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On-Demand Learning Library
New courses have been added to the EBA On-Demand Library. Each of the recordings can be purchased, downloaded, listened to and studied at a time that is convenient for you. As a bonus, some of these programs include CLE credits. Look for the flag to find recently added trainings.
Register for the EBA Annual Meeting & Conference, and make your hotel reservations now!
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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Can a nationwide conversation ignite a new era of nuclear energy innovation?
The Energy Collective
Experts from across the United States will gather soon for a unique, nationwide dialogue on the future of nuclear energy.
Simultaneous collaborative workshops in six cities will bring together more than 120 participants to craft a new vision for the role of nuclear energy in 21st century energy systems and generate innovative solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing the nuclear energy sector today. In many ways, the nuclear energy industry in America is at a crossroads. The existing fleet of 99 reactors, which provide nearly one-fifth of America’s electricity and 60 percent of our low-carbon power, is aging. Reactor operators must decide whether or not to pursue license extensions and life-extending retrofits that could keep the fleet operating for decades more.
Supreme Court review of mercury rules could impact Ohio
Midwest Energy News
A case currently before the Supreme Court could decide whether coal-fired power plants can escape federal rules for mercury and other hazardous air emissions. The case has important consequences for Ohio and other parts of the Midwest. On the one hand, utilities and other challengers argue that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably failed to consider costs in determining whether the regulations are appropriate.
Diversification and global competition drives renewable energy attractiveness
A focus on energy diversification and increasing competitive pressure on both governments and investors is driving renewable energy attractiveness and bringing new investment destinations to the fore, according to EY’s latest Renewable energy country attractiveness index. Ben Warren, EY’s Global Power & Utilities Corporate Finance Leader and RECAI Chief Editor, says:
"Ongoing oil price volatility and geopolitical challenges continue to emphasize the importance of energy diversification as a means of achieving greater energy security. Renewables are becoming an increasingly important part of the broader generation mix for many countries, resulting in a number of markets climbing our attractiveness index. Global investment in renewables topped U.S. $300 billion in 2014, exceeding investment in new nuclear and fossil fuel generation."
FERC's work on the clean power plan
One of the most controversial issues facing the energy world today is how our electric sector will respond to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan. If finalized, the CPP would, under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, require states to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is not an environmental regulator, and is not tasked with writing the final rule — that is clearly the EPA’s responsibility. And FERC is not responsible for developing implementation plans — that is the states’ responsibility. But FERC will have an essential role to play as the CPP is implemented.
Register On-Site! 14th Annual EBA Western Chapter Meeting
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 THIS WEEK, March 5-6, 2015.
Need CLE? Looking to network with energy professionals in the West? We will accept on-site registrations!!
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 5-6 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.
DOE & FERC: An Introduction to the LNG Export Terminal Permitting
Join the EBA’s Natural Gas Regulation Committee and the Young Lawyers Committee on March 11, 2015 for a panel discussion where federal regulators and private practitioners explore the similarities and differences between the agencies through the context of LNG Export Terminal Permits.
EBA Book Club Presents: An Evening with Dr. Peter Fox-Penner
The EBA Book Club will host Dr. Peter Fox-Penner, Principal and Chairman of the Brattle Group on March 12 to discuss his book, Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities (Anniversary Edition), and other electric regulation, planning, and competition issues. A light networking reception will precede the discussion.
18th Annual Midwest Energy Conference
The EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT has been extended through this Thursday, March 5th 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.
EBA Annual Meeting and Conference
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.
March 5-6 — Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting
March 11 — DOE & FERC: An Introduction to the LNG Export Terminal Permitting
March 12 — EBA Book Club Presents: An Evening with Dr. Peter Fox-Penner
March 30-31 — 18th Annual Midwest Energy Conference
May 5-6 — 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference
A full calendar of events can be found here.
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