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EBA NEWS

  • EBA Mid-Year Meeting & Conference — Early Bird Deadline is Oct. 15
  • Great Sponsorships still available at EBA's 2014 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference
  • Metropolitan Edison Co. v. Penn. Pub. Util. Comm'n
  • Don't miss a week of EBA Insights
  • LinkedIn to EBA


  • INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Commentary: FERC's meddling in New England's power market may prolong pain from high prices
  • Electric vehicles sell power back to the grid
  • EPA chief says to expect 'changes' in final climate rule
  • Regulatory experts: 'Things are changing in energy industry'


  • EBA PROGRAMS

  • NERC Compliance & Enforcement for Practitioners
  • State Commissioners Reception to Benefit CFEBA
  • Reception to meet FERC Chairman LaFleur
  • Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments
  • Young Lawyers Committee Pre-Conference Reception
  • 12th Annual CFEBA Silent Auction and Gala
  • Upcoming EBA Events


  • CFEBA NEWS

  • CFEBA Fundraising Drive Needs Your Help!


  • FELJ NEWS

  • If you haven't looked lately ...


  • EBA NEWS


    EBA Mid-Year Meeting & Conference — Early Bird Deadline is Oct. 15
    There is a great lineup of educational sessions for this year’s Mid-Year Meeting & Conference on November 4-5 in Washington, D.C. Sessions cover every aspect of energy law and when you attend, you will also get a bonus Ethics session! Check out the 17 educational sessions, networking opportunities and keynote speakers by downloading the Conference Brochure.
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    Great Sponsorships still available at EBA's 2014 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference
    We invite you to consider sponsorship of the Energy Bar Association’s Mid-Year Meeting & Conference on November 4-5, Washington, D.C. The 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. For information on sponsorship, visit the link below or call Lisa Levine at 202-223-5625.
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    Metropolitan Edison Co. v. Penn. Pub. Util. Comm'n
    The EBA Judicial Review Committee keeps you up-to-date on recent court cases. On September 16, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed an order from the federal district court dismissing an action against the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The Court of Appeals agreed with the district court that claims filed by the Metropolitan Edison Company and Pennsylvania Electric Company (“Companies”) were barred by the doctrine of issue preclusion. The Companies had requested the federal district court to overturn a state court’s ruling that upheld a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s order that denied the Companies recovery in electric retail rates of approximately $250 million of wholesale line-loss charges paid to PJM Interconnection, LLC.
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    Don't miss a week of EBA Insights
    Did you know you can review prior issues of EBA Insights by visiting: http://www.eba-net.org/information-resources/eba-insights. If you missed a week, just go to our website and catch up on all the news you need to know about energy ... and EBA!
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    LinkedIn to EBA
    For news and updates about the Energy Bar Association and the energy industry, connect with EBA through LinkedIn.
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    INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS


    Commentary: FERC's meddling in New England's power market may prolong pain from high prices
    Forbes
    The Federal Electric Regulatory Commission should let the market do its work. The FERC’s recent failure to approve the results of the New England Future Capacity Market Auction may bode ill for retail electricity customers in New England where new generating capacity is urgently needed to meet projected future power requirements. The price of electricity has been rising sharply in New England. The average wholesale price of electricity in New England rose by about 45 percent during the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, according to the Energy Information Administration.
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    Electric vehicles sell power back to the grid
    The Wall Street Journal
    In the 1990s, Willett Kempton, a professor at the University of Delaware, proposed in a paper that electric vehicles could help pay for themselves by selling power back to the grid. When no one jumped on the idea, he decided to develop the technology himself. Now, the pilot project he spearheaded at the university in conjunction with power-plant operator NRG Energy Inc. brings in roughly $110 a month per electric vehicle. The operation uses software to link a minimum of nine electric vehicles, mostly Mini Coopers, together into a virtual power plant on wheels that can both draw energy from the grid and discharge energy when needed.
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    EPA chief says to expect 'changes' in final climate rule
    The Hill
    There will be "changes" made in the Obama administration's proposal to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, according to Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy. "People who know me well enough know there are going to be changes between proposal and final because we listen," McCarthy said on Sept. 25. Since unveiling the controversial regulation, the administration has put all hands on deck to pitch the new standards to lawmakers, state officials, environmentalists, coal advocates, utilities and more.
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    Regulatory experts: 'Things are changing in energy industry'
    Prairie Business
    As the oil boom grows, communication between the energy industry and regulatory agencies will become more important than ever for conservation efforts, experts said at a regulatory issues session Wednesday. A panel of regulatory professionals — North Dakota Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand; Dave Glatt, the North Dakota Department of Health environmental health chief; Kevin Shelley, acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Dave Searle, the governmental affairs manager at Marathon Oil — spoke before a crowd of mostly energy industry professionals gathered for the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s annual meeting at the Astoria Hotel & Events Center in Dickinson.
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    EBA PROGRAMS


