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May 28, 2010
NEM Upcoming Events

NEM is planning Industry Policy Leadership Conferences in Pennsylvania and Illinois over the coming months. Please mark your calendars for July 14 and 15, 2010, in Chicago, Illinois. The conference will take place at the University Club of Chicago on 76 East Monroe Street. The Agenda is hotlinked here. You may register for the Summer Conference at this hotlink. Many thanks to Gateway Energy Services, U.S. Gas & Electric and Wal-Mart for sponsoring this Conference.

Please also mark your calendar for October 18-20, 2010, for Harrisburg, PA. The conference will take place at the Hilton Harrisburg on One North Second Street. You may register for the Fall Meeting in Harrisburg at this hotlink.

Our Annual Winter Executive Committee Meeting is scheduled for January 17-19, 2011, in Miami at the famous Doral Hotel and Resort. Many Thanks to Doug Marcille, Vice Chair of NEM’s Executive Committee and CEO of US Gas and Electric for hosting this upcoming Executive Committee Meeting.

Draft agendas for the upcoming meetings are forthcoming.

BlueStar Energy Nominated to NEM Executive Committee

NEM is pleased to announce that BlueStar Energy Services, Inc. has been nominated to NEM's Executive Committee. BlueStar Energy will be represented by Aaron D. Rasty, Chief Operating Officer; Steve J. Strobel, Chief Financial Officer; Jon M. Casadont, Chief Legal Officer; and Madelon Kuchera, Assistant General Counsel.

BlueStar Energy is a retail electric supplier in Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington D.C., and Delaware and provides energy efficiency services throughout the country. BlueStar is one of the fastest-growing energy suppliers in the United States and has been consistently recognized by Inc. Magazine on its annual Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies.

BlueStar was incorporated in Illinois in 2002, serving commercial and industrial customers throughout the state. By 2006, BlueStar began serving customers in other states and also began providing energy efficiency audits, lighting retrofits and lighting maintenance. In 2007, BlueStar became a certified Green-e® Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) marketer and also began offering carbon offsets to further enhance the company’s energy efficiency solutions. In 2008, BlueStar began offering demand response services, paying customers to reduce load when needed. In 2010, BlueStar began the first large-scale residential electricity offering in Illinois.

BlueStar prides itself on helping its customers use less energy and spend less for it. Its entrepreneurial culture fosters a customer-centric focus while playing a leading role in regulatory and legislative issues. BlueStar’s industry-leading IT infrastructure enhances the customer experience by offering such features as 24/7 online account management, bill payment, usage history, customer service and much more. BlueStar’s IT system was ranked in the Top 10 of the InfoWorld 100 Awards in 2008.

BlueStar Online Customers have access “24/7” to their account information by logging into BlueStar’s web-based billing and usage system. Here customers can review their bills, make payments, send inquiries and manage their accounts.

Seven-Utility Management Consultants, LTd. Joins NEM

NEM is pleased to announce that Seven–Utility Management Consultants, Ltd. has joined the Association. Seven–Utility Management Consultants, Ltd. will be represented by Jason A Mass CEP, C.P.M., Founder and Chief Executive Officer; Candice Court, Executive Assistant; Tim Krajenke, Director of Midwest Office; and Alex Toutounchi, Manager of Consulting, Houston.

Seven-Utility Management Consultants, Ltd. is a professional Energy Consulting firm founded at the inception of Energy Deregulation in Houston, Texas, the Energy Capital of the World, by a group of Purchasing Consultants, Energy Consultants, Energy Aggregators, Energy Brokers, and experienced professionals. The firm represents thousands commercial and industrial and industrial clients, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to churches. They represent the client in all of their energy negotiations. To this end, SUMC has a consumer advocate stance and feels that it truly understands the needs of commercial clients in the retail energy marketplace.

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Governor Vetoes Energy Bill

Governor Rell vetoed Bill 493, An Act Reducing Electricity Costs and Promoting Renewable Energy. The Bill would have had substantial negative impacts on the competitive electric market. In vetoing the legislation, Rell said it, “is not in the best interests of the ratepayers or taxpayers of our state," and that it, “fails to deliver the very benefit its title promises.” “The legislation, as well-intentioned as it is, would likely result in higher utility bills for consumers and, at time when taxpayers simply cannot afford bigger government, creates another state bureaucracy,” Rell said.

Rell did note that, "Although Connecticut has endured years of steadily increasing electric costs, there is some good news. We have increased our renewable electric generation capacity and significantly increased energy efficiency across all customer segments. Electric competition has finally taken hold and ratepayers have begun to relaize millions of dollars in savings each year. Investment in renewable energy has grown and we have put programs in place to spark development of green technology jobs as the economy improves."

Rell was also critical of the manner in which the legislation was passed in the final days of the legislative session, without opportunity for public review and input. The full text of the Veto Message is available on the NEM Website.

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BGE Customer List Proposal

BGE filed a new proposal to make customer lists available to competitive suppliers. BGE proposes to make residential customer names and addresses available. Customers will be designated on the list as electric, gas or combined customers. The lists will not include customer phone numbers. Customers will participate on an opt-out basis. BGE estimates an initial charge of $715 for participating suppliers. The full text of the BGE Proposal is available on the NEM Website.

Proceedings to Examine SOS Administrative Charge

Upon consideration of Motions filed by the Office of People's Counsel, the Commission decided to open proceedings that consider all of the components of the SOS Administrative Charge for BGE, Pepco and Delmarva. In opening the BGE proceeding the Commission noted that, "The Administrative Charge is comprised of four components, which components were agreed upon through settlement negotiations. Additionally, the Settlement Agreement, although expired, reflects the parties’ agreement that each return component and the cost component were to remain fixed. As Staff points out, the return, CWC [cash working capital] and other components of the Administrative Charge were negotiated to establish a “finely crafted balance” in the Administrative Charge. Consequently, to permit BGE to change the CWC revenue requirement for all of its customers, including residential, without review of the other components, may adversely alter this balance to the detriment of the ratepayers and significant benefit to the Company." The full texts of the BGE Order and Pepco/Delmarva Order are available on the NEM Website.

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Investigation into Electric Utilities POR Plans

The Commission opened an investigation into POR for the electric utilities, as required by state law. The electric utilities previously filed plans with the Department. However, the Department found that, "While these plans are consistent in some areas, there are also many differences in the methods by which each Company proposes to implement its plan. The Department believes that customers and the competitive market will be best served by attaining as much uniformity as reasonable among the Companies' POR plans. Accordingly, the Department votes to open this investigation . . . in order to develop model POR terms and conditions. The Department expects that each Company will use the model POR terms and conditions as the basis for its specific POR terms and conditions." The utilities are required to submit proposed model POR terms and conditions by June 7, 2010. Comments on the utilities' proposal are due June 21, 2010. A technical conference in this proceeding will also be held. The full text of the Order is available on the NEM Website.

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