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EBA NEWS

  • Register for the EBA Annual Meeting & Conference, and make your hotel reservations now!
  • EBA Secured New Commissioner as Luncheon Speaker
  • EBA Annual Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Reminder to whitelist messages from MultiView and EBA


  • INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Success on energy bill may hinge on separation from EPA attacks
  • Much-needed nuclear market reforms taking shape
  • Germany moves to legalize fracking
  • Neighboring states clash on EPA coal energy regulation


  • FELJ NEWS

  • Climate Change Regulatory Implications


  • EBA PROGRAMS

  • Young Lawyers Happy Hour
  • Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum
  • The Nuclear Renaissance — A Restrained Effort in the US but in a Boom in Other Economies
  • 14th Annual EBA Western Chapter Meeting
  • 18th Annual Midwest Energy Conference
  • EBA Annual Meeting and Conference




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    EBA NEWS




    Register for the EBA Annual Meeting & Conference, and make your hotel reservations now!
    EBA
    Registration for the 69th Annual EBA Annual Meeting & Conference is open! The May 5-6 event will provide two full days of discussions focused on the legal issues related to all aspects of energy law. Ensure prime networking opportunities by securing your hotel reservation at the Renaissance Hotel by visiting https://aws.passkey.com/g/28539120 or by calling 1-877-212-5752.
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    EBA Secured New Commissioner as Luncheon Speaker
    EBA
    Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Colette Honorable will serve as the luncheon speaker at EBA’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Honorable was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Barack Obama in August 2014, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014 for a term that expires in June 2017. As a lawyer, Commissioner Honorable served the Arkansas Public Service Commission since 2007, and led the Commission as Chairman beginning in January 2011.

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    EBA Annual Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities
    EBA
    EBA is offering a variety of sponsorship opportunities at the 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference, May 5-6, in Washington, DC. There are sponsor openings at every price point and all offer maximum exposure to energy attorneys, non-attorney professionals and those active in all areas of energy law. We have a new sponsorship this year…the "New Ideas Sponsor," which allows you to develop a creative way to highlight your company. Bring us the idea to consider! For more information and the response form, please visit: http://eba-net.org/node/374

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    Reminder to whitelist messages from MultiView and EBA
    EBA
    With the start of a new year, and new members joining the Energy Bar Association (EBA), don’t forget to whitelist MultiView (eba@multibriefs.com) and the Energy Bar Association Administrator account (ebaadmin@eba-net.org) to ensure you are receiving all messages from EBA.

    Whitelisting an email address is when you put it on a safe list, telling your email service that you wish to receive emails from a specific address. This ensures that an email that you wanted to receive doesn't end up going into your spam box. Those on the list will be accepted, approved or recognized.

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    INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS


    Success on energy bill may hinge on separation from EPA attacks
    Environment & Energy Publishing
    Republicans are forging two separate roads through the energy and environmental policy landscape on Capitol Hill over the next two years. One is paved with pragmatic, bipartisan ideas, the other with combative, base-riling red meat, and the prospect of enacting the first comprehensive energy bill in more than eight years may hinge on whether those two paths ever intersect. Generally speaking, the bipartisan path will run through the main House and Senate authorizing committees while the red meat will come when the two chambers consider annual spending bills, which are frequent targets for a host of policy riders.
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    Much-needed nuclear market reforms taking shape
    FierceEnergy
    Market flaws are putting even the most highly performing nuclear facilities at risk. That is part of the message delivered by the Nuclear Energy Institute and backed by a new report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and PJM Interconnection, the operator of the grid stretching from the mid-Atlantic to the Midwest.
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    Germany moves to legalize fracking
    The Guardian
    Germany has proposed a draft law that would allow commercial shale gas fracking at depths of over 3,000 meters, overturning a de facto moratorium that has been in place since the start of the decade. A new six-person expert panel would also be empowered to allow fracks at shallower levels. Shale gas industry groups welcomed the proposal for its potential to crack open the German shale gas market, but it has sparked outrage among environmentalists who view it as the thin edge of a fossil fuel wedge.
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    Neighboring states clash on EPA coal energy regulation
    Manufacturing.net
    Montana and Wyoming, despite having a similar relationship to the coal energy industry, are planning to approach the Clean Power Act from two opposite directions. According to Benjamin Storrow of the Casper Star-Tribune, the EPA’s plan would require both states to meet a carbon reduction target — 21 percent for Montana and 19 percent for Wyoming.
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    FELJ NEWS


    Climate Change Regulatory Implications
    FELJ
    "Subsidies, Climate Change, Electric Markets and the FERC" by Washington lawyer John S. Moot, contains a timely discussion of the regulatory implications of efforts to address climate change. According to Mr. Moot, some regions have embraced competitive markets, retail access, and generation divestiture and others have remained vertically integrated. Nevertheless, the challenges presented by this mix of regulation and competition are substantial. In the last few years an even more vexing challenge has emerged: increasing government subsidies designed to dictate market outcomes — particularly driven by subsidies to address climate change. Mr. Moot addresses the challenges these subsidies present to the FERC when regulating wholesale markets. The article discusses both the FERC’s legal authority to protect markets from the adverse effect of subsidies and its political discretion to choose which issues merit attention.

    *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


    Young Lawyers Happy Hour
    EBA
    The next Young Lawyers Committee (YLC) happy hour will be held at the Laughing Man Tavern, 1306 G Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The YLC welcomes new and seasoned practitioners alike to its February happy hour and invites EBA members to bring a friend! Come out, meet, mingle, and go head to head into the Laughing Man Tavern game room with your fellow EBA members.
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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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    The Nuclear Renaissance — A Restrained Effort in the US but in a Boom in Other Economies
    EBA
    As surging domestic natural gas production and dropping prices have put an end to the nuclear renaissance predicted for the US, numerous nuclear plants are being built in emerging markets. The EBA International, Energy & Transactions Committee and the Nuclear Energy Regulation Committee invite you to attend The Nuclear Renaissance on March 4, 2015.
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    14th Annual EBA Western Chapter Meeting
    EBA
    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.

    New energy technologies and regulatory initiatives are driving progress in energy markets and creating challenges for market participants in the Western region. This CLE-approved program will provide insight into this energy market evolution and how federal and state regulators and industry players are responding to these challenges.

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    18th Annual Midwest Energy Conference
    EBA
    Registration is now open for the Eighteenth Annual Midwest Energy Conference, Exploring New Trends and Emerging Issues Facing the Energy Industry, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL on March 30-31, 2015.

    The Midwest Chapter is looking forward to having Judge Richard Allen Posner, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, give the keynote luncheon address. To register, get hotel special rate and view the full program schedule: http://www.eba-net.org/eighteenth-annual-midwest-energy-conference.

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    EBA Annual Meeting and Conference
    EBA
    The 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference will be held in the Washington, DC metropolitan area where you will have the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective this May and experience our two-day conference, filled with engaging speakers, educational and interactive networking opportunities.
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    UPCOMING EBA EVENTS

    FEBRUARY
    February 19 — Young Lawyers Happy Hour

    MARCH
    March 3 — Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum
    March 4 — The Nuclear Renaissance — A Restrained Effort in the US but in a Boom in Other Economies
    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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