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March 6, 2009
NEM's 12th Annual Global Energy Forum & Membership Meeting

NEM's 12th Annual Global Energy Forum & Membership Meeting will be held April 28 & 29, 2009. The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Washington D.C. - Convention Center located at 900 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The early-bird registration rates for members and non-members end on February 28, 2009. Please register at this hotlink. A block of rooms has been reserved for NEM members at the rate of $279 per night. Contact (202) 739-2001 for reservations and reference group code A-MN.

A number of U.S. and foreign officials have already confirmed their participation in the event. Those confirmed thus far include: James Clyburn, U.S. House Majority Whip; Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Congressman, House Energy and Commerce Committee; Gene Green, U.S. Congressman, House Energy and Commerce Committee; H.E. John Bruton, European Commission Ambassador; H.E. Andrejs Pildegovics, Latvian Ambassador; Aleksei Shishayev, Russian Embassy - Head of Economic Section; Marc Spitzer, FERC Commissioner; Garry Brown, NYPSC Chairman; James Cawley, PAPUC Chairman; Alan Schriber, Ohio PUC Chairman; Orjiakor Osiogu, MIPSC Chairman; Donna Nelson, TX PUC Commissioner, Robert Curry, NYPSC Commissioner; Stan Wise, GAPSC Commissioner; Nicholas Asselta, NJBPU Commissioner; Erin O'Connell-Diaz, Illinois Commerce Commissioner; Steven Transeth, MIPSC Commissioner; James Kendall, EIA Natural Gas Division Director; Eric Matheson, PAPUC Energy Advisor; Calvin Timmerman, MDPSC Assistant Executive Director; and Chris Hendrix, General Manager, Competitive Energy - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The full text of the April Meeting Agenda is available on the NEM Website.

Spark Energy Gas, LP ("SEG") Elected to NEM Executive Committee

NEM is pleased to announce that Spark Energy Gas, LP ("SEG") has been elected to NEM's Executive Committee. Spark Energy Gas, LP ("SEG") will be represented within NEM by Jeffrey F. Beicker, Sr. VP of Supply and Chief Risk Officer; Ken Ziober, Sr. VP; Terry D. Jones, Sr. VP; and General Counsel and Casey P. Marcin, Assistant General Counsel.

Spark Energy Gas, LP ("SEG") is a full-service wholesale and retail marketing organization that sells natural gas to wholesale commercial, industrial and end-use retail customers across North America. SEG (formerly known as Utility Resource Solutions, L.P.) was formed pursuant to the May 15, 1998 Texas Revised Limited Partnership Act. It began operations on January 17, 2001, and changed its name from Utility Resource Solutions, L.P. to Spark Energy Gas, LP on February 14, 2007.

Since its inception, SEG has become a leading natural gas marketing organization serving customers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, and New York. SEG is independent from utility or pipeline affiliates and provides reliable natural gas services to a diverse group of customers ranging from commercial to utility load.

SEG competitively serves residential, commercial, and industrial needs with the superior service customers deserve. SEG is capable of tailoring its services to fit every customer's natural gas requirements, whether it's purchasing, managing, aggregating, or supplying natural gas. SEG currently serves various industries including, but not limited to, school districts, international hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and other various high-end retailers.

FERC Form 552 eFiling Guidelines Available

FERC announced the availability of the form, instructions and guidelines for Form 552, Annual Report of Natural Gas Transactions. Market participants must file Form 552 if they: (1) use a blanket sales certificate under 284.402 or 284.284; (2) their reportable natural gas sales were greater than 2.2 million MMBtu in the reporting year; or (3) their reportable natural gas purchases were greater than 2.2 million MMBtu in the reporting year. Form 552 for calendar year 2008 is due by May 1, 2009. The Form 552 documents are available on the FERC website at:

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HB542 Would Expand Availability of Retail Gas Choice

HB542 has been introduced in the legislature and would expand the availability of retail gas choice in the State, as it would require a utility with at least 30,000 customers to file a choice program application. The bill additionally makes provision for utility purchase of receivable programs and consolidated billing; equitable allocation of capacity and storage; consumer education; utility stranded cost recovery; supplier certification requirements; consumer protection requirements; and customer enrollment methods and marketing standards. The full text of HB542 is available on the NEM Website.

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NYSEG/RG&E Filing on Fixed Price Offer

The Commission required NYSEG/RG&E to make a filing this month as to whether they will seek to continue their fixed price offers (FPOs) for 2010. NYSEG/RG&E have notified the Commission that they will not offer the FPO in 2010. Instead, they, "will offer a new market-based supply service as the sole offering for 2010." Additionally, the utilities are requesting permission to implement up to two interim adjustments to the non-bypassable wires charge (NBC) in 2009 to, "mitigate a potentially large under-collection that would otherwise be recovered in 2010 under the accrual procedures in the current tariff."

NYSEG/RG&E plan to make a tariff filing by July 1, 2009, to reflect the elimination of FPO service, and will provide Staff with an outreach and education plan by that time reflective of the changes. NYSEG/RG&E propose to make the supply charge and NBC fully reconcilable on a monthly basis. Ancillary service and NTAC charges would be recovered through the supply charge from customers. Accordingly, ESCOs must collect those charges from their commodity customers, and NYSEG/RG&E will no longer reimburse ESCOs for those charges. The existing annual fixed NBC will be discontinued, and customers in a given service class will have the same NBC regardless of supplier. The full text of the NYSEG/RG&E Filing is available on the NEM Website.

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Commission Seeks Comments on Value of Utility Participation in RTOs

State law requires the Commission to employ a federal energy advocate that is charged with examining the value of the State's electric utilities in RTOs and whether it is in the interest of retail electric service customers. To accomplish this objective, the Commission is requesting comments on RTO issues that may impact the value of RTO participation for Ohio consumers (i.e., grid management, LMP, market monitoring and mitigation, resource adequacy requirements, transmission planning, cost-allocation policies, congestion management, demand response programs, interconnection policies, resolution of seams issues, and virtual trading policy). The Commission is also seeking input on alternatives to RTO participation including constructing an Ohio-only RTO and whether viable, cost-effective alternatives to existing RTO memberships exist. Comments received are to inform a report of the federal energy advocate to the Commission. Initial comments are due May 4, 2009, and reply comments are due June 2, 2009. The full text of the Request for Comments is available on the NEM Website.

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