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Give yourself the gift of Membership — Renew by January 1st
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!
Last chance to give us your great ideas
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.
'Tis the Season to Donate — Two Great Causes…CFEBA and FELJ
ONE: CFEBA: Please consider CFEBA when you make your charitable contributions this holiday season. Donations of any size help provide energy-related support to those in need. Shouldn’t everyone have a warm home and ability to feed their family? Your donation can do just that – help to provide home heating and power for refrigeration and cooking. Your donation has the ability to bring reliable and renewable sources of energy to schools and health clinics to people living in energy poverty. Please take a moment to make a tax-deductible donation online today. Tis the season to donate!
TWO: Support the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal Foundation in your EBA 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.
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
Mark your calendar: Financial Products in Organized Electricity Markets: Convergence, Liquidity, Quants and Uplift
Please join the Energy Bar Association’s Electricity Regulation Committee 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. Onsite and Teleconference participation will be available.
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Industry, enviros dissect mess of litigation as year closes
Environment & Energy Publishing
Ask lawyers their biggest fear, and most will say uncertainty. The past year of sprawling oil and gas litigation delivered just that: an unsettled scorecard that ensures only a slew of new lawsuits to come. On litigious issues ranging from contract disputes to regulatory compliance to environmental concerns, attorneys from both industry and the environmental community are having a tough time saying who came out ahead. Though certain 2014 decisions delivered emphatic legal victories for each side, the collective result is a mixed bag for stakeholders to sort through — all with high-stakes implications for policy, property and investments.
FERC wades into reliability fight over EPA's Clean Power Plan
Environment & Energy Publishing
Federal regulators are planning a series of technical conferences beginning in February to weigh the consequences of state and industry efforts to comply with U.S. EPA's controversial proposal to
curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The move announced yesterday by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur is responsive to calls by Congress, her fellow commissioners and electricity industry stakeholders who have raised concerns about whether compliance with the EPA Clean Power Plan as proposed will endanger grid reliability or adversely affect regional wholesale electric markets.
OPEC isn't scared of $40 oil
OPEC won't rush to cut oil production even if prices fall as low as $40 per barrel, one of the cartel's members said Dec. 14. The energy minister for the United Arab Emirates told Bloomberg at a Dubai conference that the middle eastern oil producers believe "the market will stabilize itself." "We are not going to change our minds because the prices went to $60 or to $40," SuhailAl-Mazrouei said. Even as it has watched prices dip, OPEC declined to cut back on production at its November meeting. Some observers had expected a production cut to boost the price of crude.
EU dings Austria, Poland over green energy laws
Courthouse News Service
The lower EU court ruled that Austria's scheme to cap the price of renewable energy for energy-hogging businesses is illegal state aid, while an advisor to the high court dinged Poland for not implementing Europe's renewable-energy law at all in a pair of opinions issued Dec. 11. Under the Renewable Energy Directive passed in 2009, European member states must achieve mandatory national targets for renewable energy by 2020. While the law set the targets for each nation, member states can choose how to meet their objectives.
Getting Distributed Generation Right: A Response To "Does Disruptive Competition Mean a Death Spiral For Electric Utilities?"
The current issue of the Energy Law Journal presents another view point on the public debate surrounding a potential utility “death spiral” that some claim will result from competition brought on by distributed generation. Check out the article by Washington lawyer, David Raskin, Getting Distributed Generation Right: A Response To "Does Disruptive Competition Mean A Death Spiral For Electric Utilities?", in response to a recent Energy Law Journal article by Elisabeth Graffy and Steven Kihm, which claimed that the electric utility industry faces a mortal threat in the near future from distributed generation and other emerging technologies that will allow customers to bypass the electric grid. Mr. Raskin contends that the authors of that article overstate their predictions that utilities will be unable to recover in regulated rates investments stranded by new distributed generation competition. Mr. Raskin contends that no realistic substitute for reliable electric service from the utility grid currently exists, and distributed technologies would have to make remarkable gains to become a substitute. Even if distributed alternatives continue to grow, Mr. Raskin suggests that much of the public will rely on utility service for many decades, and the utility industry will continue to need access to capital and operating funds to provide this service. Finally, he concludes that the growth of alternatives to utility-supplied electric service may, over time, present a challenge to regulators and the utility industry, but the challenge will be much more complex than the authors recognize and will involve issues of fairness between those who rely on the grid entirely, those who use it for some unbundled services, and those who eventually are able to fully disconnect.
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.
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.
Save the Date: Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting
March 5, 2015 - March 6, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA. Your registration for this event will include a welcome cocktail reception on the preceding day, perfect for networking with colleagues! Also following the Annual Western Chapter Meeting will be the Chapter’s annual business meeting.
Save the Date: Eighteenth Annual Midwest Energy Conference
March 30, 2015 - 5:00pm to Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 5:00pm at The Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603.
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
March 5-6 — Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting
March 30-31 — Eighteenth Annual Midwest Energy Conference
A full calendar of events can be found here.
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