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Call for Nominations: American Bar Association
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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FERC Gets Top U.S. Court Hearing on Energy-Conservation Rule
The Obama administration will get a U.S. Supreme Court hearing as it tries to save a rule that rewards industrial consumers for cutting electricity use.
The rule, opposed by the power industry, benefits smart-grid companies such as EnerNOC Inc. that help large electricity consumers reduce their power usage during peak-demand hours. It’s also backed by large power consumers, including Alcoa Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., that are eyeing millions of dollars in energy savings.
EU energy strategy extends beyond Europe
United Press International
Efforts to diversify the European energy sector should reach beyond its borders to countries like Norway and Turkmenistan, a European gas official said.
Maros Sefcovic, the European commission in charge of energy policy, took part in a roundtable discussion May 4 on balance in the European energy sector. The discussion came after the European Commission said it suspected Russian energy company Gazprom was violating antitrust rules by abusing its position in the Central and Eastern European markets.
California wins 9th Circuit energy-regulation battle
Courthouse News Service
Federal regulators must reform their "arbitrary" and "capricious" implementation of market-based energy tariffs, the 9th Circuit ruled April 29. The ruling comes after California Attorney General Kamala Harris and three state utilities sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for failing to follow the court's instructions on remand in an earlier case. Harris accused FERC of violating the Federal Power Act by requiring proof of excessive market share as a necessary condition for relief for transaction-reporting violations.
Obama signs energy efficiency bill into law
President Obama on May 4 signed into law a measure that is intended to improve energy efficiency in buildings and stop efficiency rules for certain water heaters.
The measure had strong bipartisan support and easily passed the Senate in March and the House in April.
It creates new voluntary building efficiency standards and exempts certain grid-enabled water heaters from efficiency regulations.
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. 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.
YLC2015 Summer Intern Reception
The Young Lawyer’s Council Summer intern reception is scheduled for June 18, 2015. Further details will be forthcoming.
EBA Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting
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!
EBA Primer: Environmental Law
An EBA Primer focused on Environmental Law will take place on June 25-26, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The goal of this primer is to provide an overview of environmental law, principally at the federal level. The course begins with a brief overview the purpose of environmental law and regulation, and the interplay of federal, state and local laws. The course explains environmental law practice before the relevant agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, including the rulemaking process and “sue and settle,” the appeals process, and enforcement and litigation. Our faculty will then provide an overview of the key federal environmental laws and their impact on the energy industry; the laws addressed will cover the major statutes (National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, etc.), and for each we will address who regulates, who is regulated, what is regulated, and how it is regulated. Finally, we will address environmental law considerations in project development, system operations, and energy transactions (in particular, how environmental law factors into transaction due diligence).
This course is intended for new energy lawyers practicing environmental law and energy transaction lawyers who need an overview of environmental laws and regulations.
May 8 — FERC Issues and Reactions to EPA’s 111d Rulemaking and the Clean Power Plan
June 10-11 — EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting
June 18 — YLC2015 Summer Intern Reception
June 19 — EBA Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting
June 25-26 — EBA Primer: Environmental Law
A full calendar of events can be found here.
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