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|| EBA UPCOMING PROGRAMS: 2018 EVENTS|
|April 5, 2018
||EBA Energizer: Emerging Topics in Oil Pipeline Regulation
||Houston, TX and Washington, DC
|April 5, 2018
||2018 Rocky Mountain Chapter and Renewable Energy Committee Conference: At The Intersection of Energy, Business & Industry, & Environment
|April 11, 2018
||2018 Enforcers and Defenders Forum
|April 18, 2018
||Best Practices for Mediating an Energy Dispute
|April 26, 2018
||2018 Houston Chapter Luncheon: Meet Chairman Kevin J. McIntyre
|May 6, 2018
||EBA Book Club Selection for Spring 2018
|May 7-8, 2018
||2018 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference
|May 7, 2018
||2018 CFEBA Annual Gala
|June 13-14, 2018
||2018 Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting
||New York, NY
|Oct. 29-30, 2018
||2018 EBA Mid-Year Energy Forum
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FERC's critics, and two commissioners, say new comment policy will hurt landowners
FERC says it will limit public interventions in its pipeline review process if they are submitted outside the prescribed time, in a new policy that’s being attacked by the agency’s critics as an attempt to stifle comment. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on March 15 that it won’t be so flexible with “untimely” interventions as it has been in the past. It was responding to Delaware Riverkeeper Network which filed its opposition to a pipeline project at Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, five weeks after the deadline.
Can Russia maintain European energy dominance?
Currently, more than half of the energy consumed in the EU is imported extraterritorially. Of that share, Russia supplies 37.4 percent of gas consumed by the member states. With the decline of domestic resources, this amount is likely to increase. Critics fear that Europe’s energy security is under strain as Moscow has been accused of wielding energy exports as a weapon in conflicts with its neighbors.
China's pressure to stop energy projects dents economic growth in Vietnam
Voice of America
Vietnam faces a pinch to economic development as China pressures it to stop exploring in a disputed sea for oil and natural gas, two important fuel sources for the fast-growing Southeast Asian country, analysts say. Spanish driller Repsol last month quit a Vietnamese-approved project at Vanguard Bank in the South China Sea, apparently under pressure from China, foreign media reports and political experts say. Now Vietnam is considering a $4.6 billion gas exploration project with ExxonMobil off its central coast, local partner CNG Vietnam Joint Stock Co. says. China claims the site of that project as well.
In Illinois, the humble utility pole meets the smart grid
Energy News Network
The wooden utility pole has changed little since it was first used in the mid-19th century to string telegraph line between cities. At a test site in Champaign, Illinois, though, researchers are getting a glimpse at how the humble utility pole could get a reboot for the smart grid era.
How are Oil Pipeline Regulations Evolving in the Trump Era? Tomorrow
Leading experts Nicolas McTyre of Thompson & Knight, Jamie Blackburn of Day Pitney, Daniel Arthur of The Brattle Group, Rick Smead of RBN Energy and Daniel Poynor of Steptoe & Johnson will discuss emerging topics in oil pipeline regulation, including the changing industry structure, FERC's recent Magellan declaratory order, and the impact of recently announced FERC tax policy changes. This event will be held in the Houston office of Thompson & Knight and Washington, DC office of Day Pitney tomorrow, April 5. There is no remote participation available. Learn more and register.
Last Call: At the Intersection of Energy, Business & Industry, & Environment
Industry experts in the government, utility, and private sectors will share insights on:
WebEx participation is available. You may register for one panel or the whole conference. Or, if you are local, attend in person at the Denver offices of Holland & Hart, so you don’t miss the Women in Energy Networking Lunch, featuring WY & CO Commissioners. Learn more and register.
- Perspectives on Corporate Procurement of Renewable Energy
- Environmental Regulations and Current Issues Affecting the Oil/Gas Industry
FERC Enforcement, ADR Focus of Enforcers and Defenders Forum, April 11
FERC's enforcement litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution and current trends in enforcement will be the subjects of discussion at the 2018 Enforcers and Defenders Forum at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC on April 11, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. This annual event is designed for U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) staff and private practitioners. CLE credit will be requested for this session. The forum will conclude with a networking cocktail reception. Learn more and register.
Best Practices for Mediating an Energy Dispute, April 18
Carolyn Lerner, Chief Mediator, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Kathleen Scanlon, Chief Mediator, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Dean Leslie, Circuit Mediator for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Bruce Birchman, retired FERC Administrative Law Judge and Barret Hawks of JAMS will lead a program designed to help attorneys handle complex energy disputes at FERC and in federal district or circuit courts. Charles Ferguson, President of Energy Dispute Solutions, will moderate. The program will be held on April 18, 2018 at Eversheds Sutherland, 700 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Register here.
FERC Chairman McIntyre Comes to Houston!
You will not want to miss your chance to have lunch and meet FERC Chairman Kevin J. McIntyre, on April 26, 2018 at the Jones Day offices in Houston, TX. This event will provide EBA members and guests with the opportunity to get to know Chairman McIntyre in an informal atmosphere, receive a first-hand account of his insights concerning pertinent and contemporary energy issues facing the industry today, ask questions and fit in some quick networking with colleagues over lunch. Learn more and register.
