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LaFleur: Wholesale market changes will reflect the 'unique abilities' of energy storage
In recent months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has taken several steps toward fully incorporating energy storage in U.S. wholesale energy markets -- which, if successful, could be a major boon for the energy storage industry. These actions reflect the fact that there’s an exponential amount of energy storage slated to come on-line, as well as its "unique abilities to help in different ways," said Acting FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, speaking this week at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ winter meeting.
NIST wants to know how utility companies can deter hackers
A new federal effort aims to help energy companies protect themselves from hackers trying to shut down the power grid. It's not exactly a far-off threat. Last year, a Ukrainian utility company suspected cyber intruders caused a major power outage; the year before that, a U.S. cyber firm concluded a Russian hacking group called Sandworm was responsible for another blackout at another Ukrainian power company.
France adopts law for self-consumption of renewable energy
The French parliament has adopted a draft law on self-consumption of electricity from renewable energy sources. The law proposed back in July 2016 provides a legal framework for self-consumption of renewables and will introduce a definition of self-consumption, as well as collective self-consumption. Grid operators will also be obliged to help facilitate self-consumption.
EPA: US greenhouse gas pollution falls below 1994 levels
Greenhouse gas emissions from the United States have fallen below 1994 levels, the result of a steady decline since the recession. The most recent declines stem in part from mild weather, lower energy demand and fuel shifting, according to a draft report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Bipartisan governors urge trump to back renewable energy
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Rural landowners make $222 million per year renting their land for wind turbines. The solar energy industry added more than 30,000 jobs last year, employing more than 200,000 people. A group of Republican and Democratic governors focused on these and other economic points in a letter to President Donald Trump on Feb. 13, urging the Republican climate skeptic to support wind and solar power.
Don't Miss Today's EBA Q&A with FERC Senior Staff: Without a Quorum, How Will FERC Operate?
With the resignation of Chairman Norman Bay on February 3, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) currently has two sitting commissioners and is absent of the needed three commissioners necessary to operate with a quorum. In the absence of a quorum, how will FERC continue to regulate interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil and review proposals? On Wednesday, February 22, from 10am to 11am, FERC General Counsel David Morenoff and colleagues from the Office of the General Counsel will hold a teleconference open exclusively to Energy Bar Association members to discuss and answer questions on how the absence of a quorum affects FERCs operations, what delegated authority FERCs staff has to act during the lack of quorum and what this means for cases before FERC.
Please join us for this unique discussion and question and answer session with FERC officials on the front lines of keep the Commission's business moving forward until the new Administration is able to confirm appointees to vacant commission seats. This event is free for members and $15 for non-members. Learn more and register here.
Former FERC Commissioners Assess the Road Forward for Agency Under Trump Administration
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) lack of a quorum will have serious implications on the agency's rule-making ability as time passes suggested four former FERC commissioners in an EBA Energizer: Looking Forward with an Eye on the Past. The event was hosted by Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP on February 21. Scott Strauss, a Partner with Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP, served as moderator.
A lack of quorum is an unusual situation suggested James J. Hoecker, a Senior Counsel & Energy Strategist with Husch Blackwell and FERC Chairman from 1997 to 2001. He noted business could go forward, but with some uncertainty as FERC decisions would likely face challenges. The other panelists, which included former commissioners Anthony Clark, a Senior Advisor with Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, Suedeen Kelly, a Partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and Marc Spitzer, a Partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP, agreed.
Commissioner Kelly noted FERC averaged about 5 1/2 orders a day during her tenure. Current FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur estimates about 20% of the agency’s orders get contested. Without a quorum, FERC will not be able to rule on some decisions, Commissioner Kelly believed. The former commissioners agreed future litigation will likely slow FERC's process even further, but also noted that the efficiency and effectiveness of FERC's staff, and the agency's non-partisan nature were factors that would help bridge the current period of transition.
There was debate as to how long FERC would remain without a quorum. Kelly noted the FBI's vetting process for potential appointees could take several months even before the Congressional approval process. However, she added, it could go quickly if Senate leaders decide to move on Administration nominees quickly. Commissioner Clark noted that staff had been doing some pre-emptive work and thinking about the impact of a potentially operating without a quorum even while he was on commission
There was consensus among the panel that a shift in political perspectives would have limited impact on the independent nature of the agency and that the period of most White House influence would be during the confirmation process. However, panelists also believed a Trump appointee at chairman would likely emphasize infrastructure development and reliability issues rather than on-demand response and efficiency issues.
The Impact of Carbon Markets on Competitive Markets Among Headline Events at EBA's Annual Meeting: Take Advantage of Early Bird Discounts
To achieve carbon reduction, some states have considered new forms of subsidies, above-market PPAs and other options. A panel of experts will discuss the legal and policy questions and how these actions impact competitive markets in a session entitled State Programs or Competitive Markets to Achieve Carbon Reduction at EBA’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference on April 3-4, 2017 in downtown Washington, DC. Join more than 500 attorneys, regulators, and industry professionals at the conference which will feature 14 educational sessions, 10-15 hours of CLE credit and extensive networking opportunities.
Registration is now open. Save money with our Early Bird registration discounts through March 15.
