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Seeking Nominations for State Regulatory Practitioner Award
The State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee is soliciting nominations from the EBA membership for the 2014 State Regulatory Practitioner Award. This prestigious award, which recognizes innovation and superior advocacy by members of the state utility regulatory bar, will be presented at the EBA’s Mid-year Meeting and Conference in Washington, DC in November. Prior recipients of the award include Ben Stone, James Van Nostrand, Sonny Popowsky, and Jeff Genzer. Please submit nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm Eastern on Friday, September 12th.
Northeast Chapter Networking Reception
Please join the Northeast Chapter of EBA for a networking reception on Monday, September 15th, 5:30 pm, in Boston, MA. This is a great way to start your week!
Primer Series: An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation
The National Hydropower Association and the Energy Bar Association are pleased to team together to present a primer on the hydroelectric industry. The Primer will be held in Boston, MA on September 15-16th The purpose of the primer, An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation is to provide attorneys who are new to the practice of hydroelectric law a foundational understanding of the hydroelectric industry and how it is regulated by teaching basic industry fundamentals and core regulatory and legal concepts. The primer also provides an overview of key legal and policy issues affecting the industry today and will include a tour of the Boott Hydroelectric Project. Download the brochure at http://eba-net.org/eba-primer-series-introduction-hydropower-law-and-regulation.
Great Opportunity to Become a Sponsor
We invite you to consider sponsorship of the Energy Bar Association’s Mid-Year Meeting & Conference. The Energy Bar Association’s Mid-Year Meeting & Conference attracts approximately 450 attendees including attorneys, non-attorney professionals, and students active in all areas of energy law, which include, antitrust, international energy transactions, legislation and regulatory reform, electric utility regulation, alternative dispute resolution, finance and transactions, and environment and public lands, to name just a few, at federal, state, and international levels. This meeting will bring together decision makers on key issues impacting energy law. Details on sponsorship and the program agenda are available at: http://www.eba-net.org/2014-mid-year-conference.
2014 Mid-Year Conference — Registration Now Open!
Conference highlights available at http://eba-net.org/2014-mid-year-conference#agenda
On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 8:00am to Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 5:00pm at the Renaissance Hotel 999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC the Energy Bar Association will host its annual Mid-Year Meeting and Conference. EBA's Mid-Year Conference brings together more than 500 people for two days of educational programing and networking. Registration is now open. Check the website often for updates on the meeting agenda and networking events.
Celebrating 60 Years!
Chief Judge Wagner will achieve 60 years of federal civilian service this month. There will be a special recognition reception and awards ceremony on August 28th at 2:00 p.m. in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission meeting room. The EBA membership is welcome to attend and enjoy refreshments after the ceremony.
EBA AND INDUSTRY PROGRAMS
Take The Quest on August 21st!
In honor of the 2Q, 2014 Book of the Quarter, The Quest, the Book Club is teaming up with the Young Lawyers Committee to take on a quest of its own!
Please join the Book Club and the YLC the evening of Thursday, August 21st to participate in a Washington, DC Urban
Adventure Quest. We will meet at 5:30 pm at Elephant and Castle, located at 1201 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (important – there are two E&C’s in DC, so please confirm the address), and will embark on the scavenger-hunt style adventure in one or more small groups no later than 6:00 pm (a happy hour will continue at E&C during the excursion for those unable to participate). We will reconvene at E&C at 8:30 pm to tally scores and discuss our quest and The Quest. ALL ARE WELCOME: you do not need to be a YLC member or a Book Club member (or have read any of the books) to participate!
Every EBA Member is invited join EBA Book Club for any or all of its quarterly sessions. Let this be your inspiration to read industry-related literature at your own pace and discuss, ask questions, share perspectives and debate the book’s themes and conclusions with other EBA Members. The EBA Book Club has both virtual and physical platforms to interact with other members. Virtually, the EBA Book Club hosts a forum under the group “Energy Bar Association Book Club” at www.Goodreads.com (free registration required). In addition, the Book Club holds an in-person meeting once a quarter to network and discuss the preceding “Book of the Quarter”. Please direct any questions about the Book Club to the Book Club Moderator at: EBABCModerator@gmail.com.
12th Annual Gas and Power Institute
The Gas and Power Institute, to be held on September 4-5, 2014, features timely topics relevant to the gas and power industry in light of the changing landscape of rules, regulation, legislation and environmental requirements, offers essential information on the latest industry and market climate, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources. The Institute is presented by The University of Texas School of Law with the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Energy Bar Association.
