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February 18, 2005
National Energy Marketers Association Annual Membership Meeting and National Energy Restructuring Conference

NEM's Annual Spring Membership Meeting and National Restructuring Conference will be held at the Marriott Metro Center on April 26-27, 2005. in Washington, DC. Many thanks to Centrica, Commerce Energy Group, ESG, Excelergy, Interstate Gas Supply, Itron, Proliance and SAP for offering to sponsor this event. Sponsorship ads and logos are due for advertisements as soon as possible. Special thanks this week to Constellation NewEnergy who recently offered to help sponsor the conference. You can sign-up for the conference by clicking here.

Meanwhile, speakers, celebrities, lawmakers and many others are continuing to get in touch with us about the conference. This year we are excited to have FERC Chairman Patrick Wood, Commissioners Brownell, Kelly and Kelliher addition to CA Deputy Secretary of Energy Joseph Desmond, NYPSC Chairman William Flynn, Orange and Rockland Ulilities President John McMahon, MADTE Chairman Paul Afonso and Chairman Alan Schriber from Ohio have already confirmed to speak. Many of the speakers NEM welcomes this year are new as we continue to bring back and welcome again a few of our friends from past conferences. The full agenda of all speakers can be viewed here.

In addition to those mentioned above, Michigan PSC Chair Laura Chappelle, Ronald Cerniglia of the New York PSC, Jeanne Fox of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and CA PUC President Michael R. Peevey have also confirmed. Governors Schwartzenegger and Pataki as well as DOE Secretary Bodman have been invited to make Keynote addresses.

Sessions at the meeting include: - Serving the Public Interest : Shifting Commodity Risks to the Marketplace, Modification of the Obligation to Serve and Incentives for Sustainable Growth; and Transition to a Competitive Market – Cutting Edge Accelerated Customer Migration Strategies, Incentives and Timing of Utilities’ Exit from the Merchant Function.

To sign-up for this exciting conference or view the agenda for the two day event, please click here.

Eastern RTO/ISO Conference to be Held by Various State Agencies.

Various state agencies and commissions are sponsoring the "2005 Eastern RTO/ISO Conference," which will be held on May 11-12 in Washington, DC. The conference will address resource adequacy and interregional planning, generation procurement and capacity markets, market monitoring, reliability, interregional seams, and new interregional initiatives, such as greenhouse gas credit trading, renewable resources' attribute trading and energy source labeling.

The conference chair is Ronald Liberty of the New York Commission.

To follow a link to the conference website, please click here.

Standardized Interconnection Order Remains Subject to Rehearing and a Court Appeal.

FERC issued an order granting rehearing for further consideration of its December 20th Order in the Standardization of Generator Interconnection Agreements and Procedures proceeding, Order No. 2003B. ConEd and Orange & Rocklands also have filed an appeal of the Order Nos. 2003, 2003A and 2003B with the US Court of Appeals.

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Illinois Will Hold Policy Meeting on Exelon-PSEG Merger.

The Commission will hold an Electric Policy Committee meeting on February 23. The meeting will focus on the merger between Exelon and PSEG.

ComEd Expects to Propose New Jersey-Style Wholesale Supply Auction.

ComEd plans to file its wholesale supply procurement plan for electricity in March. ComEd is expected to propose to procure its wholesale supply in a New Jersey-style auction. If approved by the Commission, an auction would take place in mid-2006.

ComEd's rate freeze ends in January 2007.

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DTE Files Unbundling Proposal.

DTE filed an application requesting authority to unbundle and restructure its electricity retail rates. The Commission expects the unbundling case to end by January 1, 2006, which is the date the rate caps expire. Interventions are due by February 25, with a prehearing conference scheduled for March 4.

According to DTE, the application unbundles the electric rates into separate distribution, generation and transmission components based on 2004 fully allocated embedded costs.

Electric Utilities Propose Net Metering.

The Commission Staff and the electric utilities requested approval of a consensus agreement for a voluntary, statewide net metering program. If the filing is approved, the electric utilities will offer net metering programs. To view the request, please click here.

New Jersey
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Results for New Jersey's Wholesale Supply Auction Announced.

The Commission has announced the results of the 4th annual auction to provide wholesale suppy to the New Jersey utilities. The wholesale supply is used by the utilities to provide basic generation or default service. The Commission approved the auction results at its February meeting. The auction was for one year contracts for large customers (hourly priced) and three year contracts for smaller commercial and residential customers (fixed price). The contracts begin on June 1, 2005.

To view the results, please click here.

New Jersey Proposes State-Wide Renewable Resources Program.

The Commission released its green power proposal. The Commission has proposed a framework, a budget process, technical standards and business rules for a program that will offer the same renewable resources/green power products state-wide. Comments are due February 18.

The Commission also recently approved revised Renewable Portfolio Standards. The standards require solar energy to be directly connected to New Jersey's distribution system.

To view the proposal, please click here.

New York
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New York Issues Policy Statement on Unbundled Rate Design.

The Commission issued a statement of general policy on rate design issues in the unbundling proceeding. The Commission encourages parties to design rates for competitive services that reflect the utility's embedded costs. The Commission found that the existing commodity backout credits adequately reflect costs. Nonetheless, the Commission expects future rates to continue to reflect cost of service for each customer class/type. Competitive service rates should be designed to permit fair recovery from each customer whether the customer is a below-class-average customer or a higher-use customer (intra-class disparity remains a concern for the Commission).

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Consumer Advocate Opposes Sale of Ohio Plants to Kentucky Affiliate.

In response to the SEC's request for comments, the Ohio Consumers' Counsel opposed the sale of 3 CG&E Ohio electric plants to its Kentucky affiliate, Union L,H&P.

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Virginia Reviews Whether Default Service Should Be Eliminated.

The Commission opened an investigation to determine whether there is a sufficient degree of competition such that default service can be eliminated. The Commission must make its determination by July 1, with a report to the Legislature recommending whether there should be modifications to or termination of default service due by December 1. Comments, requests for a hearing and notices of participation at the hearing are due by March 18. Commission Staff will file a report by April 15.

The investigation will review competition and whether default service should be eliminated for particular customers, particular classes of customers or particular geographic areas of Virginia.

To view the Order for Investigation, please click here.

In December, the Commission issued the 2005 average "price to compare". The price to compare includes generation and transmission service and will be reviewed again for 2006.

To view the SCC Average "Price to Compare" list, please click here.

Virginia Plans to Study the Use of Renewable Resources in Virginia.

The Virginia Commission on Electric Utility Restructuring has requested a study on the potential for renewable energy in Virginia. The study is expected to be completed by November 1. The study's focus would be on whether there should be additional efforts to increase renewable resources in Virginia. The study has not yet been funded.

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