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September 11, 2009
Upcoming NEM Meeting Dates

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for the following NEM meetings:

September 2009 Fall Leadership Roundtable - NEMís Fall Leadership Roundtable Meeting will be held next week on September 15 & 16, 2009, at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Albany Downtown, Albany, NY 12210. NEMís room rate has been secured at $129.00 per room per night. Many thanks to Matt Picardi of Shell Energy North America for the generous offer to host this meeting. The Agenda is available at this hotlink.

To date, the following public officials have confirmed to attend the Fall meeting:

Office of Governor David A. Paterson, Thomas Congdon (Day 2 only)
Office of Governor David A. Paterson, Kimberly Harriman
New York State Senator Aubertine's Office, Senator Aubertine and Chief of Staff, Lee Willbanks
Delaware State Senator Harris McDowell
New York State Assemblyman William Barclay
Chairman, NYPSC, Garry Brown (Day 2 only)
NY State Dept. of Public Service, LuAnn Scherer
NY State Dept. of Public Service, Fran Hart
NY State Dept. of Public Service, Marty Insogna (Day 2 only)
NYISO - Robert Pike

January 2010 Executive Committee Meeting - NEMís Annual Winter Executive Committee Policy and Planning Meeting will be held January 19 & 20, 2010, at the headquarters of South Carolina Research Authority in Charleston, South Carolina. NEMís room rate has been secured at $129.00 per room per night at the Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport, 5265 International Blvd., N. Charleston, SC 29418. The Executive Committee sets the course for NEMís advocacy in the coming year at this meeting. Many thanks to Bill Mahoney and South Carolina Research Authority for the generous offer to host this meeting.

April 2010 Annual Global Energy Forum Ė NEMís Annual Global Energy Forum, will be held April 27 & 28, 2010, at the Embassy Suites Convention Center, Washington DC, 900 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. NEMís room rate has been secured at $289.00 per room per night. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Staff Report on Demand Response and Advanced Metering

FERC Staff issued its fourth annual report on demand response (DR) on advanced metering as required by EPAct 2005. The report estimates the potential for demand response through 2019 under business as usual, expanded business as usual, achievable participation and full participation scenarios. The report notes that in 2009 there are 7.95 million advanced meters installed nationwide. The 2009 national reduction in peak demand from demand response in 2009 is estimated at 37 gigawatts (GWs). Furthermore, the potential for peak electricity demand reductions nationwide in 2019 is estimated between 38 GW and 188 GW. The report also discussed regulatory barriers to consumer participation in demand response and suggested actions such as information sharing on effective program designs; customer awareness and education about DR; coordination of wholesale and retail DR strategies; improving interoperability and open standards; coordination of DR and energy efficiency policies; and clear articulation of the role of DR in operational and long-term planning. The full text of the Report is available on the NEM Website.

Maryland
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Commission Approves Publication of Final Retail Gas Market Rules

At a rulemaking session this week, the Commission approved the final publication of the RM35 retail gas market regulations, that had previously been adopted on an emergency basis. The rules pertain to marketer interactions with their firm, non-daily metered customers as well as with the utilities. The rules provide for utility consolidated billing accompanied by either utility POR programs or pro-ration of customer payments; budget billing for supplier charges on utility bills; transfers of service; consumer protection measures; synchronization of the customer enrollment effective date and marketer compensation for gas delivered; and inclusion of the customer account number in pre-enrollment information provided by the utility to the marketer. The utilities' compliance plans and related tariffs to implement the emergency rules are due October 8, 2009. The full text of the RM35 Proposed Rules is available on the NEM Website.

Retail Gas Market Conference

The Commission will convene a retail gas market conference on September 29, 2009, beginning at 10AM, in order to review preparations for the upcoming winter natural gas supply. The Commission is seeking comment on utilities' cost of summer hedges for storage injection, other summer storage injection costs, and the cost of any 2009-2010 winter hedges for gas delivery. The Commission is also interested in discussing the potential costs and benefits of hedging summer 2010 injections and future periods. Finally, "to the extent competitive conditions allow, the Commission further welcomes information from suppliers." The full text of the Notice of Retail Gas Market Conference is available on the NEM Website.

New York
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NEM Comments on Utilities' Referral Program Filings

NEM submitted comments on the ESCO referral program proposals of Keyspan, Central Hudson, National Fuel Gas, and NYSEG/RGE that had been filed in December 2008. NEM recommended the Commission include certain program features to the referral programs proposed by the utilities, including: 1) referral Programs should include new service customers at the time of service initiation; 2) the Contract model for referral programs should be required at all utilities; 3)program costs should be prudently incurred, reasonable, verifiable and cost-justified; and 4) programs should be constructed to provide the same value to single commodity and dual commodity marketers participating in the program. The full text of NEM's Comments is available on the NEM Website.



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