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States and feds may face policy donnybrook
A major dustup over national energy policies is brewing between state governments and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It’s about basic regulatory authorities, with the states emboldened by Trump administration rhetoric about states’ rights, and the feds handcuffed by the apparent unwillingness (or incompetence) of the White House in filling vacant FERC seats. If FERC is unable to act, federal courts may weigh in. The battle is shaping up over two major infrastructure issues: state policies to give existing nuclear electric generating plants consumer subsidies in federally-regulated wholesale energy markets, and state efforts to assert jurisdiction over interstate natural gas pipelines.
Hurdles on the path to a solar-powered world
A new paper published in Science raises the prospect of solar power meeting a substantial fraction of the world’s energy needs within decades, forecasting at least 3 terawatts (TW) of cumulative installations of photovoltaic generation (PV) by the year 2030. The dramatic growth rates in PV in recent decades have blitzed forecasts, but the paper – produced by a team led by Nancy Haegel from Berkeley’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) – outlines a collection of looming hurdles that must be overcome for growth to be sustainable.
Saudi Arabia pushes ahead with renewable drive to diversify energy mix
Saudi Arabia aims to produce 10 percent of its power from renewable sources in the next six years as it pushes ahead with a multibillion-dollar plan to diversify its energy mix and free up more crude oil for export. The drive by the world's top oil exporter will see the kingdom developing 30 solar and wind projects by 2023 to boost its electricity generation and reduce crude oil burning.
Is battery energy storage at a 'turning point' for US utilities?
In a famous children's fable, a stuffed rabbit becomes real when its owner believes in it. The nation’s utilities may now be similarly transforming battery energy storage. The U.S. utility-scale battery storage installed capacity grew by another 221 MW in 2016 as costs continued to drop, according to a recent report from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association.
Westinghouse bankruptcy could grind US nuclear sector to a halt
The fallout from Westinghouse Electric’s chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is multi-faceted and still unfolding. At the least, it is toxic news for the fate of the only nuclear projects to begin construction in the United States in three decades: the addition of two 1,100 MW reactors to Georgia Power’s Vogtle nuclear plant near Waynesboro, Georgia, and the addition of two reactors of the same design to the V.C. Summer plant in Jenkinsville, South Carolina.
Key Energy Policy Discussions Highlight Energy Bar Association's Annual Meeting & Conference
Key regulators and policymakers gathered to discuss paradigm changing issues in the energy sector at the Energy Bar Association's Annual Meeting & Conference this week in Washington, DC. Some 550 attendees convened for two-days of panels, training activities and networking opportunities and participated in events such as Trump Energy Transition Team officials' perspectives on key policies the White House is implementing. Another conference panel examined the fate of Obama-era environmental regulations under the new Administration and state-level efforts to expand protections. Other notable events included a luncheon keynote speech by former Obama Administration Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, a roundtable discussion among general counsel of major U.S. utilities, and sessions on competitive markets to achieve carbon reduction, the changing landscape for oil pipeline shippers with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and community solar projects.
"The Energy Bar Association’s Annual Meetings showcase fascinating dialogue on issues that impact the energy sector every year," said Emma Hand, EBA’s 2016-2017 President. "EBA is uniquely positioned to bring together key policymakers and stakeholders in the energy sector, both from political and regulatory circles, as well as the larger energy legal community."
Session handouts will be made available by EBA in the near future.
The 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference in Pictures
View more pictures from the 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference events at EBA’s Flickr page.
Media Coverage of EBA's 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference
In the past few years, EBA’s public profile has risen dramatically as mainstream media and energy and legal publications have increasingly viewed Energy Bar Association events as news-making opportunities. The prominent industry personalities that speak and appear at EBA sessions lends credibility to the notion that perspectives and reflections by its members and guests impact energy policy – and lawmakers and the larger energy sector community. This year’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference provided ample evidence of this trend. The following are news articles generated by the media’s coverage of the conference.
