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January 5, 2018
NEM Upcoming Events

NEM’s Annual Winter Executive Committee Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, Florida on January 17-19, 2018. Please register at this hotlink. A draft Agenda is available at this hotlink. The Winter Executive Committee Meeting is where the members identify and prioritize the issues, states, and utility markets of greatest import. The national and regional leadership teams will help focus NEM’s advocacy, PR and policy development activities in 2018.

The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, Florida has a block of hotel rooms at an NEM Rate of $239, and discount tickets to Disney World and Universal Studios have been reserved for members. A golf outing and welcome reception for members will be held on January 17, 2018, at the Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Course. Hotel reservations can be made at this hotlink. Call NEM headquarters at (202) 333-3288 to register for golf.

NEM’s 21st Annual National Restructuring Conference will be held April 30 – May 2, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel, Washington, DC. An agenda is forthcoming.

Staff Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering

FERC Staff issued its annual Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering. Staff reports that advanced metering deployment rates continue to increase with 64.7 million advanced meters operational in 2015 (42.9% penetration rate).

Staff found that total potential peak demand savings from retail demand response programs increased by 1,684MW (5.4%), between 2014 and 2015, subject to regional differences. On the wholesale side, the contribution of demand resources to meeting peak demand decreased to 5.7% in 2016 from 6.6% in 2015.

In 2015, the number of customers enrolled in incentive-based demand response programs nationwide declined by 2% to approximately 9.1 million customers. However, enrollment in time-based demand response programs increased by approximately 10% to approximately 7.6 million customers in 2015.

Staff also identified outstanding barriers to customer participation in demand response. These include the need for implementation of time-based pricing; a lack of coordination between state and federal policies; and barriers to the use of demand response as a distribution system resource.

The full text of Staff's Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering is available on the NEM Website.

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Commission Schedules Hearing on Supplier Consolidated Billing Proposal

The Commission scheduled a legislative-style hearing to gather further input on a proposal for implementation of a supplier consolidated billing (SCB) option for customers of competitive retail electricity and natural gas suppliers by June 30, 2019. The hearing will take place on February 20, 2018, beginning at 10AM at the Commission's Baltimore office. NEM previously filed comments in support of the proposal for the implementation of a SCB option. NEM noted that SCB allows competitive suppliers to significantly enhance the nature and quality of the relationship with their customers and also enables competitive suppliers to offer an expanded array of innovative products and services that utility consolidated billing simply does not accommodate. The proposal would ensure that consumer protection is maintained through enhanced supplier qualification requirements. The proposal would also allow suppliers to manage bad debt risk by allowing suppliers to request the utility disconnect a customer for nonpayment and collecting deposits. The full texts of the Notice of Hearing and NEM's Comments are available on the NEM Website.

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Board Adopts Changes to Supplier Regulations

The Board adopted amendments and new provisions to its regulations pertaining to government energy aggregation programs, anti-slamming and third-party suppliers (TPSs). The new rules became effective December 18, 2017, upon publication in the New Jersey Register.

Among the changes adopted, reflecting state law and a prior Board Order, was the TPS Contract Summary requirement. The TPS Contract Summary must include an explanation of the difference between fixed and variable rates, including an explanation of how weather fluctuations may affect the price of variable rate contracts. The Board has posted the TPS Contract Summary Standardized Format. It also posted the Government Energy Aggregation (GEA) Program Summary Standardized Format.

The full text of the Rulemaking Decision is available on the NEM Website.

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Tentative Implementation Order on SREC Law

Act 40 0f 2017 included a provision requiring that solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) must come from within the state of Pennsylvania. The law is intended to address the problem created by previously allowing SRECs to be purchased from out-of-state, but not allowing SRECs to be sold outside of the state. The Commission has issued a Tentative Implementation Order (TIO) providing its proposed interpretation of the new law. Of particular significance, the TIO would grandfather into future certification compliance those facilities receiving a certification from the AEPS Administrator to generate Tier I SRECs before October 30, 2017. The TIO would also allow any solar facility that is not otherwise AEPS-certified but has entered into a purchase and sale contract for SRECs before October 30, 2017, to obtain Tier I solar photovoltaic share certification by providing proof of the contract to the Commission.

Comments are due thirty days after publication of the TIO in the PA Bulletin. The full texts of Act 40 and the Tentative Implementation Order are available on the NEM Website.

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