EBA Insights
Apr. 16, 2014

EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to FERC Regulation of the Natural Gas Industry
On May 19-20, 2014, EBA will hold its next program in the EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to FERC Regulation of the Natural Gas Industry, at the law firm of Jones Day in Chicago, IL. The goal of this primer is to provide an overview of the federal regulation of the natural gas industry by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Taught by industry practitioners and regulators from FERC, the course begins with a brief overview of the natural gas industry, including the production, gathering, transportation, distribution, and storage of natural gas. The course describes key statutes governing and affecting the interstate transportation of natural gas and discusses key legal milestones. Instructors explain important regulatory concepts, pipeline services, and the scope and limits of FERC jurisdiction. The class covers key sections of the NGA, including imports and exports under Section 3; construction and abandonment under section 7; ratemaking under sections 4 and 5; and enforcement issues.More

The evolving energy landscape seminar
EBA is pleased to co-market this seminar, to be held on Thursday, April 17th, with the Suffolk University Law School. This conference will spotlight the drivers that have resulted in the addition of wind, renewable and natural-gas fired generation in New England and will look at opportunities and challenges associated with developing these resources. Practitioners from throughout the region will specifically discuss infrastructure and siting challenges. The conference will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from attorneys who, among others, have represented: natural gas and electric utilities; transmission and pipeline developers; wind generators; state siting boards, state utility commissions; business and trade associations; governments; and consumers.More

Give us your feedback on the 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference
Don’t forget to complete your online program evaluation. Your feedback is important to our future planning. If you would like us to resend the survey link, please email Michele at Michele@eba-net.org.More

EBA Presents a Library of On-Demand Programming
EBA is developing a library of program recordings for members to purchase, download and listen too at their leisure. Some of these programs include CLE credits. These programs provide high quality On-Demand and Self-Study programs on the topic you choose at the time you choose. You can visit the growing library here.More

EBA Committee renewal time!
EBA boosts twenty-one active subject-matter specific committees. Committee membership is open to EBA members in good standing. Committees conduct business through the year and generally are responsible for developing at least two educational program sessions per year and providing article to the Energy Law Journal and EBA Newsletter.

Current committee assignments are cleared every year and you must RENEW your committee affiliation or you will be dropped from the committee list. Your EBA Membership must be current in order to serve on a committee. To sign up for committee assignments, please Login at the EBA website and Go to "My EBA" , "Update Your Profile" and then to "Edit/View Information." Scroll down to the end of your profile and you will see the Committee Choices.

Please use the first check box to indicate your FIRST choice, second check box to indicate your SECOND choice, etc. Please make your selections no later than April 25, 20154. If you have difficulties signing up online, you may click on the following link to access a hard copy of the committee preference form. If you have any questions please call or email EBA at 202-223-5625 or admin@eba-net.org.More

National Town Meeting on Demand Response & Smart Grid, and Pre-Conference Microgrid Workshop
The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) presents a National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid is focused on the business and policy aspects of demand response and its enabling technologies and applications. It is unique in that it devotes an entire day to roundtable discussions featuring experts in demand response and smart grid, who discuss with each other and with the audience the latest trends, issues, and business developments. New this year, the National Town Meeting will hold a pre-conference workshop on microgrids. The National Town Meeting is May 20-21st and the Microgrid Workshop is May 19th.More

More Helping Hands Needed For Service Projects
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 am to Noon (EDT)
Langdon Park, 2901 20th St NE, Washington, DC
Casey Trees Planting Service Project

The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association and the EBA Young Lawyers Committee are seeking volunteers to join hands with Casey Trees to add arbor beauty to Langdon Park Community. In the fifth and largest Sustainable DC Initiative planting this season, Casey Trees will be adding 77 trees to this expansive community park - adding to a large Casey Trees planting done last spring! This park, complete with an outdoor pool, skate and dog park is a treasured gathering place for several Ward 5 communities. We need a few more volunteers to put in some sweat-equity! Family, friends and children (16 years or older accompanied by a parent) are welcome to participate. Please sign-up now to beautify and increase tree cover in the Nation’s Capital by contacting Michele Duehring at michele@eba.net.org.More

Department of Energy releases 2014 Strategic Plan
Department of Energy
The Department of Energy has released its 2014 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency's core mission of ensuring America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.More

FERC to clamp down on disclosure of sensitive information
The Wall Street Journal
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the federal agency that regulates the U.S. electricity grid, is clamping down on public disclosure of potentially sensitive material after criticism over its handling of an analysis of the grid's vulnerability to physical attack, the agency's acting head told Congress.More

Energy industry opposes push for regulation
Longview News-Journal
More than a dozen oil companies and trade groups have lined up to oppose plans to broaden the federal government’s oversight of safety practices at wells, saying existing standards are enough to protect workers nationwide.More

New York energy chairman talks about selling efficiency
The Buffalo News
Richard Kauffman, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's point man on energy policy, knows that energy efficiency and green energy can be a tough sell, mainly because of the upfront costs and long payback periods. But Kauffman, the state's chairman of energy and finance, thinks green energy would be an easier sell if its advocates paid more attention to what motivates consumers to spend.More

The FELJ wishes to thank the ALJ Reception support!
(As of March 31, 2014)
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Alston & Bird LLP
Andrews Kurth LLP
Baker Botts LLP
Ballard Spahr LLP
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
The Brattle Group
Brickfield, Burchette, Ritts & Stone, P.C.
Brown Rudnick
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC
Covington & Burling LLP
Cullen and Dykman LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Day Pitney LLP
Dentons US LLP
Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Duane Morris LLP
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C.
Edwards & Floom LLP
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Hunton & Williams LLP
Husch Blackwell LLP
John & Hengerer
Jones Day
ICF International
K&L Gates LLP
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Nixon Peabody LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Pierce Atwood LLP
Post & Schell, P.C.
Sidley Austin LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP
Squire Sanders (US) LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Stuntz, Davis & Staffier, P.C.
Thompson Coburn LLP
Van Ness Feldman, LLP
Venable LLP
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
White & Case LLP
Winstead, P.C. Wright & Talisman, P.C.