Argus, Trump Pipeline Embrace May Feed State Opposition, April 4, 2017
Argus, US Begins Review of Offshore Regulations, April 4, 2017
EnergyWire, Energy Law Likely Unfazed by Gorsuch at SCOTUS – Obama Lawyer, April 4, 2017
SNL Energy, Experts Ponder Whether Clean Power Plan Helps or Harms De-carbonization Efforts, April 4, 2017
S&P Global, Ideas Floated on New England Constraints, April 4, 2017
S&P Global, ZEC Programs Spur Legal Fights, April 4, 2017
Argus, New England Does Not Need New Pipelines: Enviro Group, April 5, 2017
The Foster Report, Former SG Donald B. Verrilli Talks About Supreme Court and Chevron Doctrine at EBA Event, April 7, 2017
The Foster Report, Executive Order on CPP May Be Outweighed by Market Dynamics, April 7, 2017
The Foster Report, EBA Panelists Explore if LNG Can Help Solve Capacity Debate in New England, April 7, 2017
The Foster Report, Changing Roles of Utility General Counsels Highlighted at EBA Session, April 7, 2017
The Foster Report, Pipeline Development Likely to See More Obstacles at State Level: EBA Speakers, April 7, 2017
Legal Intelligencer, McNees Wallace Partner Takes Helm of Energy Bar, April 11, 2017
RTO Insider, EBA Panel: CPP’s Demise Not Certain – and it Doesn’t Matter Anyway, April 11, 2017
RTO Insider, Ex-Trump Transition Chief: Energy Efficiency ‘Had a Good Run,’ April 11, 2017
RTO Insider, States Acting on Emissions Because Markets Can’t Handle Them, April 11, 2017
RTO Insider, Lifeline or Pipedream? Panels Debate Need for More Gas Lines in Northeast, April 11, 2017
RTO Insider, Overheard, April 11, 2017
New Senior Attorney Council — Join Today
At the request of the membership, EBA recently added the Senior Attorney Council (SAC) to serve the needs of its members. To join the SAC, you need to be a member in good standing who is 65 years or older OR has retired from the practice of law. We invite you to join the SAC and be among the charter group who will help develop the framework and objectives for the SAC. We envision that the SAC will provide an opportunity to remain active in EBA, share “war stories” with friends, and mentor younger energy attorneys and professionals.
To join, you can call the EBA office at (202) 223-5625, or complete the Committee Sign Up Form, which can be found by clicking on this link and mail or email it to us. You can also register on line by signing in to your MyEBA account, navigating to the "Edit/View Information" tab, and scrolling to the bottom of the page to make your selection. Senior Attorney Council sign-up should be completed as soon as possible, but no later than May 20th.
Tomorrow, April 20, is the Deadline for Becoming an EBA Volunteer
Increase your involvement in EBA and be rewarded by accessing hundreds of energy attorneys and professionals who can help you expand your practice or business. Networking is cited as the number one reason why energy insiders join EBA and retain their membership. By volunteering to help EBA with its events, you will be at the forefront of why EBA is so valued as a professional association. EBA offers a variety of ways for members to get involved, from short-term volunteer projects to committee, council, chapter and Board service.
You are invited to join one or more committees for the 2017-2018 bar year. Just sign in to your MyEBA account. Once logged in, navigate to the "Edit/View Information" tab and scroll to the bottom of the page to view your committee choices or complete the Committee Sign Up Form. To view which committee(s) you are already on, login to your MyEBA and on the pull down list select "My Committees".
Committee sign up needs to be completed by April 20, and new committees begin meetings in May. For a listing of committees/councils and their descriptions, please visit EBA's Committee Leadership section. EBA is only as good as the volunteers who make its learning and networking events possible. EBA needs you!
Coming April 25 is a New EBA Energizer: Distributed Generation Resources in the DC/Maryland/Virginia Region
The Young Lawyers Council and the Energy Committee of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia will host a roundtable discussion of the current state of distributed generation resource integration in the Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia region. Panelists will discuss approaches to distributed generation compensation, community aggregators, and potential avenues of cooperation and coordination between jurisdictions. Learn more and register.
New Orleans Chapter Annual Meeting is May 10
The New Orleans Chapter Serving Louisiana is hosting their 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference at the Center for Energy Studies in Baton Rouge, LA on May 10, 2017. The Chapter is excited to present a full day of CLE, and many opportunities for attendees to connect, including a networking reception. Please mark this date on your calendar and watch your email for the full program schedule, EARLY BIRD SAVINGS and registration information coming soon! Learn more and register.
Full Day of CLE with Ethics Credit in Denver and Salt Lake City on May 19
Save the date for the 2017 Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Holland & Hart offices in Denver, CO and at the Parsons Behle offices in Salt Lake City, UT on May 19, 2017. This will be a full day of CLE, with ethics credit. There will be distinguished panelists at each venue, including former FERC Commissioner Tony Clark of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, who will give the luncheon keynote address. Interactive video conferencing will connect attendees between the two locations. Stay tuned for early bird savings and a full program schedule! Learn more and register.
Save The Date: Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting, June 1
Stay tuned as there are more details to come. Learn more.
