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  • Renew Your Member Benefits TODAY Before they Expire
  • Nominations Deadline — February 6, 2015
  • Judicial Nominations Requested for Vacant Seat
  • Follow us on LinkedIn


  • INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Can a country slash its CO2 emissions and avoid electricity price spikes at the same time?
  • National groups ask states to follow West Virginia energy law repeal
  • FERC: ISO-NE must find market-based reliability solution for winter months
  • Senate approves Keystone pipeline as 9 Democrats buck party leaders


  • FELJ NEWS

  • The Pros and Cons of Wholesale Market Transparency


  • EBA PROGRAMS

  • My Best and Worst Experiences Facing the Appeals Court Judges: Lessons from Real World Experiences
  • Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development in the Rocky Mountain Region
  • Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum
  • Energy Law 2015 — New Energy Markets and Regulation in the West
  • 18th Annual Midwest Energy Conference




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    EBA NEWS


    Renew Your Member Benefits TODAY Before they Expire
    EBA
    Member benefits will be turned off for those that do not renew their benefits prior to Friday, February 6, 2015. If you have not done so, renew your Energy Bar Association membership online today or via paper by following the instructions at: http://eba-net.org/node/348. A few Members Only benefits include:
    1. Inclusion into the 2015-2016 Member Directory (those that do not renew by February 6, 2015 will not be included in this year’s directory.)
    2. Significant discount to attend the EBA Annual meeting May 5-6, 2015
    3. Ongoing discounts to attend and participate in subject matter seminars
    4. Opportunity to participate with EBA committees
    Please also consider making a donation to the Charitable Foundation of EBA and the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal while you’re renewing your dues. Visit their individual pages to receive more information on the Charitable Foundation of the EBA and the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal.

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    Nominations Deadline — February 6, 2015
    EBA
    Nominations are due by February 6, 2015 for Officer and Director positions on the Energy Bar Association’s Board of Directors and Directors for the affiliated Foundation of the Energy Law Journal (FELJ) and Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA).

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    Judicial Nominations Requested for Vacant Seat
    EBA
    The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has released a list of 19 applicants for the vacancy of retired Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. The top three (3) applications will be presented to the President of the United States for his consideration to nominate and appoint the judge.

    To assist in the evaluation process, please visit http://dcforms.dc.gov/webform/applicant-evaluation-form-judges. All comments must be received no later than February 13, 2015.

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    Follow us on LinkedIn
    EBA
    Stay engaged with industry professionals, strategic allies, and employees via the Energy Bar Association LinkedIn page. Join us for the latest conference updates and industry update discussions with your peers.

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    INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS


    Can a country slash its CO2 emissions and avoid electricity price spikes at the same time?
    Environment & Energy Publishing
    The goal is ambitious: Can Germany successfully adapt its electricity market to a future where the predominant power is renewable energy? The country is trying to pull together its current plan to get there at a difficult moment, when all across Europe, countries are suffering from market conditions that favor a fuel switch from natural gas to low-cost coal. This has yielded record export levels and rising emissions that threaten to undo Germany's reputation as a champion of climate change action.
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    National groups ask states to follow West Virginia energy law repeal
    The Associated Press via Bluefield Daily Telegraph
    After West Virginia legislators voted to delete a law that counts burning tires and some coal as alternative fuels, national small government groups are turning the uncontroversial repeal into a rally cry to remove more stringent energy standards in other states. The push against West Virginia’s Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard has served political purposes for the new Republican legislative majority. GOP statehouse candidates ran on scrapping the standard, and the party is using it against Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, who signed it into law as governor in 2009 and may seek that office again next year.
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    FERC: ISO-NE must find market-based reliability solution for winter months
    Utility Dive
    Still dealing with vulnerabilities exposed during last winter's polar vortex, ISO New England has relied on incentives rather than market signals to ensure sufficient generation is available in the event cold weather stymies natural gas deliveries. But generators, worried the grid operator is not working fast enough on a market solution, lobbied FERC to clarify the situation's urgency.
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    Senate approves Keystone pipeline as 9 Democrats buck party leaders
    The Washington Times
    Senators approved the Keystone XL pipeline in a momentous vote Jan. 29 as nine Democrats bucked their party leaders and joined Republicans in backing the long-stalled project, setting up an eventual showdown with President Obama, who has vowed a veto. The vote marks the first major accomplishment for the Senate Republican majority, who carefully selected the pipeline to put at the top of the agenda in hopes of preparing Democrats for even bigger tests with Mr. Obama.
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    FELJ NEWS


    The Pros and Cons of Wholesale Market Transparency
    FELJ
    Too much information? The current issue of the Energy Law Journal contains an article that addresses the pros and cons of wholesale market transparency. "Information and Competition in Electric Power Markets: Is Transparency the Holy Grail?" By Mark J. Niefer, Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. In the article, Mr. Niefer discusses the extensive debate about the degree to which wholesale market information should be made available to regulators, market participants, and the public. He suggests that the effects of transparency on market performance can be beneficial but not without substantial costs. He proposes a simple cost-benefit framework for determining whether a particular information policy should be implemented in an electric power or related market. His proposed framework is designed to streamline the assessment of costs and benefits, potentially reducing the burden on a policymaker of determining whether an information policy should be implemented.

    *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.

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    EBA PROGRAMS


    My Best and Worst Experiences Facing the Appeals Court Judges: Lessons from Real World Experiences
    EBA
    Join the EBA Judicial Review Committee later this week, February 5, 2015, for this entertaining panel discussion with four well-known energy law practitioners, who, given their clients, will have varying perspectives on this issue.
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    Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development in the Rocky Mountain Region
    EBA
    The Rocky Mountain Chapter will host a TELESEMINAR addressing an Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development 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 as well as air quality attainment issues, regulations affecting flaring, and environmental enforcement activities. The session will last approximately 35 minutes with ample time for questions and answers at the conclusion. CLE is Pending approval.
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    Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum
    EBA
    The Energy Bar Association Compliance & Enforcement Committee and George Washington University Law School will hold an Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum on March 3, 2015. This special event is designed for CFTC, DOT, FERC, and NERC staff and private practitioners.
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    Energy Law 2015 — New Energy Markets and Regulation in the West
    EBA
    The 14th Annual EBA Western Chapter Meeting 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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    18th Annual Midwest Energy Conference
    EBA
    Exploring New Trends and Emerging Issues Facing the Energy Industry, the Midwest Energy Conference will be held in Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton on March 30-31, 2015.

    Book your room NOW! EBA's special block rate cut-off is ending March 2, 2015! EBA has secured a block of sleeping rooms for attendees at the special rate of $215 single/double. Please call 1-800-HILTONS and use the 3 letter group code (ENE) to take advantage of our special rate!

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    UPCOMING EBA EVENTS

    FEBRUARY
    February 5 — My Best and Worst Experiences Facing the Appeals Court Judges: Lessons from Real World Experiences
    February 11 — Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development in the Rocky Mountain Region

    MARCH
    March 3 — Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum
    March 5-6 — Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting
    March 30-31 — 18th Annual Midwest Energy Conference

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

    A full calendar of events can be found here.
     



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