Suedeen Kelly to Moderate Panel Analyzing Recent Court Decisions on Transmission Companies' Return on Equity at 2018 Annual Meeting
Former FERC Commissioner Suedeen G. Kelly will moderate a panel of attorneys from opposite trenches in two cases that will significantly impact the calculation of return on equity for transmission companies: CPUC v. FERC, decided by the Ninth Circuit in January and Emera Maine v. FERC, decided by the D.C. Circuit last April, at the 2018 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference on May 7 in Washington, DC. The panelists will discuss the litigation and decisions, the impact on how transmission companies calculate Return on Equity (ROE), and whether changes at FERC may be in the offering as a result.
Registration is now open and we also encourage you to take advantage of the Early Bird discount which ends April 13th. If you want to stay on top of the key issues and trends impacting the energy industry and if you want to meet and develop relationships with key insiders impacting energy law, then you need to be here. Early Bird savings helps you do that.
The 2018 Annual Meeting highlights include:
EBA has reserved a room block at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel and our room block cutoff is April 10. Make reservations while they last, build relationships that will last a lifetime, and join us for this great event.
- Keynote address from FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre
- 12 policy discussions and panels including on the new tax law, the Clean Water Act and a CEO panel on oil and gas sector prospects
- 10-15 hours of MCLE credit, and an additional 1.5 hours of ethics credit
- The Charitable Foundation of EBA Gala on May 7 to help Puerto Rico restore its electrical grid
EBA Wants You! Our Call for Volunteers for 2018-2019
The Energy Bar Association (EBA) is an amazing community of legal and industry professionals who share information and knowledge that helps grow their energy practices and businesses. But EBA is only as good as the volunteers who make its learning and networking events possible. EBA needs you!
Increase your involvement in EBA and be rewarded by accessing hundreds of energy attorneys and professionals who can help you expand your practice or business. Networking is cited as the number one reason why energy insiders join EBA and retain their membership. By volunteering to help EBA with its events, you will be at the forefront of why EBA is so valued as a professional association. EBA offers a variety of ways for members to get involved, from short-term volunteer projects to committee, council, chapter and Board service.
You can make all the difference for EBA and we would be excited to have you. For more information about the Energy Bar Association, contact us at (202) 223-5625 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EBA Update Highlight: NERC Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Berardesco Calms Troubled Waters
Charles A. (“Charlie”) Berardesco was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of EBA Update, and has spoken on panels and a keynote lunch at EBA forums. We feature him again to look into his emergency move from Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to step in as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer upon the abrupt departure of Gerry Cauley.
The inquisitorial team of Gary Guy and David Martin Connelly (aka “Bob Simon and Henry Trewitt”) interviewed him at his office. Read the full article here.
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Southern Chapter Vice President Summarizes Spring Conference
Key state utilities commissioners from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina offered perspectives on energy infrastructure, the Clean Power Plan, cybersecurity, PURPA and other regional topics at the Southern Chapter’s 2018 Spring Conference in early March. Cindy Miller, Vice President of EBA’s Southern Chapter, wrote a summary of the day’s discussions. Read her reflections here.
Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting to be in New York City, June 13-14
The 2018 Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting will be held at the New York City offices of DLA Piper on June 13-14, 2018. Save the date. Learn more.
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Current Listings on EBA's Job Bank
If your firm/organization is trying to fill an open position, consider posting it on our Job Bank. Job postings will be posted for 60 days, unless the employer requests that the job listing be removed or extended.
To post a position, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the posting attached (word format or pdf).
For the most recent job postings, visit EBA’s Job Bank.
Editorial Board Positions Open for the Energy Law Journal, Apply by April 13
The Energy Law Journal (ELJ) currently has positions open on our Editorial Board. If you are interested in serving as an editor of the ELJ, please contact Bob Fleishman or Harvey Reiter by April 13, 2018.
The Journal is one of a handful of peer-reviewed law journals, is a preeminent energy publication providing thought-provoking and deeply researched articles by practitioners, academics, Federal judges, high-ranking federal and state government officials, members of FERC and state regulatory commissions, and others. To learn more, contact Robert S. Fleishman, Editor-in-Chief, 202.887.8768, email@example.com or Harvey L. Reiter, Executive Editor, 202.728.3016, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFEBA Presents Big Check to Blue Triangle
The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) and the EBA’s Houston Chapter had the pleasure of presenting a $25,000 grant to the Blue Triangle Multicultural Association on Thursday, March 22, 2018 in Houston, TX. Blue Triangle, a multi-cultural community center helping underserved Houstonians focuses on community services such as free swim lessons and water safety programs, as well as after-school and summer camp for 5-13 year olds.
James Cargas, President of EBA’s Houston Chapter and Rick Smead, who is both the Houston Chapter and CFEBA Treasurer presented the check to Charlotte Kelly Bryant, Executive Director of the Blue Triangle, as part of its Celebrate Women’s History Month. CFEBA’s goal with these funds was to identify an unmet energy-related need in the community that was not going to be addressed by FEMA or insurance. The grant will support Blue Triangle’s effort to make critical electrical and structural repairs to its facility.
“This donation is going to make a tremendous impact on our community,” said Ms. Kelly Bryant. “It will assist us to complete necessary repairs caused by Harvey. We are very grateful to CFEBA and EBA for their support.”
CFEBA wishes to thank all of our EBA members and NRG Energy, Inc. for its support. To support CFEBA’s 2018 Fundraising efforts: http://www.eba-net.org/cfeba/donate/
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