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EBA Membership Directory
The Energy Bar Association is currently working on the 2015-2016 Membership Directory. All members will have access to the membership directory via the online portal, but we are asking those members that would like to receive a hard copy of the directory to opt-in, no later than Wednesday, June 17, by logging into the Member Login section of the EBA website, After logging in go to, "My EBA", "Update Your Profile" and then to Edit/View Information. Scroll down until you get to the section entitled "Please provide the following additional information" and this is where you will be able to check the Membership Directory "opt-in" box.
If you have any questions, contact EBA at 202.223.5625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become an EBA Ambassador!
Since announcing the EBA Ambassadors program last week, EBA has welcomed 9 new members. We know there are so many more prospects out there and need your help to share the benefits of an EBA membership to your colleagues, friends and acquaintances. We want to meet our goal of 3,000 total members!!
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Groups look to defuse disputes in emerging legislation
Environment & Energy Publishing
With lawmakers in both chambers preparing major energy bills for floor debate later this year, interest groups are scrambling to untangle policy disputes that threaten to ensnare key legislative priorities.
Leaders of the primary House and Senate committees of jurisdiction have been careful to separate the more controversial policies — such as U.S. EPA's push to regulate greenhouse gases from power plants — from the legislative push by focusing instead on less-contentious issues, such as infrastructure, efficiency and accountability, all of which are seen as capable of drawing bipartisan support.
EPA points to middle ground on fracking
The oil and gas industry in the U.S. and its environmental critics are each finding reasons to hype a new Environmental Protection Agency study on the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water. But as is often the case in controversies, the truth lies somewhere in the middle, as the EPA suggests. In short, the agency determined that fracking has not resulted in "widespread, systemic" damage to drinking water supplies despite some potential "vulnerabilities."
California passes ambitious laws on emissions and energy efficiency
California lawmakers have passed a dozen ambitious environmental and energy bills setting high goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum use, and creating new standards for energy efficiency.
Dubbed the California climate leadership package, the 12 bills represent a Democratic-driven push in the Senate to advance an agenda of technological innovation and conservation that was put into play by an executive order by California Gov. Jerry Brown in April. The package will next move to the assembly for debate.
FERC commissioner says EPA carbon rule may usurp state powers
Environment & Energy Publishing
States complying with U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan run the risk of ceding jurisdiction over energy policy decisions to the federal government, according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Tony Clark.
Clark, a Republican and former North Dakota electric regulator, told state regulators at a meeting of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners yesterday that EPA's draft regulation to cut power-sector carbon emissions could "fundamentally change everything about how utilities are regulated."
EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting
"Responding to Current Energy Industry Challenges and Opportunities," the 2015 EBA Northeast Chapter Meeting will be held at the Newark Club in Newark NJ on June 10-11, 2015. Registration for the event will also include a welcome cocktail reception on June 10, at the NYC JAMS office, perfect for networking with colleagues.
How to Become a DC Superior Court Magistrate Judge
The Judicial Council of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia is hosting an information session on how to become a D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge on June 11, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the DC Superior Court (500 Indiana Avenue, N.W. – Courtroom 113, Washington, DC).
YLC2015 Summer Intern Reception
The Young Lawyer’s Council Summer intern reception is scheduled for June 18, 2015. Young lawyers and seasoned practitioners alike are invited to join in welcoming summer interns to the practice of energy law and the energy bar. The Summer Intern reception is a great reception for law firms to send their summer interns to network with energy industry professionals. Limited space is available, so be sure to register by June 15, 2015. Any registrations received after June 15 will be accommodated based on space availability.
EBA Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting
The Future of the Electric Utility Industry – Game Changers or Just Continued Evolution, the Rocky Mountain Chapters 3rd Annual Meeting will be held in Denver, CO, on June 19, 2015. Colorado Public Utilities Commission Chairman Joshua B. Epel and Wyoming Public Service Commission Chairman Alan B. Minier will address the topic of "State and Regional Implications of EPA’s Clean Power Plan."
New Developments in DC Energy
The Energy Bar Association will co-sponsor New Developments in DC Energy with the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia on July 8, 2015. The panel discussion on new energy initiates in the District includes topics ranging from the Capitol Partners Solar Project to microgrids.
EBA Primer: Environmental Law
An EBA Primer focused on Environmental Law will take place in Atlanta, Georgia in September 2015. This course is intended for new energy lawyers practicing environmental law and energy transaction lawyers who need an overview of environmental laws and regulations. Registration is open now, so make sure you reserve your space before the event is full!
June 10-11 — EBA Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting
June 11 — How to Become a DC Superior Court Magistrate Judge
June 18 — YLC2015 Summer Intern Reception
June 19 — EBA Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting
June 22 — AABE Scholarship Awards Program
June 25-26 — EBA Primer: Environmental Law
July 8 — New Developments in DC Energy
TBA — EBA Primer: Environmental Law
A full calendar of events can be found here.
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