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Obituary and Celebration of Life for Keith McCrea
By Caiti McCrea
Keith McCrea, 67, who practiced law in the District of Columbia for more than 40 years, passed away at his home on September 5, 2014. The cause of death was melanoma.
Mr. McCrea, a resident of Dickerson, MD, was born in Western Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Lehigh University and received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He was a partner with the firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan since 1990 and previously had been a partner with Squires Sanders & Dempsey, and Grove Jaskiewicz & Gilliam. He specialized in energy law and played a leading role in the restructuring of the natural gas and electric industries in California, and how they are regulated at the state and federal levels. He was regularly listed among the top energy lawyers in D.C. and the U.S. by Chambers, The Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers. In his youth, Keith excelled at baseball, playing shortstop at Lehigh University and semi-professionally. He was an avid hunter and fly-fisherman, and enjoyed competing in sporting clay tournaments. He always enjoyed working on the farm.
He will be missed by his wife of 44 years, Penelope McCrea; their children, Conor and his wife Shelly, Chad and his wife Erika, and Caitlin; his grandchildren, Everett and Katherine; his mother, Verna McCrea; his brother, Gary McCrea; and his sister, Sue Lovett. He was preceded in death by his father, Russ McCrea. The family asks for donations to support research efforts to eradicate melanoma. Please indicate the donation is in memory of Keith McCrea and in support of Dr. Evan Lipson’s research. Checks can be made payable to Johns Hopkins Medicine and mailed to Dina Mallis Klicos, Kimmel Cancer Center Development Office, 740 E. Pratt Street, Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202 (or at https://secure.jhu.edu/form/kimmel). The family will be receiving family and friends at his farm (1349 Sugarloaf Mountain Road, Dickerson, MD) on Saturday, September 13, from 1 pm to 5 pm, with remarks at 3 pm.
Global Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution in Energy Infrastructure
The Energy Bar Association International Energy and Transactions Committee and the Alternate Dispute Resolutions Committee Jointly Present: Global Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution in Energy Infrastructure Projects Worldwide: Experts Discuss Arbitration and Mediation Processes, Venues, and Legal Drafting of Dispute Resolution Clauses. This program will be held on September 26th, Noon- 2:00 pm ET.
Dispute resolution clauses in commercial agreements in energy infrastructure projects in overseas markets almost always reference mediation and arbitration, and steer away from resolution through the courts, particularly when one party is a Sovereign. Why is that? How well does the arbitration system work for investors in overseas energy infrastructure projects? What happens if one side refuses to pay? How can the winning side enforce an arbitral award? What factors should be considered when selecting an arbitration forum? These and other issues will be touched on by a panel of arbitration experts who will discuss case histories that answer some of these questions.
You are invited to the Energy Bar Association's 2014 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference
Mid-Year Conference Brochure and Agenda
Is 2014 the beginning of major regulatory changes that will transform America's energy industry?
On November 4-5, 2014, the Energy Bar Association's 2014 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference will provide two full days of discussions examining this question. The first morning will focus on recent changes in the complicated relationship between state and federal agencies in their regulatory roles, including the D.C. Circuit's recent decision raising dramatic questions about FERC's authority over demand response programs. The second morning will focus on the evolving nature of the practice of energy law in 2014 and EPA's major proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. Additional panels will focus on environmental review of natural gas pipeline construction, the operation of carbon trading markets, and the impact of FERC's policies on the electric transmission industry. Keynote speakers include newly-appointed FERC Commissioner Norman Bay, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration Chief Counsel Vanessa Allen Sutherland, and SNL Energy Reporter Glen Boshart.
We look forward to seeing you in November! Register now.
Northeast Chapter Networking Reception — Immediately Following
Please join the Northeast Chapter of EBA for a networking reception immediately following the EBA Primer program. Socialize with colleagues from the Northeast Chapter, Boston area and beyond! All attorney and non-attorney professionals are invited to join the fun on Monday, September 15, 2014 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm at JAMS Resolution Center. Don't miss out on the fun, refreshments, and networking!
It's back to school time — Don't miss the Hydropower Law and Regulation Primer
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.
Explore Key US Canadian Cross Border Energy Issues and Processes —
September 19, 2014
The Energy Bar Association's first CLE event held in Canada will take place September 19, 2014 in Toronto!
This program will explore key issues and processes with important cross border implications — energy market manipulation, developments in energy arbitration, and significant challenges for energy regulators.
Policymakers, regulators, and market participants are focused intensely on market manipulation in energy markets. The market manipulation panels will address key enforcement actions, settlements, developments, and policies in U.S. and Canadian electricity and natural gas markets from the perspective of both Canadian and U.S. prosecutors/enforcers and defenders of companies and individuals.
Meet Commissioner Picker
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. Thank you to Holland & Knight for providing lunch.
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.
State Commissioners Reception to Benefit CFEBA
The State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee along with the Young Lawyers Committee invite you to the State Commissioners Reception to Benefit the CFEBA to be held on October 6th. Come enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while honoring State Public Utility Commissioners from across the country AND help CFEBA carry out their mission by making this year’s Gala and Silent Auction the BEST EVER! 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! You do not want to miss complimentary hors d'oeuvres, happy hour specials, musical entertainment provided by Andre Fox, networking time with colleagues, VIP honored guests, and OPEN BAR for the first hour thanks to the generosity of our sponsors!
For list of Invited Guests, suggested donations, please click here.
Colorado State 4th Annual Natural Gas Symposium
Colorado State University
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
Missouri Energy Initiative
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).
Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course
New Mexico State University
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 19 — Explore Key US Canadian Cross Border Energy Issues and Processes
September 26 — Global Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution in Energy Infrastructure
October 2 — NERC Compliance & Enforcement for Practitioners
October 6 — State Commissioners Reception to Benefit CFEBA
November 4-5 — 2014 EBA Mid-Year Conference, Washington, D.C.
A full calendar of events can be found here.
House returns to target energy, environmental regs
The House Natural Resources Committee has a busy week scheduled as lawmakers are back in Washington after the August recess. The panel has hearings scheduled on GOP-backed measures to reform the Endangered Species Act and streamline environmental review for water storage. It will also grill the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Interior Department’s inspector general.
FERC to wade through market revisions with Congress on sidelines
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will evaluate making changes to competitive markets in cases over the next several months, Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur said Sept. 4. "I see that as one of the biggest priorities we have right now," she said at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In the decades that competitive markets have been implemented after privatization, they have spread to serve almost two-thirds of consumers.
EPA puts climate target on airlines
The Obama administration has launched a new front in its fight against greenhouse gas emissions, choosing as its next target the $200 billion per year commercial aviation industry. Airplanes emit about 2 percent of the country's carbon dioxide, and would be the fourth pollution source to be subject to greenhouse gas regulations, after vehicles, major buildings and power plants.
An energy boom lifts the heartland
The New York Times
In Ohio, in an arc stretching south from Youngstown past Canton and into the rural parts of the state where much of the natural gas is being drawn from shale deep underground, entire sectors like manufacturing, hotels, real estate and even law are being reshaped. A series of recent economic indicators, including factory hiring, shows momentum building nationally in the manufacturing sector. New energy production is "a real game-changer in terms of the U.S. economy," said Katy George, who leads the global manufacturing practice at McKinsey & Company, the consulting firm.
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