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EBA NEWS

  • Last Call! Seeking Nominations for State Regulatory Practitioner Award
  • It's back to school time — Don't miss the Hydropower Law and Regulation Primer
  • Check it out — the 2014 Mid-Year Conference Sessions are posted


  • CFEBA NEWS

  • Second Annual CFEBA Gift Gathering Party


  • EBA PROGRAMS

  • Upcoming EBA Events


  • NON-EBA EVENTS

  • Upcoming Non-EBA Events


  • INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 50 State Index of Energy Regulation
  • FERC to explore centralized trading platform for natural gas
  • More production means more scrutiny on oil and gas transport
  • Michigan quietly adjusts rules



  • EBA NEWS


    Last Call! Seeking Nominations for State Regulatory Practitioner Award
    EBA
    The State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee is soliciting nominations from the EBA membership for the 2014 State Regulatory Practitioner Award. This prestigious award, which recognizes innovation and superior advocacy by members of the state utility regulatory bar, will be presented at the EBA’s Mid-year Meeting and Conference in Washington, DC in November. Prior recipients of the award include Ben Stone, James Van Nostrand, Sonny Popowsky, and Jeff Genzer. Please submit nominations to jtg@dwgp.com by 5:00 pm Eastern on Friday, September 12th.
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    It's back to school time — Don't miss the Hydropower Law and Regulation Primer
    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. The brochure and registration is available online.
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    Check it out — the 2014 Mid-Year Conference Sessions are posted
    EBA
    Conference highlights available at http://eba-net.org/2014-mid-year-conference#agenda

    On November 4th and 5th, 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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    CFEBA NEWS


    Second Annual CFEBA Gift Gathering Party — October 6, 2014
    EBA
    Join the YLC and the State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the "CFEBA Gift Gathering Party" honoring State Public Utility Commissioners from across the country, in an effort to help CFEBA carry out their mission by making this year’s Gala and Silent Auction the BEST EVER! You do not want to miss complimentary hors d'oeuvres, happy hour specials, musical entertainment provided by Andre Fox, networking time with colleagues, VIP guests, and OPEN BAR for the first hour thanks to the generosity of our sponsors! In lieu of a registration price, guests are asked to donate an item for the silent auction. All gifts are tax deductible and your generosity supports the continuation of CFEBA’s good works!

    Requested Donations include:
    • Bottle of Wine or Spirit
    • Restaurant or Services Gift Card
    Suggested Donation Amounts:
    • Private Attorneys: $50 or more
    • YLC & Government: $25 or more

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    EBA PROGRAMS


    EBA Member and Non-Member Networking Reception in Boston
    EBA
    Please join the Northeast Chapter of EBA for a networking reception on Monday, September 15th 5:30 pm, in Boston, MA. This is a great way to start your week!
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    Meet Commissioner Picker
    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, 50 California Street, 28th floor, San Francisco, CA.
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    Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution in International and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Projects
    EBA
    On September 26, 2014, the ADR Committee is hosting a brown bag program. Additional details to follow.
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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, DC. The agenda details and registration information are available online.

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    NON-EBA EVENTS


    The Evolving Financial Landscape for Renewable Energy
    Guarini Center
    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Leading experts from industry, finance, and government will provide insights into the current financing landscape for renewable energy. What new structures are emerging to support renewable energy development? What financing barriers remain? What changes in tax policy are anticipated? These questions and more will be explored. This free event offers 1.5 CLE credit for participants and provides opportunities for EBA members to network and learn from leading experts from the renewable energy field during the panel and post-event wine and cheese reception.

    For more information and to register visit: http://guarinicenter.org/september-10-2014-the-evolving-financial-landscape-for-renewable-energy/

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    Colorado State 4th Annual Natural Gas Symposium
    Colorado State University
    This popular event is hosted by Colorado State University (CSU) and will be held on September 24-25, at the Grand Hyatt in Denver. Since the first inaugural event in October 2011, CSU has built a reputation for hosting a balanced symposium discussing all sides of the natural gas issue while remaining an "honest broker" of information and education. Registration has opened!
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    Midwest Energy Policy Conference
    Missouri Energy Initiative
    The Midwest Energy Policy Conference (MEPC) 2014 will be held on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in St. Louis, MO and will address the 2014 environmental and energy rulings of the United States Supreme Court; The path forward following the EPA greenhouse gas 111(d) ruling; and What makes successful state energy plan programs relevant and successful in several key focus areas (economic development, education, research, regulations, portfolio mix, biofuels, and more).
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    Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course
    New Mexico State University
    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

    SEPTEMBER
    September 15 — EBA Member and Non-Member Networking Reception in Boston
    September 15-16 — EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation
    September 17 — Meet Commissioner Picker
    September 26 — Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution in International and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Projects

    OCTOBER
    October 2 — NERC Compliance & Enforcement for Practitioners
    October 6 — Second Annual CFEBA Gift Gathering Party
    October 9 — Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments

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

    A full calendar of events can be found here.


    INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS


    50 State Index of Energy Regulation
    Science 2.0
    Pacific Research Institute fellows Dr. Wayne Winegarden and Dr. Marc Miles have created the 50 State Index of Energy Regulation, which covers the various regulatory climates for energy consumption, production and distribution.
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    FERC to explore centralized trading platform for natural gas
    Commodities Now
    FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller plans to convene a meeting Sept. 18 "for interested parties to discuss ideas to facilitate and improve the way in which natural gas is traded, and to explore the concept of establishing a centralized trading platform for natural gas," the Commission said recently. The meeting is to explore the concept of developing an electronic information and trading platform that would contain bids and offers for the purchase and sale of both commodity and capacity for receipt and delivery points across multiple pipeline systems, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
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    More production means more scrutiny on oil and gas transport
    Houston Chronicle
    The boom in North American energy production has enormous economic benefits, but that production is also raising public safety concerns that the industry and regulators must address if they want to keep operating. That's why the oil and gas industry shouldn't fight calls by Canada's Transportation Safety Board for tighter regulation of rail cars carrying oil and gas and the U.S. Coast Guard's call for raising the liability limits capping how much companies must pay for oil spills that foul U.S. waters.
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    Michigan quietly adjusts rules
    Oil & Gas Journal
    Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality is moving ahead with development of new hydraulic fracturing rules. They would cover water withdrawals, baseline water-quality sampling, monitoring and reporting, and chemical additive disclosure. Well spacing requirements also would be updated, and terms describing well locations and drilling tracts would be clarified. "What we're proposing is to expand on permitting instruction," Hal Fitch, who is chief of DEQ's oil, gas, and minerals office, said on Aug. 12.
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