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Are you attending the Mid-Year Meeting?
Hotel rooms are going fast…you have until Friday to take advantage of the room block rate. Make your reservations today: http://www.eba-net.org/2014-mid-year-meeting-conference#hotel
The full conference agenda for the Mid-Year Meeting & Conference is posted online and the conference brochure can be downloaded, http://www.eba-net.org/sites/default/files/ebaBROCHUREfinal.pdf
See you in November!
Exelon Wind 1, L.L.C. v. Nelson, No. 12-51228 (5th Cir. Sept. 8, 2014)
In a split decision issued on September 8, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ("Court") upheld certain regulations promulgated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas ("PUC"), under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 ("PURPA"), prohibiting wind subsidiaries of Exelon Corp. from forming legally enforceable obligations ("LEO") adopting time-of-obligation rates for the purpose of selling power to Southwestern Public Service Company.
EBA Mid-Year Meeting & Conference — Early Bird Deadline is Oct. 15
There is a great lineup of educational sessions for this year’s Mid-Year Meeting & Conference on November 4-5th in Washington, D.C. Sessions cover every aspect of energy law and when you attend, you will also get a bonus Ethics session! Check out the 17 educational sessions, networking opportunities and keynote speakers by downloading the Conference Brochure: http://www.eba-net.org/sites/default/files/ebaBROCHUREfinal.pdf
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How a top liberal state is creating an electricity market that conservatives
The Energy Collective
Imagine an electricity market that gives small businesses and consumers the same ability to compete and make money that utilities have always had. The market has no explicit technology mandates that require utilities or individuals to "pick winners and losers." It simply sets some basic rules that prioritize consumer-side distributed energy technologies, efficient and economic use of energy, business model innovation and environmental performance. The market is guided by a simple philosophy: regulators pledge to set parameters and then get out of the way to let entrepreneurs selling energy services flourish alongside traditional utility companies.
FERC approves Dominion's Cove Point LNG export facility
U.S. federal regulators late Sept. 29 approved construction of Dominion Resources' liquefied natural gas export project in Cove Point, Maryland. Cove Point is the fourth U.S. LNG export project to get the green light to begin construction from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It will be able to export up to 5.75 million metric tons of LNG a year when fully operational. Dominion's facility is one of about two dozen projects that hope to ship a growing bounty of domestic natural gas to countries in Asia and Europe.
EU regulation and renewables seen as big energy risks
The effects of financial regulation and renewable energy are among the biggest risks for European energy companies, as identified by a panel of senior risk managers at Energy Risk Summit Europe in London on October 1.
Nuclear liability laws strain US-India energy policy
The Washington Times
President Obama and his Indian counterpart pledged Sept. 30 to cooperate on nuclear energy, but specialists say Indian liability laws have made progress virtually impossible and have rendered moot a landmark 2008 agreement between the two countries. During his first trip to the U.S. since assuming power earlier this year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who has made economic growth and attracting international investment the centerpieces of his new administration — expressed openness to changing his nation’s liability laws, a prerequisite to U.S.-Indian cooperation on nuclear power moving forward.
Reception to meet FERC Chairman LaFleur
On October 14, 2014 the EBA Electricity Regulation Committee and Natural Gas Regulation Committee invite you to a reception in honor of Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur, who was recently sworn in to her second term at the Commission and named Chairman. Chairman LaFleur has more than twenty years’ experience as a leader in the electric and natural gas industries, including four years at the Commission. This is a great opportunity to “mix and mingle” in an informal setting with the Chairman and fellow EBA members. We hope to see you there!
Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments
On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Noon-1:30 p.m. ET, the EBA Natural Gas Regulation and State Commission Practice and Regulation Committees are planning a popular program - Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments that provides attendees with the "fracking 101 basics," a former top state regulator's perspective and analysis of court cases involving fracking issues. Teleconference participation will be available (audio only). For on-site registrants lunch will be provided by Dentons LLP.
ISO/RTO Governance and ADR Issues and Models
On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm ET, the Energy Bar Association Alternate Dispute Resolution and FERC Practice and Administrative Law Judges Committees in conjunction with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Jointly Present: ISO/RTO Governance and ADR Issues and Models.
This panel will address the different governance and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) models of PJM, MISO, the NYISO and SPP and their regulatory and stakeholder processes. Do the current models work well? What might be improved upon to achieve stakeholder consensus, ameliorate contested Section 205 filings and ensure reliability? And, at what possible junctures in these processes can positive outcomes be achieved?
EBA Young Lawyers Committee hosts the Mid-Year Meeting & Conference Reception on Monday, November 3, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at DC Coast, 1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Start your meeting off with a lively networking reception. $15 EBA Member/$15 Non-members/$0 EBA Student Members.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy Law Journal Article Spotlight: Do you have an electric car, or thinking of buying one?
If so, you should check out the current issue of the Energy Law Journal for a thoughtful and provocative analysis of what the future holds for electric vehicles. The article by Washington, D.C. attorney, John C.K. Pappas, entitled A New Prescription for Electric Cars, takes an in-depth look at the electric car industry and the laws the United States and other countries have adopted to promote it. Mr. Meltzer makes a 6-part recommendation for the U.S. to give the technology a better potential for success, including redirecting tax credits, investing in research and development and leaving charging infrastructure investments to state and local governments.
Since 1980, the Energy Law Journal has provided great value to the Energy Bar Association's members. The Journal provides in-depth analyses on current, salient issues affecting members and their clients and businesses and provides a forum for the exploration and understanding of new, cutting edge issues. The Journal is a benefit to EBA members and subscriptions are available to non-EBA members.
CFEBA Fundraising Drive Needs Your Help!
How many lives could we save or change by bringing energy-related aid to those most in need? Statistics say there are approximately 1.3 billion people living in energy poverty around the world. CFEBA’s mission is to engage in a wide variety of energy-related charitable activities and community service projects that "make a difference in people’s lives" and we need your help!
You are the bedrock of our organization. Your continued or increased financial contribution will enable CFEBA to enhance its ability as an energy charity to make an even greater difference nationally and globally. Please take a moment now to donate a tax-deductible gift online and help us achieve our fundraising goal of $150,000!
For more information on the CFEBA, as well as varying levels of donations and benefits, please visit: http://www.cfeba.org/donate
We look forward to your continued support!
12th Annual CFEBA Silent Auction and Gala
On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 5:30-8 p.m. ET at the Renaissance Hotel 999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, D.C., Light Up the Night will be this year’s Silent Auction Gala theme as CFEBA seeks to provide medical solar suitcases, which are manufactured in the United States, to the most needy in the world in an effort to save lives of mothers and children during childbirth across the world, where there is no access to electricity. Due to lack of energy access, globally, an estimated 289,000 women die annually from complications from pregnancy and childbirth. CFEBA is asking all EBA members to help make the event a huge success by contributing items to the Silent Auction, attending the Gala, participating in the Silent Auction and encouraging colleagues to do so as well. To read more and find out how you can help, visit: Light Up The Night or contact Gala Committee Chair, Holly Rachel Smith at email@example.com or Gala Coordinator, Michele L. Smith (Duehring) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 14 — Reception to meet FERC Chairman LaFleur
October 21 — Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments
October 22 — ISO/RTO Governance and ADR Issues and Models
November 3 — Mid-Year Meeting & Conference Reception, Washington, D.C.
November 4 — 12th Annual CFEBA Silent Auction and Gala, Washington, D.C.
November 4-5 — 2014 EBA Mid-Year Conference, Washington, D.C.
A full calendar of events can be found here.
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