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EBA Mid-Year Meeting & Conference – Early-Bird Registration Ends Oct. 27th
We have an exciting lineup of educational sessions covering all subsets of energy law planned for this year’s Mid-Year Meeting & Conference on November 18-19 in Washington, DC. Ten educational sessions and an ethics program addressing attorney’s responses to agency investigations and enforcement proceedings will be offered, in addition to several scheduled networking opportunities and two special events. FERC Commissioner Cheryl A. LaFleur, George Washington University professor of Law Richard J. Pierce, and Maryland Public Service Commissioner Lawrence Brenner are among our distinguished list of speakers for the event. We invite you to visit the event homepage at the link below, or download the conference brochure: http://eba-net.org/2015-eba-mid-year-meeting-conference#Brochure
Registration Now Open for Mid-Year Meeting Special Event – Young Lawyers Council Reception on November 17th
Please join the EBA Young Lawyers Council and more than 500 of your colleagues for a networking reception that will be held in conjunction with 2015 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Separate registration is required and all are welcome to attend. Please visit the event page for location information and to register online. We hope to see you there!
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Nominations now accepted for the EBA State Regulatory Practitioner Award
The EBA State Commission Practice Committee is currently seeking recommendations for the State Regulatory Practitioner Award. This prestigious award recognizes innovation and superior advocacy by members of the state utility regulatory bar. The award is consistent with the committee’s goal to be a resource to lawyers who focus their practice on state energy regulatory matters. The award will be presented at EBA’s Mid-Year Meeting & Conference on November 18-19 in Washington, DC. Prior recipients of the award include Ben Stone, James Van Nostrand, Sonny Popowsky, and Jeff Genzer. The most recent recipient of the award is Charles Gray, the Executive Director of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
Nominations must be submitted by October 19, 2015. For nominee requirements and submission details, please visit the page below.
EBA On-Demand Programs – Earn CLE credit from home!
The Energy Bar Association has teamed up with West LegalEdcenter to bring you the flexibility of earning CLE credits anytime with EBA On-Demand Programs online. Choose from a growing catalog of energy law topics, and be sure to check back regularly for new program listings. Members receive a discount on all orders, and Continuing Legal Education credits are available for most programs.
EBA Session Update: Trading in the Organized Energy Markets
The Energy Bar Association (EBA) has finalized speakers for the EBA Mid-Year Meeting and Conference on November 18-19, 2015. The session entitled, Trading in the Organized Energy Markets will be presented on Wednesday, November 18.
The discussion will focus on the operational and financial effects of free trade between the natural gas and electricity markets.
Gregory K. Lawrence, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Scott Harvey, Consultant, FTI Consulting
David Patton, PhD, President, Potomac Economics Ltd.
Harry Singh, Vice President, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Andrew J. Stevens, Managing Director, DC Energy LLC
Joseph Wadsworth, Regulatory Affairs/Market Policy, Vitol, Inc.
CFEBA Kick-Off Reception – Register Today
The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) will host a reception the evening of Wednesday, November 18 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with the 2015 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference. Online registration is now open and separate registration is required. We recommend you register as early as possible to reserve your place.
Litigation Adversaries and Public Interest Partners: Practice Principles for New Regulatory Lawyers; Author Talk Scheduled for November 2.
Do not miss the valuable article found in the current issue of the Energy Law Journal for new litigators involved in complex regulatory litigation with broad public interest issues. Lawyer, professor and author, Scott Hempling, focuses on effective litigation practices for new regulatory litigators. Hempling shares great insights for better understanding the process, recognizing effective performance, and growing as a professional. Hempling describes regulatory litigation as a professional discipline that requires focus on furthering the public interest. Mastering this discipline, as Hempling emphasizes, requires not only skill but understanding the larger context of regulatory litigation, i.e. the public interest implications of the case. The article is also a great reminder for veteran litigators as to "why they are good at what they do, as well as principles they can pass on to their mentees."
After reading the article, do not miss the opportunity to interact with the author. The Foundation for the Energy Law Journal and the Energy Bar Association will be co-sponsoring an author chat with Scott Hempling on November 2, 2015 from 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. Bob Fleishman, Editor-in-Chief of the Energy Law Journal will moderate the event to be held at the offices of Davis, Wright & Tremaine, in Washington, D.C, 1919 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006. Those unable to attend in person may participate by phone or listen to the podcast. The fee is $25 for EBA Members and free for EBA Student Members.
