EBA Insights
Apr. 22, 2015

Don't miss your opportunity to connect with industry professionals!
The 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference is quickly approaching and we don’t want you to miss out on networking with fellow industry professionals! A current list of conference registrants can be found on the EBA website, so register now to ensure your name is included!

The 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference will be a one-stop shopping opportunity for all of us to keep on top of critically important, and constantly evolving, energy issues from an all-star cast of energy law and policy experts.More

Volunteer leadership deadline is approaching!
Volunteer opportunities, from serving on Association committees, to speaking engagements, and leadership roles within the EBA Board of Directors are available for EBA members. The deadline to sign-up for a leadership opportunity is May 1, 2015.

The latest developments in procedural requirements
The Energy Bar Association (EBA) has finalized speakers for the EBA Annual Meeting and Conference on May 5-6, 2015. The session entitled, Don’t Lose Your Day In "Court": Procedural Compliance will be presented on Wednesday, May 6.

Several recent cases have highlighted the importance in complying with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and court procedural rules. For instance, the DC Circuit recently dismissed a petition for review challenging FERC’s 30-year license to a hydropower facility where the petitioner sought a second rehearing before seeking appeal. In another matter, FERC dismissed a request for rehearing because… More

Call for Nominations: American Bar Association
The American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) annually recognizes outstanding individual and group achievements addressing environmental, energy, and resource matters. Nominations can recommend an individual, a group, or a program or activity. Nominations must be received on or before May 8, 2015.The award will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Read more: www.ambar.org/EnvironAwards. More

New Energy Bar Association Members
The Energy Bar Association is pleased to announce 59 new members to the organization for March 2015. To date, EBA has welcomed 166 new EBA members in 2015. The EBA strives to promote the professional excellence and ethical integrity of its members in the practice, administration, and development of energy laws, regulations and policies. New members include:

Alejandro Becker, Gasoductos de Chihuahua
Daniel K.C. Lee, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Vera Neinast, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.
Dan Watson, Ph.D., Accumyn Consulting

For a complete list of the new members, visit: http://eba-net.org/news/energy-bar-association-announces-59-new-members-0

Cost-pooling agreement decision upheld
On April 2, 2015, a unanimous panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ("Court") affirmed, in all respects, orders of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") approving the New York Independent System Operator’s proposal to create a new capacity zone, the Lower Hudson Valley Zone, and establish a demand curve for that zone. First, the Court rejected several jurisdictional claims raised by parties in the action. Going to the merits of the case, the Court found that FERC appropriately (1) relied on generic factual predictions and (2) rejected a phase-in of the implementation of the zone and demand curve, adequately explained why it did not rely on certain evidence, and properly handled certain arguments in a separate proceeding.More

Looking for an outstanding networking opportunity?
The Administrative Law Judges reception honoring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Administrative Law Judges, sponsored by the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal, event is an opportunity for attendees to mingle with FERC ALJ’s and other industry professionals. This year’s reception, to which all of the Judges are invited is hosted by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, 1440 New York Ave., N.W., Washington DC. on May 5 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Looking for a volunteer opportunity?
The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) will join members of the community on earth day, Saturday, April 25, 2015, to plant foliage & maintain the beauty of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a breath-taking oasis in the inner city of Northeast DC.

Norman C. Bay named FERC chairman
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
"I thank President Obama for this opportunity to be the Chairman of FERC," Chairman Bay said. "I am honored and humbled to work with my extraordinary colleagues on the Commission, as well as the many dedicated and talented staff at the Commission. This is a time of great change in the energy space, and it is more important than ever that the Commission use its authority with respect to infrastructure, markets, and reliability to further the public interest."More

FERC approves rules to improve gas-electricity coordination
The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 16 approved rules to improve coordination of wholesale natural gas and electricity market scheduling as gas is increasingly used for electric generation. After more than three years of evaluation, FERC said in a release its final rule will help ensure the reliable and efficient operation of both the interstate gas pipeline and electricity systems.More

Oil industry at turning point in new low-price world
U.S. oil companies have quickly become the new swing factor on the world energy stage, and their ability to handle price volatility could be key in determining future oil prices. "This is a market that's far from settled down, and it's a market that's going to be a lot more volatile," said Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS. "What kind of prices do you need to keep it going?" Yergin said. "What does it mean when you say the U.S. is the new swing producer? It's much easier to swing down than swing up."More

Critics: Michigan utility aims to 'monopolize' community solar
Midwest Energy News
Michigan’s first proposed large-scale community solar program is coming under fire from clean-energy advocates who say it would prevent independent third parties from developing their own programs. Within the next month, the Michigan Public Service Commission is expected to rule on Consumers Energy’s proposed 10 MW community solar pilot program, which would be the first program of its kind from one of the two major investor-owned utilities here. Smaller-scale projects are underway or in development elsewhere in the state.More

Retirement Party for Deputy Chief Judge Bobbie McCartney
Join Energy professionals for a retirement party honoring Deputy Chief Judge McCartney on Friday, April 24 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at FERC Headquarters.More

CFEBA Community Service Project
Join members of the community on Earth Day, Saturday, April 25, from 9:00-noon to plant foliage & maintain the beauty of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.More

EBA Book Club Presents: An Evening with Michael Dworkin
Global Energy Justice: Problems, Principles, and Practices author Michael Dworkin will join the EBA Book Club (and friends) on the evening of May 4, 2015 to discuss his book, and other energy industry issues at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.More

EBA Annual Meeting and Conference
Register now to register for the 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference. The conference this year focuses on the ever changing legal challenges in the energy field and offers 14 educational sessions. Attendees can also take advantage of up to 14 hours of CLEs, including ethics!!! The 2015 EBA Annual Meeting and Conference will take place at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C. More

FELJ Administrative Law Judges Reception
This reception on May 5, 2015 will honor the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Administrative Law Judges, sponsored by the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal, has become an annual occasion welcomed and enjoyed by all segments of the Energy Law sector. This year’s reception, to which all of the Judges are invited is hosted by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.More

FERC Issues and Reactions to EPA's 111d Rulemaking and the Clean Power Plan
Join the EBA Southern Chapter for an EBA Energizer teleseminar titled, "FERC Issues and Reactions to EPA’s 111d Rulemaking and the Clean Power Plan," on May 8, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST. Paul Breakman, Esquire from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, will present and answer questions on recent FERC technical conferences concerning 111d and FERC reactions to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.More

EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting
Save the date of June 10-11, 2015 for the EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting. A reception will take place on June 10 at 5:30. A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Newark Penn Station for the special group rate of $209 (Single/Double) for the dates of June 10-11, 2015. To make you reservation at the Hilton, please call the hotel directly at (973) 622-5000 or (800) 445-8667 by Monday, May 11, 2015. Please identify yourself as a member of the Energy Bar Association.More

EBA Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting
The Rocky Mountain Chapter will host their 3rd Annual Meeting, titled, The Future of the Electric Utility Industry – Game Changers or Just Continued Evolution in Denver, CO, at the offices of Holland and Hart LLP. This will be a half-day program with panels on Energy Storage and Solar Energy. More information and registration will be available soon!More