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Primer Series: An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation
The National Hydropower Association and the Energy Bar Association are pleased to team together to present a primer on the hydroelectric industry. The Primer will be held in Boston, MA on September 15-16th The purpose of the primer, An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation is to provide attorneys who are new to the practice of hydroelectric law a foundational understanding of the hydroelectric industry and how it is regulated by teaching basic industry fundamentals and core regulatory and legal concepts. The primer also provides an overview of key legal and policy issues affecting the industry today and will include a tour of the Boott Hydroelectric Project. Download the brochure at http://eba-net.org/eba-primer-series-introduction-hydropower-law-and-regulation.
Consider becoming a Sponsor
We invite you to consider sponsorship of the Energy Bar Association’s Mid-Year Meeting & Conference. The Energy Bar Association’s Mid-Year Meeting & Conference attracts approximately 450 attendees including attorneys, non-attorney professionals, and students active in all areas of energy law, which include, antitrust, international energy transactions, legislation and regulatory reform, electric utility regulation, alternative dispute resolution, finance and transactions, and environment and public lands, to name just a few, at federal, state, and international levels. This meeting will bring together decision makers on key issues impacting energy law. Details on sponsorship and the program agenda are available at: http://www.eba-net.org/2014-mid-year-conference.
2014 Mid-Year Conference — Registration Now Open!
Conference highlights available at http://eba-net.org/2014-mid-year-conference#agenda
On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 8:00am to Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 5:00pm at the Renaissance Hotel 999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC the Energy Bar Association will host its annual Mid-Year Meeting and Conference. EBA's Mid-Year Conference brings together more than 500 people for two days of educational programing and networking. Registration is now open. Check the website often for updates on the meeting agenda and networking events.
EBA Update Newsletter available online
We are pleased to present the 2014 Summer issue of the Energy Bar Association's newsletter, EBA Update, which you may access by clicking here. Among the highlights of this newly-designed Update is an in-depth interview with Llewellyn King, the Founding Editor-in-Chief and publisher of The Energy Daily and Defense Week, and Creator, Executive Producer and Host of White House Chronicle (to name just a few accomplishments), contributed by feature-writers Channing Strother and Gary Guy. In the President’s Message on page 2, Jason Leif lauds the EBA staff and numerous EBA volunteers for their tireless work advancing the organization’s mission. The Northeast Chapter and the Rocky Mountain Chapter recently demonstrated these exemplary efforts in their successful Chapter Annual Meetings, which you can read about on pages 6 and 11, respectively. The YLC also continues to energetically lead the charge in providing “superior educational programming, networking opportunities, and information resources.” Pictures from the YLC’s 2014 Annual Intern Reception can be found on page 12. On page 3, Marcia Hooks, CFEBA President, provides a comprehensive update on the CFEBA’s many good works and introduces a new way to contribute to CFEBA at no cost of your own via Amazon Smile — please check it out!
You will not want to miss the Judge’s Corner in this issue, which starts on page 7. FERC Administrative Law Judge Michael J. Haubner went all out to provide comprehensive legal writing guidance in his article Lucid Longhand for Lawyers: A Persuasive Art. Please also take note of the EBA Book Club Newsflash announcement of the 3Q, 2014 Book of the Quarter and upcoming adventure on April 21st.
EBA AND INDUSTRY PROGRAMS
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. 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.
Discussion on FERC Enforcement Practice
On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, the FERC Practice and Administrative Law Judges and Compliance and Enforcement committees of the Energy Bar Association will hold a panel discussion of current FERC enforcement practice, critiques of that practice and proposals for reforms. Program details and registration information to follow.
Save the Date: Meet Commissioner Picker — September 17th
The Western Chapter of EBA is hosting an EBA Energizer Program on September 17, 2014, 11:30 am–1:00 pm to Meet Commissioner Picker. Hosted at Holland & Knight LLP, One Embarcadero Center, 30th Fl., San Francisco, CA. Check the EBA Online Calendar for more details.
Come to Canada! EBA hosts "Enforcement Proceedings before Energy Regulators in Canada and the United States" Program
The Northeast Chapter of EBA is pleased to present our first Canadian-based program on September 19, 2014 at the National Club, Toronto, Ontario, 303 Bay St, Toronto ON. The agenda and registration will be available soon on the EBA Online Calendar. We hope you attend the program and enjoy a weekend in Toronto.
