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The 2015 UN Paris Climate Accords brought energy regulation's role in climate change to the international forefront. And even though the United States has since withdrawn from the agreement, energy development decisions both here and abroad have consequences felt around the globe. A University of Kansas law professor has co-edited a new book that is one of the first to examine energy justice, or how energy policy affects those beyond the decision makers.
The Energy Bar Association’s Mid-Year Energy Forum last week rekindled long-running debates over FERC Order 1000, state-federal jurisdiction, utility rate structures and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. And this year, there was a relatively new issue of contention: grid resilience.
Here’s the highlights of what we heard.
The new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) pledged Wednesday to protect his agency from political influence as it tackles high-profile issues of grid resilience and fuel security.
The Dutch government is planning to raise between €3.5 billion and €5 billion through green bonds annually. The proceeds will be used for sustainable investments, including renewable energy deployment.
Over 425 attendees gathered for EBA’s 2018 Mid-Year Energy Forum last week in Washington, DC. as Attendees enjoyed participating in 11 outstanding educational panels and networking events. The opening general session discussed the role of regulators in adapting to new transmission technology. FERC Commissioner Richard Glick reiterated his opposition to efforts to protect coal and nuclear generation. Key discussions included PURPA revisions, FERC Order 1000, transmission planning and rates, state-federal jurisdiction, grid resilience, and new interstate natural gas infrastructure. A big highlight of the Forum was the Closing Dinner Celebration featuring Chairman Chatterjee, who thoroughly entertained EBA members with the help of his creative staff, who he brought on-stage to thank and playful sense of humor. For media coverage on the #EBA2018EnergyForum click here.
Join EBA's Northeast Chapter for an afternoon program with reception to follow in Washington, DC and New York City focused on recent efforts to launch offshore wind.
Hear key decision-makers address:
Learn more & register
- What has hindered offshore wind to date, and what is being done to overcome such hurdles?
- What are the key objectives of the DOI and the Connecticut PURA in promoting offshore wind and what is the timeline?
- What do developers need to succeed in this space and how can regulators help them?
EBA wants to extend a warm welcome to new members who joined in October:
|Welcome to new EBA Members and congratulations to EBA Ambassadors
EBA also extends congratulations to its EBA Ambassadors for October:
- Kathryn Elizabeth Abendroth, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
- Adetokunbo A. Arowojolu, K&L Gates LLP
- Samuel Randolph Bissell
- Honorable Lawrence Brenner, Brenner Dispute Resolution
- Mr. Ven Bujimalla, IUB
- Tyler Butler, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
- Carlos E. Clemente, Paul Hastings LLP.
- Susan Cunningham, Kansas Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.
- J. Cutchey, Iowa Utilities Board
- Sylwia Dakowicz, University of California, Davis School of Law
- Paul Esformes, Ecoplexus, Inc.
- Ryan Hefley
- Michael Forest Hoeferlin, Jr.
- Abraham F. Johns, K&L Gates LLP
- Autumn T. Johnson, Energy Policy Institute, Boise State University
- Edward Kim, Indiana University - Maurer School of Law
- Eric Anthony Lauria-Banta, Jones Day
- Talina R. Mathews, Kentucky Public Service Commission
- Nicholas Olmsted
- Adam Osielski
- Paul Roberti, Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
- Robert M. Waterson, Sidley Austin LLP
Nicholas Pascale, David Schmitt, Christine Powell, Scott Hempling, Dave Connelly and William Massey
Join the EBA Compliance and Enforcement Committee on Nov. 30, 2018 for the EBA Energizer: Cybersecurity Compliance and Enforcement to learn about recent developments affecting the bulk electric system, including recent rulemakings and other developments from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as challenges and concerns facing the industry. Speakers will include cybersecurity experts from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided for this brown bag lunch event.
On the 40th anniversary of PURPA — the nation’s most important renewable energy statute — the Rocky Mountain Chapter invites you to a full day program co-sponsored with the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law entitled, PURPA @ 40: Renewable Energy Law and Policy in the United States. Register now to engage in a dialogue with the nation’s foremost experts as they critically explore the past, present, and future of renewable energy law and policy in the United States. Program is currently pending approval for 5.5 CLE credits.
For full agenda, speaker list and to register: PURPA @ 40
Don't Miss the Rocky Mountain Chapter's PURPA@40 Reception on Nov. 8!
In conjunction with the PURPA @ 40 conference, EBA's Rocky Mountain Chapter is inviting all attorney and energy professionals to a hosted networking reception at Parsons Behle & Latimer. Come see familiar faces, make new connections and experience what the Rocky Mountain Chapter has to offer!
No registration required, simply RSVP!
The 2018 EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Regulation of the Natural Gas Industry will begin with a brief overview of the natural gas industry, including the production, gathering, transportation, distribution, and storage of natural gas. Industry practitioners and regulators from FERC will explain pipeline services, and the scope and limits of FERC jurisdiction. Learn more and register.
Save the date for the 2018 Western Chapter Annual Meeting at the Palace Hotel, in San Francisco, CA on Feb. 21-22, 2019. The Western Chapter EBA is presenting a one day CLE program and will offer numerous networking opportunities, including a pre-conference hosted cocktail reception and scheduled breaks during the program for attendees to connect.
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|| EBA PROGRAMS AND UPCOMING EVENTS|
|Nov. 8, 2018
||PURPA @ 40 Networking Reception
||Salt Lake City, UT
|Nov. 14, 2018
||EBA Energizer: Legal Perspectives on NERC Cyber Security Supply Chain Risk Management Standard
|Nov. 16, 2018
||Offshore Wind Developments in the Northeast
||New York and DC
|Nov. 28-29, 2018
||EBA Primer Series: An Intro to Federal Regulation of the Natural Gas
||Kansas City, MO
|Nov. 30, 2018
||Cybersecurity Compliance and Enforcement
|Feb. 21-22, 2018
||2019 Western Chapter Annual Meeting
||San Francisco, CA
|March 4-5, 2019
||2019 EBA Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting
|May 6-7, 2019
||2019 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference
For a full listing of EBA events, go to www.eba-net.org/events. Follow EBA on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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