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EBA Seeks Nominees to Fill Officer and Director Positions
The Committee on Nominations of the Energy Bar Association is looking for nominations to fill Officer and Director positions on the Association’s Board of Directors, as well as Directors for the affiliated Foundation of the Energy Law Journal (FELJ) and Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA). The election for the positions will take place at EBA’s Annual Meeting on May 5, 2015.
Membership Renewal Time
The deadline to renew your Energy Bar Association (EBA) membership is rapidly approaching. Renew online with a credit card or by mail with a check prior to January 30, 2015 to ensure your information is included in the 2015 Membership Directory and to ensure you continue to receive your membership benefits. For instructions on how to renew, visit our website at: http://www.eba-net.org/networking/faq
When renewing your dues, you may also make a donation to the Charitable Foundation of EBA and the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal. The Charitable Foundation of the EBA is a non-profit charitable organization that engages in a variety of energy-related and general charitable activities. In addition, the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal ensures the continual development of the ELJ publication and various networking events.
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Texas town that prepared for a boom now waits for a bust
The Associated Press via Omaha World-Herald
Just two years ago, Sweetwater, Texas, known mostly for its annual rattlesnake roundup, seemed to be on the brink of a transformation. Expecting a huge influx of oil workers, local leaders spent tens of millions of dollars to improve the courthouse, build a new law-enforcement center and upgrade the hospital. Sweetwater envisioned becoming a major player in the frackingboom, thanks to its location atop the Cline Shale, once estimated to be the nation’s largest underground petroleum formation. But those ambitions are fading fast as the plummeting price of oil causes investors to pull back, cutting off the projects that were supposed to pay for a bright new future.
Study: Massachusetts needs more gas-pipeline capacity
Lowell Sun via Nashoba Publishing
An independent energy study commissioned by the administration of former Gov. Deval Patrick outlines a need for increased natural-gas pipeline capacity in Massachusetts over the coming years, bolstering the case for a pipeline-construction proposal that has drawn protests from residents and elected officials statewide. "Insufficient natural-gas capacity for the electric sector has contributed to high wholesale gas prices to generators and thus high electricity prices," the report's executive summary states.
Supreme Court to hear case that could alter scope of federal regulation
Environment and Energy Publishing
The Supreme Court recently heard a high-profile case concerning whether federal law shields energy companies from state antitrust suits that stemmed from the California energy crisis. ONEOK Inc. v. Learjet Inc. pits some of the country's largest natural gas vendors against their customers. The court's decision could define the scope of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority to regulate natural gas and other markets.
After KXL, attention to turn to comprehensive energy bill
Environment and Energy Publishing
Consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline will bring plenty of drama to the Senate over the next two weeks, but that will be just the opening act for energy policymaking in the 114th Congress. The main event will come later this year, when majority Republicans set about the delicate task of balancing the needs of traditional and alternative energy sources and between environmental protection and economic growth, to come up with the type of comprehensive energy bill that has not succeeded for the last eight years. The question is whether there is a bill that can satisfy the majority of Republicans and bring along enough Democrats to pass both chambers and secure the president's signature.
Financial Products in Organized Electricity Markets: Convergence, Liquidity, Quants and Uplift
Join EBA’s Electricity Regulation Committee on January 14, 2015 for two panels where federal regulators, market monitors, ISO/RTO representatives, financial marketers and economists will explore the purposes, benefits, challenges and inevitable evolution of these financial products.
Young Lawyers Committee to Host Happy Hour
The Young Lawyers Committee welcomes new and seasoned practitioners alike to its January happy hour and invites EBA members to bring a friend! The next YLC happy hour will be held at Hill Country BBQ, 410 Seventh St, NW, Washington, DC 20004, on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Come out and begin the New Year with your fellow EBA members. We look forward to seeing you there!
Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Philip Baten
Have important questions about FERC trial practice, but reluctant to ask? This is your opportunity! The FERC Practice and Administrative Law Judges Committee of the Energy Bar Association would like to invite you to join them on January 22, 2015 at 12:30pm ET for lunch and discussion with Judge Philip Baten to hear his candid responses to your questions.
