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July 21, 2006
NEM Summer Executive Committee Meeting

Mark your calendars for NEM's Summer Executive Committee meeting to be held July 25-26, 2006, in Chicago, Illinois at the Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. Please register at this hotlink.

It is at the Summer Executive Committee where we elect new leadership for the year and identify midcourse corrections for our regulatory advocacy strategy. Your participation in this meeting is critical. Please note that Ron Cerniglia, Director of the NYPSC's Office of Retail Market Development will be attending and will brief us on important issues in that state.

We will also discuss: 1) post-transition period regulatory/legislative reactions to consumer rate “shock” including rate stabilization plans; 2) short and long-term best practices to facilitate consumer migration – what’s new, what works and what doesn’t; 3) design and implementation of cost-effective regulated and deregulated price and usage reporting practices that do not mislead consumers, or undermine new and innovative customer-focused product development and competitive pricing; 4) market-based utility rates to encourage demand response and state-of-the-art enabling technologies; 5) defining a “competitive market”; 6) bottom line business practices and rules that must be standardized on a national basis; 7) pro-active public relations strategies, including the opportunity to produce a public service spot for public television; 8) designing and implementing “retail wheeling rates”; and 9) identification of independent quantitative analysis that NEM teaming partners can provide that would be of maximum value to the members on the anti-competitive impact of utility long-term fixed prices, laddered contracts and competitive market alternatives.

Wal-Mart Nominated to NEM Executive Committee

NEM is pleased to announce that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has been nominated to the Executive Committee. Wal-Mart is the world's number one retailer and second-largest company (by revenue), serving more than 138 million customers per week while generating more than $315 billion in annual sales. In addition, Wal-Mart invests over $500 million annually in sustainable technologies and innovations. Wal-Mart will be represented within NEM by Marty Gilbert, General Manager of Texas Retail Energy Emerging Markets - which is a subsidiary of Wal-Mart and their retail electric provider in Texas; Chris Hendrix, General Manager of Texas Retail Energy, LLC; Jim Stanway, Director of Project Development at Wal-Mart Energy Department; and Greg Trimble, Director of Energy Procurement at Wal-Mart Energy Department.

Power-Direct Nominated to NEM Executive Committee

NEM is pleased to announce that Power-Direct has been nominated to the Executive Committee. Power-Direct is the one of the most successful direct marketing firms in the business. Power-Direct specializes in providing call centers with highly trained inside sales teams and can provide superior sales results in markets that require a complicated or technical sale. The company also offers turnkey call center solutions for clients that are sensitive to reliability, quality control and regulatory compliance. Power-Direct will be represented within NEM by Dan Delfino, President and CEO, and Eric Krueger, Vice President of Business Development.

Rocky Mountain Natural Gas 2006 Joint Conference

This year the Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Strategy Conference & Investment Forum, presented by the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, takes place at the same time and place as the Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Geology & Resources Conference, presented by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists and the Denver Geological Society. The event features outstanding speakers and an excellent exhibit hall. August 7, 8 & 9 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. Go to or for details or to register online. Direct questions to 303-861-2387 or e-mail

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Proposed Rule on Regulatory Filing Reporting

The Commission is considering a proposed rule on regulatory filing requirements. The proposed rule would require "companies, utilities, marketers and operators to file via email, a notice with the Commission of any filing it makes, or that is made on its behalf, with any federal or state government agency, department, board, or bureau." The proposal is based on the Commission's perceived need to, "more closely monitor and participate in those proceedings before federal regulatory agencies that may have an impact on Georgia utilities and their ratepayers." The email filings are proposed to include, "a description of the purpose of said filing(s), including, but not limited to, the impact, if any, upon its operations within the state of Georgia of the granting of requested approval or actions requested of any petition for agency, department, board or bureau." Comments on the proposed rule are due August 18, 2006. The full text of the NOPR is available on the NEM Website.

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Marketer Participation in Electric Universal Service Program

The Commission directed the Electric Universal Service Program Working Group to consider the issue of participation by retail suppliers in the EUSP. The Commission directed the Working Group "to formulate recommendations to effect access to EUSP funds by customers who endeavor to switch to retail suppliers." Participation in the EUSP would involve residential customers only. Meetings will be held:

July 26, 2006 - all day
July 27, 2006 - 11AM to 5 PM
July 31, 2006 - all day
August 1, 2006 - 1PM to 5PM

A Working Group report on the issue is due August 15, 2006. Those interested in participating in these EUSP Working Group sessions should contact Annette Garofalo at MDPSC Staff ( The meetings will be held at BGE Spring Gardens. The Commission's EUSP Order is available on the NEM Website.

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Proposed Decision in Consumers Gas Rate Case

The ALJ issued a proposal for decision in the Consumers gas rate case. NEM had recommended moving to an aggregate reconciliation process from the current pool by pool annual reconciliation process. NEM also recommended convening a collaborative to examine possible improvements to the gas choice program. The ALJ proposed that the Commission reject the aggregate reconciliation proposal finding that the financial impact was unclear and fearing that "changing one variable of the program could affect other aspects of the program and adversely affect GCR customers." Despite the fact that more than five years have passed since the choice program was implemented, the ALJ also concluded that a collaborative was unnecessary. Exceptions to the Proposal for Decision are due August 2, 2006, and replies to exceptions are due August 16, 2006. The full text of the Proposal for Decision is available on the NEM Website.

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Rulemaking on Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act

The Commission opened a rulemaking proceeding on compliance with the state's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act by electric utilities and marketers. Utilities and marketers are required to demonstrate compliance with renewable standards on annual basis. The proposed rulemaking addresses utility and marketer obligations; fuel and technology standards for alternative energy sources; alternative energy system quantification, credit certification and credit program administrator; alternative compliance payments; force majeure provisions; cost recovery; and banking of alternative energy credits. Comments are due sixty days from the date of publication in the PA Bulletin. The full text of the NOPR will be posted on the NEM Website when made available electronically.

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DVP Mass List Updated

Dominion Virginia Power posted an updated Mass List that is accessible on its secured site by aggregators and marketers licensed with the SCC and registered with Dominion Virginia Power. The list is split into 72 files, based on zip codes, and the files are compressed and downloadable. Dominion Virginia Power's Competitive Service Provider site is available at:

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