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January 17, 2014
NEM Winter Executive Committee Meeting

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for our Winter Executive Committee Meeting on January 27-29, 2014. The meeting will be held at SCRA headquarters located at 5300 International Blvd., Charleston, South Carolina. Many thanks to Bill Mahoney and SCRA for once again hosting this important meeting. The Meeting Agenda is available at this hotlink. Please register at your earliest convenience so that we can plan for an appropriate amount of meeting materials. NEM has a block of rooms available at the Hilton Garden Inn for meeting attendees.

NEM Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend NEM’s Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference to be held April 29th-May 1st, 2014. This Conference is NEM’s premier event in which we host top energy industry regulators and legislators to share their views on the cutting edge issues in competitive energy markets. Registration is available at this hotlink. Accommodations are available at the Embassy Suites Washington, DC - Convention Center at this hotlink.

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Staff Files Electric Market Development Work Plan

In furtherance of the Commission's electric retail market investigation, and after convening a series of stakeholder collaborative workshops, Staff has filed its electric market development work plan.

To begin with, the Staff plan includes a proposed definition of "effective competition":

"*Participation in the market by multiple sellers so that an individual seller is not able to influence significantly the market price of the commodity.
*Participation in the market by informed buyers.
*Lack of substantial barriers to supplier entry into and exit from the market.
*Lack of substantial barriers that may discourage customer participation in the market.
*Sellers offering buyers a variety of competitive retail electric services."

Additional recommendations in the Staff work plan include:
1) Electric supplier data on market share should not be confidential;
2) Structural separation of utilities and their affiliates is sufficient. Full divestiture of generation should not be required.
3) Utility standard service offer should continue to exist as the default service, given the current state of customer education and knowledge of the retail electric market.
4) All electric utilities should offer a POR program.
5) An EDI Policy Working Group should be formed to prioritize EDI change requests and recommend EDI changes.
6) A plan to put a seamless move process in effect should be established.
7) Utility bill formats should be changed to such that the language references "supply" and "delivery" charges; the supplier logo should appear in the supply portion of the bill; and the utilities price to compare calculation should be standardized.
8) To facilitate customer enrollment, customers should have the ability to register on the utility website, without the use of their account number, and access their account information.
9) An investigation regarding the issues associated with supplier access to AMI data should be commenced. In the interim until "systemically beneficial time-differentiated rates" are offered by electric suppliers, utilities should offer pilot time-differentiated rates.

Comments on the work plan are due February 6, 2014, and reply comments are due February 20, 2014. The full text of the Staff Market Development Work Plan is available on the NEM Website.

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