FERC Form 556 "Certification of Qualifying Facility (Qf) Status for a Small Power Production or Cogeneration Facility"

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FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
OMB Control # 1902-0075
Expiration 06/30/2019
WASHINGTON, DC
Form 556
Certification of Qualifying Facility (QF) Status for a Small Power
Production or Cogeneration Facility
General
Questions about completing this form should be sent to Form556@ferc.gov. Information about the Commission's QF
program, answers to frequently asked questions about QF requirements or completing this form, and contact information for
QF program staff are available at the Commission's QF website, www.ferc.gov/QF. The Commission's QF website also
provides links to the Commission's QF regulations (18 C.F.R. § 131.80 and Part 292), as well as other statutes and orders
pertaining to the Commission's QF program.
Who Must File
Any applicant seeking QF status or recertification of QF status for a generating facility with a net power production capacity
(as determined in lines 7a through 7g below) greater than 1000 kW must file a self-certification or an application for
Commission certification of QF status, which includes a properly completed Form 556. Any applicant seeking QF status for a
generating facility with a net power production capacity 1000 kW or less is exempt from the certification requirement, and is
therefore not required to complete or file a Form 556. See 18 C.F.R. § 292.203.
How to Complete the Form 556
This form is intended to be completed by responding to the items in the order they are presented, according to the
instructions given. If you need to back-track, you may need to clear certain responses before you will be allowed to change
other responses made previously in the form. If you experience problems, click on the nearest help button (
) for
assistance, or contact Commission staff at Form556@ferc.gov.
Certain lines in this form will be automatically calculated based on responses to previous lines, with the relevant formulas
shown. You must respond to all of the previous lines within a section before the results of an automatically calculated field
will be displayed. If you disagree with the results of any automatic calculation on this form, contact Commission staff at
Form556@ferc.gov
to discuss the discrepancy before filing.
You must complete all lines in this form unless instructed otherwise. Do not alter this form or save this form in a different
format. Incomplete or altered forms, or forms saved in formats other than PDF, will be rejected.
How to File a Completed Form 556
Applicants are required to file their Form 556 electronically through the Commission's eFiling website (see instructions on
page 2). By filing electronically, you will reduce your filing burden, save paper resources, save postage or courier charges,
help keep Commission expenses to a minimum, and receive a much faster confirmation (via an email containing the docket
number assigned to your facility) that the Commission has received your filing.
If you are simultaneously filing both a waiver request and a Form 556 as part of an application for Commission certification,
see the "Waiver Requests" section on page 3 for more information on how to file.
Paperwork Reduction Act Notice
This form is approved by the Office of Management and Budget. Compliance with the information requirements established
by the FERC Form No. 556 is required to obtain or maintain status as a QF. See 18 C.F.R. § 131.80 and Part 292. An agency may
not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently
valid OMB control number. The estimated burden for completing the FERC Form No. 556, including gathering and reporting
information, is as follows: 3 hours for self-certification of a small power production facility, 8 hours for self-certifications of a
cogeneration facility, 6 hours for an application for Commission certification of a small power production facility, and 50 hours
for an application for Commission certification of a cogeneration facility. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or
any aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the following: Information
Clearance Officer, Office of the Executive Director (ED-32), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street N.E.,
Washington, DC 20426 (DataClearance@ferc.gov); and Desk Officer for FERC, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs,
Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503 (oira_submission@omb.eop.gov). Include the Control No.
1902-0075 in any correspondence.
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
OMB Control # 1902-0075
Expiration 06/30/2019
WASHINGTON, DC
Form 556
Certification of Qualifying Facility (QF) Status for a Small Power
Production or Cogeneration Facility
General
Questions about completing this form should be sent to Form556@ferc.gov. Information about the Commission's QF
program, answers to frequently asked questions about QF requirements or completing this form, and contact information for
QF program staff are available at the Commission's QF website, www.ferc.gov/QF. The Commission's QF website also
provides links to the Commission's QF regulations (18 C.F.R. § 131.80 and Part 292), as well as other statutes and orders
pertaining to the Commission's QF program.
Who Must File
Any applicant seeking QF status or recertification of QF status for a generating facility with a net power production capacity
(as determined in lines 7a through 7g below) greater than 1000 kW must file a self-certification or an application for
Commission certification of QF status, which includes a properly completed Form 556. Any applicant seeking QF status for a
generating facility with a net power production capacity 1000 kW or less is exempt from the certification requirement, and is
therefore not required to complete or file a Form 556. See 18 C.F.R. § 292.203.
