EBA Insights
Jul. 2, 2014

7 Questions for EBA President Jason Leif
It's hard to identify a core energy issue for a group with 2,600 members working in every corner of the energy industry, but Energy Bar Association president and Jones Day partner Jason Leif says regulations controlling carbon emissions are so transformative that they affect the work of virtually any energy attorney. That means carbon regulation will be a prominent topic at the continuing legal education seminars the EBA hosts throughout the year, and also at its two national conferences.More

Walther Foundation Awards CFEBA A Grant
Many thanks to the Walther Foundation for awarding the CFEBA a $5,000 grant, which will be used to help fund worthwhile energy-related charitable causes. We want to also express sincere appreciation to Patrick Kealy, a Trustee of the Walther Foundation Board and a former CFEBA Board Member for all his efforts in helping CFEBA obtain the grant.More

Two Summer Interns Funded By CFEBA Are On Board
Two of the four summer interns that are being funded by CFEBA for 2014 are now on board. Robert Goldfin, a law student at George Washington Law School, is interning at the FERC and Laurie H. Thomas, a law student attending William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, is working with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

For more information on the CFEBA and to make a donation, visit: www.cfeba.org.More

Seeking Nominations for the Paul E. Nordstrom Service Award
EBA's Committee on Nominations is collecting suggestions on candidates for the Paul E. Nordstrom Service Award. This Award was created in memory of Paul Nordstrom, a past President of the Energy Bar Association ("EBA") and motivating force in organizing the Charitable Foundation of the EBA ("CFEBA"). The first award was given to Paul posthumously; subsequent honorees have been Sheila S. Hollis, Richard Meyer, Freddi L. Greenberg and William A. Mogel. The award honors and recognizes exemplary long-term service or a particularly significant example of public service by a current or past member through the EBA, the CFEBA, or the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal. Exemplary community service outside of these organizations also may be considered. Recommendations are due by August 4, 2014.

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Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Peter Young
On Thursday, July 10th the FERC Practice and Administrative Law Judges Committee of the Energy Bar Association is sponsoring a Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Peter Young program and luncheon. Join the discussion with Judge Peter Young to hear his candid responses to your questions. You may submit your questions anonymously by no later than July 7th using the survey monkey link provided with registration. Have important questions about FERC trial practice, but reluctant to ask? This is your opportunity!More

Electricity Markets: Growing Pains or Mid-life Crisis?
The Women's Counsel on Energy and the Environment is hosting a brown bag discussion on July 16th, highlighting the different perspectives on the constantly evolving wholesale electricity markets and the challenges that face market participants when the perceptions of what is "right" and "wrong" behavior change.More

Ethical Considerations in Responding to FERC Investigations
On Tuesday, July 22nd, the EBA Houston Chapter will host a luncheon program entitled: Ethical Considerations in Responding to FERC Investigations at the Houston office of Jones Day at 11:30 am- 1:00pm (CT). This presentation is designed to provide company counsel, compliance officers, outside counsel, and company employees with commercial responsibilities with some insight and practical tips regarding ethical responsibilities when FERC comes calling, especially during the critical, first 72 hours following receipt of a notice of an informal inquiry or formal investigation. The panel will focus on ethical considerations for lawyers involved in such inquiries and investigations, based on FERC's Policy Statements on its Penalty Guidelines and the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct.More

12th Annual Gas and Power Institute
The Gas and Power Institute, to be held on September 4-5, 2014, features timely topics relevant to the gas and power industry in light of the changing landscape of rules, regulation, legislation and environmental requirements, offers essential information on the latest industry and market climate, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources.

2013 Institute highlights:

The Institute is presented by The University of Texas School of Law with the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Energy Bar Association.More

Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course
Presented by the Energy Bar Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course will be held October 13-18, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM. This course is designed to capture the nuances of the natural gas pipeline industry. For a full agenda and to register, click here.More

Looking for educational programming with CLE that fits your schedule?
EBA now offers "On Demand" programs you can download and listen to at your leisure. Consider the possibilities …learn while you commute, garden or when you are breaking a sweat on the treadmill!

High Quality On-Demand and Self-Study programs on the topic you choose at the time you choose. Some of these On-Demand programs also offer CLE hours.More

US oil export decision opens new potential gateway for industry
National Geographic
The U.S. Commerce Department quietly has cleared two Texas-based companies to export a type of crude oil, slightly easing decades-old restrictions and possibly opening the door for many other oil producers. The move comes amid debate over whether the export prohibitions should be re-evaluated as domestic production booms.More

Reid: FERC nominees to get vote when Senate returns from July 4 recess
Bloomberg BNA
The Senate will vote on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees Cheryl LaFleur and Norman Bay when the Senate returns from its Fourth of July recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Bloomberg BNA. “We are going to try get them done, probably not this time, but [the] next week we come back,” Reid said in a brief interview.More

Senate Dems push bill to stop gas price spikes amid Iraq turmoil
The Hill
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is pushing legislation that would give federal regulators emergency power to reign in speculators from "taking advantage of turmoil in Iraq" to spike gas prices. The bill would compel the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which is tasked with regulating oil markets, to use its authority and energy powers to eliminate excessive oil speculation. Sanders introduced the bill June 27 with 13 other Senate Democrats.More

When judges set policy
Oil & Gas Journal
Environmental policy set by judges can thrill lawyers but confound everyone else. This, of course, explains the energetic litigiousness of environmental groups unable to work their will politically. U.S. policy related to climate change comes increasingly from the judicial system. Congress wisely refuses to impose economic hardship as a precaution against postulated overheating of the planet. Taxing carbon, by one means or another, and replacing cheap energy with expensive alternatives would raise energy costs painfully. This is certain. Payoff, in the form of meaningfully avoided warming, is conjectural. Political outcomes pointedly and consistently reflect strong American distaste for sacrificial tradeoff such as this.More