October 13, 2000


 Industry Leadership Roundtable Moved to the Woodlands Inn, Executive Committee Meeting Will Remain at the Pavilion

Due to an overwhelming response, the Industry Leadership Roundtable and Golf Tournament has been moved to the Woodlands Inn and Conference Center. Final head counts are due next week. The Online Registration Form is hotlinked here for your convenience. The brochure is hotlinked here for your convenience.

The Executive Committee meeting will still be held at the Woodlands Pavilion. Members of the NEM Technology Policy Development Teams are welcome to attend the Executive Committee meeting and all NEM members are invited to the cocktail reception with Pat Wood immediately following the Executive Committee at the Pavilion.

Members who want their logo's on NEM's banner must send hi-resolution PhotoShop graphics to headquarters ASAP. Internet graphics will not print out well on a large banner.

 National Energy Technology Policy -Final Draft

A conference call will be held on Monday, October 16, 2000, at 11AM EST to discuss and vote on redlines to the final draft of NEM's National Energy Technology Policy. All members are encouraged to participate. The agreed to changes that result from the conference call will be included in the final document presented to the Executive Committee for a vote on October 30, 2000. The full text of the Final Draft of NEM's National Energy Technology Policy is hot linked here and available on the NEM Website.

IMServ Nominated to NEM Executive Committee

NEM is pleased to announce that IMServ has been nominated to serve on the Executive Committee. If elected, Gregory Lizak, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for IMServ North America, will be IMServ's representative to the Executive Committee.

IMServ is an end-to-end energy data management specialist. As an energy services company it helps energy service providers, ISOs, utilities and corporations and is part of the $14 billion Invensys family of global electronics and engineering products and services. IMServ provides energy information, data collection, metering, MDMA, aggregation, billing software, data warehousing and analysis.

 NEM Successfully Opposes EIA Reporting Requirement

Restructuring Today highlighted NEM's successful effort to dissuade EIA from imposing an onerous new reporting requirement on unregulated gas marketers and billers. The full text of the Restructuring Today article is hot linked here and available on the NEM Website.

 Kazakhstan Delegation Requests Meeting with NEM

NEM has been requested to meet with a delegation from Kazakhstan during the period of October 28-November 4, 2000. Any members that will be in the Washington, D.C. area during this time that wish to meet with the Kazakhstan delegation should contact NEM headquarters.

 Research Papers Sought on Electric Industry Restructuring

The University of California Energy Institute's Program on Workable Energy Regulation (POWER) is accepting research papers on topics related to electricity industry restructuring for a one-day conference to be held in Berkeley on March 16, 2001. Draft papers are due by December 1, 2000. Members interested in submitting a paper should contact NEM headquarters.


 FERC Denies Request for Non-Physical, Financial Trades in the NYISO Market

The Commission denied a request to allow entities that do not physically consume or supply energy, such as power marketers, to bid into the NYISO-administered day-ahead and real-time markets for power by August 1, 2000. Instead, the Commission required the NYISO to file a report on its development of a plan to implement bidding by non-physical entities on, or before, January 1, 2001. The full text of the Order is available on the NEM Website.

 Staff Requests NYISO Data in Bulk Power Market Investigation

Pursuant to its bulk power market investigation, Staff has requested the NYISO provide data about market congestion, generation and transmission outages, curtailment of scheduled transmissions, and generator interconnection. The full text of Staff's Data Request is available on the NEM Website.

State Issues

New York

 Commission Approves NFG Settlement

The Commission has approved the NFG rate settlement providing $19.1 million in credits for a year beginning November 1, 2000, and $6.5 million in credits for the subsequent twelve-month period. The full text of the Commission's Order approving the Settlement will be posted on the NEM Website when made available electronically.

 Revised Schedule in ConEd Electric Proceeding

The Commission has revised the schedule in the ConEd electric proceeding as follows:

Proponents Supporting Statements Due - October 16, 2000;

Opponents Opposing Statements Due - October 23, 2000;

Evidentiary Hearings - October 26, 2000.

