Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commsson: Mandatory Reliabiliy Standards for the Bulk-Power Sysem
GAO-07-792R: May 1, 2007
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GAO reviewed the Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) new rule on reliability standards for the bulk-power system. GAO found that (1) final rule requires applicable users, owners, and operators of the Bulk-Power System to comply with a set of mandatory and enforceable Reliability Standards that are meant to ensure the reliable operation of the North American Bulk-Power System; and (2) except for the delay in the effective date, FERC complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.
Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System, GAO-07-792R, May 1, 2007
Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, this is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the Commission), entitled Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System (Docket No. RM06-16-000). It was published in the Federal Register as a final rule on
The final rule requires applicable users, owners, and operators of the Bulk-Power System to comply with a set of mandatory and enforceable Reliability Standards. These Reliability Standards are meant to ensure the reliable operation of the North American Bulk-Power System.
We note that the final rule, as published in the Federal Register, has an effective date of
Enclosed is our assessment of the Commission's compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. Our review indicates that, except for the delay in the effective date, the Commission complied with the applicable requirements.
If you have any questions about this report, please contact Michael R. Volpe, Assistant General Counsel, at (202) 512-8236. The official responsible for GAO evaluation work relating to the subject matter of the rule is Robert Robinson, Managing Director, Natural Resources and Environment. Mr. Robinson can be reached at (202) 512-3841.
Robert J. Cramer
Associate General Counsel
REPORT UNDER 5 U.S.C. sect. 801(a)(2)(A) ON A MAJOR RULE
ISSUED BY THE
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, FEDERAL
ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
"MANDATORY RELIABILITY STANDARDS FOR THE
(DOCKET NO. RM06-16-000)
(i) Cost-benefit analysis
As part of its Regulatory Flexibility Analysis and Information Collection Statement, the Commission estimated some of the costs and benefits of this rule. The Commission estimates that the reporting and recordkeeping costs of this rule will be $131,759,160. The benefit of this rule is an increase in the reliability of the Bulk Power System.
(ii) Agency actions relevant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. sections 603-605, 607, and 609
The Commission conducted an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis; in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Commission stated that the proposed rule might have a significant impact on some small entities. 71 Fed. Reg. 64,770, 64,875 (
(iii) Agency actions relevant to sections 202-205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. sections 1532-1535
As an independent regulatory agency, the Commission is not subject to Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995. 2 U.S.C. sect. 658.
(iv) Other relevant information or requirements under acts and executive orders
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. sections 551 et seq.
The final rule was issued using the notice and comment procedures of the Administrative Procedure Act. 5 U.S.C. sect. 553. On
Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. sections 3501-3520
This final rule contains information collections that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The proposed information collections will be submitted to OMB for review; OMB has yet to assign control numbers. The estimated total hours for information collection is 1,138,800 for reporting and 113,880 for recordkeeping, for a total of 1,252,680 hours. The total estimated cost of information collection is $131,759,160.
Statutory authorization for the rule
This final rule was promulgated under the authority of section 215 of the Federal Power Act, as amended by the Electricity Modernization Act of 2005, which is Title XII, Subtitle A, of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. 16 U.S.C. sect. 824o.
Executive Order No. 12,866
As this final rule is promulgated by an independent regulatory agency, it is not subject to the review requirements of the order.