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National publications highlight the Energy Law Journal
Several articles in the current edition of the Energy Law Journal are being talked about in major national publications. For example, Forbes recently highlighted the article by Elisabeth Graffy and Steven Kihm entitled "Does Disruptive Competition Mean a Death Spiral for Electric Utilities," suggesting that electric utilities should follow the model of the cable television industry and diversify, rather than end up like defunct streetcar utilities of the mid-20th century. According to ELJ Editor-in-Chief, Robert S. Fleishman, "this demonstrates further the relevance of the Energy Law Journal to current energy issues in this country."
Since 1980, the Energy Law Journal has provided great value to the Energy Bar Association's members. The Journal provides in-depth analyses on current, salient issues affecting members and their clients and businesses and provides a forum for the exploration and understanding of new, cutting edge issues. The Journal is a benefit to EBA members and subscriptions are available to non-EBA members.
Want to learn more about Hydropower Law and Regulations?
On September 15-16th, the National Hydropower Association and the Energy Bar Association are pleased to team together to present a primer on the hydroelectric industry. The purpose of the primer, An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation is to provide attorneys who are new to the practice of hydroelectric law a foundational understanding of the hydroelectric industry and how it is regulated by teaching basic industry fundamentals and core regulatory and legal concepts. The primer also provides an overview of key legal and policy issues affecting the industry today and will include a tour of the Boott Hydroelectric Project. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about hydroelectricity.
2014 Mid-Year Conference — Registration Now Open!
On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 8:00am to Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 5:00pm at the Renaissance Hotel 999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC the Energy Bar Association will host its annual Mid-Year Meeting and Conference. EBA's Mid-Year Conference brings together more than 500 people for two days of educational programing and networking. Registration is now open. Check the website often for updates on the meeting agenda and networking events.
EBA Member Directory — Paper or Electronic?
The 2014-15 EBA Member Directory is in production. Do you prefer receiving a paper book vs. electronic version? If so, you MUST "opt-in" by following the link and directions below.
To "opt-in" for the hardcopy, please go to 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.
EBA AND INDUSTRY PROGRAMS
Understanding Necessary Regulatory & Legal Frameworks for the Mineral, Petroleum and Natural Gas Sectors
On July 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm ET, there is a teleconference program, Understanding Necessary Regulatory & Legal Frameworks for the Mineral, Petroleum and Natural Gas Sectors, cosponsored by the ABA International Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the ABA Transnational Legal Practice Committee, the Energy Bar Association and endorsed by the Association of Petroleum Negotiators.
Save the Date: Meet Commissioner Picker — September 17th
The Western Chapter of EBA is hosting an EBA Energizer Program on September 17, 2014, 11:30 am–1:00 pm to Meet Commissioner Picker. Hosted at Holland & Knight LLP, One Embarcadero Center, 30th Fl., San Francisco, CA. Check the EBA Online Calendar for more details.
Save the Date: EBA's First-Ever Canadian Meeting: Enforcement Proceedings before Energy Regulators in Canada and the United States
The Northeast Chapter of EBA is pleased to present our first Canadian-based program on September 19, 2014, at the National Club, Toronto, Ontario, 303 Bay St. The agenda and registration will be available soon on the EBA Online Calendar. We hope you attend the program and enjoy a weekend in Toronto.
12th Annual Gas and Power Institute
The Gas and Power Institute, to be held on September 4-5, 2014, features timely topics relevant to the gas and power industry in light of the changing landscape of rules, regulation, legislation and environmental requirements, offers essential information on the latest industry and market climate, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources. The Institute is presented by The University of Texas School of Law with the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Energy Bar Association.
Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course
The New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities presents the Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course on October 12-17, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM. The course, which is co-sponsored by the Energy Bar Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, is a comprehensive, practical tutorial on ratemaking for interstate natural gas pipelines.
Discussion on FERC Enforcement Practice
On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the FERC Practice and Administrative Law Judges and Compliance and Enforcement committees of the Energy Bar Association will hold a panel discussion of current FERC enforcement practice, critiques of that practice and proposals for reforms. Program details and registration information to follow.
NERC Compliance & Enforcement for Practitioners
On Thursday, October 2, 2014, EBA's System Reliability & Planning Committee along with the Young Lawyers Committee are planning a half-day program designed for new and seasoned NERC electric reliability practitioners alike, this half-day session will explore NERC's transition from a voluntary organization to the FERC-certified ERO, as well as the mechanics of NERC's compliance and enforcement process and procedures. This will be followed by a panel discussion with NERC and industry experts covering reforms to NERC's compliance and enforcement program, and the role of the lawyer in NERC audits and investigations. The forum will conclude with a networking cocktail reception.
Location: George Washington Law School, Washington, D.C. Details and registration information to follow.
Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments
On October 9, 2014, 12:00-1:30pm ET, EBA's Natural Gas Regulation and State Commission Practice and Regulation Committees are planning this popular renewal - Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments provides attendees with the "fracking 101 basics," a former top state regulator's perspective and analysis of court cases involving fracking issues. Program details and registration available soon.
July 31 — Understanding Necessary Regulatory & Legal Frameworks for the Mineral, Petroleum and Natural Gas Sectors
September 4-5 — 12th Annual Gas and Power Institute
September 15-16 — EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation
September 17 — Meet Commissioner Picker
September 18 — Discussion on FERC Enforcement Practice
September 19 — EBA's First-Ever Canadian Meeting: Enforcement Proceedings before Energy Regulators in Canada and the United States
October 2 — NERC Compliance & Enforcement for Practitioners
October 9 — Fracking Revisited - Current and Past Developments
October 12-17 — Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course
November 4-5 — 2014 EBA Mid-Year Conference, Washington, D.C.
November 4 — CFEBA Annual Gala, Washington, D.C.
A full calendar of events can be found here.
LaFleur, Bay win Senate confirmation to FERC
Natural Gas Intelligence
Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate July 15 gave overwhelming support for Acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur to serve as a FERC commissioner. Norman Bay squeaked by and could take over either now or later as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, despite fierce opposition from Republicans.
Analysis Group's Tierney says states ready to comply with carbon rule
Energy & Environment Publishing
How should utility regulators in coal-heavy states be preparing for the EPA's proposed regulations for existing power plants? Sue Tierney, senior adviser at the Analysis Group, discusses a new report focusing on current state policies that could comply with EPA's existing source regulations. Tierney, a former assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Energy, also gives a behind-the-scenes look at the recent National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners summer meetings.
Pennsylvania appeals court affirms rights of towns to regulate drilling
A Pennsylvania appeals court July 17 issued a split decision on the state's oil and gas law, rejecting some challenges to the 2012 update to the drilling rules but affirming the rights of municipalities to regulate the location of oil and gas development. The Commonwealth Court confirmed that state regulators can be required to notify public water suppliers but not private water well owners of drilling-related spills.
Mexico liberalizes electricity generation
Mexico's Senate has passed a law that will allow private power generators to sell electricity directly to users. It's another step in a major reform and privatization of the country's energy sectors.
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