Discussion on FERC Enforcement Practice
On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, the FERC Practice and Administrative Law Judges and Compliance and Enforcement committees of the Energy Bar Association will hold a panel discussion of current FERC enforcement practice, critiques of that practice and proposals for reforms. Program details and registration information to follow.
EBA Sponsors Utilities Telecom Council and DOE Summit on September 15th
What do policy makers need to address to support enhanced reliability and utility modernization? As Congress is considering updating the Communications Act, UTC and DOE is holding its 5th Annual Critical Infrastructure Communications Policy Summit, September 15, 2014 at the Willard Hotel, in Washington, DC. This year's Summit focuses on getting the Communications Act rewrite right in order to promote the development of reliable, secure and robust utility and critical infrastructure communications networks.
The Summit brings together representatives from Congress, the White House, NARUC, FCC, RUS, DHS, FERC, and all the major critical infrastructure associations. EBA is a sponsor of the Summit and in that capacity EBA members are entitled to the discounted UTC Sponsor rate for this event. CLE certificate forms are available. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.utc.org/Summit2014
Meet Commissioner Picker — September 17th
The Western Chapter of EBA is hosting an EBA Energizer Program on September 17, 2014, 11:30 am–1:00 pm to Meet Commissioner Picker. Hosted at Holland & Knight LLP, One Embarcadero Center, 30th Fl., San Francisco, CA.
NERC Compliance & Enforcement for Practitioners
On Thursday, October 2, 2014, EBA's System Reliability & Planning Committee along with the Young Lawyers Committee are planning a half-day program designed for new and seasoned NERC electric reliability practitioners alike, this half-day session will explore NERC's transition from a voluntary organization to the FERC-certified ERO, as well as the mechanics of NERC's compliance and enforcement process and procedures. This will be followed by a panel discussion with NERC and industry experts covering reforms to NERC's compliance and enforcement program, and the role of the lawyer in NERC audits and investigations. The forum will conclude with a networking cocktail reception.
Location: George Washington Law School, Washington, D.C. Details and registration information to follow.
Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments
On October 9, 2014, 12:00-1:30pm ET, EBA's Natural Gas Regulation and State Commission Practice and Regulation Committees are planning this popular renewal — Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments provides attendees with the "fracking 101 basics," a former top state regulator's perspective and analysis of court cases involving fracking issues.
Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course
The New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities presents the Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course on October 12-17, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM. The course, which is co-sponsored by the Energy Bar Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, is a comprehensive, practical tutorial on ratemaking for interstate natural gas pipelines.
August 21 — EBA Book Club
September 4-5 — 12th Annual Gas and Power Institute
September 10 — Discussion on FERC Enforcement Practice
September 15-16 — EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation
September 17 — Meet Commissioner Picker
October 2 — NERC Compliance & Enforcement for Practitioners
October 9 — Fracking Revisited - Current and Past Developments
October 12-17 — Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course
November 4-5 — 2014 EBA Mid-Year Conference, Washington, D.C.
November 4 — CFEBA Annual Gala, Washington, D.C.
A full calendar of events can be found here.
More changes at FERC as Commissioner Norris resigns
Natural Gas Intelligence
John Norris has submitted to President Obama his resignation from FERC effective Aug. 20, nearly three years before his current term is due to expire, the commissioner said late Thursday. Norris said he is leaving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to become minister-counselor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Rome, Italy. "It has been a great honor to serve with all the exceptional professionals and public servants who make up the FERC family and so many dedicated energy stakeholders in the public and private sectors," Norris said.
California could rewrite the rules for distributed demand response
The Energy Collective
You might imagine that California, the land of energy efficiency, smart meters, rooftop solar panels and plug-in electric vehicles, would also be leading the country in demand response — the term of art for turning homes and buildings into grid-responsive energy assets. But you’d be wrong. In fact, California has lagged behind other parts of the country in creating the programs and markets to jump-start demand response. For the past four years running, it’s failed to meet a statewide goal of getting enough demand response to cover 5 percent of its system peak load — and that’s just a measure of its inability to meet old-fashioned peak reduction from large industrial and commercial customers and power generators.
New Jersey Gov. Christie vetoes bill aiming to ban fracking waste
For the second time in two years, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have banned the dumping of fracking waste in New Jersey. Environmentalists and lawmakers from both parties had championed the measure, which would have prohibited companies from treating, discharging, disposing and storing waste from hydraulic fracturing.
Feds vs. feds: EPA questions energy agency's environmental review
Federal energy regulators have failed so far to show how a proposed liquefied natural gas project would affect the air, water and wetlands along Corpus Christi Bay and how to limit those effects, the Environmental Protection Agency says. In a recent letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the EPA said its fellow agency's draft environmental review for Cheniere Energy's proposed export and import facility was insufficient.
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