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IN THIS ISSUE...

EBA NEWS

  • Exciting Marketing Opportunity Available
  • Need continuing legal education (CLE) credits?
  • Will Your Mandatory Compliance Program Pass Muster?
  • Cost-pooling agreement decision upheld


  • FELJ NEWS

  • Interested in a premier networking opportunity?


  • CFEBA NEWS

  • Get ready to pop a cork for CFEBA!


  • INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Americans split on support for fracking in oil, natural gas
  • EPA rule on power plant emissions faces formidable hurdle in Supreme Court
  • FERC to investigate CAISO energy imbalance market over price spikes
  • McConnell to states: EPA climate rule is illegal


  • EBA PROGRAMS

  • New Developments in DC Energy
  • 18th Annual Midwest Energy Conference
  • 2015 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting Networking Reception
  • Get on the Grid! Careers in Energy Law
  • FERC Audits & Enforcement: The What, When & How
  • CFEBA Pop A Cork Wine Tasting and Conversation
  • EBA Annual Meeting and Conference
  • FELJ Administrative Law Judges Reception
  • EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting




  • SPONSORED CONTENT


    EBA NEWS


    Exciting Marketing Opportunity Available
    EBA
    The Energy Bar Association (EBA) invites you to become a sponsor for 2015 Annual Meeting and Conference scheduled for May 5-6 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C. Sponsoring an EBA event is a great way to showcase your company’s commitment to EBA and the industry, while enhancing your company’s visibility among decision makers! If you would like to become a sponsor for the 2015 EBA Annual Meeting and Conference, please complete the sponsorship form and send to llevine@eba-net.org.
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    Need continuing legal education (CLE) credits?
    EBA
    Register NOW for the 2015 Annual EBA Annual Meeting & Conference on May 5-6 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C.! Approximately 12 CLEs, including ethics, will be provided over the course of the two (2) day event.

    The EBA Annual Meeting & Conference is attended by more than 500 industry professionals committed to the practice, administration and development of energy laws, regulations and policies and is an excellent opportunity for energy professionals to network and mingle with other experts across the globe.

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    Will Your Mandatory Compliance Program Pass Muster?
    EBA
    The Energy Bar Association (EBA) has finalized speakers for the EBA Annual Meeting and Conference on May 5-6, 2015. The session entitled, Will Your Mandatory Compliance Program Pass Muster will be presented on Tuesday, May 6.

    In this practical session, an expert panel will explore the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) enforcement processes and share must-have components of an effective regulatory compliance program.

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    Cost-pooling agreement decision upheld
    EBA
    On February 20, 2015, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Court) unanimously upheld a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approving a cost-pooling agreement among the owners of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). The Court did not find persuasive Petitioners’ claims that FERC’s approval of the pooling agreement, which allocated nearly 75% of fixed costs among the TAPS owners on the basis of combined interstate and intrastate usage, constituted impermissible regulation of intrastate pipeline transportation. The Court held that § 5(1) of the Interstate Commerce Act (ICA) gives FERC authority over intrastate traffic where FERC determines it to be a necessary incident to regulation of interstate traffic. In this case, FERC’s policy in favor of uniform rates constituted sufficient justification for the incidental effect on intrastate commerce of the pooling agreement.
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    FELJ NEWS


    Interested in a premier networking opportunity?
    FELJ
    Did you know that the annual reception honoring the FERC Administrative Law Judges is the major source of funding for the Energy Law Journal? Unfortunately, in recent years the Journal has been incurring an operating deficit averaging slightly more than $30,000 per year. This deficit had been covered by funds in an investment corpus that was created from EBA membership dues when the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal was created to fund the Journal’s operations. Current EBA membership dues do not fund the Journal. Ultimately, continuing to publish the Journal with an operating deficit is not sustainable. For the last several years the Foundation’s Board has significantly reduced operating expenses, including transitioning to the electronic distribution of the Journal, and it has begun to look for additional sources of funding, including funding from the annual ALJ reception.

    The Journal is a great resource for all of us in the Energy Bar and related professions so we want to ensure its long-term financial viability. If your firm is eligible to sponsor the reception, please support the Journal by becoming a sponsor. To comply with ethics rules, sponsorship is limited to firms that will not be parties in a proceeding before the ALJs, although the firm may represent a party in a proceeding. Even if you are unable to be a sponsor, you can still attend this popular annual reception honoring the ALJs on May 5th.

