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December 12, 2014
NEM Winter Executive Committee Meeting

NEM will convene its Winter Executive Committee Policy and Planning Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida, on January 26-28, 2015. A Welcome Reception will be held between 5PM and 7PM on Monday, January 26, 2015. A golf outing take place on Monday afternoon before the Reception, and a Membership Dinner will be held on Tuesday night after the Meeting. All day on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, and a half day on January 28, 2015, Members will be prioritizing NEM advocacy issues, states and utility service territories and planning its consumer education and public relations/outreach goals for 2015 and beyond. There is no fee for Executive Committee Members to attend. A Draft Agenda is hotlinked here. Please use this link to register.

FERC Conferences on EPA Clean Power Plan

FERC announced that it will hold a series of technical conferences on EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan rule. A Commission-led National Overview technical conference will take place on February 19, 2015, at FERC's DC headquarters. The National Overview conference will focus on the following issues: "(1) whether industry participants (state utility and environmental regulators, regulated entities, etc.) have the appropriate tools to identify reliability and/or market issues that may arise; (2) potential strategies for compliance with the EPA regulations and coordination with FERC-jurisdictional wholesale and interstate markets; and (3) how relevant planning entities, industry, and states coordinate reliability and infrastructure planning processes with state and/or regional environmental compliance efforts to ensure the adequate development of new infrastructure and to manage any potential reliability and operational impacts of proposed compliance plans."

Three Staff-led regional conferences will also be held, with dates to be announced. The regional conferences will focus on the following issues: "(1) potential reliability impacts in each region under various compliance approaches; (2) potential impacts on power system operations and generator dispatch in each region under various compliance approaches; and (3) potential impact on each region’s current or expected infrastructure (electric transmission, natural gas pipelines, generation, etc.) to address compliance with the proposed rule, and additional infrastructure that may be required."

The full text of the Notice of Technical Conferences is available on the NEM Website.

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Rulemaking on Electric and Natural Gas Consumer Protection Regulations

The Commission opened a rulemaking proceeding to consider proposed revisions to the Competitive Electricity and Natural Gas Supplier Regulations. The proposed revisions stem from Staff recommendations made in PC35 on the consumer protection regulations.

Proposed revisions to the regulations include:
1) a requirement that suppliers include a Choice Disclosure Sheet, setting forth the material terms and conditions of an agreement, at the time of enrollment;
2) a requirement that TPVs be performed by an independent person or company that is not party to the agreement;
3) provision allowing a customer to cancel supplier service directly with the utility after three business days have elapsed and the request was not processed by the supplier;
4) suppliers would be required to post to the Commission website "readily understandable information about its services, prices and emissions disclosures";
5) suppliers would be required to provide thirty days advance notice of a rate change for existing contracts, with customer approval of same, or if approval is not obtained, service at the previous rate or return to SOS service;
6) a process to be followed in the event of supplier assignment of contracts to another supplier;
7) supplier filing with the Commission of training materials for unlicensed sales personnel and marketing materials;
8) supplier filing of dress code information with the Commission; and
9) supplier filing of a statement regarding compliance with local, county and state solicitor and peddler registration requirements.

Comments are due January 23, 2015. A rulemaking session will be held by the Commission on February 26th and 27th (if needed), 2015. The full text of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is available on the NEM Website.

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Retail Electric Market Investigation

The Department announced the initiation of a retail electric market investigation. "This investigation will consider the following initiatives to enhance the value that the retail electric competitive supply market provides to customers, particularly residential and small commercial and industrial (“C&I”) customers: (1) developing a “shopping for competitive supply” website; (2) revising the existing information disclosure label; (3) eliminating the basic service bill recalculation provision for residential and small C&I customers; (4) establishing reporting requirements for door-to-door marketing; and (5) establishing reporting requirements and rules for the assignment of customers to another competitive supplier."

The following procedural schedule has been established for the investigation:
1) January 7, 2015 - technical session on shopping website, with a deadline for submission of comments to be established thereafter;
2) January 14, 2015 - comments due on the proposal to eliminate the bill recalculation requirement;
3) January 28, 2015 - comments due on the proposal regarding door-to-door solicitation and assignment of customer contracts.

The full texts of the Notice and Order on Retail Electric Market Investigation are available on the NEM Website.

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