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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!
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Midland Power Coop. v. FERC, No. 13-1184 (D.C. Cir. Dec. 2, 2014)
On December 2, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ("Court") dismissed a petition for review of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") Order directing Midland Power Cooperative to reconnect to an Iowa farm generating wind power and classified as a qualifying facility under § 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 ("PURPA"). The Court found that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the petition. The Court found that it did not have jurisdiction under either § 313(b) of the Federal Power Act ("FPA") or under the FPA as it relates to § 210 of PURPA.
Looking for great ideas
Do you have a topic in mind that you would like to see covered in one of the Energy Bar Association national meetings? If so, the EBA Programs & Meetings Committee wants to hear from you!
What do you want to hear more about? Are you aware of emerging trends with broad industry appeal? Did you attend the previous Annual Meeting and/or Mid-Year Meeting and feel as if a topic was missing? If so, please take a moment to click on the survey link below and submit a short paragraph proposing a topic of interest on or before December 22, 2014. If you have time, include in your submission a sentence explaining the types of speakers (attorneys, business persons, consultants, etc.) you would like to see on a panel or as a keynote.
The Committee looks forward to reviewing your ideas and will consider all suggestions in our planning for the EBA year. In the likely event that we are unable to accommodate all topics of interest in our national meeting programming, we will be sure to forward your ideas on to the leadership of other EBA committees and chapters for consideration in their program planning for the year.
Mark your calendar for the 2015 EBA Annual Meeting to be held on May 5-6, 2015 in Washington DC.
EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation
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
Support the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal in your dues payments!
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.
'Tis the Season to Advertise Your Company's Job Openings
When it comes to finding qualified job candidates, timing isn’t everything, but it’s something to consider. Seasonal variations in hiring can make a difference in the quality of your applicant pool.
The first quarter brings a New Year’s wave of hiring. This is in part because hiring decisions are mostly done by consensus and the Thanksgiving to Christmas period finds many people on vacation. Since hiring initiatives often follow close behind the holidays, January and February are big months for job seekers.
Get a head start on your 2015 hiring efforts and post on the EBA’s Job Bank online today — it's FREE to members! For more information visit: http://www.eba-net.org/information-resources/job-bank or email your job listing to Marlo Brown at marlo@EBA-net.org.
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US to appeal ruling on key FERC demand response order to Supreme Court
The Obama administration late Dec. 5 said it will appeal to the Supreme Court a lower court ruling that tossed out a key Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order on electricity demand response. "The FERC orders that the court of appeals set aside in this case address an integral feature of the nation's wholesale electric-power markets under FERC's jurisdiction — the rules for participation by demand-response resources — that is of substantial importance to the proper functioning of those markets and to assuring just and reasonable rates for wholesale power in those markets," Solicitor General Donald Verrilli said in a letter to the court.
GOP gains put nuclear power back on the table
Republicans and the nuclear power sector are hopeful that GOP control of the Senate will improve the political landscape for an industry that hasn't opened a new generator in nearly two decades. As Senate Democrats recently held their tenth hearing on nuclear safety since Japan's Fukushima Daichii meltdown three years ago, Republicans and observers looked forward to a future with a more business-friendly approach to the industry.
Obama's FERC pick seen as ally for EPA rule proposal's critics
Environment & Energy Publishing
Grid operators and energy companies concerned about U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan may get a rare Democratic ally on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Arkansas regulator Colette Honorable. Honorable — whose nomination has drawn robust bipartisan support — told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday that she sympathizes with grid operators' concerns with EPA's climate proposal, highlighting issues Honorable has raised in her home state of Arkansas, which burns coal for half its electricity.
Why America's fracking revolution won't be hurt much by low oil prices
Fortune via TIME
The conventional wisdom has it that many U.S. oil producers can’t make money with oil prices below $85 a barrel. Here’s why the experts may be wrong.
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Breaking Rules and Changing the Game: Will Shale Gas Rock the World?
For those following shale gas developments, don’t miss the article in the current issue of the Energy Law Journal: "Breaking Rules and Changing the Game: Will Shale Gas Rock the World?" Author Christopher Goncalves, Co-Chair and Director, Energy & Natural Resources, at Berkeley Research Group, explores the evolution of shale gas impacts on global LNG markets and evaluates the implications for future change in terms of LNG trade, pricing, economics, environment, and geopolitics. Among other things, Mr. Goncalves evaluates the potential long term impacts that could occur if foreign LNG buyers are successful at importing not only North American LNG but also the underlying shale gas revolution — in terms of the technology and know-how — and industry conditions needed to achieve the sort of large scale, low cost production achieved in North America. Finally, Mr. Goncalves addresses the question of how global proliferation of shale gas production, if replicated in several shale-resource provinces worldwide, would compound the initial market, price, commercial, economic, geopolitical, and environmental impacts expected from North American LNG exports.
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.
Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Philip Baten
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.
Networking Reception in Houston
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.
Save the Date: Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting
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.
Save the Date: Eighteenth Annual Midwest Energy Conference
March 30, 2015 - 5:00pm to Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 5:00pm at The Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603.
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
February 5 — Save The Date: My Best and Worst Experiences Facing the Appeals Court Judges: Lessons from Real World Experience
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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