September 22, 2000


 NEM's October Meeting Will Focus on Internet/ Technology Policy and Texas Restructuring

The brochure for the NEM Leadership Roundtable and Golf Tournament to be held in conjunction with the Executive Committee and Policy Development Meeting is hotlinked here for your convenience as well as the Online Registration Form.

 NEM Challenge to EIA Proposed Form is Successful

In response to the legal challenge submitted by NEM, the EIA has withdrawn its Proposed Gas Biller Survey. EIA is currently considering NEM's proposal to collect the data from existing state reports or distribution companies. A copy of NEM's Comments is hotlinked here for your convenience. The full text of a Gas Daily Article highlighting NEM's challenge is available on the NEM Website.

 NEM and Others Considering Standards Based on XML Technology

NEM's Internet/Technology Policy Development Team is drafting proposals for national standards that incorporate XML technology. Other energy groups are looking at XML. One such group, the Energy Trading Standards Group (ETSG), is devising standards for exchanging data between online trading platforms and transaction/risk management systems using XML. The full text of a Washington Post Article on the Benefits of XML Language is available on the NEM Website.

 NEM Requested to Participate in Vermont Educational Conference on Retail Access

NEM has been requested to represent marketer interests at the Vermont Educational Conference on Retail Access to be held October 24 and 25, 2000. The conference will focus on market structure and operational issues of retail access. Members interested in participating should contact headquarters ASAP.


 California ISO Seeks Extension of Price Cap Authority

The California ISO has filed a tariff amendment seeking to extend its authority to disqualify Imbalance Energy and Ancillary Service bids and to establish price caps in its markets beyond the termination date of November 15, 2000. The Commission has set October 5, 2000, as the deadline for parties to intervene and protest. The full text of the Commission's Notice of Filing is available on the NEM Website. The California ISO's filing will be available on the NEM Website when made available electronically.

 NYSEG Tariff Filing

NYSEG has filed revised tariff sheets in accordance with the Commission's Order. The following documents are available on the NEM Website:

State Issues

New York

 Commission Request for Comments on Orange & Rockland Gas Rate Settlement

The Commission has issued a request for comments on the proposed stipulation in the Orange & Rockland (O&R) gas rate proceeding. The proposed stipulation provides that O&R will:

  • Institute an interim back-out rate of $0.10 per Mcf for firm transportation customers;
  • Institute a $25 customer migration payment to marketers;
  • Remove the cost of gas from delivery rates;
  • Remove the inventory carrying cost of gas in storage from base rates; and
  • Notify marketers and direct customers by June 15 of what capacity is available to marketers prior to posting it on the Electronic Bulletin Board.

Interested parties should submit comments by October 4, 2000. The full text of the Request for Comments including a summary of the proposed settlement agreement is available on the NEM Website.

 ConEd Electric Proceeding

A revised draft settlement agreement, low income proposals, customer incentive proposals, and reliability proposals are circulating among parties in the ConEd electric proceeding. Due to confidentiality concerns, NEM members that wish to review the documents should contact headquarters.

 Settlement Reached in NFG Proceeding

The Commission has suspended the filing date for NFG's evidentiary submission in its gas rate proceeding because the parties have reached a settlement agreement. Interested members should contact headquarters.

 Plenary Meeting in POLR Proceeding

There will be a plenary meeting in the POLR proceeding on September 26 and 27, 2000, at the Commission's Albany offices. The full text of the Notice of Plenary Meeting is available on the NEM Website.

 NYISO Postings

The following NYISO documents are available on the NEM Website:

New Jersey

 Board Order on Internet Enrollment Program

The Board has reviewed the terms of the previously approved Internet Enrollment Program and has ordered that the 10% limit on customer enrollment through the Internet should be eliminated. The full text of the Order and Revised Attachment on the Internet Enrollment Program is available on the NEM Website.


 Metropolitan Edison and Pennsylvania Electric Filings on Restructuring Plans

Metropolitan Edison and Pennsylvania Electric petitioned for completion of the post-divestiture portions of their restructuring plans in accordance with previously filed Divestiture Reports. Metropolitan Edison proposes to adjust the 5% rate increase previously approved in its Settlement, effective January 1, 2006, by an additional 5.90 mills/kWh. Metropolitan Edison seeks the adjustment to increase its non-NUG (non-utility generation) stranded costs by $224 million. Pennsylvania Electric reports that it has fully recovered its incremental non-NUG stranded costs. Both Metropolitan Edison and Pennsylvania Edison propose to update stranded costs in future quarterly filings. The full text of the filings of Metropolitan Edison and Pennsylvania Electric are available from NEM headquarters.

 PECO Energy Petition to Recover Education Costs

PECO has petitioned the Commission for recovery of local education costs incurred under the Consumer Education Program for Gas Choice through the automatic adjustment clause established for statewide education. The full text of PECO Energy's Petition is available on the NEM Website.


 Commission Approves DP&L Stipulation

The Commission has approved the DP&L Stipulation which provides for:

  • A shopping credit for customers equal to the unbundled residual generation component for the unbundled rates filed in DP&L's April 20, 2000, filing. If the 20 percent shopping level is not achieved for the residential class by November 30, 2002, the Customer Transition Cost (CTC) rate will be added to the shopping credit beginning January 1, 2003;
  • Waiver of the switching fee for the first 20 percent of customers that switch to a certified supplier during the Market Development Period;
  • Implementation of consolidated bill-ready billing by June 1, 2001, and the company will use its best efforts to implement supplier consolidated billing by June 1, 2002;
  • Reduction of generation components by five percent, including the Residential Transition Charge (RTC) and the CTC;
  • Freezing the base electric distribution rate through December 31, 2006; and
  • Ending the market development period on December 31, 2003.

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

 Commission Denies Rehearing in FirstEnergy Proceeding

The Commission has denied applications for rehearing submitted in the FirstEnergy proceeding including the denial of FirstEnergy's arguments for approval of its net metering rider and partial service tariff. The full text of the Commission's Entry on Rehearing is available on the NEM Website.


 State Court Upholds BGE Restructuring Order

A Baltimore Judge has upheld the BGE settlement Orders. Marketers had challenged the settlement and generation asset transfer orders as anti-competitive. The Judge ruled that, in approving the settlement, the Commission had adhered to the Electric Customer Choice and Competition Act.

 Model Environmental Disclosure Labels

The Emissions Disclosure Working Group has submitted revised environmental disclosure labels for standard offer service, suppliers offering competitive service in the PJM region and the Allegheny Power region, and companies making environmental claims using prospective data in the PJM and Allegheny Power regions. The full text of the Revised Environmental Disclosure Labels is available on the NEM Website.


 Commission Orders Hearing in Metering and Billing Proceeding

The Commission has ordered a public hearing in the metering and billing proceeding for November 1, 2000, and has established a procedural schedule as follows:

  • Staff to Serve Testimony - October 10, 2000; and
  • Interested Persons to File Testimony and Submit Comments on Staff Testimony - October 23, 2000.
  • Parties that want to adopt previously filed comments as testimony to notify the Commission in writing - October 23, 2000.

The full text of the Order Setting Hearing is available on the NEM Website.