NERC Compliance & Enforcement for Practitioners
On Thursday, October 2, 2014, EBA's System Reliability & Planning Committee along with the Young Lawyers Committee are planning a half-day program designed for new and seasoned NERC electric reliability practitioners alike, this half-day session will explore NERC's transition from a voluntary organization to the FERC-certified ERO, as well as the mechanics of NERC's compliance and enforcement process and procedures. This will be followed by a panel discussion with NERC and industry experts covering reforms to NERC's compliance and enforcement program, and the role of the lawyer in NERC audits and investigations. The forum will conclude with a networking cocktail reception.
Location: George Washington Law School, Washington, D.C. Details and registration information to follow.
Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments
On October 9, 2014, 12:00-1:30pm ET, EBA's Natural Gas Regulation and State Commission Practice and Regulation Committees are planning this popular renewal - Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments provides attendees with the "fracking 101 basics," a former top state regulator's perspective and analysis of court cases involving fracking issues. Program details and registration available soon.
Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course
The New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities presents the Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course on October 12-17, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM. The course, which is co-sponsored by the Energy Bar Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, is a comprehensive, practical tutorial on ratemaking for interstate natural gas pipelines.
September 4-5 — 12th Annual Gas and Power Institute
September 10 — Discussion on FERC Enforcement Practice
September 15-16 — EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation
September 17 — Meet Commissioner Picker
September 19 — EBA's First-Ever Canadian Meeting: Enforcement Proceedings before Energy Regulators in Canada and the United States
October 2 — NERC Compliance & Enforcement for Practitioners
October 9 — Fracking Revisited - Current and Past Developments
October 12-17 — Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course
November 4-5 — 2014 EBA Mid-Year Conference, Washington, D.C.
November 4 — CFEBA Annual Gala, Washington, D.C.
A full calendar of events can be found here.
Light Up the Night through your support of CFEBA
The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) Twelfth Annual Fundraising Gala & Silent Auction: Light Up the Night will be held on November 4, 2014 in conjunction with the EBA Mid-Year Meeting to raise money for energy related charitable activities, more specifically to purchase medical solar suitcases for maternity health clinics around the world, where there is no form of electricity and dire need. Due to lack of energy access, globally, an estimated 289,000 women die annually from complications from pregnancy and childbirth. We need your help in making our Annual Fundraising event a HUGE success!
Please consider donating to the CFEBA Silent Auction!
Items may be donated by you, your employer, or both. Give what you’d like to get!
Items currently on the Gala Committee wish list are:
Please complete and submit the silent auction donation form. Feel free to call Michele L. Smith (Duehring) with any questions or for more information at (202) 223-5625.
- Wine & Spirits
- Theater tickets (Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, National Theatre, etc.)
- Restaurant Gift Certificates
- Spa Treatments
- Vacation Rentals
White House hands gavel to LaFleur, as Bay stands by
Environment & Energy Publishing
President Obama officially named Cheryl LaFleur Aug. 1 to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission until next April. The White House has designated Norman Bay to take over the chairmanship on April 15, 2015. LaFleur had been FERC's acting chairwoman since the resignation of former Chairman Jon Wellinghoff last November.
Department of Energy seeks to curb methane emissions from gas infrastructure
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a series of initiatives aimed a curbing methane emissions from the nation’s natural gas infrastructure. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. It’s released by livestock, landfills and oil and gas production. Methane accounts for about 9 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas pollution, but it’s over 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat trapping gas.
Ohio utilities take net metering fight to state Supreme Court
Midwest Energy News
A case going before the Ohio Supreme Court could have a major impact on distributed generation in the state, while raising questions about corporate separation and possible conflicts of interest for regulated utilities. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio recently confirmed that net-metering customers are entitled to the full value of the electricity they feed back into the grid from renewable energy and other distributed generation technologies. However, FirstEnergy and American Electric Power’s Ohio utilities are trying to reduce the amounts customers will get for that excess electricity. The utilities, along with Dayton Power & Light and Duke Energy, also raised other objections to the rules.
IPAA survey: Regulation becoming more burdensome for oil, gas independents
Oil & Gas Journal
Regulations over the past 5 years have made operations more complex for independent oil and gas producers, according to a recent survey, Profile of Independent Producers 2012-13, released by the Independent Petroleum Association of America. A vast majority of respondents indicated that regulations have resulted in increased administrative costs, with 48 percent reporting slight increases and 43 percent reporting significant increases. Air pollution standards represented the most pressing concern for independents, as 33 percent said it has the largest impact on operations while 35 percent said it had the second-largest impact on operations.
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