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EBA NEWS

  • EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation
  • Membership Renewal Time
  • Energy Law Education Summit


  • INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Interior secretary: Local fracking bans are 'wrong way to go'
  • Texas, California throw their weight around on power plant regulations
  • Wind energy project in Maine may test law separating power producers and distributors
  • Commentary: The EPA's move to regulate 'coal ash' is a step forward


  • EBA PROGRAMS

  • Financial Products in Organized Electricity Markets: Convergence, Liquidity, Quants and Uplift
  • Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Philip Baten
  • Networking Reception in Houston
  • EBA Southern Chapter Program
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter Teleseminar — New Date
  • Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting




  • EBA NEWS


    EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation
    EBA
    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
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    Membership Renewal Time
    EBA
    Don’t miss your opportunity to be in the annual EBA Membership directory. Renew by January 30th and you will be included in this year’s directory….which will be published this spring!

    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!

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    Energy Law Education Summit
    EBA
    The Energy Bar Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Energy Law Education will present its work-in-progress on energy law curricula and, particularly through our workshop session, seek input on how energy law should be taught and integrated into curricula within and outside of law schools at the 1st annual National Energy Education Summit on January 26 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington VA. The Summit, which is sponsored by the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL), will precede the 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment, sponsored by the National Council for Science and Environment on January 27-29, which this year is focused on Energy and Climate Change.

    The EBA Committee is composed of law school faculty, deans and adjunct professors, and energy professionals from private practice, government and trade associations, including some recent students. It has been engaged since last February in an exploration of how energy law is taught, and could be better taught, in the U.S. Through our session at the CEREL National Energy Education Summit, the committee will present its work to-date, and particularly in the afternoon workshop, solicit additional input. We encourage participation from those engaged in the teaching or practice of energy law and from those who are outside of the legal profession, and can provide perspective on how energy lawyers can be more effective and/or how we can attract more smart and engaged undergraduates into the field of energy law.

    For the Energy Bar Association's session and workshop, register for the National Energy Education Summit (January 26th) and select Section 3.8, "Developing, Educating, and Expanding the Energy Bar…No, Not That Kind of Bar!" The cost of an individual registration for the summit is $200 (summit only, private industry) and complimentary to CEREL members.

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    INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS


    Interior secretary: Local fracking bans are 'wrong way to go'
    KQED-TV
    President Obama’s chief custodian of federal lands says local and regional bans on fracking are taking regulation of oil and gas recovery in the wrong direction. “I would say that is the wrong way to go,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told KQED-FM in an exclusive interview. “I think it’s going to be very difficult for industry to figure out what the rules are if different counties have different rules.” In November, two California counties added themselves to a growing list of local bans on hydraulic fracturing. Voters approved measures in San Benito and Mendocino Counties by wide margins.
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    Texas, California throw their weight around on power plant regulations
    Environment & Energy Publishing
    The caricatures of the swaggering, independent Texan and the elitist, trend-setting Californian are on full display in the otherwise dry, technical comments the two major economic drivers submitted on U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan. The states have unapologetically taken starkly different routes in transitioning to a cleaner energy future: California charging ahead with laws and regulations meant to move markets, and Texas eyeing natural gas and wind power for their cash potential as well as their environmental benefits.
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    Wind energy project in Maine may test law separating power producers and distributors
    Portland Press Herald
    Plans to build a major wind project in the western Maine mountains could again test the legal separation between power generators and distribution utilities, a bedrock rule of deregulating the state’s electric industry 15 years ago. The project is being proposed by Iberdrola Renewables, a subsidiary of Central Maine Power’s parent company, the Spanish energy giant Iberdrola S.A. Called West Range Wind, the project would be located in Concord, Lexington and Pleasant Ridge townships between New Portland and Bingham. While the layout is still being refined, plans call for up to 33 turbines reaching 500 feet high.
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    Commentary: The EPA's move to regulate 'coal ash' is a step forward
    The Washington Post
    Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., often decries President Obama’s "war on coal," promising to attack Environmental Protection Agency regulations when he’s in charge of the Senate. In reality, the Obama EPA is only slowly beginning to deal with the true costs of burning huge amounts of an exceptionally dirty fuel. For example, the EPA’s latest move to regulate huge accumulations of "coal ash" is, if anything, too modest.
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    EBA PROGRAMS


    Financial Products in Organized Electricity Markets: Convergence, Liquidity, Quants and Uplift
    EBA
    Join EBA’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.

    Financial products that are traded in organized electricity markets capture differences in prices between settlement markets and locations, without the physical delivery of electric energy. Those products pose a variety of unique benefits and challenges, and serve different market purposes, such as hedging and speculation. They affect price formation, uplift costs, and the potential for future investments in these markets. In turn, the resulting market outcomes impact the viability of the products themselves. With increasing market complexity, comes a need for more sophisticated quantitative and analytical trading. And, as regulatory structures shift, some financial marketers have been replaced by new types of financial players. Where is this financial marketplace going next and why? Are the existing products well designed and what improvements can be made?

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    Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Philip Baten
    EBA
    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.
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    Networking Reception in Houston
    EBA
    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.
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    EBA Southern Chapter Program
    EBA
    Emerging Energy Issues: How 2014 Issues Will Shape 2015 is a full day CLE program hosted by the EBA Southern Chapter on February 3, 2015 at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, GA. Five panels will cover the following hot topics: International Investigations of Employee Misconduct: Ethical Considerations; Moving Coal-Fired Generation Into Rate Base; EPA- 111(d) (Carbon Pollution Standards); Gas/Power Interdependency; Solar/net Metering Legislation in the South. The program will include a networking cocktail reception. Mark your calendar now as you do not want to miss the opportunity to network with colleagues from all over the EBA Southern Chapter and beyond, as well as get CLE!
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    Rocky Mountain Chapter Teleseminar — New Date
    EBA
    Join the Rocky Mountain Chapter for a TELESEMINAR addressing an Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development in the Rocky Mountain Region on February 11th, at 12pm(MT). Scott Janoe and Michael Schon, of Baker Botts’s 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. CLE is Pending approval.
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    Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting
    EBA
    The EBA Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting entitled, Energy Law 2015 – New Energy Markets and Regulation in the West will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel, in San Francisco, CA on March 5-6, 2015.

    Hot topics include: Energy Imbalance Market; State Efforts to Implement EPA Rule 111(d) and Grid Security: Are We Prepared? Make your hotel reservations now and lock in the special $279 rate until February 6, 2015 using the following booking link: https://aws.passkey.com/event/11919223/owner/2586/home.

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    UPCOMING EBA EVENTS

    JANUARY
    January 14 — Financial Products in Organized Electricity Markets: Convergence, Liquidity, Quants and Uplift
    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
    January 26 — Energy Law Education Summit

    FEBRUARY
    February 3 — EBA Southern Chapter Program
    February 11 — Rocky Mountain Chapter Teleseminar

    MARCH
    March 5-6 — Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting

    MAY
    May 5-6 — 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference

    A full calendar of events can be found here.
     



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