How to Complete the Form 556
This form is intended to be completed by responding to the items in the order they are presented, according to the
instructions given. If you need to back-track, you may need to clear certain responses before you will be allowed to change
other responses made previously in the form. If you experience problems, click on the nearest help button (
) for
assistance, or contact Commission staff at Form556@ferc.gov.
Certain lines in this form will be automatically calculated based on responses to previous lines, with the relevant formulas
shown. You must respond to all of the previous lines within a section before the results of an automatically calculated field
will be displayed. If you disagree with the results of any automatic calculation on this form, contact Commission staff at
Form556@ferc.gov
to discuss the discrepancy before filing.
You must complete all lines in this form unless instructed otherwise. Do not alter this form or save this form in a different
format. Incomplete or altered forms, or forms saved in formats other than PDF, will be rejected.
How to File a Completed Form 556
Applicants are required to file their Form 556 electronically through the Commission's eFiling website (see instructions on
page 2). By filing electronically, you will reduce your filing burden, save paper resources, save postage or courier charges,
help keep Commission expenses to a minimum, and receive a much faster confirmation (via an email containing the docket
number assigned to your facility) that the Commission has received your filing.
If you are simultaneously filing both a waiver request and a Form 556 as part of an application for Commission certification,
see the "Waiver Requests" section on page 3 for more information on how to file.
Paperwork Reduction Act Notice
This form is approved by the Office of Management and Budget. Compliance with the information requirements established
by the FERC Form No. 556 is required to obtain or maintain status as a QF. See 18 C.F.R. § 131.80 and Part 292. An agency may
not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently
valid OMB control number. The estimated burden for completing the FERC Form No. 556, including gathering and reporting
information, is as follows: 3 hours for self-certification of a small power production facility, 8 hours for self-certifications of a
cogeneration facility, 6 hours for an application for Commission certification of a small power production facility, and 50 hours
for an application for Commission certification of a cogeneration facility. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or
any aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the following: Information
Clearance Officer, Office of the Executive Director (ED-32), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street N.E.,
Washington, DC 20426 (DataClearance@ferc.gov); and Desk Officer for FERC, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs,
Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503 (oira_submission@omb.eop.gov). Include the Control No.
1902-0075 in any correspondence.
FERC Form 556
Page 2 - Instructions
Electronic Filing (eFiling)
To electronically file your Form 556, visit the Commission's QF website at
www.ferc.gov/QF
and click the eFiling link.
If you are eFiling your first document, you will need to register with your name, email address, mailing address, and phone
number. If you are registering on behalf of an employer, then you will also need to provide the employer name, alternate
contact name, alternate contact phone number and and alternate contact email.
Once you are registered, log in to eFiling with your registered email address and the password that you created at
registration. Follow the instructions. When prompted, select one of the following QF-related filing types, as appropriate,
from the Electric or General filing category.
Filing category
Filing Type as listed in eFiling
Description
Use to submit an application for
Commission certification or
(Fee) Application for Commission Cert. as Cogeneration QF
Commission recertification of a
cogeneration facility as a QF.
Use to submit an application for
Commission certification or
(Fee) Application for Commission Cert. as Small Power QF
Commission recertification of a
small power production facility as a
QF.
Use to submit a notice of self-
certification of your facility
Self-Certification Notice (QF, EG, FC)
(cogeneration or small power
production) as a QF.
Use to submit a notice of self-
Electric
recertification of your facility
Self-Recertification of Qualifying Facility (QF)
(cogeneration or small power
production) as a QF.
Use to correct or supplement a
Form 556 that was submitted with
errors or omissions, or for which
Commission staff has requested
additional information. Do not use
Supplemental Information or Request
this filing type to report new
changes to a facility or its
ownership; rather, use a self-
recertification or Commission
recertification to report such
changes.
Use to submit a petition for
declaratory order granting a waiver
of Commission QF regulations
pursuant to 18 C.F.R. §§ 292.204(a)
General
(Fee) Petition for Declaratory Order (not under FPA Part 1)
(3) and/or 292.205(c). A Form 556 is
not required for a petition for
declaratory order unless
Commission recertification is being
requested as part of the petition.
You will be prompted to submit your filing fee, if applicable, during the electronic submission process. Filing fees can be paid
via electronic bank account debit or credit card.
During the eFiling process, you will be prompted to select your file(s) for upload from your computer.
FERC Form 556
Page 3 - Instructions
Filing Fee
No filing fee is required if you are submitting a self-certification or self-recertification of your facility as a QF pursuant to 18
C.F.R. § 292.207(a).
