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Early Bird Registration Ends TODAY!!
Early bird registration for the 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference is running through Wednesday of this week (April 15). As with any EBA Annual meeting, our goal is to increase your understanding of current HOT topics, and provide resources that will assist you in your practice, as well as provide networking opportunities for you to connect with other industry professionals.
The 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference will offer an array of panels, looking into such front-and-center energy practitioner concerns as:
The 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference will surely be a one-stop shopping opportunity for all of us to keep on top of critically important, and constantly evolving, energy issues from an all-star cast of energy law and policy experts. To register, visit the EBA Annual Meeting webpage. We hope to see you there!!
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.
Sign up for volunteer leadership!
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.
The pros and cons of being treated as a utility vs. forward contract merchant
The Energy Bar Association (EBA) has finalized speakers for the EBA Annual Meeting and Conference on May 5-6, 2015. The session entitled, Mitigating Bankruptcy Risks in Restructured Energy Markets will be presented on Wednesday, May 6.
This session will discuss the numerous issues energy suppliers face, including the pros and cons of being treated as a utility vs. forward contract merchant. What protections should a utility include in its tariffs to mitigate the impact of a customer declaring bankruptcy? Panelists will discuss the impact of being a forward contract merchant under bankruptcy law including the ability to terminate the supply contracts without…
Program Handouts Online
EBA Meeting materials can be found on the EBA website at: http://eba-net.org/store/meeting-materials. These materials are included with your paid registration and provides resources and valuable information. If you did not attend a meeting, but would like to purchase the materials, you can also that via the website.
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Looking for an outstanding networking opportunity?
The Administrative Law Judges reception honoring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Administrative Law Judges, sponsored by the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal, 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.
Do you want to join CFEBA for a community service project?
The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) will 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.
New US offshore oil and gas drilling rules seen imminent
The Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration is expected to propose in the coming days an offshore oil and natural gas drilling regulation aimed at preventing the kind of explosion that erupted five years ago on BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig, killing 11 people and causing the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The Interior Department draft rule, which has long been expected by the industry, would impose tougher standards on that blowout preventers, which are designed to seal off oil wells in emergencies. This equipment failed in the April 2010 disaster, which helped lead to the explosion on the BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
Maryland Legislature sends fracking ban to governor
The Baltimore Sun
Maryland lawmakers on April 10 voted to send Gov. Larry Hogan a two-year ban on the natural gas extraction process known as fracking. The action marks the first time the legislature voted for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and its most decisive statement yet on curbing the controversial practice. It is unclear whether Hogan plans to sign the bill, which passed the House 102-34 and cleared the Senate 45-2. Both are veto-proof margins.
Germany recharged: EU powerhouse goes all in on alternative energy
The Globe and Mail
On a recent Saturday afternoon, a couple of engineers working the weekend shift were monitoring the regional electricity grid in the heart of Potsdam, a city south of Berlin. The control room was largely quiet as the technicians bent over their workstations, scrutinizing the flow of power through the system. Ralf Doering, a network manager for E.dis AG, the grid operator, pointed to a screen, where an innocuous-looking red line on a chart had just dropped to zero. The line measured how much electricity the grid drew from conventional sources of energy.
FERC official eyes prompt engagement on EPA climate rule
Officials at the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are preparing recommendations for how FERC can work with the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure reliability during the implementation of EPA's landmark rule to reduce power sector greenhouse gas emissions, a FERC commissioner said April 8. "I do understand that it's imperative that we work quickly," FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable told reporters at a Platts Energy Podium event in Washington. Honorable described the key role that FERC can play to ensure reliability during the implementation of the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which as proposed would cut power sector CO2 emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
Water Use and Quality in the Shale Boom
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.
Retirement Party for Deputy Chief Judge Bobbie McCartney
Join energy professionals for a retirement party honoring Deputy Chief Judge McCartnery on Friday, April 24 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at FERC Headquarters.
EBA Book Club Presents: An Evening with Michael Dworkin
Global Energy Justice: Problems, Principles, and Practices author Michael Dworkin will join the EBA Book Club (and friends) on the evening of May 4, 2015 to discuss his book, and other energy industry issues at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
EBA Annual Meeting and Conference
Early bird registration for the 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference on May 5-6, 2015 ends this Wednesday, April 15, so register now to take advantage of the discounted rate. The conference this year focuses on the ever changing legal challenges in the energy field and offers 14 educational sessions.
Attendees can also take advantage of up to 14 hours of CLEs, including ethics!!! The 2015 EBA Annual Meeting and Conference will take place at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C.
FELJ Administrative Law Judges Reception
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.
FERC Issues and Reactions to EPA's 111d Rulemaking and the Clean Power Plan
Join the EBA Southern Chapter for an EBA Energizer teleseminar titled, "FERC Issues and Reactions to EPA’s 111d Rulemaking and the Clean Power Plan," on May 8, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST. Paul Breakman, Esquire from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, will present and answer questions on recent FERC technical conferences concerning 111d and FERC reactions to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting
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.
April 15 — Water Use and Quality in the Shale Boom
April 24 — Retirement Party for Deputy Chief Judge Bobbie McCartney
April 25 — CFEBA Community Service Project
May 4 — EBA Book Club Presents: An Evening with Michael Dworkin
May 5-6 — 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference
May 5 — FELJ Administrative Law Judges Reception
May 8 — FERC Issues and Reactions to EPA’s 111d Rulemaking and the Clean Power Plan
June 10-11 — EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting
A full calendar of events can be found here.
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