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August 26, 2005
NEM Fall Industry Leadership Roundtable

NEM is pleased to announce that this year's Fall Industry Leadership Roundtable will be held in Washington, DC in two important Congressional Hearing Rooms starting at 10AM on October 13, 2005, and adjourning at noon on October 14, 2005.

All NEM members are invited to attend the Leadership Roundtable. Companies that have expressed an interest in joining NEM will also be invited as guests of the association. Please use this hotlink to register.

The Roundtable will begin in the Small Business Committee Room, located in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2360, on Thursday, October 13th at 10AM. A working lunch will be served and a cocktail reception will follow the conclusion of the day's events. Invitations will be extended to Key Public Officials.

NEM Policy Chairs will be requested to update NEM members and guests on the state of the industry in the key states identified at the last meeting and the status of issues directly affecting the members. Policy Chairs are requested to send bullets for discussion to headquarters as soon as possible. We would appreciate your suggested discussion points and issues for the membership by the end of this week so we can prepare a finalized agenda by Labor Day. A draft agenda is hotlinked here for your convenience.

On Friday, October 14th, we will conclude our meeting in the Science Committee Room in Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

Conference on New York ESCO Requirements Under the Home Energy Fair Practices Act

Hiscock & Barclay LLP will be sponsoring a one-day conference on September 15, 2005, in Albany, New York on ESCO requirements under the new amendments to the New York Home Energy Fair Practices Act (HEFPA). The conference will be led by Lisa Bradley, Esq. of the Firms Regulatory Practice Area. Nancy Testani of Empire Advocates, LLC will moderate the seminar. Members of the New York State Public Service Commission will also be in attendance to answer questions and offer comments.

A brochure providing enrollment information about this HEFPA seminar is hotlinked here. The enrollment form is due by September 7, 2005.

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Broadband over Power Lines Conference

The Commission will convene a second conference on Broadband over Power Lines on August 31, 2005, at the Illinois State Museum Auditorium. The conference will include an overview of broadband technologies as well as an overview of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development's Digital Divide Findings. Community experiences on the need for and implementation of broadband will be shared, and broadband vendors will be present to field questions. The full text of the Conference Agenda is available on the NEM Website.

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DTE Report on Retail Competitive Markets

DTE submitted a "Report on the Status of Retail Competitive Markets in Massachusetts - February to April 2005" to the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The Report notes that, "Retail competitive suppliers provide over 33 percent of the total electric energy bought by Massachusetts consumers predominately large commercial and industrial (C&I) customers. Conversely, almost all residential and small C&I customers currently receive basic service. It is widely thought that the availability of below-market standard offer service has acted as a barrier to the development of competitive retail markets in Massachusetts. On March 1, 2005, this barrier was removed when approximately 1.4 million residential customers and 140,000 small commercial and industrial customers were transferred from standard offer service to basic service." DTE reported significant gains in the percent of electricity consumption purchased through competitive supply as follows: large C&I - 20% increase; medium C&I - 34% increase; small C&I - 65% increase; and residential - 106% increase. The full text of the Report is available on the NEM Website.

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DEO Responds to Commission Action on Application and Procedural Schedule Set

The Commission previously determined that DEO's application to restructure its commodity service function constituted a "request for exemption from the provisions of Chapter 4905, Revised Code, governing commodity sales service." DEO has requested rehearing of this determination arguing that its application is not a request to make unregulated sales of natural gas. DEO stressed that as a result of Phase 1 the nature of its commodity sales service will not change, only the manner in which it procures supplies and the manner in which the service is priced. DEO also noted that even in Phase 2 and thereafter it would still function as the Provider of Last Resort. DEO also requests that the Commission reconsider its decision to review Phases 1 and 2 together.

A procedural schedule to examine DEO's application has been set as follows:
Applicant testimony - September 19, 2005
Discovery requests - October 24, 2005
Motions to intervene - November 8, 2005
Intervenor testimony - November 14, 2005
Staff testimony - November 21, 2005
Applicant rebuttal testimony - November 30, 2005
Evidentiary hearing - December 6, 2005

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