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As 2014 comes to a close, EBA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of EBA Insights a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.
Start your new year with EBA — Renew 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!
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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
Why dues check off are so important
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.
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50 State Index of Energy Regulation
From Aug. 27: Pacific Research Institute fellows Dr. Wayne Winegarden and Dr. Marc Miles have created the 50 State Index of Energy Regulation, which covers the various regulatory climates for energy consumption, production and distribution.
The fight over solar moves from net metering to rate design
From Nov. 5: Fights over electricity rates are brewing all across the country. Utilities say new rate proposals will protect customers who haven't moved to solar and energy efficiency. But those who have moved say the proposals only protect utilities. "There are two categories of rate restructuring and rate design changes bubbling up," explained Environmental Law & Policy Center Sr. Attorney Brad Klein.
How a top liberal state is creating an electricity market that conservatives should love
The Energy Collective
From Oct. 8: 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.
Court overturns federal rule to reduce energy use
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
From May 28: On Friday, May 23, a federal appeals court overturned an electricity regulation that enabled utilities to pay energy users in the wholesale market to reduce consumption. The court found that the directive from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission infringed upon state authority.
FERC staff highlights changing power mix as demand falls for 3rd straight year
From April 2: The changing generation mix and recent extreme weather throughout the U.S. have led the power sector to evaluate and begin making changes to address their increased dependence on natural gas and the integration of renewables, staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in the 2013 State of the Markets report.
'Tis the Season to Donate!
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. CFEBA currently has unfunded grant requests for weatherization projects for low-income families in Appalachian Counties; to fund a solar-electric system and tools for a rural school and health clinic in Haiti; as well as requests for financial assistance for Arlington, VA residents who are unable to pay their utility bills due to crisis and face service disconnection.
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!
Getting Distributed Generation Right
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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