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July 29, 2016
NEM Fall Policy Leadership Roundtable

NEM will convene its Fall Leadership Roundtable on October 26-28, 2016, in Austin, Texas. The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Austin at 208 Barton Springs. A Draft Agenda is hotlinked here. Confirmed participants include Texas PUC Chairman Donna Nelson; Texas PUC Commissioner Kenneth Anderson Jr.; Delaware PSC Chairman, Dallas Winslow; ERCOT President and CEO, Bill Magness; and former Chairman of the Texas PUC and RRC, Barry Smitherman. There are invitations to numerous VIPs outstanding. Please register for the Fall Policy Leadership Roundtable at this hotlink. Reservations at the Hyatt Regency Austin can be made at this hotlink.

DOE Seeks Comment on Draft Outline for the Proposed Joint U.S.-Canadian Electric Grid Strategy

DOE is requesting comment on the content and scope of a Draft Outline for the Proposed Joint U.S.-Canadian Electric Grid Strategy. Earlier this year, the U.S. and Canada agreed to develop a joint strategy for strengthening the security and resilience of the North American electricity grid. Comment is sought on the following questions:

"(1) Suggestions for how best to describe the cyber and physical risks to electric grid systems, as well as ways to address and mitigate those risks; (2) suggestions for ensuring that the outlined strategic goals and objectives are at the appropriate level for a joint U.S.-Canadian strategy; (3) suggestions for actions under the proposed joint strategy that Federal departments and agencies should take to make the grid more secure and resilient; (4) suggestions for new ways to secure the future grid across North America, as outlined in the final section; and (5) suggestions for timelines to use when considering future planning and investment opportunities."

The draft outline enunciates three goals: 1) Protect Today’s Grid and Enhance Preparedness; 2) Manage Contingencies and Enhance Response and Recovery; and 3) Build a More Secure and Resilient Future Grid.

Comments are due August 10, 2016. The full text of the Request for Comments is available on the NEM Website.

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Comments Sought on Utility DSIP Plans and Benefit-Cost Analysis Handbooks in REV Proceeding

The Commission established new case numbers for the review of the utilities Initial Distributed System Implementation Plans (DSIPs) and Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) Handbooks that were filed on June 30, 2016, in the REV proceeding. The Commission is requesting comment on both types of filings.

With respect to the Initial DSIPs, the Commission raised the following questions for comment:

"1. Was the material presented in the Initial DSIPs beneficial to understanding current utility practices and capabilities?
2. What is your overall assessment of the Initial DSIP filings?
3. What aspects of the Initial DSIPs did you find most beneficial and why?
4. Do the DSIPs provide information that will help to better inform investment decisions?
5. Were there any areas of a particular utility’s Initial DSIP that should be replicated by other utilities?
6. Are there any deficient areas within the Initial DSIP filings that you believe are not going to be addressed as part of the Supplemental filing?
7. What other comments or suggestions do you have regarding the Initial DSIPs?"

Comments on the Initial DSIPs are due September 12, 2016, and reply comments are due September 26, 2016. The full text of the Notice Soliciting Comments is available on the NEM Website.

With respect to the BCA Handbooks, the Commission is seeking comments, "related to the Handbook or its usage." Comments are due August 29, 2016, and reply comments are due September 26, 2016. The full text of the Notice Soliciting Comments is available on the NEM Website.

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Staff Conference Call on AEPS Tier 1 Quarterly Adjustment Correction

Commission Staff will hold a conference call on Thursday, August 4th at 1:30PM EST to answer questions related to the July 8th Secretarial Letter on the AEPS Tier 1 Quarterly Adjustment correction. The Secretarial Letter was issued to electric utilities and electric generation suppliers (EGSs) with Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard obligations to inform them that, "there will be an approximate seven percent increase in the otherwise anticipated annual AEPS Tier I obligations for the 2016 compliance year." The Commission became aware that there had been an error in the quarterly adjustment calculations for the past six years. Correction of the error for 2016 results in the seven percent increase in Tier I obligations. On July 15th, each electric utility and EGS was notified of their total compliance obligations from the AEPS Program Administrator, including the quarterly Tier 1 adjustments reflecting any true-up adjustments needing to be made to their compliance obligations.

Staff requests that stakeholders submit questions prior to the conference call by COB on August 2nd to The full texts of the Notice of Conference Call and Secretarial Letter are available from the NEM Website.

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