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Plenty of Reference Materials Available at EBA
Did you know, EBA has a wealth of resource material available with a click of a mouse? EBA posts our major meeting educational session handouts online. All handouts are available free of charge to those that registered for an event. If you did not register but would like the material, you can access it through our "Meeting Material" page at http://eba-net.org/store/meeting-materials. Recently, the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting Material was posted. EBA also posts recorded On Demand programs online. Visit the EBA Online Store to access these resources and so much more.
Stay Connected, Renew Your Membership Today!
Join more than 2,500 others who enjoy EBA membership benefits such as participation in more than 60 educational offerings annually, networking and volunteering on EBA Committees and connecting locally through your regional chapters. We hope you continue to enjoy membership in EBA and we are pleased to continued providing you great value at the same member dues rate for 2015!
Renewing is easy…to renew with a credit card just logon to the EBA website at http://www.eba-net.org/ and click on the "My EBA", click on "Member Login", Select "My EBA", "My Transactions", and click on "Pay Open Orders". If you would like to renew with a check, please be advised that a hardcopy of the renewal form was recently mailed to you. Please renew your membership before January 1, 2015 to continue receiving the benefits of EBA!
Looking for great ideas
Do you have a topic in mind that you would like to see covered in one of the Energy Bar Association national meetings? If so, the EBA Programs & Meetings Committee wants to hear from you!
What do you want to hear more about? Are you aware of emerging trends with broad industry appeal? Did you attend the previous Annual Meeting and/or Mid-Year Meeting and feel as if a topic was missing? If so, please take a moment to click on the survey link below and submit a short paragraph proposing a topic of interest on or before December 22, 2014. If you have time, include in your submission a sentence explaining the types of speakers (attorneys, business persons, consultants, etc.) you would like to see on a panel or as a keynote.
The Committee looks forward to reviewing your ideas and will consider all suggestions in our planning for the EBA year. In the likely event that we are unable to accommodate all topics of interest in our national meeting programming, we will be sure to forward your ideas on to the leadership of other EBA committees and chapters for consideration in their program planning for the year.
Mark your calendar for the 2015 EBA Annual Meeting to be held on May 5-6, 2015 in Washington DC.
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
For more information about the EBA Primer Series visit: http://eba-net.org/node/273
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What's the fate of state clean energy laws?
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now have renewable-energy standards on the books, laws mandating that the states generate a certain amount of renewable energy by a set date. The laws have become a leading driver of clean-energy investment in the U.S. But free-market organizations have attacked the standards as interference in the free market and criticized them for raising energy prices.
EPA hits homestretch on climate rule
The Environmental Protection Agency is entering the homestretch on President Obama’s landmark climate regulation aimed at curbing carbon pollution from the nation’s existing power plants. The public comment period will wrapped up Dec. 1, meaning the agency will have to sift through the unprecedented amount of feedback as it tweaks, revises and polishes the rule to finalize it by summer 2015.
German renewable energy law passes final hurdle at EU
Germany’s amended renewable energy laws were granted state aid approval by Brussels on Nov. 25, the final political hurdle to their adoption. The bulk of the changes were unlikely to conflict with EU rules with the majority approved in July, but issues over imported energy and reductions granted to large energy users had created friction.
Paperless and efficient: The future of the energy industry
The energy industry is in the midst of a digital renaissance, thanks to the union of mobile devices and real-time intelligence. The latter enables providers of propane, butane and home heating oil to streamline operations, save money and transform the way they do business. Bill Stomp refers, specifically, to that elusive ideal known as — that seemingly too-good-to-be-true promise of — the paperless office, where drivers can deliver and confirm receipt of fuel, sign online files and seamlessly upload their workflow without printing a single document.
The Young Lawyers Committee welcomes new and seasoned practitioners alike to its December 4th Happy Hour in Washington DC, and invites EBA members to bring a friend!
Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development in the Rocky Mountain Region
On Monday, December 8, 2014 - 2:00pm in Billings MT, join the Rocky Mountain Chapter for a brown bag and teleseminar program addressing an Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development in the Rocky Mountain Region on December 8th, at 12pm (MT). Scott Janoe, a Partner in Baker Botts L.L.P.’s Houston office, and Michael Schon, a Senior Associate in Baker Botts’s Washington, DC office, 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.
Critical Infrastructure Physical & Cybersecurity: Electric Industry Issues & Insights
On Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm join the Energy Bar Association’s Electric Regulation Committee and System Reliability & Planning Committee as they present this seminar on Critical Infrastructure Physical & Cybersecurity: Electric Industry Issues & Insights.
Evidence of vulnerabilities to the U.S. power grid from physical and cyber threats has increased exponentially over the past several years, including high-profile cyber-intrusions into internet-facing critical infrastructures and the April 2013 sniper attack on a transmission substation in Northern California. Such events have prompted FERC, NERC and the electric industry to take steps to enhance physical security and cybersecurity measures for the most critical Bulk-Power System facilities, with the goal of reducing its overall vulnerability to such attacks. For instance, FERC recently approved NERC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Version 5 to protect utilities’ cyber-assets and systems. FERC has also proposed to approve NERC’s standards addressing physical security threats to the grid. These initiatives, however, raise important questions regarding the difficulty and cost of implementation. Panelists will discuss these and related efforts, their implications for industry, as well as their attendant costs. Teleconference and on-site options available.
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.
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.
Support the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal in your dues payment!
Since 1980, the Energy Law Journal has been a great benefit to EBA members. Support the Foundation’s mission of publishing the Energy Law Journal by including a donation to the FELJ in your annual EBA dues payment. Your contribution will help defray the FELJ’s expenses for publication of the Energy Law Journal. Every member receives a copy of the Journal but your dues do not fund the costs. We rely heavily on contributions and sponsorships, in addition to advertising and royalty payments to fund the Journal expenses.
Over the past thirty five years, the Energy Law Journal has become the preeminent publication for energy law and energy practitioners in the United States. The ELJ publishes legal, policy, and economic articles of lasting interest with significant research value on subjects dealing with all aspects of the energy industry, including the electric, gas, oil, renewables and hydroelectric sectors. The ELJ provides thought-provoking and thoroughly researched articles by practitioners, internationally known academics, federal judges, high ranking government officials and members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Highly respected, the ELJ is often cited in federal and state court opinions and law review articles, by energy industry speakers, and the FERC.
December 4 — Monthly Happy Hour
December 8 — Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development
December 9 — Critical Infrastructure Physical & Cybersecurity: Electric Industry Issues & Insights
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
A full calendar of events can be found here.
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