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Second Annual CFEBA Gift Gathering Party — October 6, 2014
Join the YLC and the State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the "CFEBA Gift Gathering Party" honoring State Public Utility Commissioners from across the country, in an effort to help CFEBA carry out their mission by making this year’s Gala and Silent Auction the BEST EVER! You do not want to miss complimentary hors d'oeuvres, happy hour specials, musical entertainment provided by Andre Fox, networking time with colleagues, VIP guests, and OPEN BAR for the first hour thanks to the generosity of our sponsors! In lieu of a registration price, guests are asked to donate an item for the silent auction. All gifts are tax deductible and your generosity supports the continuation of CFEBA’s good works!
Requested Donations include:
Suggested Donation Amounts:
- Bottle of Wine or Spirit
- Restaurant or Services Gift Card
- Private Attorneys: $50 or more
- YLC & Government: $25 or more
Seeking Nominations for State Regulatory Practitioner Award
The State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee is soliciting nominations from the EBA membership for the 2014 State Regulatory Practitioner Award. This prestigious award, which recognizes innovation and superior advocacy by members of the state utility regulatory bar, will be presented at the EBA’s Mid-year Meeting and Conference in Washington, DC in November. Prior recipients of the award include Ben Stone, James Van Nostrand, Sonny Popowsky, and Jeff Genzer. Please submit nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm Eastern on Friday, September 12th.
What do you know about 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. The brochure and registration is available online.
2014 Mid-Year Conference Sessions Now Posted!
Conference highlights available at http://eba-net.org/2014-mid-year-conference#agenda
On November 4th and 5th, 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 AND INDUSTRY PROGRAMS
EBA Member and Non-Member Networking Reception in Boston
Please join the Northeast Chapter of EBA for a networking reception on Monday, September 15th 5:30 pm, in Boston, MA. This is a great way to start your week!
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, 50 California Street, 28th floor, San Francisco, CA.
Colorado State 4th Annual Natural Gas Symposium
This popular event is hosted by Colorado State University (CSU) and will be held on September 24-25, at the Grand Hyatt in Denver. Since the first inaugural event in October 2011, CSU has built a reputation for hosting a balanced symposium discussing all sides of the natural gas issue while remaining an "honest broker" of information and education. Registration has opened!
Midwest Energy Policy Conference
The Midwest Energy Policy Conference (MEPC) 2014 will be held on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in St. Louis, MO and will address the 2014 environmental and energy rulings of the United States Supreme Court; The path forward following the EPA greenhouse gas 111(d) ruling; and What makes successful state energy plan programs relevant and successful in several key focus areas (economic development, education, research, regulations, portfolio mix, biofuels, and more).
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, DC. The agenda details and registration information are available online.
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.
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 15 — EBA Member and Non-Member Networking Reception in Boston
September 15-16 — EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation
September 17 — Meet Commissioner Picker
September 24-25 — Colorado State 4th Annual Natural Gas Symposium
September 30-October 1 — Midwest Energy Policy Conference
October 2 — NERC Compliance & Enforcement for Practitioners
October 6 — Second Annual CFEBA Gift Gathering Party
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.
A full calendar of events can be found here.
Natural gas execs fear they're next for regs
Natural gas producers are keeping quiet about the controversial power plant rules from President Obama, fearing they could become the next target of federal regulators. At least in the short term, a government-forced shift away from coal power would be a boon for the natural gas industry, which is already experiencing a renaissance thanks to advances in the drilling technique of fracking.
FERC grid planning rule survives legal challenge, setting stage for transmission upgrades
Over the past several years, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a number of rules seen as instrumental to integrating renewable energy, demand response and other clean technologies into the grid. Many of these rules have faced legal challenges — and while some have been overturned as a result, others have survived. On Aug. 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed FERC Order 1000, a 2011 ruling that sets up a complex and mandatory new way for transmission operators and utilities to plan for, and pay for, regional grid investments.
FERC chief insists agency is 'on the job' as EPA's carbon rule takes hold
Environment & Energy Publishing
The country's top electricity regulator today said that the current process for ensuring the U.S. grid remains reliable as newly proposed carbon rules take effect is working and that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission doesn't need a more active role in advising U.S. EPA. FERC Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur also said the commission, a key agency overseeing the grid and energy markets, may issue a white paper outlining its advisory role as EPA implements its proposed Clean Air Act rule.
Study links states' economic growth to energy regulation
Oil & Gas Journal
Judged strictly by economic efficiency, energy regulation at the state level works best in the American South and interior and worst on the West Coast and in the Northeast and Upper Midwest. The geographic pattern emerges in results of a study published by the Pacific Research Institute that focuses on electric power but includes regulations affecting motor vehicles. The study’s authors, Wayne Winegarden and Marc A. Miles, define “economic efficiency” as “allocating resources to their most productive uses.”
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