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EBA NEWS

  • EBA Energizer — What is it?
  • PJM Interconnection CEO to speak at 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference
  • Are you attending the Administrative Law Judges Reception?
  • Have you registered for the Annual Meeting & Conference?
  • Volunteer Leadership — Make your selections now for the 2015-2016 term!
  • What ethical issues do attorneys face when responding to FERC investigations?
  • Follow us on LinkedIn


  • FELJ NEWS

  • Have you thought about writing an article for the FELJ?


  • CFEBA NEWS

  • Pop a cork for CFEBA!
  • CFEBA Community Service Project


  • INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experts urge regional approach to EPA climate change rules
  • Hackers attack the energy industry with malware designed for snooping
  • Third-party-owned solar advances in the Southeast, while renewables get a boost in the Midwest
  • The case for corn in Ohio's energy industry


  • EBA PROGRAMS

  • CFEBA Pop A Cork Wine Tasting and Conversation
  • Water Use and Quality in the Shale Boom
  • EBA Annual Meeting and Conference
  • FELJ Administrative Law Judges Reception
  • EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting




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    EBA NEWS


    EBA Energizer — What is it?
    EBA
    The EBA strives to provide events that offer members an opportunity to hear and interact with experts in the energy field, and with regulatory and legislative policy makers on issues affecting businesses and clients across its chapters. The short educational offerings, entitled an EBA Energizer are typically an hour to a half-day program, live or by conference call, in which one or more speakers’ present information on a particular topic or related topics. While the concept of these condensed educational offerings is not new, the term EBA Energizer is. Keep your eyes peeled for the logo on any upcoming events to determine that the offering is educational, possibly during a lunch break, and is less formal and structured, but is still meant to energize your mind, body and soul.
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    PJM Interconnection CEO to speak at 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference
    EBA
    The Energy Bar Association is pleased to announce Terry Boston, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PJM Interconnection will serve as the luncheon keynote speaker at the 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference on Wednesday, May 6. PJM Interconnection is the largest power grid in North America and the largest electricity market in the world.

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    Are you attending the Administrative Law Judges Reception?
    EBA
    The Administrative Law Judges reception honoring 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. The annual event is an opportunity for attendees to mingle with FERC ALJ’s and other industry professionals. This year’s reception, to which all of the Judges are invited is hosted by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, 1440 New York Ave., N.W., Washington DC. on May 5 from 5:30-7:30 pm.
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    Have you registered for the Annual Meeting & Conference?
    EBA
    Register NOW for the 2015 Annual EBA Annual Meeting & Conference on May 5-6 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C. Both days will offer an array of panels, looking into such front-and-center energy practitioner concerns as: the current fast-moving merger and acquisition activities, and FERC’s new hold harmless proposed policy statement to deal with M&As; the plummet in oil prices and their potential ramifications on the newly emerging fracking industry; the pitfalls in keeping up with mandatory compliance applicable to the energy industry, including emerging EPA coal regulations; new litigation procedural requirements imposed by FERC and courts, as well as ADR tools available to avoid litigation; technological developments in communications that the energy industry needs to be prepared for; and bankruptcy risks facing the restructured energy markets.

    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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    Volunteer Leadership — Make your selections now for the 2015-2016 term!
    EBA
    EBA members are provided various volunteer opportunities, from serving on Association committees, to speaking engagements, and leadership roles within the EBA Board of Directors. Volunteer Leadership positions are available for selection now for those interested in serving during the 2015-2016 term. The deadline to sign-up for a leadership opportunity is May 1, 2015.

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    What ethical issues do attorneys face when responding to FERC investigations?
    EBA
    The Energy Bar Association (EBA) has finalized speakers for the EBA Annual Meeting and Conference on May 5-6, 2015. The session entitled, Ethical Quandaries in Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) Enforcement Matters will be presented on Tuesday, May 5.

    This panel will discuss ethical issues attorneys face when responding to FERC investigations and enforcement proceedings, including a discussion of how the Rules of Professional Conduct can guide appropriate tactics.

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    Follow us on LinkedIn
    EBA
    Stay engaged with industry professionals, strategic allies, and employees via the Energy Bar Association LinkedIn page. Join us for the latest conference updates and industry update discussions with your peers.

