On March 31, 1998, members of the Executive Committee of the National Energy Marketers Association (NEMA) voted to form the Energy Marketers Coalition (EMC), a highly-focused advocacy group whose purpose is to develop and advocate policies and rules to open energy markets to competition nation-wide. NEMA and EMC jointly finished work on a Uniform Code of Conduct (UCC). This code of conduct is intended to govern commercial transactions between regulated utilities and both affiliated and unaffiliated marketers. The Uniform Code of Conduct includes rules to ensure competitive neutrality between affiliated and unaffiliated marketers and recommendations for a full slate of energy and related services and technologies that should be separately priced by regulated utilities and can be competitively offered by non-regulated service providers.
"Given the wide range of issues and companies represented, the discussions were thought-provoking and productive," said Craig Goodman, President of the National Energy Marketers Association. The issue development team includes small regional marketers, large international energy suppliers, wholesalers, retailers and both affiliated and unaffiliated companies. "The views represented could not be more diverse. We have received a number of calls and e-mails from interested PUC Commissioners, legislators and energy policy officials from all parts of the country and the positions emerging from the group's issue development process will be an excellent template for regulators and legislators around the country to use to model local rules," said Goodman, NEMA President and a former energy policy official in the Reagan and Bush Administrations.
A joint meeting of the National Energy Marketers Association and the Energy Marketers Coalition is scheduled for May 14th in Denver Colorado. Members will discuss a rough draft of Uniform National Guidelines for Unbundling the Natural Gas and Electric Transmission and Distribution Functions.
Companies interested in joining the National Energy Marketers Association and helping to develop the group's position on these issues should contact Craig Goodman at NEMA headquarters in Washington, DC at (202) 333-3288.