NEM Winter Meeting
Please mark your calendar for NEM's winter meeting to be held in Houston, Texas on January 17 and 18, 2001. Chris Bernard of Entergy-Koch and Tami Pallas of CMS MS&T have generously offered to sponsor the winter meeting that will be held at Entergy's headquarters. The Executive Committee will be prioritizing NEM advocacy goals, issues, states, utilities and resource allocations for 2002 and urges maximum participation by all Executive Committee members. Also, a new membership structure will be discussed including new membership categories for public officials, law firms, consulting firms, and tribal nations. Drafts of the proposals are available upon request. The agenda is hotlinked here for your convenience. A quick registration form is hotlinked here for your convenience. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Renaissance Hotel located at 6 Greenway Plaza East in Houston. Be sure to request the special NEM rate of $119 per night. Contact Jennifer Webster at 281-230-1563 with any problems.
NEM Spring Meeting
Please make sure you reserve a room at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, DC, for NEM's April 2 and 3, 2002, Annual Membership Meeting and National Restructuring Conference. A quick registration form is hotlinked here for your convenience. Please contact NEM headquarters if you are interested in speaking, sponsorship or table-top space at the conference, as space will be limited.
NIMO-National Grid Compliance Filing in Standby Rate Proceeding
NIMO-National Grid submitted a compliance filing in the standby rate proceeding. The filing reactivates its SC 7 service classification. The proposed standby service rates are applicable to: 1) customers with on-site generation serving load that is not isolated from the grid; 2) wholesale generators that rely on the electric utility to serve electric loads that would otherwise be served by the generator; and 3) wholesale generators that take station service through the same bus bar as they supply the wholesale grid. Customers served under SC 7 will be subject to minimum charges comprised of a customer charge, an incremental customer charge (if applicable), a standby contract demand charge, and a competitive transition charge. The Company proposes to establish a deferral mechanism to recover the revenue shift resulting from customers being served under the new standby tariff rather than under Rule 12, its existing standby provisions. A technical conference and settlement will held on the filing on December 10, 2001, at 10AM in conference room 308A of NIMO offices in Albany. The full text of NIMO's Compliance Filing is available on the NEM Website.
Third Party Supplier Fees
Staff proposes to take up the procedural aspect of addressing third party supplier (TPS) fees on its biweekly conference call set for December 10, 2001, at 3PM. Around August 1, 2001, the EDCs made filings concerning their TPS fee structure. All EDCs are going to have distribution rate case proceedings beginning in early 2002. Staff proposes that it may be appropriate to role TPS expenses into the distribution rate and eliminate any separate TPS fees, and that if parties agree, it would make sense to maintain the current fee structure and move the issue into the rate case process.
Comments Sought on Electric Minimum Stay Requirements
The Commission is seeking comments on a uniform alternative to minimum stay restrictions to be made available to returning customers. The OSPO taskforce was unable to reach a consensus on the matter, and the utilities have submitted tariff filings. The Commission has requested that in addition to addressing the tariff filings, commenters consider the following questions: 1) should the alternative minimum stay be uniform for all utilities?; 2) what principles must be met in implementing a minimum stay requirement to ensure conformance with state restructuring law?; 3) if an exit fee is adopted should it be based upon the utility's loss of receiving the amount it would have under its annualized frozen rate rather than the utility's actual or projected costs of serving the customer?; 4) rather than implementing a minimum stay, should the Commission use its emergency ratemaking authority to rectify losses the utilities may incur?; 5) is there a justification for a market-based "come and go" rate to be imposed in lieu of a minimum stay requirement?; and 6) rather than implementing a minimum stay, should the Commission require that all competitive retail electric supplier contracts be for a 12 or 24 month term. Initial comments are due December 11, 2001, and reply comments are due January 2, 2002. The full text of the Order Requesting Comments is available on the NEM Website.
Commission Approves Uniform Interconnection Service Requirements
The Commission has approved a settlement agreement on uniform interconnection service requirements. The settlement sets forth a Pro Forma Interconnection Tariff, an Application for Interconnection and Parallel Operation with a Company Distribution System, Technical Requirements for Interconnection and Parallel Operation of Distributed Generation, and the Interconnection Request Screening Process. The utilities are required to file supporting documentation on the cost basis for individual company fee schedules by January 19, 2002. The full text of the Order is available at: http://dis.puc.state.oh.us/CMPDFs/CPTW+2GALLJD+G7D.pdf and the full text of the Settlement is available at: http://dis.puc.state.oh.us/CMPDFs/JAR2$E8LRHLF6S5L.pdf.
Order on Mid-Sized LDC Gas Choice Programs
The Commission issued an Order on mid-sized LDC gas choice programs adopting Staff's Report with a modification. The Staff Report recommended that:
The Commission modified Staff's recommendations to allow MGU to use an annual reconciliation process that recognizes supplier underdeliveries and overdeliveries. The full text of the Order and Staff's Report are available on the NEM Website.
Order on Slamming and Cramming Rules
The Commission issued an Order adopting slamming and cramming rules for electric suppliers. The rules provide that:
The full texts of the Order and the Slamming and Cramming Rules are available on the NEM Website.
Commissioners from important states have indicated interest in speaking at NEM's Annual Membership Meeting and National Restructuring Conference in Washington, DC, on April 2 and 3, 2002. NEM members interested in moderating and presenting competitive perspectives are urged to contact headquarters to ensure a slot on this agenda.
NEM headquarters is offering career networking for its members. Members wishing to take advantage of this new service are urged to contact headquarters - all communications will be held in the strictest of confidences.
NEM will be testing its new intra-internet functions, list serves and advanced Website functions over the next few months. We urge all members to contact headquarters to with suggestions to make it the best available site for members and the industry. Please let us know any glitches you experience during this testing phase so we can fix them before our formal launch. All ideas, suggestions and recommendations are welcomed and encouraged.