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EBA NEWS

  • Final chance to register for the Annual Meeting & Conference!
  • Volunteer leadership deadline is approaching!
  • Increasing communications functionality
  • Call for Nominations: American Bar Association
  • Cost-pooling agreement decision upheld


  • FELJ NEWS

  • Network with industry professionals at the ALJ Reception


  • INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Europe takes aim at Russia's mighty Gazprom
  • Lawyers scrutinize New York's next fracking move
  • North Carolina House committee rejects effort to block renewable energy law
  • FERC: Solar hits over 1 percent of utility-scale generating capacity


  • EBA PROGRAMS

  • EBA Book Club Presents: An Evening with Michael Dworkin
  • EBA Annual Meeting and Conference
  • FELJ Administrative Law Judges Reception
  • FERC Issues and Reactions to EPA's 111d Rulemaking and the Clean Power Plan
  • EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting
  • EBA Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting




  • EBA NEWS


    Final chance to register for the Annual Meeting & Conference!
    EBA
    Next week is the 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference! We don’t want you to miss out on networking with fellow industry professionals, so register now to ensure your name is on the list of conference registrants.

    The 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference will 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.

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    Volunteer leadership deadline is approaching!
    EBA
    The deadline to sign-up for a leadership opportunity is May 1, 2015. Volunteer opportunities, from serving on Association committees, to speaking engagements, and leadership roles within the EBA Board of Directors are available for EBA members.

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    Increasing communications functionality
    EBA
    The Energy Bar Association (EBA) has finalized speakers for the EBA Annual Meeting and Conference on May 5-6, 2015. The session entitled, New Communications Functions in the Energy Industry: Opportunities and FCC Regulatory Risks will be presented on Tuesday, May 5.

    Electricity, pipeline and oil companies are increasingly incorporating communications and internet-driven devices in their daily functions, expanding their exposure to potential regulation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Deploying smarter, more agile energy networks with increased communications functionality requires energy companies to understand the scope of…

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    Call for Nominations: American Bar Association
    EBA
    The American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) annually recognizes outstanding individual and group achievements addressing environmental, energy, and resource matters. Nominations can recommend an individual, a group, or a program or activity. Nominations must be received on or before May 8, 2015. The award will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

    Read more: www.ambar.org/EnvironAwards.

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    Court held state-law claims
    EBA
    On April 21, 2015, the United States Supreme Court affirmed a decision from the United States of Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which had reversed a lower court’s decision to dismiss the case because the claims were pre-empted by the Natural Gas Act ("NGA"). The Court held that the state-law claims raised by the buyers of natural gas were "not within the field of matters pre-empted by the [NGA]." The Court reasoned that because state antitrust laws are broad in applicability, i.e., applying to all businesses in the marketplace just not natural gas companies, pre-emption did not apply in this case. Additionally, the Court reasoned that the buyers’ claims were aimed at retail prices making the issue a state matter.
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    FELJ NEWS


    Network with industry professionals at the ALJ 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, 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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    INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS


    Europe takes aim at Russia's mighty Gazprom
    CNN Money
    Brace yourselves for a gas war: Europe is going after Russia's mighty energy firm Gazprom. The European Union has filed antitrust charges against the world's biggest gas producer. It is accusing Gazprom of using its dominant position to manipulate prices and hinder the free flow of gas across the continent.
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    Lawyers scrutinize New York's next fracking move
    Poughkeepsie Journal
    For the past four months, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation's staff — and attorneys — have been putting the finishing touches on a several-thousand-page document that will lay the groundwork for a statewide ban on large-scale hydraulic fracturing. The agency has reason to be careful: the natural-gas industry and fracking supporters are looking for an opportunity to sue.
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    North Carolina House committee rejects effort to block renewable energy law
    The Fayetteville Observer
    North Carolina’s electric companies must keep planning to generate more power through alternative sources and other measures after an effort to freeze those requirements failed to advance April 22 through a House committee. The House Public Utilities Committee narrowly defeated an effort to freeze the percentage of retail sales that utilities must create using sources like solar, wind and animal waste and through efficiency efforts at the current 6 percent.
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    FERC: Solar hits over 1 percent of utility-scale generating capacity
    pv magazine
    The latest data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shows that renewable capacity clearly dominates the new power plants being added in the U.S. Over 75 percent of U.S. large-scale electrical generating capacity came from wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower in the quarter.
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    EBA PROGRAMS


    EBA Book Club Presents: An Evening with Michael Dworkin
    EBA
    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.
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    EBA Annual Meeting and Conference
    EBA
    Register now to register for the 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference scheduled for May 5-6, 2015. 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.

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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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    FERC Issues and Reactions to EPA's 111d Rulemaking and the Clean Power Plan
    EBA
    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.
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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. A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Newark Penn Station for the special group rate of $209 (Single/Double) for the dates of June 10-11, 2015. To make you reservation at the Hilton, please call the hotel directly at (973) 622-5000 or (800) 445-8667 by Monday, May 11, 2015. Please identify yourself as a member of the Energy Bar Association.
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    EBA Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting
    EBA
    The Rocky Mountain Chapter will host their 3rd Annual Meeting, titled, The Future of the Electric Utility Industry — Game Changers or Just Continued Evolution in Denver, CO, on June 19, 2015. This will be a half-day program with panels on Energy Storage and Solar Energy. More information and registration will be available soon!
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    UPCOMING EBA EVENTS

    MAY
    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
    June 10-11 — EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting
    June 19 — EBA Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting

    A full calendar of events can be found here.
     



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