|Submitted||Nov. 17, 2017|
|Due||Dec. 18, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
All internal and external electronic communications including electronic attachments to/from the following DOE employees: Doug Little between the Arizona Corporation Commission, @azcc.gov. The timeframe for this request is limited to September 1, 2017 through the processing date of this request. I am also requesting Doug Little's calendar from September 1, 2017 through the processing date of this request.
I am requesting a waiver of the fees.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
The organization I work for, the Energy and Policy Institute (EPI), is a clearinghouse of information and can qualify as a representative of the news media. There are several examples of public record requests that have been provided to my organization and that were then published on our website to inform journalists publishing articles. Also, EPI has accounts with news outlets including Huffington Post and Republic Report. Additionally, previously FOIAs from the Energy and Policy Institute have been categorized under Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1004.9(b)(3) as a "news media" requester.
Records relate to Andy Tobin of the ACC and his September 28, 2017 opening of a new docket titled, "Evaluating Arizona's Current and Future Baseload Security." Doug Little was elected to the Corporation Commission in 2014. DOE filed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) under the Federal Power Act to enhance grid resilience, directing FERC to "accurately price generation resources necessary to maintain reliability and resiliency." Changes in the resource mix could present challenges in the future. These activities are unquestionably operations of the federal government.
The records sought in this request are not already in the public domain. Therefore, the requested records will likely contribute to an understanding of the federal government operations or activities as of the Department of Energy.
The general public is significantly interested in the requested information and how the federal government is evaluating the electricity resource mix. Several articles have been published on the topic, including ones from Utility Dive and Washington Post:
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
Good Afternoon Ms. Grubb:
Attached to this email is an interim response letter for your DOE request HQ-2018-00274-F.
Brian Yanos, Esq.
Central Research, Inc. Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585