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June 2, 2017
NEM Western Energy Policy Summit

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for NEM's Western Energy Policy Summit on October 23-25, 2017. The Summit will take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. An agenda is forthcoming. You may register at this hotlink.

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Commission Issues Second Notice Order on Electric Marketing Standards

The Commission issued a second Notice Order in its rulemaking to consider revisions to electric marketing standards. The Commission considered initial and reply comments on its first Notice Order, but did not adopt many modifications to the first Notice Order. In the Second Notice Order the Commission determined:

1) Door-to-door solicitation requirements should be expanded to include all in-person solicitations. In-person solicitations leading to enrollment require both a Letter of Agency and a third-party verification. The Commission did decline to adopt requirements that in-person solicitations be subject to audio or video recording. While requiring background checks be performed, the Commission declined to specify what type of entity must perform the background check. The Commission modified timing requirements applicable to in-person solicitations such that (in the absence of local ordinances or regulations) they must be conducted at residential dwellings between 9AM and 7PM, or civil dusk, whichever is earlier.

3) Advance notice requirements for variable rate products were adopted. The Commission distinguished dynamic or time-of-use rates derived from publically available indexes in the disclosure requirements. Historical RES rates for variable or time-of-use products for a one-year period must be disclosed on RES websites and toll free numbers. Block time-of-use rates were exempted from the disclosure requirements.

4) Staff must convene annual workshops of stakeholders to create RES agent training that is compliant with Commission rules for incorporation into individual RES training programs.

5) When a renewal offer is made to a customer, if the new contract terms differ from the existing contract, the RES must include a uniform disclosure statement that identifies the terms and provide a side-by-side comparison of the material changes. For automatic renewals, in addition to the written notices required, customers must receive notice of the renewal through a phone call, and a second call, if the first call does not reach a person or answering service.

6) Accelerated switching is outside of the scope of this proceeding but should be pursued in the open Notice of Inquiry on retail electric market issues.

Next, the proposed rule amendments adopted by the Commission in the second Notice Order will be submitted to the Secretary of State to begin the second notice period. The full texts of the Second Notice Order and Appendices are available on the NEM Website.

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Capacity Demonstration Technical Conference

A technical conference on the implementation of state law requirements on resource adequacy has been scheduled for June 8th beginning at 10AM at the Commission. The Commission previously stated its intent to utilize technical conferences to "promote the adoption of a uniform format for the Commission to use in analyzing whether an electric provider of any type has met its obligation to demonstrate that it owns or has contractual rights to sufficient capacity for the planning year beginning four years after the beginning of the current planning year." The Capacity Demonstration Technical Conference agenda will include a Staff presentation on the timeline for technical conference procedures as well as Staff's introduction of additional issues. This will be followed by a MISO presentation on the current Resource Adequacy construct. The full text of the Agenda is available on the NEM Website.

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