companies and storage operators.
Estimate of Annual Burden:
The Commission estimates the total Public Reporting Burden for this information collection as:
2Burden 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-546 (IC12-15-000): Certificated Rate Filings (Gas Pipeline Rates)
Number ofresponses per
Total number of responses
Averageburden hours per response
Estimated total annual burden
(A) × (B) = (C)
(C) × (D)
The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is $78,669.97 [1,140 hours ÷ 2,0803
hours/year = 0.54807 * $143,540/year4
32080 hours/year = 40 hours/week * 52 weeks/year
4Average annual salary 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: September 12, 2012.
Kimberly D. Bose,