EBA Insights
Jun. 18, 2014

Join the Rocky Mountain Chapter This Friday June 20th
The Rocky Mountain Chapter will hold its Second Annual Meeting, taking place June 20, 2014, at Xcel Energy in Denver, CO. This half-day program begins with a networking lunch and is followed by two afternoon educational panels: Rocky Mountain State Policy Panel and Current Federal Regulatory Challenges Affecting the Energy Industry of Particular Interest in the Rocky Mountain Region. In addition, the program will include the Chapter's Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers and end with a hosted cocktail networking reception. Full program information to date can be found below.More

Got Interns? Send them to the Sixth Annual YLC Summer Intern Reception
On Tuesday, June 24th, please join the Young Lawyers Committee (YLC) of EBA for its Sixth Annual Summer Intern Reception at City Tap House, 901 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Young lawyers and seasoned practitioners alike are invited to join in welcoming summer interns to the practice of energy law and the energy bar. The event will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Limited space is available, so please be sure to register by June 17, 2014. Any registrations received after June 17, 2014, will be accommodated based on space availability. The Young Lawyers Committee also offers the opportunity for sponsorship of this event — Premium Sponsor level for $500 with benefits including four tickets and Sponsor level for $250 with benefits including two tickets. Sponsorships help the Young Lawyers Committee keep regular ticket prices for this and future events to a minimum. If your firm, company, or organization is interested in sponsorship, please contact Young Lawyers Committee Chair Delia D. Patterson at 202.467-2993 or dpatterson@publicpower.org.More

Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Peter Young
On Thursday, July 10th the FERC Practice and Administrative Law Judges Committee of the Energy Bar Association is sponsoring a Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Peter Young program and luncheon. Join the discussion with Judge Peter Young to hear his candid responses to your questions. You may submit your questions anonymously by no later than July 7th using the survey monkey link provided with registration. Have important questions about FERC trial practice, but reluctant to ask? This is your opportunity!More

Looking for educational programming that fits your schedule?
EBA now offers "On Demand" programs you can download and listen to at your leisure. Consider the possibilities ... learn while you commute, garden or when you are breaking a sweat on the treadmill! High Quality On-Demand and Self-Study programs on the topic you choose at the time you choose.More

Ethical Considerations in Responding to FERC Investigations — coming soon
On July 22nd, The Houston Chapter of EBA is hosting a lunch and learn program, Ethical Considerations in Responding to FERC Investigations. The panel will explore the ethical considerations of lawyers involved in responding to a FERC investigation based on FERC's Policy Statement on its Penalty Guidelines and the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Details and registration coming soon.More

Retiring plants placed on life support to preserve reliability
Midwest Energy News
Scores of coal-fired power plants have been retired and taken off-line in recent years, and coal plant retirements are likely to continue or accelerate as deadlines for federal pollution regulations loom and states respond to the recently proposed EPA carbon reduction plan. Clean energy advocates and environmentalists typically cheer the closing of coal plants. But sometimes power plants are crucial to providing stability on the grid, even if their electricity is not needed to meet demand.More

Ohio governor signs bill freezing renewable-energy standards
The Washington Post
Ohio Gov. John Kasich dashed the hopes of environmentalists, leading manufacturers and renewable-energy businesses and signed a bill shelving requirements for utilities to ramp up the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.More

EPA hits nuclear power with kryptonite
James Conca writes: "I like the proposed carbon emissions rules from EPA. They address the real issue of balancing our energy mix and may be the only way to move forward in the absence of Congressional leadership. But EPA has gone a little wild with their latest proposal. This new proposed emissions rule is for nuclear power plants. An operating nuclear power plant has very low emissions of any kind except water vapor. No carbon emissions and almost no radioactivity emissions."More