Marketing at EBA's 2017 Annual Meeting Helps Grow Brand Awareness for You with the Right Audience: Your Customers
Whether you are trying to add clients to your energy law practice or grow brand awareness for your energy-related services and products, you want to market yourself to the right audience: customers and potential customer who will be interested in what you have to offer. Maximize your ability to acquire new customers and retain old ones by standing apart from your competitors. EBA offers many ways to enhance your visibility and showcase yourself to energy industry professionals who are interested in what you have to offer at our 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference. Opportunities include:
Take advantage of these opportunities today. Visit EBA Marketing Opportunities for 2017 to learn more.
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FERC Chief Judge Cintron to Headline EBA's 2017 Western Chapter Annual Meeting, February 23-24, 2017
EBA’s Western Chapter is pleased to present the Honorable Carmen A. Cintron, Chief Judge at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the keynote speaker for its Annual Meeting on February 23-24, 2017. For sponsorship levels and benefits, as well as program schedule and registration info: : 2017 EBA Western Chapter Annual Meeting.
Register Now for EBA's 2017 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting on March 6-7, 2017
Join the Midwest Chapter for its Annual Meeting on March 6-7, 2017 at the InterContinental Milwaukee for a full-day CLE programming and networking opportunities. Allen Leverett, President of the WEC Energy Group will be the keynote speaker. To take advantage of the early bird special and more conference information, visit 2017 EBA Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting.
Young Lawyers Council Happy Hour, February 27
Join the Young Lawyers Council (YLC) on Monday, February 27th at Jackpot (726 7th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20001) on Monday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. YLC attendees are encouraged to bring non-member colleagues to introduce them to EBA and YLC's happy hours. Read more
New EBA Energizer: The Power in Diversity, March 14
Workforce diversity strengthens organizations because it allows them to understand and work with clients and stakeholders who have a range of perspectives. Therefore, energy professionals and organizations have access to valuable untapped benefits in hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and maintaining an inclusive workplace. Representatives from three of the industry's subsectors discuss their company’s perspectives in this new EBA Energizer, March 14, 2017 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.
Learn more and register here.
The 6th Annual Enforcer and Defenders Forum Coming March 15
The 6th Annual Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2017, 1:00pm to 5:00pm at George Washington University Law School, (Moot Court Room, 2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC). This event is designed for Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) staff and private practitioners. Learn more and register here.
New Programs Headline EBA's On-Demand Offerings: Get Mandatory CLE Credits When You Want
EBA, in partnership with WestLegalEd Center, has developed a library of high quality, self-study EBA programming available anytime, online. Visit EBA’s On-Demand Programs to receive EBA member discounts and learn about more offerings that include CLE credits. Recent offerings include:
Current Listings on EBA's Job Bank
The first quarter brings a New Year’s wave of hiring. Since hiring initiatives often follow close behind the holidays, January and February are big months for job seekers. Get a head start on your 2017 hiring efforts and post on the EBA’s Job Bank online today. It’s FREE and is a benefit only available to members! For more information, visit the EBA website at the link below or email your job listing to Marlo Brown-Carpenter at marlo@EBA-net.org.
Husch Blackwell LLP (Paralegal) 2.10.2017
Variant (FERC Transmission AGC or Sr Counsel) 2.9.2017
Variant (Successor to General Counselor) 2.6.2017
Variant (State Regulatory Lead) 2.6.2017
Stone Mattheis Xenopoulos & Brew (Energy Associate) 1.31.2017
Vermont Law School Energy Clinic (Climate Justice Fellow Position) 1.31.2017
American Public Power Association (Director, Policy Analysis & Reliability Standards) 1.26.2017
NextEra Energy (Senior Paralegal) 1.25.2017
New EBA Feature: Share Your Press Releases with Us
Share your news releases with us at EBA and we will pleased to share it with the larger EBA community via the news section of our website. Send your release to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be pleased to make it publicly available to our members.
900 Children Die Every Day from Water-Bourne Diseases: Help CFEBA End This Tragedy by Donating to Its Gala on the Power of Water, April 3
Did you know that every day, 900 children die from water-related diseases? The Charitable Foundation of our Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) is trying to eliminate this tragedy through its 2017 Annual Fundraising Gala, The Power of Water, on April 3, 2017 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC. But we need your support. Please sponsor our cause as we seek to provide an entire village in Uganda access to clean water and a better life, through our partnership with Innovation: Africa. Families in this village are facing hunger, water shortages, disease, and death, but if we work together we can change that. All sponsorship opportunities are available at: CFEBA Gala: The Power of Water
|| EBA UPCOMING PROGRAMS: 2017 EVENTS|
||Without A Quorum, How Will FERC Operate?
||2017 EBA Western Chapter Annual Meeting
||San Francisco, CA
||Young Lawyers Happy Hour
||EBA Energizer: Settlement Strategies for Energy Companies
||Emerging Issues in New York Energy Markets; An Examination of Transformative Restructuring Policies and Proceedings in NY and Their Impact on Broader Markets
||New York, NY
||2017 EBA Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting
||Non-EBA Event: Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) Annual Gala
||EBA Energizer: The Power in Diversity
||EBA Enforcers and Defenders Forum
||2017 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference
||CFEBA Annual Fundraising Gala, The Power of Water
||2017 Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting
||Denver, CO and Salt Lake City, UT
||EBA Mid-Year Energy Forum
For a full listing of EBA events, go to www.eba-net.org/calendar.
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