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It's back to school time — Don't miss the Hydropower Law and Regulation Primer
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.
You are invited to the Energy Bar Association's 2014 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference
Is 2014 the beginning of major regulatory changes that will transform America’s energy industry?
The Energy Bar Association’s 2014 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference will provide two full days of discussions examining this question. The first morning will focus on recent changes in the complicated relationship between state and federal agencies in their regulatory roles, including the D.C. Circuit’s recent decision raising dramatic questions about FERC’s authority over demand response programs. The second morning will focus on the evolving nature of the practice of energy law in 2014 and EPA’s major proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. Additional panels will focus on environmental review of natural gas pipeline construction, the operation of carbon trading markets, and the impact of FERC’s policies on the electric transmission industry. Keynote speakers include newly-appointed FERC Commissioner Norman Bay, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration Chief Counsel Vanessa Allen Sutherland, and SNL Energy Reporter Glen Boshart.
Mid-Year Conference Brochure and Agenda
We look forward to seeing you in November! Register now.
Explore Key US Canadian Cross Border Energy Issues and Processes
The Energy Bar Association's first CLE event held in Canada will take place September 19, 2014 in Toronto! This program will explore key issues and processes with important cross border implications — energy market manipulation, developments in energy arbitration, and significant challenges for energy regulators.
Policymakers, regulators, and market participants are focused intensely on market manipulation in energy markets. The market manipulation panels will address key enforcement actions, settlements, developments, and policies in U.S. and Canadian electricity and natural gas markets from the perspective of both Canadian and U.S. prosecutors/enforcers and defenders of companies and individuals.
Northeast Chapter Networking Reception — Immediately Following Hydro Primer!
Please join the Northeast Chapter of EBA for a networking reception immediately following the EBA Primer program. Socialize with colleagues from the Northeast Chapter, Boston area and beyond! All attorney and non-attorney professionals are invited to join the fun on Monday, September 15, 2014 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm at JAMS Resolution Center. Don't miss out on the fun, refreshments, and networking!
State Commissioners Reception to Benefit CFEBA
The State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee along with the Young Lawyers Committee invite you to the State Commissioners Reception to Benefit the CFEBA to be held on October 6th. Come enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while honoring State Public Utility Commissioners from across the country AND help CFEBA carry out their mission by making this year’s Gala and Silent Auction the BEST EVER! 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! You do not want to miss complimentary hors d'oeuvres, happy hour specials, musical entertainment provided by Andre Fox, networking time with colleagues, VIP honored guests, and OPEN BAR for the first hour thanks to the generosity of our sponsors!
For list of Invited Guests, suggested donations, please click here.
Meet Commissioner Picker
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. Thank you to Holland & Knight for providing lunch.
Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution in International and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Projects
On September 26, 2014, the ADR Committee is hosting a brown bag program.
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, DC. The agenda details and registration information are available online.
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!
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).
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.
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 19 — Explore Key US Canadian Cross Border Energy Issues and Processes
September 26 — Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution in International and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Projects
October 2 — NERC Compliance & Enforcement for Practitioners
October 6 — State Commissioners Reception to Benefit CFEBA
November 4-5 — 2014 EBA Mid-Year Conference, Washington, D.C.
A full calendar of events can be found here.
Obama taps Arkansas utility chief for FERC
The Washington Examiner
President Obama tapped Colette Honorable, the Democratic utility regulatory chief in Arkansas who has earned praise from both sides of the aisle in Washington, as nominee for commissioner at the federal electric grid regulator. If confirmed by the Senate, Honorable would replace former Democratic commissioner John Norris at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In addition to her role as chairwoman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Honorable has been a frequent Washington visitor in her capacity as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
What's the goal and point of national biofuel regulation?
The Energy Collective
Maximilian Auffhammer, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley writes, “While preparing a lecture for the 4th Berkeley Summer School in Environmental and Energy Economics, I returned to contemplating the regulation of biofuels as part of a federal strategy to combat climate change and increase energy security. If we review policy approaches for increasing the share of biofuels in the transportation fuels supply across this great land, there are three main approaches. We have subsidies for the production of ethanol and biodiesel, renewable fuels standards (RFS) and low carbon fuels standards (LCFS).”
CFTC and FERC see a changing of the guard
Both the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — the two principal US commodity and energy market regulators — have experienced significant shifts among their commissioners in the past few months.
Oil train regulation passes in California
California lawmakers Aug. 29 passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state. The bill would require railroads to notify the state's Office of Emergency Services when trains carrying crude oil from Canada and North Dakota are headed to refineries in the most populous U.S. state.
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