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March 16, 2012
NEM's 15th Annual National Restructuring Conference

Since this is the beginning of NEM’s 15th Year, we have made special plans to celebrate this milestone at our 15th Annual National Restructuring Conference in Washington, DC on April 24 and 25, 2012. The Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites DC Convention Center, 900 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The Agenda is available at this hotlink.

Public Service Commission Chairs, Commissioners and other elected and appointed officials from around the country have already started to confirm their participation. Your sponsorship and support would be very helpful to make this NEM Event the best ever.

Sponsorship opportunities for this event can be viewed online at this hotlink.

Early registration for the April event is available online at this hotlink.

2012 Retail Energy Trends Survey

To make our survey as meaningful as possible, we need you to please take 15 minutes and go online and fill out the survey. Our goal is to have the results available to members at the Spring Conference.

As a reminder, your specific company information will not be shared and the results will be presented with just the aggregate results.

To fill out the survey go to

FERC Rejects NYISO Compliance Notice on Lake Erie Loop Flows

NYISO filed a compliance notice in response to Commission Order to address Lake Erie loop flows. NYISO's compliance notice discussed its proposed Interface Pricing Initiative by which it will implement two alternative methods of pricing and scheduling interface transactions - the first (the Conforming Mode) would be used when actual power flows through the NYISO control area are expected to closely conform to scheduled power flows and the second (the Non-Conforming Mode) would be used when NYISO expects significant unscheduled power flows. Upon review, the Commission found that NYISO's filing was non-compliant with previous Orders and clarified that, "NYISO is required to submit a further compliance filing that includes an interface pricing methodology consistent with PJM’s methodology, i.e., an interface pricing methodology that uses NERC tag information to determine actual source and sink for a transaction and calculates prices based on the actual energy flows at all times." NYISO was directed to file an additional compliance filing within thirty days of the Order that is consistent with PJM's pricing methodology. The full text of the Order is available on the NEM Website.

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Order on ComEd POU Discount Rate

The Commission issued an Order approving a ComEd purchase of uncollectibles (POU) program and discount rate. ComEd was required by statute to make a POU program available whereby suppliers can sell to ComEd up to two monthly billing periods of its uncollectible receivables for the electric power and energy supply service it provided, either to a residential retail customer, or to another retail customer with demands for electricity that are less than four hundred kilowatts (400 kW). ComEd is to pay participating suppliers a discount rate calculated as a function of start up and administrative costs of the program and ComEd's historic bad debt risk. The Commission rejected ComEd's proposed $29.18 per account charge for start-up and administrative costs finding it had not been substantiated on the record. For the time being a $5 per account shall be imposed, and ComEd shall file actual start up and administrative costs of the program after they become known. The full text of the Order is available on the NEM Website.

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Commission Updates Consumer Tip Sheets on Gas Choice

The Commission updated two consumer tip sheets on gas choice. The first sheet, entitled, "Natural Gas Choice is Here - What to Know About Switching to an Alternative Gas Supplier," includes general details of the gas choice porgram, questions to ask competitive suppliers when shopping, "standard precautions customers should take," and general consumer protection information. The second sheet, entitled, "Making an Informed Choice," sets forth a comparison of a full service customer utility bill with that of a competitive supply customer bill. Chairman Quackenbush explained that the updates were made because of strong consumer interest in gas choice which makes it, "important to get the facts before signing a contract with an alternative gas supplier (AGS). The two consumer tips sheets updated today by the MPSC explain natural gas choice, encourage customers to get answers to questions they have, and encourage customers to take precautions when dealing with sales representatives." The full text of the Consumer Tip Sheets are available on the NEM Website.

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