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February 15, 2013
NEM's 16th Annual National Restructuring Conference

NEM’s 16th Annual National Restructuring Conference will be held April 29, 30, and May 1, 2013, at the Embassy Suites Convention Center, Washington DC. A Draft Agenda is available here. You may register at this hotlink.

We already have numerous confirmations from many of the public officials that have the greatest impact on our industry, including Chairman John Wellinghoff, Chairman, FERC; Phillip D. Moeller, Commissioner, FERC; Tony Clark, Commissioner, FERC; Garry Brown, Chairman NYPSC; Doug Scott, Chairman, ICC; Robert Powelson, Chairman, PAPUC; John D. Quackenbush, Chairman, MIPSC; Betty Ann Kane, Chairman, DCPSC; Ronald A. Brise, Chairman, FLPSC; Tim Echols, Commissioner, GAPSC; James Cawley, Commissioner, PAPUC; Erin O’Connell-Diaz, Commissioner, ICC; Jeanne Fox, Commissioner, NJBPU; Kenneth Anderson, Commissioner, TXPSC; Orjiakor Isiogu, Commissioner, MIPSC; Joanne Doddy Fort, Commissioner, DCPSC; Stan Wise, Commissioner, GAPSC; and Steve D. Lesser, Commissioner, OHPUC. In addition, we have open invitations that include Lawrence Brenner, Commissioner, MDPSC and Kelly Speakes-Backman, Commissioner MDPSC. Please contact headquarters ASAP if you are interested in sponsoring this event.

Sperian Energy Elected to NEM Executive Committee

The National Energy Marketers Association is pleased to announce that Sperian Energy has been elected to NEM's Executive Committee. Sperian Energy will be represented by Jevin Sackett, CEO; Nick Cioll, CFO; Max Smith, Executive Vice President; and Joe Waldman, COO.

Sperian Energy is a retail energy provider, which began full operations in multiple states across the country in 2012. Sperian Energy is a subsidiary of the SNH Family of Companies, which provide a range of services to large financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and consumers nationwide.

Sperian Energy has experienced explosive organic growth in a very short period of time, using an innovative marketing approach and operational model. They focus on exceptional service, innovative technology, and competitive pricing in order to add value and provide the best possible experience for their customers, both now and into the future.

NEM Comments on Gas Reporting NOI

NEM filed comments on the Commission's Notice of Inquiry on a proposed new quarterly gas reporting requirement intended to facilitate gas price transparency. The proposed reporting would significantly exceed that currently required under Form 552, including price and other data. In its comments on the NOI, NEM agreed with the proposal to exempt purchasers, such as retail gas marketers, from the proposed reporting requirements for sales for resale in interstate commerce. NEM suggested that to the extent that retail gas marketers engage in transactions as sellers that would be reportable, they should be exempted from the reporting requirement because of the de minimis volume and ability of those sales to affect pricing; the significant compliance costs that retail gas marketers would bear; the competitively sensitive nature of the pricing information to retail gas marketers and the potential threat to system security posed by disclosure of the information. The full text of NEM's Comments is available on the NEM Website.

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Forums on Michigan's Energy Future

Commission Chairman Quackenbush and Michigan Energy Office Director Bakkal will host seven public forums on Michigan's energy future. The second forum will take place February 25th in Grand Rapids. Through these forums and written comments received, Governor Snyder will develop his recommendations regarding Michigan's energy future in December of 2013. A series of questions on the topics of electric choice, renewable energy, energy efficiency and additional areas have been posted for comment on

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Final Order on End State of Electric Default Service

At the Commission's agenda meeting yesterday, it approved a final order in its retail market investigation on the end state of electric default service. As it had previously proposed, the Commission decided to retain the utility in the default service provider role for the time being. However, it also ordered that a working group be formed for the purpose of identifying issues related to alternative entity(ies) provision of default service.

The fundamental method relied upon by the Commission to facilitate competition is by moving the utility default service rate to one that more closely resembles market conditions. The Commission believes certain legislative changes may be necessary to completely effectuate its recommendations but committed to their implementation by 2015.

For utility default service beginning on June 1, 2015, utilities are to only offer hourly LMP to medium and large C&I customers with interval meters. The product will be procured at auction on a quarterly basis. The utilities are to offer a quarterly PTC for residential and small commercial customers, subject to the Commission's concern about potential legislative action required for a ninety-day default service rate. Should that be a problem, an alternative shorter-term product that is more reflective of market conditions than the current default service rates should be utilized. A collaborative quarterly auction shall be utilized by the utilities. A procurement collaboration working group is to be formed to develop a uniform yearly certification process, uniform supply master agreement and procurement methodology and timeline for the utilities' quarterly default service auctions.

The Commission's proposal to allow CAP customers to participate in energy choice has been largely rendered moot now that nearly all of the utilities permit it, and PECO is in the process of permitting it.

The Commission declined to require further activities related to supplier consolidated billing at this time, finding that it would require significant time and stakeholder resources that should for now be directed to other priorities. In the alternative, the Commission found it would be helpful to make the current utility consolidated bill more supplier-oriented. Staff is to explore options for including more supplier information, placement of supplier information, and possible inclusion of supplier bill inserts.

The Commission will initiate rulemaking proceedings to adopt regulations to facilitate seamless moves and "instant connects" (day one switching). The Commission found that in the meantime current law and regulations do not prevent the utilities from submitting plans by the end of 2013 for implementation of seamless moves and instant connects.

A statewide consumer education campaign targeted at residential and small business consumers will be undertaken. The $2 million campaign is to be funded by those utilities that have competitive offerings in their service territories. The Commission's Office of Communications is to reach out to supplier stakeholders, including NEM, to secure partnerships and commitments to the campaign and participate in campaign activities. The Commission noted that it, "strongly encourages, and fully expects, those EGSs who are active in Pennsylvania to make significant contributions of funding and other resources to this campaign, which will be a part of the maximum $2 million total for the campaign and will help to offset the costs to the EDCs and their customers."

The Commission plans to initiate a rulemaking to permit it to establish an annual licensing fee that would be applicable to suppliers and brokers. The Commission stated the fee would be a flat annual fee of $1,000.

The full text of the Order is available on the NEM Website.

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