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IN THIS ISSUE...

EBA NEWS & PROGRAMS

  • New On-Demand Recordings now available
  • EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to FERC Regulation of the Natural Gas Industry
  • Energy Storage Conference
  • Just published, the Spring issue of EBA Update
  • Upcoming EBA Events


  • CFEBA NEWS

  • CFEBA Committee Outreach: Get Involved and Give Back to the Community!


  • INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • DOE releases guidance for strengthening cybersecurity of the grid's supply chain
  • Potential CFTC regulatory changes for energy market participants highlighted by Commissioner Scott O'Malia
  • New Jersey's clean energy goals finance 'green' jobs in other states, lobbyist says
  • The 2014 state of wind energy — desperately seeking subsidies




  • EBA NEWS & PROGRAMS


    New On-Demand Recordings now available
    EBA
    Two new On-Demand Programs are now available through the EBA Online Store: Allocating Energy Governance: Sorting Out State and Local Jurisdiction over Energy Infrastructure and Operations program, presented by the Southern Chapter of EBA was recorded on Friday April 25th is now available. The speaker, Professor Hannah Jacobs Wiseman, discussed disputes between state and local governments regarding the regulation of the siting and operations of renewable energy facilities and oil and gas infrastructure. It will explore state statutes centralizing jurisdiction or delegating control to local governments, recent court interpretations of these statutes, conflicts between home rule and preemption provisions, and theories that might help us decide how authority over upstream infrastructure should best be shared.

    Mastering Your First (Or Next) State Public Utility Commission Hearing video, recorded on February 13, 2014, in Washington, DC. A practical skills mock administrative hearing — Three State public utility commissioners, presided over a mock administrative hearing. The case to be argued concerned a utility's request for special accounting treatment for a utility’s large investment in a new, cleaner coal plant that can meet the EPA's pending carbon emission regulations. The mock case was tried by seasoned administrative litigators presenting expert witnesses who routinely testify on utility accounting issues. Presenters demonstrated both the dos and don’ts of appearing at your first, or next, administrative hearing.

    The growing library of On-Demand Programs is available at: http://www.eba-net.org/education/on-demand-programs.

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    EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to FERC Regulation of the Natural Gas Industry
    EBA
    On May 19-20, 2014, EBA will hold its next program in the EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to FERC Regulation of the Natural Gas Industry, at the law firm of Jones Day in Chicago, IL. The goal of this primer is to provide an overview of the federal regulation of the natural gas industry by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Taught by industry practitioners and regulators from FERC, the course begins with a brief overview of the natural gas industry, including the production, gathering, transportation, distribution, and storage of natural gas. The course describes key statutes governing and affecting the interstate transportation of natural gas and discusses key legal milestones. Instructors explain important regulatory concepts, pipeline services, and the scope and limits of FERC jurisdiction. The class covers key sections of the NGA, including imports and exports under Section 3; construction and abandonment under section 7; ratemaking under sections 4 and 5; and enforcement issues.
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    Energy Storage Conference
    EBA
    The Energy Bar Association is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the Energy Storage Conference to be held, June 4-6, at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC. The 3 day event focuses on energy storage policy, markets, utilities, products, projects, investors, services, and technology.

    The Energy Storage Association 24th Annual Conference is the only event exclusively dedicated to the growth of the energy storage industry. Powered by the Energy Storage Association, the sole mission of the event is to support industry-wide growth and success. The event promises three days of unique content, innovations and industry access by bringing together decision makers, thought leaders, and policymakers to explore, learn, and network.

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    Just published, the Spring issue of EBA Update
    EBA
    Among the highlights of this newly-designed EBA Update is an in-depth interview with Rhode Island Commissioner Paul Roberti, contributed by feature-writers Channing Strother and Gary Guy. Newly-minted EBA President Jason Leif provides his inaugural President's Message and outgoing EBA President Adrienne Clair leaves us with a departing message om the The Last Word. This issue is full of fun photos, including snapshots from the EBA Midwest Chapter's Annual Meeting and the FELJ’s hugely-popular annual ALJ Reception. Current Chief Administrative Law Judge of the US International Trade Commission, Charles Bullock, shares his experiences from his former days at FERC, where, in 1972 "[a]s a sign of the times, there were no women in [his first settlement] conference and the air was thick with cigar and cigarette smoke" in the Judge's Corner. As a sign of the current times, you can find an article by contributing author Brian Higgins on Wireless Technology in the Energy Industry: Avoid FCC Fines and Delays by Planning Ahead.

    This Update also provides reports of several recent and upcoming EBA events and so much more. EBA Update is available online.

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    UPCOMING EBA EVENTS

    MAY
    May 16 — Southern Chapter Annual Meeting: The Changing Regulatory World: Regulatory Solutions for Enhancing Natural Gas Infrastructure, Williamsburg, VA, and teleseminar
    May 19-20 — EBA Gas Primer, Chicago, IL
    May 19 — Midwest Chapter Networking Reception following Primer, Chicago, IL

    JUNE
    June 12 — 2014 Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting, New York
    June 20 — Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

    NOVEMBER
    November 4-5 — 2014 EBA Mid-Year Conference, Washington, D.C.

    A full calendar of events can be found
    here.


    CFEBA NEWS


    CFEBA Committee Outreach: Get Involved and Give Back to the Community!
    EBA
    CFEBA needs your help to make the 2014-2015 year a year to remember! We make every effort to keep administrative costs to a minimum, largely by relying on volunteers. Please consider joining one or more of CFEBA's committees. These committees are an important part of the CFEBA's activities and we encourage your participation.

    Please email Michele Duehring at Michele@EBA-Net.org and advise which Committee you would like to join: Fundraising; Charitable Grants; Gala and Silent Auction; Charitable Service and Events. A complete officer and board listing, as well as more information regarding the CFEBA, is available at www.cfeba.org.

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    INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS


    DOE releases guidance for strengthening cybersecurity of the grid's supply chain
    PennEnergy
    The Department of Energy released new guidance to help U.S. industry strengthen energy delivery system cybersecurity. Developed through a public-private working group including federal agencies and private industry leaders, the DOE's Cybersecurity Procurement Language for Energy Delivery Systems guidance provides strategies and suggested language to help the U.S. energy sector and technology suppliers build in cybersecurity protections during product design and manufacturing.
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    Potential CFTC regulatory changes for energy market participants highlighted by Commissioner Scott O'Malia
    National Law Review
    At a recent speech at an energy industry conference CFTC Commissioner Scott D. O'Malia highlighted energy market participant concerns with the CFTC's Dodd-Frank Rulemakings. These concerns indicate potential regulatory changes at the CFTC that could impact energy market participants.
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    New Jersey's clean energy goals finance 'green' jobs in other states, lobbyist says
    NJ Spotlight
    Are New Jersey's utility customers paying too much to meet the state's renewable energy requirements, mostly by funding similar programs and creating green jobs in other states? The question is being raised as some argue that the state's ambitious targets to increase the use of renewable energy can't be achieved, primarily because many of the key technologies, such as offshore wind, are unlikely to be deployed.
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    The 2014 state of wind energy — desperately seeking subsidies
    The Heartland Institute
    With the growing story coming out of Ukraine, the ongoing search for the missing Malaysian jet, the intensifying Nevada cattle battle and the new announcement about the additional Keystone pipeline delay, little attention is being paid to the Production Tax Credit for wind energy — or any of the other fifty lapsed tax breaks the Senate Finance Committee approved earlier in April. But, despite the low news profile, the gears of government continue to grind up taxpayer dollars.
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