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Membership Renewal Time
If you have not done so, renew your Energy Bar Association membership today. A few Members Only benefits include:
Renew now before your membership benefits expire on January 31, 2015. For instructions on how to renew online with a credit card or by mail with a check, visit our website at: http://eba-net.org/node/348.
- Inclusion into the 2015-2016 Member Directory
- Significant discount to attend the EBA Annual meeting May 5-6, 2015
- Ongoing discounts to attend and participate in subject matter seminars
- Opportunity to participate with EBA committees
Please also consider making a donation to the Charitable Foundation of EBA and the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal while you’re renewing your dues. Visit their individual pages to receive more information on the Charitable Foundation of the EBA and the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal.
Nominations Deadline Approaching
Nominations for Officer and Director positions on the Energy Bar Association’s Board of Directors and Directors for the affiliated Foundation of the Energy Law Journal (FELJ) and Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) are due by February 6, 2015.
Program Handouts Online
EBA Meeting materials can be found on the EBA website at: http://eba-net.org/store/meeting-materials. These materials are included with your paid registration and provide resources and valuable information. If you did not attend a meeting, but would like to purchase the materials, you can also do that via the website.
EBA Job Bank
Looking for a new job? — Does your company have job openings to be filled?
Your membership in the Energy Bar Association gives you access to our Job Bank. If you are looking for a new position, visit the EBA Job Bank. If your company is looking to fill an opening ask them to consider posting it on our job bank. Job listings are posted at no cost.
For more information visit: http://www.eba-net.org/information-resources/job-bank or email your job listing to Marlo Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FERC files Supreme Court challenge to demand-response decision
A legal struggle over the future of demand response took another step forward recently, as the federal government officially filed a Supreme Court challenge to a lower court ruling that it says "seriously misinterpreted" federal law, with results that could be "tremendously damaging to the electricity system."
House votes to speed natural gas pipelines
The House passed legislation on Jan. 21 to expedite the federal review process for natural gas pipeline applications. Passed 253-169, the bill would allow automatic approval of natural gas pipelines if federal agencies don't act within a certain timeframe. Under the measure, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would be ordered to approve or deny a pipeline application within 12 months. Agencies responsible for issuing licenses or permits must act within 90 days after FERC issues a final environmental review, though the deadline could be extended by 30 days if the agency demonstrates it can't finish in time.
West Virginia Senate repeals 2009 alternative energy act
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A bill that would repeal a 2009 law that mandates utility companies get 25 percent of their production materials from sources other than coal by 2025 was passed by the West Virginia State Senate unanimously recently, with debate only on an amendment to the bill. Senate Democrats attempted to amend the bill to include a study by the legislative auditor on the repeal's net effect on jobs and utility rates.
Murkowski: New energy chairwoman has Alaska-sized plans
Alaska Dispatch News
When Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski called for an end to the longstanding U.S. ban on crude exports last January, the Alaskan was entering uncharted territory. No policymaker had seriously questioned the wisdom of the ban since it was imposed after the 1973 OPEC oil embargo. So Murkowski set out to tackle it methodically and deliberately, eschewing bombast and loud press conferences for closed-door meetings with administration officials and white papers that examined every facet of the trade restrictions. She even drafted a roadmap for administration officials to undo the ban.
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Still Time to Register! Southern Chapter CLE Next Week! Approved for 5.5 CLE hours in VA & NY!
The EBA Southern Chapter will host a Welcome Reception at The Oceanaire Seafood Room in Atlanta, GA on Monday, February 2, 2015, prior to the full day Seminar on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Panels will discuss Internal 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. CLE is currently pending in GA. For the full program schedule and to register visit: http://www.eba-net.org/eba-southern-chapter-cle-program.
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.
Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development in the Rocky Mountain Region
Join the Rocky Mountain Chapter for a TELESEMINAR addressing an Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development 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 as well as air quality attainment issues, regulations affecting flaring, and environmental enforcement activities. The session will last approximately 35 minutes with ample time for questions and answers at the conclusion. 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.
Energy Law 2015 — New Energy Markets and Regulation in the West
The 14th Annual EBA Western Chapter Meeting 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.
February 2 — Emerging Energy Issues: How 2014 Issues Will Shape 2015
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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