EBA Insights
Aug. 12, 2015

EBA Welcomes 40 New Members
The Energy Bar Association is pleased to welcome 40 new members to the organization for June – July, 2015. EBA strives to provide superior educational programming, networking opportunities and information resources. The following new members are committed to furthering EBA’s mission of promoting professional excellence and ethical integrity of its members in the practice, administration, and development of energy laws, regulations and policies. Please join us in welcoming our newest members.

Just announced — Richard J. Pierce, will keynote the EBA Mid-Year Meeting & Conference
Richard J. Pierce, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School is the most frequently cited scholar in the country in the field of administrative law and government regulation. He is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and is the author or co-author of Administrative Law Treatise (5th ed. 2010) and Administrative Law & Process (5th ed. 2009), as well as numerous other books and over 120 articles on government regulation, regulatory economics, and the effects of various forms of government intervention on the performance of markets. Please plan to join us on November 17-18th in Washington, DC for the conference and Professor Pierce’s address.More

Announcing Winners of EBA Ambassador of the Month!
Many thanks to EBA members Kelsey Chilcoat, Joel Zipp, and Jimmy Kline for their member recruitment success in the months of June and July! Find out more about the EBA Ambassador program and how you can contribute to our "Each One, Reach One" campaign to reach 3,000 members by 2016 at the link below.More

Climate fight shifts to courts
The Hill
States, energy companies and business groups are preparing to sue the Obama administration over its new climate rule, viewing it as their best shot at stopping the regulations while President Obama is still in office. With Congress largely powerless to stop the rule, opponents of Obama’s push say the court system is their only hope at beating back the carbon limits until a new president takes over the Oval Office in 2017.More

The other death spiral utilities are beginning to deal with
Utility Dive
The central lesson for utilities in the talk of a death spiral is if they don’t give their customers what they want, they go elsewhere. To date, that talk is mostly about rooftop solar taking their revenues, but some utilities have begun to notice some of their biggest key accounts looking for greener pastures. Well, greener energy. "This is a new environment. You don’t just build it and shove it in the rate base. There is a more open dialogue. Renewable energy is at the center of that," explained Altenex Managing Director Duncan McIntyre.More

Obama rule adds 'safety valve' for grid emergencies
Environment & Energy Publishing
Faced with warnings of possible grid blackouts tied to future coal plant closings, U.S. EPA added a reliability "safety valve" to its final Clean Power Plan that gives states a 90-day period to exceed carbon limits during emergencies. U.S. EPA air chief Janet McCabe said, however, that her agency expects that regulatory relief for reliability purposes will be a rarity.More

Infant US wave-to-energy industry looks to build more testing facilities
Environment & Energy Publishing
In the wave energy world, progress means having "steel in the water." Now that gadgets are graduating from mere prototypes to pre-commercial machines, their engineers must find the best places to try them out in the open ocean. "You can learn a lot in the lab, but in order to prove commercial viability, you need to prove ocean viability," said Justin Klure, a partner at Portland, Oregon-based Pacific Energy Ventures, who consults on the Azura wave energy device.More

Annual Gas and Power Institute Co-Sponsored Program
Early bird pricing is still available for the 14th Annual Gas and Power Institute program and reception, co-sponsored by the Energy Bar Association, the University of Texas School of Law, and the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. The program will feature timely topics relevant to the changing landscape of rules, regulations, and legislation, and environmental requirements relevant to the gas and power industry.More

EBA Environmental Law Primer
Practitioners new to the field of environmental law and energy attorneys who need an overview of key federal statutes affecting the energy industry will benefit from this two-day primer hosted by the Energy Bar Association. For the full agenda, information about speakers, CLE credits, or to register, please visit the event page at the link below.More

EBA Energizer — Fundamental Insights on FPA Section 205/206 Filings
The Electricity Regulation Committee of the Energy Bar Association presents this one-hour luncheon on the basics of developing and administering filings under Sections 205 and 206 of the Federal Power Act. Panelists will discuss the roles of law practitioners in developing and administering filings and present practical considerations and tips.More

A Free and Easy Way to Support CFEBA
It's about that time of year again! As back to school shopping approaches the top of your to-do list please keep the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association in mind. It takes just seconds to have a percentage of your online purchases go to supporting CFEBA, with no added cost to you! Simply search for and select CFEBA as your favorite charity on Amazon Smile and shop as easily as you normally do with Amazon, only now your cart will benefit CFEBA!

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