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Background and National Call for Papers

Many companies are attempting to compete in the newly restructured energy markets. However, the rules governing the transportation, transmission, sale and delivery of natural gas, electricity and related products, services and technologies are difficult to work with, expensive to change and, in many cases, unfairly favor local utilities, thereby, increasing the cost of energy.

The National Energy Marketers Association (NEMA) is a national, non-profit trade association committed to the deregulation and competitive restructuring of both the natural gas and electricity industries. NEMA gives energy suppliers, marketers and related service providers an effective voice on laws, regulations, operating procedures and standards of conduct governing the production, generation, transmission, distribution, sale and delivery of natural gas, electricity and related products, services and technologies, nationwide. The organization provides a cost-effective national platform to advocate customer choice, open, efficient, liquid and price-competitive energy markets and laws to encourage the development of new and innovative energy services and technologies.

The National Energy Marketers Association is requesting the views of all energy suppliers, marketers, service providers, consumers and government officials on the following issues that have been identified as preventing competition, limiting true customer choice and increasing energy costs:


   
 
Selected Issues Relating
to both the Natural Gas and Electric Industries:
 
The proper measurement, timing and method of stranded cost recoveries;  
Ensuring that all classes of customers are permitted choice as soon as possible;  
Ensuring that all customers are charged fair, non-discriminatory and comparable rates for comparable services, and that secret or discriminatory rates are prohibited;  
Prevention of over-recovery or improper allocation of utility costs;  
Prevention of cost-shifting between wholesale and retail customers to pay for choice;  
Implementation of standards of conduct and industry self-policing;  
Implementation of fair, non-discriminatory and competitively-neutral affiliate standards;  
Customers are permitted to receive one bill from the energy supplier of choice;  
How to avoid over-regulation of energy suppliers and related service providers;  
Ensuring consumer interests are properly protected.  
   
 
Selected Issues Relating
to Electric Transmission, Generation and Marketing:
 
Ensuring that available electric transmission capacity is reported properly;  
Implementation of remedies for overestimates of native loads, which reduce competition;  
Prevention of physical withholding of available electric transmission capacity;  
Implementation of proper remedies for "tagging" and other anti-competitive practices;  
Development of uniform standards to measure transmission capacity;  
Development of uniform electric capacity release tariffs;  
Ensuring proper remedies for failure to comply with OASIS requirements;  
Implementation of uniform standards to audit OASIS compliance;  
Implementation of uniform standards requiring transmission companies to redispatch, thereby avoiding curtailments  
Prevention of market power abuses and price discrimination.  
   
 
Selected Issues Relating
to the Distribution and Marketing of Natural Gas:
 
Ensuring the proper access and allocation of interstate natural gas pipeline capacity;  
Implementation of proper charges or incentive structures for the delivery of natural gas;  
Ensuring proper charges for injection, storage and withdrawal of natural gas;  
Ensuring proper charges for balancing and pooling;  
Ensuring proper charges relating to curtailments;  
Ensuring proper charges for, and allocation of, peak-shaving  
Ensuring reasonable tolerances relating to the delivery of natural gas.  

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