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May 5, 2017
NEM Western Energy Policy Summit

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for NEM's Western Energy Policy Summit on October 23-25, 2017. The Summit will take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. An agenda is forthcoming. You may register at this hotlink.

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Illinois Power Agency RPS Workshops

The Illinois Power Agency will convene workshops on the implementation of the Renewable Portfolio Standard provisions of Public Act 99-0906. The schedule is as follows:

* Initial Forward Procurements - May 10
* Overview of the New Illinois RPS and the Long-Term Renewable Resource Plan/Adjustable Block Programs - May 17
* Community Solar/Illinois Solar for All Programs - May 18
* Programs for Rural Communities - May 24

Agendas for the workshops and registration information are available at this hotlink.

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BGE Files Prepaid Program Proposal

BGE filed a proposed voluntary prepaid pilot program with the Commission. BGE is proposing to enroll one thousand residential customers in the program beginning in the first quarter of 2018. BGE is requesting a September 30, 2017, effective date. The program will run for one year, after which an evaluation would be performed and next steps determined. Customers must have AMI meters in order to participate. "Under this proposed pilot program customers can choose to prepay for their anticipated energy consumption, and through regular communication from BGE, track how their usage is trending in relation to their pre-payment, and add to their prepaid account as needed." BGE will issue daily AMI meter data to calculate the customer account balances and estimated days of usage remaining will be updated daily.

Customers on BGE standard offer service or taking service from a competitive electric or natural gas supplier can enroll, with the prepayment applying to the customer's total bill. "Account balance and days remaining estimates for customers with competitive commodity suppliers will be based upon BGE's current Standard Offer Service price. At the end of each monthly statement cycle BGE will reconcile the prepaid account balance. Any other adjustments needed to conform to billing requirements will be made at this time."

The full text of BGE's Proposed Prepaid Pilot Program is available on the NEM Website.

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Staff Update on Electric Choice Issues

Staff circulated an update on the status of electric choice issues in view of recent law changes. Of particular note, the Commission has requested legal briefs on the correct interpretation and implementation of the final sentence of MCL 460.10a(1)(c). This provision requires the Commission to reduce the cap for any electric utility serving fewer than 200,000 customers in Michigan if the utility has not had any load served by an alternative electric supplier in the preceding four years. The Commission is examining whether the cap should immediately be adjusted to correspond to the effective date of the law (April 20, 2017) for any of the applicable utilities, which will then remain in effect at that level for two consecutive years, or whether the choice cap should be adjusted based on choice participation during 2017 before implementing a choice cap reduction with the January and February 2018 filing dates. Initial briefs are due May 15, 2017. The full text of Staff's Electric Choice Issue Update is available on the NEM Website.

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Governor's Committee on Energy Choice

The agenda for the next meeting of the Governor's Committee on Energy Choice has been released. The Committee is charged with identifying the legal, policy, and procedural issues that need to be resolved, and recommending proposals for legislative, regulatory, and executive actions for the implementation of the legislative Energy Choice Initiative. The next meeting of the Committee will be held May 10, 2017, at 8am in Carson City. The agenda will include presentations by former FERC and Texas PUC Chairman Pat Wood, former Pennsylvania PUC Commissioner John Hanger and California PUC Chief of Staff on their respective states. Also for discussion is how to determine the fiscal analysis impact of the energy choice initiative. The full text of the Committee Meeting Agenda is available on the NEM Website.

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