A filing fee is required if you are filing either of the following:
(1) an application for Commission certification or recertification of your facility as a QF pursuant to 18 C.F.R. § 292.207(b), or
(2) a petition for declaratory order granting waiver pursuant to 18 C.F.R. §§ 292.204(a)(3) and/or 292.205(c).
The current fees for applications for Commission certifications and petitions for declaratory order can be found by visiting the
Commission's QF website at
www.ferc.gov/QF
and clicking the Fee Schedule link.
You will be prompted to submit your filing fee, if applicable, during the electronic filing process described on page 2.
Required Notice to Utilities and State Regulatory Authorities
Pursuant to 18 C.F.R. § 292.207(a)(ii), you must provide a copy of your self-certification or request for Commission certification
to the utilities with which the facility will interconnect and/or transact, as well as to the State regulatory authorities of the
states in which your facility and those utilities reside. Links to information about the regulatory authorities in various states
can be found by visiting the Commission's QF website at
www.ferc.gov/QF
and clicking the Notice Requirements link.
What to Expect From the Commission After You File
An applicant filing a Form 556 electronically will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of the filing and showing
the docket number assigned to the filing. Such email is typically sent within one business day, but may be delayed pending
confirmation by the Secretary of the Commission of the contents of the filing.
An applicant submitting a self-certification of QF status should expect to receive no documents from the Commission, other
than the electronic acknowledgement of receipt described above. Consistent with its name, a self-certification is a
certification by the applicant itself that the facility meets the relevant requirements for QF status, and does not involve a
determination by the Commission as to the status of the facility. An acknowledgement of receipt of a self-certification, in
particular, does not represent a determination by the Commission with regard to the QF status of the facility. An applicant
self-certifying may, however, receive a rejection, revocation or deficiency letter if its application is found, during periodic
compliance reviews, not to comply with the relevant requirements.
An applicant submitting a request for Commission certification will receive an order either granting or denying certification of
QF status, or a letter requesting additional information or rejecting the application. Pursuant to 18 C.F.R. § 292.207(b)(3), the
Commission must act on an application for Commission certification within 90 days of the later of the filing date of the
application or the filing date of a supplement, amendment or other change to the application.
Waiver Requests
18 C.F.R. § 292.204(a)(3) allows an applicant to request a waiver to modify the method of calculation pursuant to 18 C.F.R. §
292.204(a)(2) to determine if two facilities are considered to be located at the same site, for good cause. 18 C.F.R. § 292.205(c)
allows an applicant to request waiver of the requirements of 18 C.F.R. §§ 292.205(a) and (b) for operating and efficiency upon
a showing that the facility will produce significant energy savings. A request for waiver of these requirements must be
submitted as a petition for declaratory order, with the appropriate filing fee for a petition for declaratory order. Applicants
requesting Commission recertification as part of a request for waiver of one of these requirements should electronically
submit their completed Form 556 along with their petition for declaratory order, rather than filing their Form 556 as a
separate request for Commission recertification. Only the filing fee for the petition for declaratory order must be paid to
cover both the waiver request and the request for recertification if such requests are made simultaneously.
18 C.F.R. § 292.203(d)(2) allows an applicant to request a waiver of the Form 556 filing requirements, for good cause.
Applicants filing a petition for declaratory order requesting a waiver under 18 C.F.R. § 292.203(d)(2) do not need to complete
or submit a Form 556 with their petition.
FERC Form 556
Page 4 - Instructions
Geographic Coordinates
If a street address does not exist for your facility, then line 3c of the Form 556 requires you to report your facility's geographic
coordinates (latitude and longitude). Geographic coordinates may be obtained from several different sources. You can find
links to online services that show latitude and longitude coordinates on online maps by visiting the Commission's QF
webpage at
www.ferc.gov/QF
and clicking the Geographic Coordinates link. You may also be able to obtain your geographic
coordinates from a GPS device, Google Earth (available free at http://earth.google.com), a property survey, various
engineering or construction drawings, a property deed, or a municipal or county map showing property lines.
Filing Privileged Data or Critical Energy Infrastructure Information in a Form 556
The Commission's regulations provide procedures for applicants to either (1) request that any information submitted with a
Form 556 be given privileged treatment because the information is exempt from the mandatory public disclosure
requirements of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, and should be withheld from public disclosure; or (2) identify
any documents containing critical energy infrastructure information (CEII) as defined in 18 C.F.R. § 388.113 that should not be
made public.
