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NASUCA NEWS

October 29, 2010


Annual Meeting in Atlanta Coming Up Soon; Still Time to
Register

The Annual Meeting scheduled for November 14
-
17 in Atlanta is just around the corner.


There is a new updated agenda posted on the website. Registrations are
still be
accepted.

http://www.nasuca.org/archive/2010%20Atlanta
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Annual%20Meeting.php

The new updated agenda includes the Saturday afternoon meeting of the Critical
Consumer I
ssues Forum (CCIF): “Focusing on Smart Grid from the Consumer
Perspective". Sponsored by NASUCA, NARUC, and the Edison Electric Institute, the
four
-
hour program will be open to all those interested at no charge. The primary
objective of this forum is a rob
ust and constructive dialogue among commissioners,
consumer advocates, and industry on customer
-
centric issues associated with the smart
grid.


While all classes of customers have interest in and are impacted by the smart grid,
the forum discussion will fo
cus on those issues of significant interest to the residential
consumer segment.



The update agenda also includes a change in the schedule for the talk and lunch with
FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff.


It is now scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday followed by
lunch

with the Heads Of Office.

Also on the agenda is an election of officers.


Below is the slate being presented for
consideration by the membership.

Officers:

Mary Healey, (CT)
-

President

Paula Carmody (MD)
-

Vice
-
President

Lewis Mills (MO)
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Treasurer

Rob
Nelson (MT)
-

Secretary



Members:

Janine Migden
-
Ostrander (OH)

Byron Harris (WV)

Bryce Freeman (WY)

Michele Beck (UT)

J.R. Kelly (FL)

Jed Nosal (MA)

Bill Levis (CO)



On Saturday, DOE is sponsoring a workshop on the transmission interconnection
projects.
The workshop will present

perspectives from consumer advocates that are
actively involved in each of these activities and discuss how advocates can get more
information about these activities and get more involved. Advocates speaking include
Sonny Popowsk
y,


Michelle Beck, Bryce Freeman, and Ryan Kind.


The dinner event on Monday is scheduled for Pittypat's Porch. According to the
restaurant's website, "the story is told that when Scarlett visited Atlanta she always
stayed with Aunt Pittypat
. During those visits, Aunty Pitty would prepare only her best
recipes. At Pittypat's Porch, the tradition continues."


Click below for the restaurant's
website.


Once again, our friends at Synapse are sponsoring the event.


http://www.pittypatsrestaurant.com/


The meeting is taking place a the NARUC Hotel the
Omni Hotel at CNN Center
.
NASUCA does not have a hotel block for this meeting. We recommend using a travel
site to find a hotel that meets your needs and is close to the Omni.
Orbitz.com

allows
you to type in a search addres
s if you use Omni Hote
l address, 100 CNN Center,
Atlanta, GA 30303, that will pull up hotels close to the Omni. Double check with
someone either at the Omni or the hotel you are booking at to be sure it is within
walking distance, sometimes the maps and web sites can be deceivi
ng.


Elections 2010


Most political pundits predict that the Republicans will regain control of the House and
have less of a chance of taking over the Senate.


The question is how many seat will
they win.


According to an article in The Hill, the Republica
ns are likely to take at least
50 seats.


They need 39 for control. Click on the article below for more information.


http://thehill.com/hous
e
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polls/thehill
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poll
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week
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4/126001
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blowout
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50
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or
-
more
-
dem
-
seats
-
set
-
to
-
fall


If that happens, the House Energy and Commerce committee will have a new chair.


The debate is over who that would be. When last in power, the Republican put term
limits on chairm
anships which would seem to eliminate former chair Joe Barton from
regaining the gavel.


But, according to an article in The Hill, he may get in back
anyway.


See the article below for how.


http://thehill.com/blogs/blog
-
briefing
-
room/news/126311
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barton
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confident
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he
-
can
-
win
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fight
-
to
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become
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energy
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a
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commerce
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chairman



A Republican takeover might also mean some shuffl
ing among the Democrats.


According to an article in Politico, Ed Markey (D
-
MA), who currently chairs the Energy
and Environment Subcommittee, might switch back to lead the Democrats on the
Communication, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee, especiall
y if current chair
Rick Boucher (D
-
VA) loses his race.


Polls currently have him one point down to his
opponent. See the article below.


http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/44335.ht
ml



NASUCA and TURN Meet with NTSB on Gas Explosion


NASUCA Executive Director Charles Acquard and TURN Executive Director Mark
Toney met with the Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Board to discuss
NTSB's investigation of the San Bruno gas expl
osion last month.


Also joining them
were representatives from NCLC and AARP.


The meeting focused on the procedures
the agency will use to investigate the explosion.


California DRA employee Jacqueline
Greig and her daughter were killed in the explosion.


NASUCA Meets with FCC Consumer Bureau Chief


NASUCA Executive Director Charles Acquard and Interim DC People's Counsel Brenda
Pennington met with Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau Chief Joel Gurin to
thank the FCC for its work on the bill shock NPRM
and express support for the
Consumer Advisory Committee. Joining the meeting by phone were Telecom
Committee Chair David Bergmann and Consumer Committee Chair Craig Graziano.
Gurin is scheduled to speak to NASUCA at the Annual Conference in Atlanta next
mo
nth.


Visitors to Silver Spring Office; Washington Energy Week Articles on
Smart Meters, DC Rollout Challenge


NASUCA President Mary Healey and Colorado Advocate Bill Levis dropped by
NASUCA's Silver Spring office last week and had lunch.


Healey was in town for Grid
Week and Levis part of a NRRI webinar.


An article about the Grid Week Conference
published in Wash
ington Energy Week is attached which includes quotes from Chris
Thomas of Illinois CUB.


The attachment also includes a story about DC Office of the
People's Counsel challenge to the rollout of a smart meter program in the Nation's
Capitol saying that it m
ay have national implications.




NASUCA Sends Letter to Commissioners in Oklahoma and
Mississippi Encouraging Consumer Advocate Office


As a result of conversions at an Emerging Issues Policy Forum conference in Florida
earlier this month, President Mary
Healey sent a letter to commissioners in Oklahoma
and Mississippi encouraging them to create a state consumer advocate office.


The
commissioners said they thought their respective states could use a consumer advocate
and asked President Healey to send the
m a letter supporting an office.


The letter sent
to the commissioner from Mississippi is attached above.




ALJ Rules Ratepayers On the Hook for $44.5 Million for Boulder Smart
Meters

An administrative law judge acting of behalf of the Colorado Public Ser
vice Commission
ruled that Public Service Company of Colorado could recover $44.5 million from
statewide ratepayers for its SmartGridCity project in Boulder. That is three times Xcel's
original estimates and has been opposed by the state's Office of Consum
er Counsel, a
citizen who intervened in the case and two of the state's largest industrial electricity
consumers.


An article in Intelligent Utility about the ruling is below.

http://www.intelligentutility.com/article/10/10/ratepayers
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hook
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xcels
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445
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million
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smartgridcity