    NERC Compliance & Enforcement for Practitioners
    This 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. The agenda details and registration information are available online.
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    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 6, 2014. 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!
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    Reception to meet FERC Chairman LaFleur
    On October 14, 2014 the EBA Electricity Regulation Committee and Natural Gas Regulation Committee invite you to a reception in honor of Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur, who was recently sworn in to her second term at the Commission and named Chairman. Chairman LaFleur has more than twenty years’ experience as a leader in the electric and natural gas industries, including four years at the Commission. This is a great opportunity to “mix and mingle” in an informal setting with the Chairman and fellow EBA members. We hope to see you there!
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    Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments
    On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Noon-1:30 p.m. ET, the EBA Natural Gas Regulation and State Commission Practice and Regulation Committees are planning a popular program - Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments that provides attendees with the "fracking 101 basics," a former top state regulator's perspective and analysis of court cases involving fracking issues. Teleconference participation will be available (audio only). For on-site registrants lunch will be provided by Dentons LLP.
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    Young Lawyers Committee Pre-Conference Reception
    EBA Young Lawyers Committee hosts the Mid-Year Meeting & Conference Reception on Monday, November 3, 2014, 6 – 9 p.m. at DC Coast, 1401 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Start your meeting off with a lively networking reception. $15 EBA Member/$15 Non-members/ $0 EBA Student Members.

    The Young Lawyers Committee also offers the opportunity for sponsorship of this event - Premium Sponsor level for $500 with benefits including four tickets and Sponsor level for $250 with benefits including two tickets. Sponsorships help the Young Lawyers Committee keep regular ticket prices for this and future events to a minimum. If your firm, company, or organization is interested in sponsorship, please contact Young Lawyers Committee Chair Delia D. Patterson at 202.467-2993 or dpatterson@publicpower.org.

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    12th Annual CFEBA Silent Auction and Gala
    On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 5:30-8 p.m. ET at the Renaissance Hotel 999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, D.C., Light Up the Night will be this year’s Silent Auction Gala theme as CFEBA seeks to provide medical solar suitcases, which are manufactured in the United States, to the most needy in the world in an effort to save lives of mothers and children during childbirth across the world, where there is no access to electricity. Due to lack of energy access, globally, an estimated 289,000 women die annually from complications from pregnancy and childbirth. CFEBA is asking all EBA members to help make the event a huge success by contributing items to the Silent Auction, attending the Gala, participating in the Silent Auction and encouraging colleagues to do so as well. To read more and find out how you can help, visit: Light Up The Night or contact Gala Committee Chair, Holly Rachel Smith at hsmith@naruc.org or Gala Coordinator, Michele L. Smith (Duehring) at michele@eba-net.org.
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    CFEBA NEWS


    CFEBA Fundraising Drive Needs Your Help!
    How many lives could we save or change by bringing energy-related aid to those most in need? Statistics say there are approximately 1.3 billion people living in energy poverty around the world. CFEBA’s mission is to engage in a wide variety of energy-related charitable activities and community service projects that “make a difference in people’s lives” and we need your help!

    You are the bedrock of our organization. Your continued or increased financial contribution will enable CFEBA to enhance its ability as an energy charity to make an even greater difference nationally and globally. Please take a moment now to donate a tax-deductible gift online and help us achieve our fundraising goal of $150,000!

    We look forward to your continued support! For more information on the CFEBA, as well as varying levels of donations and benefits, please visit: http://www.cfeba.org/donate

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    FELJ NEWS


    If you haven't looked lately ...
    Be sure to take a look at the current issue of the Energy Law Journal for several interesting articles that provide a thoughtful and provocative analysis of current energy issues. Consider the article by Joshua Meltzer of the Brookings Institution and Johns Hopkins School for Advanced and International Studies, entitled “A Carbon Tax as a Driver of Green Technology Innovation and the Implications for International Trade,” in which Mr. Meltzer explores the role of the U.S. in developing new technologies for addressing climate change by reducing carbon dioxide. He suggests that pricing carbon will increase U.S. demand for green technologies, which will lead to complementary government policies that spur innovation and international trade.

    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.

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    UPCOMING EBA EVENTS

    OCTOBER
    October 14 — Reception to meet FERC Chairman LaFleur
    October 21 — Fracking Revisited — Current and Past Developments

    NOVEMBER
    November 3 — Mid-Year Meeting & Conference Reception, Washington, D.C.
    November 4 — 12th Annual CFEBA Silent Auction and Gala, Washington, D.C.
    November 4-5 — 2014 EBA Mid-Year Conference, Washington, D.C.

    A full calendar of events can be found here.
     



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