The full text of the Notice Extending Filing Dates is available on the NEM Website.

 NEM Files Testimony and NYSEG Serves Interrogatories in Back-Out Rate Proceeding.

NEM has taken the position that the full rate base value associated with all supply and commercial costs associated with serving retail customers who switch to alternative energy suppliers should be "backed out" of NYSEG rates and provided to its customers as a "backout" credit.

 ALJ Clarifies Scope of POLR Proceeding

The ALJ has clarified the scope of the POLR proceeding to exclude a discussion on the use of names resembling those of affiliated utilities. The full text of the ALJ's Ruling is available on the NEM Website.


 Emissions Disclosure Working Group (EDWG) Report

The EDWG released a Report providing as follows:

  • The disclosure labels approved by the Commission may be further refined in response to consumer feedback and possible coordination with the format of New Jersey labels;
  • No consensus has yet been reached on procedures for verification of emissions and fuel mix disclosures other than emissions and fuel mix data. Two approaches considered are third party verification and self-certification by electric companies and suppliers.
  • EDWG will try to cooperate with other states in the PJM region to develop consistent emissions disclosure requirements.
  • Annual disclosures should be based on calendar year data. Updated disclosure labels are to be distributed to customers on April 1 and October 1.

The full text of the EDWG Report to the Commission is available from NEM headquarters.

 Generic Technical Implementation Working Group (GTIWG) Report on EDI

The GTIWG has filed a Report with the Commission detailing a change control process for changes to EDI standards. The GTIWG also filed a Report on an enrollment and billing plan for EDI testing describing requirements for testing, recommended functions of a third-party testing moderator, requirements for actual enrollments, and a general description of the testing procedure. The full texts of the Reports are available from NEM headquarters.


 Consumer Advocate Opposes PECO's Request to Recover Education Costs

The Consumer Advocate opposes PECO's request to recover local education costs through the automatic adjustment clause arguing that such costs are properly recoverable under deferral cost recovery. The Consumer Advocate argues that if such recovery is permitted, it should not be itemized as a separate line item on the customers' bills. The full text of the Consumer Advocate's Filing in Opposition is available from NEM headquarters.


 Commission Approves Allegheny Power Stipulation

The Commission has approved the Allegheny Power stipulation which provides as follows:

  • Allegheny Power will provide a shopping credit for customers who switch to an alternative supplier;
  • Allegheny Power will not impose any generation transition charge on any switching customer;
  • Allegheny Power will not recover through the regulatory transition charge (RTC) any of its other stranded costs contained within its filing, except for regulatory assets. Education expenses, estimated to be $330,000 over the market development period, are to be deferred as a regulatory asset at the rate of nine percent for possible recovery through an appropriate proceeding.
  • The company will provide a five percent residential generation rate discount on the generation component, including the RTC component during the market development period;
  • Non-aggregated residential customers may return two times to the default tariffs, before choosing a tariff with a minimum stay period;
  • Allegheny Power will make consolidated bill ready billing available by January 1, 2001; and

The full text of the Order Approving the Stipulation is available on the NEM Website.

 Commission Clarifies DP&L Stipulation

The Commission has clarified its previous Order on the DP&L Stipulation to provide that until a twenty-percent switching level is achieved, each customer will receive one free switch during the market development period. The full text of the Commission's Order is available on the NEM Website.


 Anti-Slamming and Anti-Cramming Procedure NOPR

The Commission has issued a NOPR seeking proposals on anti-slamming and anti-cramming procedures to protect electric customers. Initial comments are due December 1, 2000, and reply comments are due December 15, 2000. The full text of the Anti-Slamming and Anti-Cramming Procedure NOPR is available on the NEM Website. All member comments should be sent to NEM headquarters at your earliest convenience.