    Connect with EBA on LinkedIn

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    FELJ NEWS


    Have you thought about writing an article for the FELJ?
    EBA
    The Energy Law Journal welcomes articles and other materials on emerging issues and significant developments affecting the energy industries. All manuscripts should be of substantial length and deal with aspects of energy law or policy that are of interest to the legal profession and energy professionals. Articles can be of varying length and should provide a full consideration of the issues and opposing viewpoints. The Journal welcomes articles and comments by members of the Association, as well as non-members. Submissions should contain a synopsis, table of contents, and brief biographical statement about the author(s). Style and form of citations must be in conformity with the "Blue Book" and the Journal’s Style Manual. All manuscripts should be sent to Robert Fleishman, Editor-in-Chief, Rfleishman@mofo.com. For more information on the submission process and a copy of the Journal’s Style Manual visit http://www.felj.org/write-elj/submission-process.
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    CFEBA NEWS


    Pop a cork for CFEBA!
    EBA
    Join the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) for wine tasting and conversation 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 provided by Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. Tickets are $100 each, or 4 tickets for $350. Come raise a glass of sauvignon blanc or compare French and Spanish reds to help CFEBA raise funds that will benefit CFEBA’s energy-related charitable causes!
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    CFEBA Community Service Project
    EBA
    Join hands with members of the community on the morning of Saturday, April 25, 2015 to plant foliage & maintain the beauty of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a breath-taking oasis in the inner city of Northeast DC.

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    INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS


    Experts urge regional approach to EPA climate change rules
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    With the Environmental Protection Agency poised to finalize its landmark carbon-cutting rules within months, industry leaders and regulators from several states said working together could be the best way to reduce emissions linked to climate change. They’re calling on EPA to borrow from the playbook used to cut acid rain pollution, making it easier for states to use regional markets to trade carbon credits. Such an approach, however, means tweaking the initial EPA proposal, released in June.
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    Hackers attack the energy industry with malware designed for snooping
    Fortune
    Hackers have been targeting energy industry workers with malicious emails containing malware that, when opened, leave the recipients vulnerable to snooping, software security giant Symantec reported recently. The campaign has primarily targeted Middle Eastern countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. But it has also afflicted other nations as well, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Uganda.
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    Third-party-owned solar advances in the Southeast, while renewables get a boost in the Midwest
    Greentech Media
    From Supreme Court reviews to new rate designs, the amount of political and regulatory activity around clean energy in the states is staggering. Greentech Solar looks at the most important developments for energy businesses in every region of the country.
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    The case for corn in Ohio's energy industry
    Crain's Cleveland Business
    A coalition of businesses and organizations with ties to the ethanol industry hopes to convince federal regulators not to weaken or repeal America’s renewable fuel standard. It’s doing so primarily by promoting economic and job growth related to renewable fuels on a state-by-state basis. The Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Fuels America said Ohio benefits substantially from the use of ethanol and other biofuels, with the Akron/Cleveland area reaping substantial jobs and economic impact.
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    EBA PROGRAMS


    CFEBA Pop A Cork Wine Tasting and Conversation
    EBA
    The CFEBA will host “Pop a Cork for CFEBA” wine tasting event on April 15, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the offices of Jones Day in Washington D.C. Welcome the spring with a spectacular view of the U.S. Capitol and taste a variety of wines conducted by Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, to benefit CFEBA’s good works. A portion of the ticket prices will be donated to the CFEBA. Each attendee will receive a commemorative CFEBA tasting glass.
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    Water Use and Quality in the Shale Boom
    EBA
    The EBA’s Environmental Regulation Committee is hosting and EBA Energizer entitled: Water Use and Quality in the Shale Boom on Wednesday, April 15, at 12:00 p.m. The Energizer will have panelists discuss the EPA’s current study of the potential impacts of shale development on drinking water resources and the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) recently released final rule on hydraulic fracturing and the potential impact of these on policy, regulation and law.
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    EBA Annual Meeting and Conference
    EBA
    Gain a fresh perspective this May 5-6, 2015 at the 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference. The event will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC and will provide an opportunity to engage with speakers, gain valuable educational knowledge and interact with energy professionals from across the globe.
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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

    APRIL
    April 15 — CFEBA Pop A Cork Wine Tasting and Conversation
    April 15 — Water Use and Quality in the Shale Boom
    April 25 — CFEBA Community Service Project

    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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