Exciting New EBA Programs Providing CLE Credit via Its 24/7 Library On-Demand
EBA, in partnership with WestLegalEd Center, has developed a library of high quality, self-study EBA programming available anytime, online. Visit EBA’s On-Demand Programs to receive EBA member discounts and learn about more offerings that include CLE credits. Recent offerings include:
Without A Quorum, How Will FERC Operate? Senior FERC Staff Answer Your Questions
Following the resignation of Chairman Norman Bay on February 3, FERC currently has two sitting commissioners and is absent of the needed three commissioners necessary to operate with a quorum. Senior FERC officials discuss how the Commission's work continues in the absence of a quorum. Watch now or at your convenience.
FELJ Author Talk – State Constitutional Limitations on the Future of California's Carbon Market
Carbon market prices help determine dispatch order in CAISO’s Energy Imbalance Market, and are part of the discussion over whether to expand CAISO’s energy markets. As California policymakers plan for deeper greenhouse gas emission reductions beyond the 2020 target established by AB 32, the carbon market’s future is uncertain. Watch now or at your convenience.
FERC Led Audits of CIP Cybersecurity Reliability Standards
Consider for a moment, a breach of cyber security in the power sector. The ensuing chaos that would follow could be apocalyptic. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) mandate is to oversee the reliability and security of the nation's power grid and under FERC's certification, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) developed Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) cyber security reliability standards. Watch now or at your convenience.
Order No. 1000’s Five-Year CheckupFive years after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued Order No. 1000, transmission owners and developers have begun vying for opportunities to expand the nation’s transmission system. Panelists will review their experience with the competitive solicitations that have been conducted to date, discussing what has worked, what has not, and how the process can be improved. Watch now or at your convenience.
Current Listings on EBA's Job Bank
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 firm/organization is trying to fill an open position, consider posting it on our Job Bank. Job listings are posted at no cost! Job listings will be posted for 60 days, unless the employer requests that the job listing be removed or extended. To post a position, please send an email to email@example.com with the posting attached (word format or pdf). The following positions are currently listed in our system.
MISO (Corporate Counsel) 4.10.2017
Office of the People’s Counsel (Assistant People's Counsel) 4.10.2017
NYU Guarini Center Fellowship 4.10.2017
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (Associate Director, Regulatory Counsel) 3.27.2017
NRG (Summer Law Clerk) 3.27.2017
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (Managing Director, Environmental Issues) 3.23.2017
Louisville Gas & Electric Company (Corporate FERC Attorney) posted 3.23.2017
Stinson Leonard Street (Associate Attorney) 3.22.2017
Spire (Director, Associate General Counsel) 3.22.2017
Dynegy Inc. (Counsel, Regulatory and Environmental) 3.20.2017
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon (Associate Attorney) 3.7.2017
Women's Bar Association Annual Dinner & Centennial Celebration, May 17
The Women's Bar Association (WBA) will honor Ana C. Reyes, Partner and Co-chair of the International Litigation Practice Group at Williams & Connolly LLP as the 2017 Woman Lawyer of the Year at its Annual Dinner & Centennial Celebration on May 17, 6pm to 9pm at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Special remarks will be given by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and ABA President Linda Klein. WBA celebrates its first 100 years and looks forward to shaping the future of women lawyers for the next 100 years. Register here.
Power of Water Gala Raises Donations for Akuyam Village in Uganda
Thanks to the success of the 2017 Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association’s (CFEBA) The Power of Water Gala, an entire impoverished Ugandan village will soon have access to clean water. Donations will be used to bring greater economic opportunity, reduce malnutrition and water-borne diseases, and improve the quality of life for 4,600 people. The CFEBA raised approximately $90,000 in revenue to fund a life-saving Innovation Africa (iA) initiative in the Akuyam Village, iA is working on a solar water pump and drip irrigation project for the village and CFEBA revenues will ensure ongoing monitoring of the project post-installation.
CFEBA President Jane Rueger was joined by iA Founder and CEO Sivan Ya’ari (both pictured above) at the Gala to celebrate CFEBA’s participation. Ya’ari discussed the initiative and showed a brief film about iA’s work in Uganda. Following the film and entertainment by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, creators of the Off-Broadway musical Witness Uganda, attendees were moved to raise an additional $43,000 in pledged donations. To see photos from the Gala, visit EBA’s Flickr page.
|| EBA UPCOMING PROGRAMS: 2017 EVENTS|
||EBA Energizer: Distributed Generation Resources in the DC/Maryland/Virginia Region
||2017 New Orleans Chapter Annual Meeting
||New Orleans, LA
||Non-EBA Event: Women’s Bar Association Annual Dinner & Centennial Celebration
||2017 Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting
||Denver, CO and Salt Lake City, UT
||Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting
||EBA Mid-Year Energy Forum
For a full listing of EBA events, go to www.eba-net.org/calendar.
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