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CFEBA NEWS

  • Light Up the Night through your support of CFEBA


  • EBA NEWS

  • Primer Series: An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation
  • Consider becoming a Sponsor
  • 2014 Mid-Year Conference — Registration Now Open!
  • EBA Member Directory — Paper or Electronic?


  • EBA AND INDUSTRY PROGRAMS

  • Upcoming EBA Events


  • INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Silver bullet or long shot? 'Takings' challenges to drilling regs face iffy fate
  • Gov. Brownback urges compromise on Kansas energy rule
  • Watchdog: EPA fails to address methane leaks from gas pipelines
  • FERC pulled into House GOP's questions about EPA carbon rule
  • Texas is wired for wind power, and more farms plug in



  • CFEBA NEWS


    Light Up the Night through your support of CFEBA
    EBA
    The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) Twelfth Annual Fundraising Gala & Silent Auction: Light Up the Night will be held on November 4, 2014 in conjunction with the EBA Mid-Year Meeting to raise money for energy related charitable activities, more specifically to purchase medical solar suitcases for maternity health clinics around the world, where there is no form of electricity and dire need. Due to lack of energy access, globally, an estimated 289,000 women die annually from complications from pregnancy and childbirth. We need your help in making our Annual Fundraising event a HUGE success! Please consider donating to the CFEBA Silent Auction! Items may be donated by you, your employer, or both. Give what you’d like to get! Items currently on the Gala Committee wish list are:
    • Wine & Spirits
    • Theater tickets (Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, National Theatre, etc.)
    • Restaurant Gift Certificates
    • Spa Treatments
    • Vacation Rentals
    Please complete and submit the silent auction donation form. Feel free to call Michele L. Smith (Duehring) with any questions or for more information at (202) 223-5625.

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    EBA NEWS


    Primer Series: An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation
    EBA
    The National Hydropower Association and the Energy Bar Association are pleased to team together to present a primer on the hydroelectric industry. The Primer will be held in Boston, MA on September 15-16th. 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.
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    Consider becoming a Sponsor
    EBA
    We invite you to consider sponsorship of the Energy Bar Association's Mid-Year Meeting & Conference. The Energy Bar Association's Mid-Year Meeting & Conference attracts approximately 450 attendees including attorneys, non-attorney professionals, and students active in all areas of energy law, which include, antitrust, international energy transactions, legislation and regulatory reform, electric utility regulation, alternative dispute resolution, finance and transactions, and environment and public lands, to name just a few, at federal, state, and international levels. This meeting will bring together decision makers on key issues impacting energy law. Details on sponsorship and the program agenda are available at: http://www.eba-net.org/2014-mid-year-conference.
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    2014 Mid-Year Conference — Registration Now Open!
    EBA
    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.
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    EBA Member Directory — Paper or Electronic?
    EBA
    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.

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    EBA AND INDUSTRY PROGRAMS


    12th Annual Gas and Power Institute
    EBA
    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.
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    Discussion on FERC Enforcement Practice
    EBA
    On Wednesday, September 10, 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.
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    Save the Date: Meet Commissioner Picker — September 17th
    EBA
    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.
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    EBA's First-Ever Canadian Meeting: Enforcement Proceedings before Energy Regulators in Canada and the United States
    EBA
    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.
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    NERC Compliance & Enforcement for Practitioners
    EBA
    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.

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    Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments
    EBA
    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.
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    Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course
    EBA
    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.
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    UPCOMING EBA EVENTS

    JULY
    July 31 — Understanding Necessary Regulatory & Legal Frameworks for the Mineral, Petroleum and Natural Gas Sectors

    SEPTEMBER
    September 4-5 — 12th Annual Gas and Power Institute
    September 10 — Discussion on FERC Enforcement Practice
    September 15-16 — EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation
    September 17 — Meet Commissioner Picker
    September 19 — EBA's First-Ever Canadian Meeting: Enforcement Proceedings before Energy Regulators in Canada and the United States

    OCTOBER
    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
    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.


    INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS


    Silver bullet or long shot? 'Takings' challenges to drilling regs face iffy fate
    Environment & Energy Publishing
    To Scott Kurkoski, the problem is obvious. New Yorkers expected to reap a profit on natural gas buried in the Marcellus Shale. Government officials got in the way, and now landowners want compensation. “It's a basic property rights issue," Kurkoski said. "Here we have people who are prepared to develop their oil and gas, and the government is telling them they can't do it. That's a basic constitutional protection in the United States." Kurkoski is an upstate New York lawyer who for years has represented landowners who want the state to lift its six-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.
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    Gov. Brownback urges compromise on Kansas energy rule
    The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently called for a compromise between wind-power advocates and opponents of a renewable-energy law for Kansas utilities to settle the rule's future, but his office later said he wasn't proposing to phase out the policy. Brownback faced questions about a 2009 state energy law during an impromptu meeting with Statehouse reporters. The policy requires utilities to have wind and other renewable sources account for 15 percent of their peak capacity for generating electricity by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020.
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    Watchdog: EPA fails to address methane leaks from gas pipelines
    Reuters
    The internal watchdog of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said July 25 that the regulator does not adequately address methane leaks from natural gas pipelines, harming both the economy and environment. The EPA Inspector General said the agency's current voluntary program to address methane leaks from pipelines has yielded only minimal reductions of the potent greenhouse gas.
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    FERC pulled into House GOP's questions about EPA carbon rule
    Roll Call
    Republican concerns about the potential closure of coal power plants — and questions about the nation’s electricity infrastructure — were on display as a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee heard from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the EPA’s proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants. Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan and other GOP members have raised concerns that the proposal, which the administration calls the Clean Power Plan, would result in the closure of coal power plants and jeopardize grid reliability.
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    Texas is wired for wind power, and more farms plug in
    The New York Times
    The wind is so relentless that a week can go by before it is calm enough for a crane operator to install the 30-ton blades atop the 260-foot towers at the Panhandle 2 wind farm in Panhandle, Texas. It's worth the wait; a single turbine at the farm can produce 40 percent more energy than an average one. But turning wind into electricity is one thing; moving the energy to a profitable market is another. For years, the wind industry has been hampered by such a severe lack of transmission lines that when the wind is strong, a local power surplus forces some machines to be shut down. Now, Texas is out to change that by conducting a vast experiment that might hold lessons for the rest of the United States.
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