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April 8, 2011
NEM 14th Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference

NEM’s 14th Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference will take place April 25th–27th, 2011, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Washington D.C. Convention Center.

To date, we have confirmed: Jon Wellinghoff, FERC Chairman; Marc Spitzer, FERC Chairman; Phillip Moeller, FERC Commissioner; Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner; Douglas Nazarian, MDPSC Chairman; Orjiakor Isiogu, MIPSC Chairman; Betty Ann Kane, DCPSC Chairman; Arnetta McRae, Delaware PSC Chairman; John Coleman, PAPUC Vice Chairman; Erin O'Connell-Diaz, ICC Commissioner; Lula Ford, ICC Commissioner; James Cawley, PAPUC Commissioner; Steven Lesser, PUCO Commissioner; Wayne Gardner, PAPUC Commissioner; Greg White, MIPSC Commissioner; Nicholas Asselta, NJBPU Commissioner; Kenneth Anderson, Jr., TXPUC Commissioner; and Catherine Pugh, MD State Senator. Over a dozen other major public officials have penciled in the dates, waiting to confirm, including Governors.

Many thanks to Washington Gas Energy Services, South Carolina Research Authority, Wal-Mart, Voice Log, Intwine Energy, EC Info-systems, and Nodal Exchange/LCH Clearnet for your sponsorship support.

The NEM Hotel Rate has been extended to April 7, 2011. For reservations at the Embassy Suites, using code “NAW” use this hotlink.

To register for the April meeting, please use this hotlink.

ACN Inc. Nominated to NEM Executive Committee

NEM is pleased to announce that ACN Inc. has been nominated to NEM's Executive Committee. ACN will be represented by Dave Merriman, Executive Vice President of Sales Support and Tom Ulry, Executive Vice President of Business Development.

Founded in 1993, ACN is the largest direct selling telecommunications and essential services company in the world. ACN provides residential and business customers with a full range of products they need and use every day, including Digital Phone Service with a Video Phone or Phone Adapter, Local and Long Distance Service bundled with High Speed Internet, Wireless, Satellite TV, Home Security, WiMAX Mobile Applications, Computer Support, and Energy. As a direct sales company, ACN offers an independent home-based business opportunity to its Independent Representatives who then offer ACN's products and services to their friends and family members. Operating under the direct selling industry, one of the oldest and most trusted industries, ACN is able to bypass expensive, traditional marketing methods by using relationship marketing.

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Substitute HB 6592 Introduced on Electric Marketing Practices

Substitute HB6592 sets forth a number of provisions pertaining to electric marketing. It would:
1) establish a marketing code of conduct for electric suppliers pertaining to:
a) conduct of door-to-door sales;
b) a prohibition against deceptive sales and marketing practices;
c) a limit on early termination fees for residential customers of the greater of $100 or twice the estimated bill for energy services for an average month;
d) requiring the customer's express consent to material changes in contract terms or duration;
e) a customer that terminates or cancels a renewal contract not later than seven days after receiving their first bill shall not be charged a termination fee;
2) provide residential customers with a right of rescission running from "until midnight of the third business day after the latter of the day on which the customer enters into a service agreement or the day on which the customer receives the written notice from the electric supplier describing the customer's right to cancel service"; and
3) provide that electric customers with a maximum demand of not less than 100 kilowatts are eligible for direct billing from their supplier.
The full text of Substitute HB 6592 is available on the NEM Website.

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HB 1276 Introduced on Door to Door and Multilevel Energy Marketing

HB 1276 was introduced in the legislature this week and referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee. The bill would prohibit gas and electric suppliers from charging a fee to "affiliated subsidiaries, employees, contractors, subcontractors, third-party marketers or third-party sales agent," for marketing activity undertaken on the supplier's behalf or for the purchase of marketing materials. Compensation for recruitment of representatives would also be prohibited. Gas and electric suppliers engaged in door to door marketing or multilevel marketing would be required to post security of $1,000,000 and file a certificate of liability with the commission. Suppliers would also be required to perform criminal background checks of "every employee, contractor, subcontractor, third-party marketer or third-party sales agent engaged in the sale or promotion of their energy supply service, including a check of the Megan's Law registry, prior to the individual's conducting door-to-door marketing or other sales activities." The full text of HB 1276 is available on the NEM Website.

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