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November 11, 2016
NEM Executive Committee Meeting

NEM’s Annual Winter Executive Committee Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, Florida on January 16-18, 2017. The Winter Executive Committee Meeting is where the members identify and prioritize the issues, states, and utility markets of greatest import for NEM advocacy efforts in 2017. Please register for the meeting at this link.

Reserve your hotel room at Hyatt Regency Orlando at the NEM Rate of $229 using this link.

A golf tournament will be held on Monday, January 16, 2017, at noon at the Hyatt Grand Cypress. The golf tournament fee of $150.00 includes golf, shuttle service, lunch, and a NEM golf shirt. Make your reservation by calling NEM headquarters (202) 333-3288. Please remember to provide your golf shirt size by December 31st.

A welcome reception and dinner for all members and their families will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, on Monday, January 16, 2017, from 6pm–8pm in the Orchid Room.

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Utility-Backed Solar Amendment Defeated

Amendment 1, the Florida Solar Energy Subsidies and Personal Solar Use Initiative, on the ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment, was defeated this week. For a constitutional amendment to be approved in Florida, it must win a supermajority vote of 60 percent of those voting on the question. Amendment 1 only garnered slightly more than fifty percent in "yes" votes.

The measure was framed as follows for the voters (with solar advocates mounting legal challenges against the misleading nature of the measure):

"This amendment establishes a right under Florida's constitution for consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use. State and local governments shall retain their abilities to protect consumer rights and public health, safety and welfare, and to ensure that consumers who do not choose to install solar are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electric grid access to those who do."

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Retail Electric Competition Ballot Initiative Approved by Voters

By a vote of approximately 72%, Nevada voters approved a ballot question for an initiated constitutional amendment to provide for retail electric competition. In Nevada, initiated constitutional amendments must be approved in two even-numbered election years. Accordingly, this ballot question must be approved again in 2018 to amend the Nevada Constitution.

The Ballot question asked:
"Shall Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution be amended to require the Legislature to provide by law for the establishment of an open, competitive retail electric energy market that prohibits the granting of monopolies and exclusive franchises for the generation of electricity?"

The ballot initiative would add a new section to Article 1 of the Constitution as follows:

"1. Declaration of Policy:

The people of the State of Nevada declare that it is the policy of this State that electricity markets be open and competitive so that all electricity customers are afforded meaningful choices among different providers, and that economic and regulatory burdens be minimized in order to promote competition and choices in the electric energy market. This Act shall be liberally construed to achieve this purpose.

2. Rights of Electric Energy

Effective upon the dates set forth in subsection 3, every person, business, association of persons or businesses, state agency, political subdivision of the State of Nevada, or any other entity in Nevada has the right to choose the provider of its electric utility service, including hut not limited to, selecting providers from a competitive retail electric market, or by producing electricity for themselves or in association with others, and shall not be forced to purchase energy from one provider. Nothing herein shall be construed as limiting such persons' or entities' rights to sell, trade or otherwise dispose of electricity.

3. Implementation

(a) Not later than July 1, 2023, the Legislature shall provide by law for provisions consistent with this Act to establish an open, competitive retail electric energy market, to ensure that protections are established that entitle customers to safe, reliable, and competitively priced electricity, including, but nor limited to, provisions that reduce costs to customers, protect against service disconnections and unfair practices, and prohibit the grant of monopolies and exclusive franchises for the generation of electricity. The Legislature need not provide for the deregulation of or distribution of electricity in Order to establish a competitive market consistent with this Act.

(b) Upon enactment of any law by the Legislature pursuant to this Act before July 1, 2023, and not later than that date, any laws, regulations, regulatory orders or other provisions which conflict with this Act will be void. However, the Legislature may enact legislation consistent with this act that provides for an open electric energy market in part or in whole before July I, 2023.

(c) Nothing herein shall be construed to invalidate Nevada's public policies on renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental protection or limit the Legislature's ability to impose such policies on participants in a competitive electricity market.

4. Severability

Should any part of this Act he declared invalid, or the application thereof to any person, thing or is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the remaining provisions or application of this Act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are declared to be severable. This subsection shall be construed broadly to preserve and effectuate the declared purpose of this Act."

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