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EBA NEWS

  • Enforcers and Defenders Forum
  • Register for the EBA Annual Meeting & Conference, and make your hotel reservations now!
  • EBA Secures New Commissioner as Luncheon Speaker
  • EBA Job Bank


  • INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Energy experts seek consensus on Clean Power Plan's timeline, reliability fixes
  • Ohio Supreme Court rules Munroe Falls regulations on oil and gas drilling are improper
  • How energy-productive is the US?
  • Gas vapor eyed as factor in West Virginia oil train fireball


  • EBA PROGRAMS

  • Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum
  • The Nuclear Renaissance — A Restrained Effort in the US but in a Boom in Other Economies
  • Still Time to Register! 14th Annual EBA Western Chapter Meeting
  • Non EBA Event: 20th Annual Stegner Symposium — Air Quality: Health, Energy and Economics
  • 18th Annual Midwest Energy Conference
  • EBA Annual Meeting and Conference




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    EBA NEWS


    Enforcers and Defenders Forum
    EBA
    The 4th Annual Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum is being held next Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at George Washington University Law School, Lerner Hall (2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC). All attendees will learn negotiating skills focused on the resolution of agency enforcement proceedings and will be provided an opportunity to engage with senior officials from 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.

    Student members of the Energy Bar Association (EBA) will be able to attend this event at no charge, while non-EBA member students can attend for only $10. Academic EBA members will be charged $30, while non-EBA members in the academic field must pay $35.

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    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 Secures New Commissioner as Luncheon Speaker
    EBA
    Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Norman Bay will serve as the closing night entertainment at EBA’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Commissioner Bay was sworn in to his first term at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in August 2014. For five years prior to his confirmation, Commissioner Bay served as the Director of FERC’s Office of Enforcement. Under his leadership, the Office of Enforcement enhanced its ability to conduct market oversight and surveillance and to investigate wrongdoing. Commissioner Bay was a Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law where he taught Criminal Law, Evidence, and Constitutional Law. He also has previous experience as the U.S. Attorney in the District of New Mexico. The Annual Meeting Dinner and Reception is a great opportunity to "mix and mingle" in an informal setting with the Commissioner and fellow EBA members.
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    EBA Job Bank
    EBA
    Looking for a new job? — Does your company have job openings to be filled?

    Your membership in the Energy Bar Association gives you access to our Job Bank. If you are looking for a new position, visit the EBA Job Bank. If your company is looking to fill an opening ask them to consider posting it on our job bank. Job listings are posted at no cost.

    For more information visit: http://www.eba-net.org/information-resources/job-bank or email your job listing to Marlo Brown at marlo@eba-net.org.

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    INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS


    Energy experts seek consensus on Clean Power Plan's timeline, reliability fixes
    Environment & Energy Publishing
    Two changes top the wish lists of regulators, state officials and electric companies tasked by U.S. EPA with cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector: a smoother trajectory for working toward 2030 goals and an escape hatch for any unforeseeable problems. But what exactly those revisions should look like is still up for debate.
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    Ohio Supreme Court rules Munroe Falls regulations on oil and gas drilling are improper
    Northeast Ohio Media Group
    The Ohio Supreme Court on Feb. 17 ruled that communities may not exercise their home-rule powers to regulate oil and gas drilling if they conflict with a state law that regulates drilling across Ohio. In its 4-3 decision, the court upheld an appellate court's ruling against the city of Munroe Falls that struck down regulations the community was trying to enforce against a driller, Beck Energy.
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    How energy-productive is the US?
    Breaking Energy
    A new global index commissioned by Philips ranks countries by their energy productivity performance and finds the U.S. in 38th position, trailing the likes of Japan and Germany. The "2015 Energy Productivity and Economic Prosperity Index — How Efficiency Will Drive Growth, Create Jobs and Spread Wellbeing Throughout Society" report — authored by Ecofys, the Lisbon Council, and Quintel Intelligence — sheds light on the tremendous potential of improved energy productivity for "rais[ing] economic performance and extend[ing] significant environmental and social benefits" to societies.
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    Gas vapor eyed as factor in West Virginia oil train fireball
    Reuters
    Federal investigators will examine whether pressurized gas played a role in the massive blast that followed the derailment of a train carrying crude oil through West Virginia this week, the U.S. Transportation Department said Feb. 19. Questioning the possible role of gas vapors in the West Virginia fire broadens the debate over how to ensure public safety at a time when drastically larger volumes of crude oil are being shipped by rail and roll through cities and towns.
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    EBA PROGRAMS


    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.
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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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    Non EBA Event: 20th Annual Stegner Symposium — Air Quality: Health, Energy and Economics
    The Stegner Center
    The Stegner Center’s twentieth annual symposium takes place March 5-6th in Salt Lake City, UT and focuses on Air Quality: Health, Energy, and Economics. The EBA Rocky Mountain Chapter will be hosting a membership table at this event.
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    18th Annual Midwest Energy Conference
    EBA
    Take advantage of the special EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ending this Thursday, February 26th 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 and save some $$$!

    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

    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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