Energy Law Education Summit
The Energy Bar Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Energy Law Education will present its work-in-progress on energy law curricula and, particularly through our workshop session, seek input on how energy law should be taught and integrated into curricula within and outside of law schools at the 1st annual National Energy Education Summit on January 26 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington VA. The Summit, which is sponsored by the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL), will precede the 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment, sponsored by the National Council for Science and Environment on January 27-29, which this year is focused on Energy and Climate Change.
EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation
EBA will hold its fourth program in the EBA Primer Series…An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation in Houston, TX on January 26-27, 2015. The goal of this primer is to provide an overview of the federal economic regulation of oil and refined products pipelines. Taught by industry practitioners and regulators from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the course begins with a brief overview of the oil and refined products pipeline industry and then describes key statutes and regulations governing and affecting the transportation of oil and other liquid petroleum products. Instructors explain important legal and regulatory concepts and requirements, pipeline services, the scope and limits of FERC and state jurisdiction and key issues affecting the industry. For more information and to register visit: http://www.eba-net.org/eba-primer-series-introduction-oil-pipeline
Networking Reception in Houston
On January 26, 2015, please join the EBA Houston Chapter for a networking reception immediately following the EBA Primer Oil program. All are welcome and you do not need to attend the Primer to attend the reception.
EBA Southern Chapter Program
Emerging Energy Issues: How 2014 Issues Will Shape 2015 is a full day CLE program hosted by the EBA Southern Chapter on February 3, 2015 at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, GA. Five panels will cover the following hot topics: International Investigations of Employee Misconduct: Ethical Considerations; Moving Coal-Fired Generation Into Rate Base; EPA-111(d) (Carbon Pollution Standards); Gas/Power Interdependency; Solar/net Metering Legislation in the South. The program will include a networking cocktail reception. Mark your calendar now as you do not want to miss the opportunity to network with colleagues from all over the EBA Southern Chapter and beyond, as well as get CLE!
My Best and Worst Experiences Facing the Appeals Court Judges: Lessons from Real World Experiences
Join the EBA Judicial Review Committee on February 5, 2015 for this entertaining panel discussion with four well-known energy law practitioners, who, given their clients, will have varying perspectives on this issue.
Rocky Mountain Chapter Teleseminar — New Date
Join the Rocky Mountain Chapter for a TELESEMINAR addressing an Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development in the Rocky Mountain Region on February 11th, at 12pm(MT). Scott Janoe and Michael Schon, of Baker Botts’s will provide an overview of federal and state air regulations and actions affecting O&G development in the Rocky Mountain Region. Their discussion will include air quality attainment issues, regulations affecting flaring, and environmental enforcement activities. Mr. Janoe and Mr. Schon will speak for approximately 35 minutes, followed by a question and answer session. CLE is Pending approval.
Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum
The Energy Bar Association Compliance & Enforcement Committee and George Washington University Law School will hold an Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum on March 3, 2015. This special event is designed for CFTC, DOT, FERC, and NERC staff and private practitioners.
Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting
The EBA Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting entitled, Energy Law 2015 — New Energy Markets and Regulation in the West will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel, in San Francisco, CA on March 5-6, 2015.
Hot topics include: Energy Imbalance Market; State Efforts to Implement EPA Rule 111(d) and Grid Security: Are We Prepared? Make your hotel reservations now and lock in the special $279 rate until February 6, 2015 using the following booking link: https://aws.passkey.com/event/11919223/owner/2586/home.
January 14 — Financial Products in Organized Electricity Markets: Convergence, Liquidity, Quants and Uplift
January 15 — Young Lawyers Committee Happy Hour
January 22 — Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Philip Baten
January 26-27 — EBA Primer: Introduction to Oil Pipeline
January 26 — Networking Reception in Houston
January 26 — Energy Law Education Summit
February 3 — EBA Southern Chapter Program
February 5 — My Best and Worst Experiences Facing the Appeals Court Judges: Lessons from Real World Experiences
February 11 — Rocky Mountain Chapter Teleseminar
March 3 — Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum
March 5-6 — Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting
May 5-6 — 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference
A full calendar of events can be found here.
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