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As 2014 comes to a close, EBA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of EBA Insights a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.

IN THIS ISSUE...

EBA NEWS

  • Start your new year with EBA — Renew today!
  • EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation
  • Why dues check off are so important


  • INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • EPA hits nuclear power with kryptonite
  • Latest rankings of US electric power companies
  • Commentary: FERC's meddling in New England's power market may prolong pain from high prices
  • Study: Renewable energy won't cause electric utility 'death spiral'
  • Appeals court grants FERC stay on Order 745


  • CFEBA NEWS

  • 'Tis the Season to Donate!


  • FELJ NEWS

  • Getting Distributed Generation Right


  • EBA PROGRAMS

  • Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Philip Baten
  • Networking Reception in Houston
  • Save the Date: Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting
  • Save the Date: Eighteenth Annual Midwest Energy Conference




  • EBA NEWS


    Start your new year with EBA — Renew today!
    EBA
    Join more than 2,500 others who enjoy EBA membership benefits such as participation in more than 60 educational offerings annually, networking and volunteering on EBA Committees and connecting locally through your regional chapters. We hope you continue to enjoy membership in EBA and we are pleased to continued providing you great value at the same member dues rate for 2015!

    Renewing is easy…to renew with a credit card just logon to the EBA website at http://www.eba-net.org/ and click on the “My EBA”, click on "Member Login", Select "My EBA, "My Transactions", and click on "Pay Open Orders". If you would like to renew with a check, please be advised that a hardcopy of the renewal form was recently mailed to you. Please renew your membership before January 1, 2015 to continue receiving the benefits of EBA!

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    EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation
    EBA
    EBA will hold its fourth program in the EBA Primer Series…An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation in Houston, TX on January 26-27, 2015. The goal of this primer is to provide an overview of the federal economic regulation of oil and refined products pipelines. Taught by industry practitioners and regulators from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the course begins with a brief overview of the oil and refined products pipeline industry and then describes key statutes and regulations governing and affecting the transportation of oil and other liquid petroleum products. Instructors explain important legal and regulatory concepts and requirements, pipeline services, the scope and limits of FERC and state jurisdiction and key issues affecting the industry. For more information and to register visit: http://www.eba-net.org/eba-primer-series-introduction-oil-pipeline
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    Why dues check off are so important
    EBA
    Since 1980, the Energy Law Journal has been a great benefit to EBA members. Support the Foundation’s mission of publishing the Energy Law Journal by including a donation to the FELJ in your annual EBA dues payment. Your contribution will help defray the FELJ’s expenses for publication of the Energy Law Journal. Every member receives a copy of the Journal but your dues do not fund the costs. We rely heavily on contributions and sponsorships, in addition to advertising and royalty payments to fund the Journal expenses.

    Over the past thirty five years, the Energy Law Journal has become the preeminent publication for energy law and energy practitioners in the United States. The ELJ publishes legal, policy, and economic articles of lasting interest with significant research value on subjects dealing with all aspects of the energy industry, including the electric, gas, oil, renewables and hydroelectric sectors. The ELJ provides thought-provoking and thoroughly researched articles by practitioners, internationally known academics, federal judges, high ranking government officials and members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Highly respected, the ELJ is often cited in federal and state court opinions and law review articles, by energy industry speakers, and the FERC.

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    INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS


    EPA hits nuclear power with kryptonite
    Forbes
    From June 28: James Conca writes: "I like the proposed carbon emissions rules from EPA. They address the real issue of balancing our energy mix and may be the only way to move forward in the absence of Congressional leadership. But EPA has gone a little wild with their latest proposal. This new proposed emissions rule is for nuclear power plants. An operating nuclear power plant has very low emissions of any kind except water vapor. No carbon emissions and almost no radioactivity emissions."
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    Latest rankings of US electric power companies
    Forbes
    From June 28: James Conca writes: "I like the proposed carbon emissions rules from EPA. They address the real issue of balancing our energy mix and may be the only way to move forward in the absence of Congressional leadership. But EPA has gone a little wild with their latest proposal. This new proposed emissions rule is for nuclear power plants. An operating nuclear power plant has very low emissions of any kind except water vapor. No carbon emissions and almost no radioactivity emissions."
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    Commentary: FERC's meddling in New England's power market may prolong pain from high prices
    Forbes
    From Oct. 1: 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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    Study: Renewable energy won't cause electric utility 'death spiral'
    Green Car Reports
    From June 25: Beware the idea of a "death spiral," heralded by some as the inevitable result for electric utilities of mass adoption of renewable energy sources — particularly solar. Under this scenario, advances in renewable energy will allow consumers to generate more of their own power. As more customers leave the network, the theory goes, companies will be forced to raise rates to cover fixed costs — like power-transmission infrastructure — forcing even more people away. But now a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy suggests that greener energy sources won't cause a death spiral.
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    Appeals court grants FERC stay on Order 745
    SmartGridToday.com
    From Oct. 29: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently granted FERC's request for a stay on the decision that vacated Order 745. The commission sought the appeal so it could take more time to consider a path forward. The stay will be in effect until Dec. 16, unless the Solicitor General and the commission file a petition for writ of certiorari for a Supreme Court review of the case. If that happens, the stay would be extended until the Supreme Court renders its final decision.
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    CFEBA NEWS