If you are seeking privileged treatment or CEII status for any data in your Form 556, then you must follow the procedures in 18
C.F.R. § 388.112. See
www.ferc.gov/help/filing-guide/file-ceii.asp
for more information.
Among other things (see 18 C.F.R. § 388.112 for other requirements), applicants seeking privileged treatment or CEII status for
data submitted in a Form 556 must prepare and file both (1) a complete version of the Form 556 (containing the privileged
and/or CEII data), and (2) a public version of the Form 556 (with the privileged and/or CEII data redacted). Applicants
preparing and filing these different versions of their Form 556 must
indicate below the security designation of this version of
their document
. If you are not seeking privileged treatment or CEII status for any of your Form 556 data, then you should not
respond to any of the items on this page.
in the Form 556 lines
Non-Public: Applicant is seeking privileged treatment and/or CEII status for data contained
indicated below
. This non-public version of the applicant's Form 556 contains all data, including the data that is redacted
in the (separate) public version of the applicant's Form 556.
Public (redacted): Applicant is seeking privileged treatment and/or CEII status for data contained
in the Form 556 lines
indicated below
. This public version of the applicants's Form 556 contains all data except for data from the lines
indicated below, which has been redacted.
Privileged: Indicate below which lines of your form contain data for which you are seeking privileged treatment
Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII): Indicate below which lines of your form contain data for which you are
seeking CEII status
The eFiling process described on page 2 will allow you to identify which versions of the electronic documents you submit are
public, privileged and/or CEII. The filenames for such documents should begin with "Public", "Priv", or "CEII", as applicable, to
clearly indicate the security designation of the file. Both versions of the Form 556 should be unaltered PDF copies of the Form
556, as available for download from www.ferc.gov/QF. To redact data from the public copy of the submittal, simply omit the
relevant data from the Form. For numerical fields, leave the redacted fields blank. For text fields, complete as much of the
field as possible, and replace the redacted portions of the field with the word "REDACTED" in brackets. Be sure to identify
above all fields which contain data for which you are seeking non-public status.
The Commission is not responsible for detecting or correcting filer errors, including those errors related to security
designation. If your documents contain sensitive information, make sure they are filed using the proper security designation.
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
OMB Control # 1902-0075
Expiration 06/30/2019
WASHINGTON, DC
Form 556
Certification of Qualifying Facility (QF) Status for a Small Power
Production or Cogeneration Facility
1a Full name of applicant (legal entity on whose behalf qualifying facility status is sought for this facility)
1b Applicant street address
1c City
1d State/province
1e Postal code
1f Country (if not United States)
1g Telephone number
Yes
No
1h Has the instant facility ever previously been certified as a QF?
1i If yes, provide the docket number of the last known QF filing pertaining to this facility:
QF
-
-
1j Under which certification process is the applicant making this filing?
Notice of self-certification
Application for Commission certification (requires filing
(see note below)
fee; see "Filing Fee" section on page 3)
Note: a notice of self-certification is a notice by the applicant itself that its facility complies with the requirements for
QF status. A notice of self-certification does not establish a proceeding, and the Commission does not review a
notice of self-certification to verify compliance. See the "What to Expect From the Commission After You File"
section on page 3 for more information.
1k What type(s) of QF status is the applicant seeking for its facility? (check all that apply)
Qualifying small power production facility status
Qualifying cogeneration facility status
1l What is the purpose and expected effective date(s) of this filing?
and to begin operation on
Original certification; facility expected to be installed by
Change(s) to a previously certified facility to be effective on
(identify type(s) of change(s) below, and describe change(s) in the Miscellaneous section starting on page 19)
Name change and/or other administrative change(s)
Change in ownership
Change(s) affecting plant equipment, fuel use, power production capacity and/or cogeneration thermal output
Supplement or correction to a previous filing submitted on
(describe the supplement or correction in the Miscellaneous section starting on page 19)
1m If any of the following three statements is true, check the box(es) that describe your situation and complete the form
to the extent possible, explaining any special circumstances in the Miscellaneous section starting on page 19.
The instant facility complies with the Commission's QF requirements by virtue of a waiver of certain regulations
previously granted by the Commission in an order dated
(specify any other relevant waiver
orders in the Miscellaneous section starting on page 19)
The instant facility would comply with the Commission's QF requirements if a petition for waiver submitted
concurrently with this application is granted
The instant facility complies with the Commission's regulations, but has special circumstances, such as the
employment of unique or innovative technologies not contemplated by the structure of this form, that make
the demonstration of compliance via this form difficult or impossible (describe in Misc. section starting on p. 19)
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