    The sponsorship form is available here: Sponsorship Response Form. For additional information about the ALJ Reception please visit: http://www.eba-net.org/felj-administrative-law-judges-reception

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    CFEBA NEWS



    Get ready to pop a cork for CFEBA!
    EBA
    Join the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) for a grand and fun evening of wine tasting and conversation, a fundraiser for CFEBA’s energy-related charitable causes on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 at the office of Jones Day (300 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001). Tasting will be conducted by Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. Tickets are $100 each, or 4 tickets for $350. So come raise a glass of sauvignon blanc or compare French and Spanish reds to celebrate the end of tax day & help CFEBA raise funds for a good cause!
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    INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS


    Americans split on support for fracking in oil, natural gas
    Gallup
    The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has emerged as a divisive issue across the U.S., reflected in Americans' opinions about it; 40 percent of Americans say they favor the procedure, while 40 percent oppose it, and a substantial 19 percent do not have an opinion. This is amid the Obama administration recently announcing the first nationwide safety rules for fracking.
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    EPA rule on power plant emissions faces formidable hurdle in Supreme Court
    Los Angeles Times
    Twenty-five years in the making, a new nationwide rule is set to take effect this spring that will sharply restrict coal and oil-fired power plants from releasing mercury, arsenic and other hazardous pollutants into the air and, eventually, into rivers and lakes. But the rule faces a final and formidable hurdle when the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments from lawyers for the coal and power industries, who say it may be "the most costly rule" ever adopted under the Clean Air Act.
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    FERC to investigate CAISO energy imbalance market over price spikes
    Utility Dive
    Utility Dive reported recently on the successes of the California Energy Imbalance Market's first few months in operation, but now FERC is looking at the market for what it says is enhanced price volatility. California's grid operator requested FERC extend for a year a waiver that allows more flexibility to setting the marginal economic bid, but regulators have rejected that idea.
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    McConnell to states: EPA climate rule is illegal
    The Hill
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is doubling down on his advice that states ignore the Obama administration’s climate rule for power plants. McConnell sought to reassure governors in a letter March 19 that they would be on firm legal ground and not violating the law if they decline to formulate plans to implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon limits.
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    EBA PROGRAMS


    New Developments in DC Energy
    EBA
    The Energy Bar Association is partnering with the Women’s Bar Association to present a discussion on new energy initiatives in the District of Columbia on March 26, 2015. Topics range from Capitol Partners Solar Project to microgrids and will have a Q&A session following the panel.
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    18th Annual Midwest Energy Conference
    EBA

    Registration is still 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.

    Judge Richard Allen Posner, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, will give the keynote luncheon address. To register, get hotel special rate and view the full program, visit http://www.eba-net.org/eighteenth-annual-midwest-energy-conference.

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    2015 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting Networking Reception
    EBA
    Just in case your schedule doesn’t permit you to attend the Midwest Energy Conference on Tuesday, March 31st, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun, refreshments, and networking! The Midwest Chapter is inviting all attorney and non-attorney professionals to their Annual Meeting Networking Reception on Monday, March 30th from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm. Come experience what the EBA Midwest Chapter has to offer, see familiar faces and meet new ones!
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    Get on the Grid! Careers in Energy Law
    EBA
    The Energy Bar Association is partnering with the Women’s Bar Association and DC Energy Bar for a panel event entitled, Get on the Grid! Careers in Energy Law on April 2, 2015. The panel will feature six (6) speakers representing all aspects of the energy sector, including private, public and small business. Among other topics, the speakers will discuss their career paths and what their employers are looking for in potential candidates.
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    FERC Audits & Enforcement: The What, When & How
    EBA
    The Houston Chapter of the Energy Bar Association is hosting a luncheon program on April 8th at 11:30 entitled, "FERC Audits & Enforcement: The What, When & How." The panel, featuring Suzanne Clevenger (Vinson & Elkins), Jerald Hess (DLA Piper), Sabrina Dugal Walia (Vinson & Elkins) and Deanna Reitman (DLA Piper) as the moderator will provide insight into the FERC Audit process and practical tips for managing a FERC Audit.
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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 5-6, 2015 and experience our two-day conference, filled with engaging speakers, educational and interactive networking opportunities.

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    FELJ Administrative Law Judges Reception
    EBA
    This reception on May 5, 2015 will honor the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Administrative Law Judges, sponsored by the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal, has become an annual occasion welcomed and enjoyed by all segments of the Energy Law sector. This year’s reception, to which all of the Judges are invited, is hosted by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
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    EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting
    EBA
    Save the date of June 10-11, 2015 for the EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting. A reception will take place on June 10 at 5:30. Further details will be forthcoming.
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    UPCOMING EBA EVENTS

    MARCH
    March 26 — Non EBA Event: New Developments in DC Energy
    March 30-31 — 18th Annual Midwest Energy Conference
    March 30 — 2015 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting Networking Reception

    APRIL
    April 2 — Get on the Grid! Careers in Energy Law
    April 8 — FERC Audits & Enforcement: The What, When & How
    April 15 — CFEBA Pop A Cork Wine Tasting and Conversation

    MAY
    May 5-6 — 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference
    May 5 — FELJ Administrative Law Judges Reception

    JUNE
    June 10-11 — EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting

    A full calendar of events can be found here.
     



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