    'Tis the Season to Donate!
    EBA
    Please consider CFEBA when you make your charitable contributions this holiday season. Donations of any size help provide energy-related support to those in need. CFEBA currently has unfunded grant requests for weatherization projects for low-income families in Appalachian Counties; to fund a solar-electric system and tools for a rural school and health clinic in Haiti; as well as requests for financial assistance for Arlington, VA residents who are unable to pay their utility bills due to crisis and face service disconnection.

    Shouldn’t everyone have a warm home and ability to feed their family? Your donation can do just that — help to provide home heating and power for refrigeration and cooking. Your donation has the ability to bring reliable and renewable sources of energy to schools and health clinics to people living in energy poverty. Please take a moment to make a tax-deductible donation online today. Tis the season to donate!

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    FELJ NEWS


    Getting Distributed Generation Right
    FELJ
    The current issue of the Energy Law Journal presents another view point on the public debate surrounding a potential utility "death spiral" that some claim will result from competition brought on by distributed generation. Check out the article by Washington lawyer, David Raskin, Getting Distributed Generation Right: A Response To "Does Disruptive Competition Mean A Death Spiral For Electric Utilities?", in response to a recent Energy Law Journal article by Elisabeth Graffy and Steven Kihm, which claimed that the electric utility industry faces a mortal threat in the near future from distributed generation and other emerging technologies that will allow customers to bypass the electric grid. Mr. Raskin contends that the authors of that article overstate their predictions that utilities will be unable to recover in regulated rates investments stranded by new distributed generation competition. Mr. Raskin contends that no realistic substitute for reliable electric service from the utility grid currently exists, and distributed technologies would have to make remarkable gains to become a substitute. Even if distributed alternatives continue to grow, Mr. Raskin suggests that much of the public will rely on utility service for many decades, and the utility industry will continue to need access to capital and operating funds to provide this service. Finally, he concludes that the growth of alternatives to utility-supplied electric service may, over time, present a challenge to regulators and the utility industry, but the challenge will be much more complex than the authors recognize and will involve issues of fairness between those who rely on the grid entirely, those who use it for some unbundled services, and those who eventually are able to fully disconnect.

    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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    EBA PROGRAMS


    Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Philip Baten
    EBA
    Have important questions about FERC trial practice, but reluctant to ask? This is your opportunity! The FERC Practice and Administrative Law Judges Committee of the Energy Bar Association would like to invite you to join them on January 22, 2015 at 12:30pm ET for lunch and discussion with Judge Philip Baten to hear his candid responses to your questions.
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    Networking Reception in Houston
    EBA
    On January 26, 2015, please join the EBA Houston Chapter for a networking reception immediately following the EBA Primer Oil program. All are welcome and you do not need to attend the Primer to attend the reception.
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    Save the Date: Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting
    EBA
    March 5, 2015 - March 6, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA. Your registration for this event will include a welcome cocktail reception on the preceding day, perfect for networking with colleagues! Also following the Annual Western Chapter Meeting will be the Chapter’s annual business meeting.
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    Save the Date: Eighteenth Annual Midwest Energy Conference
    EBA
    March 30, 2015 - 5:00pm to Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 5:00pm at The Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603.
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    UPCOMING EBA EVENTS

    JANUARY
    January 22 — Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Philip Baten
    January 26-27 — EBA Primer: Introduction to Oil Pipeline
    January 26 — Networking Reception in Houston

    MARCH
    March 5-6 — Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting
    March 30-31 — Eighteenth Annual Midwest Energy Conference

    A full calendar of events can be found here.
     



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