Participants can register at http://www.eba-net.org/litigation-adversaries-and-public-interest-partners-practice-principles-new-regulatory-lawyers.
Supreme Court to hear case on power plant subsidies
The Supreme Court will hear a case about whether states have the right to subsidize new power plants, the second case the court will hear this term about the limits of the power of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees bulk electricity markets.
Oil and gas companies make green pledge
United Press International
European and Middle East companies announced they're committed to playing a constructive role in reducing the intensity of global greenhouse gas emissions.
FERC: Grid operators, fuel supplies prepared for a mild winter
Gas prices remained low all summer and storage levels are likely to finish the injection season at a record high, leading the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to predict grid operators and power markets would have a relatively easy time meeting demand over what is projected to be a mild winter, Utility Markets Today reports.
Backers of energy-saving rule fret over policy's legal fate
Environment & Energy Publishing
Backers of a major energy conservation rule — including one of its biggest champions — are nervous about the regulation's fate in the wake of Supreme Court arguments on the issue.
Oct. 22 – FERC Oil/Liquids Pipeline Policy Developments
The EBA brings you this informative program on Thursday, October 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the FERC, 888 First Street NW, Washington, DC. Given accelerated oil/liquids production in shale plays across the U.S., it is critical for companies to know whether their movements and facilities fall within FERC's jurisdiction under the ICA. The topics addressed at this workshop will include gathering systems and oil/liquids pipeline regulation, plant facility waivers, and recent developments related to temporary waivers of the tariff and filing requirements under the ICA. Teleconference is available.
Oct. 28 – Section 205/206 Fundamentals and Insights
The Electricity Regulation Committee of the Energy Bar Association presents this one-hour luncheon on the basics of developing and administering filings under Sections 205 and 206 of the Federal Power Act. Lunch will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28 at the offices of Greenberg Traurig on L Street in Washington, DC. Panelists will discuss the roles of law practitioners in developing and administering filings and present practical considerations and tips. Teleconference is available.
Nov. 2 – Litigation Adversaries and Public Interest Partners: Practice Principles for New Regulatory Lawyers
Join the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal for this informative look at Practice Principles for New Regulatory Lawyers, presented by author and Professor Scott Hempling of Georgetown University Law Center. Hempling is an adjunct professor of several courses including, "Litigating at Regulatory Agencies," and previously served as Executive Director of the National Regulatory Research Institute. Practice Principles for New Regulatory Lawyers, published in the Spring, 2015 edition of the Energy Law Journal, is available online at www.felj.org/energy-law-journal/current-issue. Please visit the link below for program details and online registration.
Nov. 17 – Young Lawyers Council Pre-Conference Reception
Washington, DC (In conjunction with the 2015 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference)
The EBA Young Lawyers Council will host a reception on Tuesday, November 17 in conjunction with the Mid-Year Meeting & Conference. All are welcome to attend. Separate registration is required. This event will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the DC Coast Restaurant, 1401 K Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005.
Nov. 18 – CFEBA Kick-Off Fundraising Reception
Washington, DC (In conjunction with the 2015 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference)
The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) will host a reception the evening of Wednesday, November 18 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with the 2015 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference. Separate registration is required.
Nov. 18 & 19 – EBA Mid-Year Meeting & Conference
Cutting edge issues across the energy spectrum will be explored at the Energy Bar Association’s two-day 2015 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference on November 18 – 19 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. Topics include: the cybersecurity challenges presented by the increasing dependence of the electric grid on telecommunications; developments concerning the Environmental Protection Agency, including the Clean Power Plan; reforms occurring in organized markets; and integrating diverse resources into the grid. To download the Program Brochure, go to: http://eba-net.org/2015-eba-mid-year-meeting-conference#Program Brochure
Dec. 7 & 8 – EBA Energy Primer: Financial Trading
Join the Energy Bar Association on December 7 – 8 for an educational program designed to teach energy lawyers the fundamentals of energy trading and market demand in the natural gas, oil, and electricity sectors. Presenters will introduce participants to the purposes and benefits of trading, basic concepts in trading, the energy products that are commonly traded, and the markets in which they are traded. A discussion of how trades are documented, who the major trading platforms are, and how they operate will follow.
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