2014 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference
Conference Overview: Is 2014 the beginning of major regulatory changes that will transform America’s energy industry? The Energy Bar Association’s 2014 Mid-Year Meeting & Conference will provide two full days of discussions examining this question. The first morning will focus on recent changes in the complicated relationship between state and federal agencies in their regulatory roles, including the D.C. Circuit’s recent decision raising dramatic questions about FERC’s authority over demand response programs. The second morning will focus on the evolving nature of the practice of energy law in 2014 and EPA’s major proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. Additional panels will focus on environmental review of natural gas pipeline construction, the operation of carbon trading markets, and the impact of FERC’s policies on the electric transmission industry. Keynote speakers include newly-appointed FERC Commissioner Norman Bay, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration Chief Counsel Vanessa Allen Sutherland, and SNL Energy Reporter Glen Boshart. We look forward to seeing you in November!
Why Attend: To network and learn! The Mid-Year Meeting & Conference offers more than 14 MCLE approved sessions, and more than 450 energy attorneys and non-attorney professionals will attend!
Important Deadlines: Early Bird Registration Discount end October 15th
MCLE- Approval Pending - 1.0 Ethics, 10-14 hours CLE depending on state
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
9:00 am Opening Remarks, Jason F. Leif, President, EBA, Partner, Jones Day
Introductory Session with Vanessa Allen Sutherland, Chief Counsel, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
9:30 to 11:00 General Session Panel
The Interaction Between State and Federal Interests in Regulating the Electric Utility Industry
The electric industry has evolved dramatically and in ways never contemplated when the Federal Power Act was enacted. From the development of ISOs/RTOs and transmission planning among multiple states and utilities, to the rise of renewable energy, distributed generation, and demand response, these changes present an opportunity – and perhaps a need – to reexamine the balance between state and federal regulatory interests. Furthermore, the Supreme Court is considering this term a case on whether the Natural Gas Act preempts state-law antitrust claims regarding practices that fall within federal jurisdiction when impacting retail transactions regulated by the states. Panelists will present the state and federal interests on the selected issue, as well as their views on the proper divisions of jurisdictional authority.
11:00 to 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 to 12:30 Concurrent Sessions:
A. Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC - the Future of Demand Response
The fate of many demand response programs hangs in the balance of the Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC case (“EPSA”), in which the D.C. Circuit vacated the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s demand response compensation rule. The implications of EPSA are potentially far reaching. This panel will address the implications of EPSA, including the current status of demand response programs at the state and federal level, impact on demand-response implications on capacity markets, and demand-response related regulatory implications for other stakeholders or federal agencies, including the CFTC.
B. Striking the Right Balance: Environmental Review of Natural Gas Infrastructure Projects
Both proponents and opponents of natural gas infrastructure development projects seek to achieve the proper balance of environmental and landowner protection while recognizing the need for strategic infrastructure development. In an age of increasing scrutiny of such projects, what rights are afforded to participants and states in FERC and other agency environmental review processes? Do recent court decisions signal a shift in interpretation of EPA policy or implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)? What role does Administration policy play in shaping regulatory outcomes of particular projects? Should shale gas production techniques, and whether they are harmful to the environment, be part of Federal review of pipeline and LNG infrastructure projects? This panel will explore these and related topics associated with natural gas infrastructure project development under the Natural Gas Act.
12:30 to 2:00 Lunch with Guest Speaker: Norman C. Bay, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Norman C. Bay was nominated by President Barack Obama to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in January 2014 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a term that expires June 30, 2018. From July 2009 to July 2014, Commissioner Bay was the Director of the Office of Enforcement (OE). Under his leadership, OE enhanced its ability to conduct market oversight and surveillance and to investigate wrongdoing. OE created a Division of Analytics and Surveillance that designs and employs innovative algorithms to screen the markets on a daily basis to detect potentially improper conduct. OE successfully investigated allegations of manipulation of the gas and electric markets, and the Commission approved settlements that returned almost $1 billion to ratepayers and taxpayers. OE also led several inquiries into major reliability events, including the Arizona-Southern California outages of September 8, 2011, and issued reports that contained dozens of findings and recommendations. This work protected consumers, enhanced the integrity of the markets, and improved grid reliability. In December 2013, a leading energy publication listed Commissioner Bay as one of the 10 most influential people in energy.
2:00 to 3:30 Concurrent Sessions:
A. Carbon Markets for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Several carbon trading markets have been implemented in parts of the United States and abroad, designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This panel will examine how key cap and trade systems work, particularly the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in the Northeast, the California Emissions Trading System, the Quebec Cap and Trade System for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Allowances, and the European Union Emissions Trading System. The panel will also explore the effectiveness of these markets, their relationship with the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed proposing emission guidelines for existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units, and the expected impact on the generating mix in each region.
B. View from the Bench
Four FERC Administrative Law Judges give their advice to practitioners on how best to conduct a motions and trial practice, settle cases, and otherwise stay in good stead with the judiciary. Good writing skills, good cross examination techniques, and good oral advocacy tips are dispensed by these seasoned ALJs, and former litigators.
3:30 to 3:45 Coffee Break
3:45 to 5:00 Concurrent Sessions:
A. Have Mandatory Reliability Standards Improved Reliability?
As we approach the 10-year anniversary of EPAct 2005 and enter the seventh year of NERC enforcement of the mandatory reliability standards, this panel will address the fundamental question of whether making reliability standards mandatory and subject to enforcement has materially improved reliability in the United States and Canada. If so, how and by how much, with what attendant value? And, at what cost? Are there any potential improvements to the process?
B. Crude by Rail
Transporting crude oil by rail has increased substantially in recent years. This development has facilitated an increase in crude oil production in the United States and Canada, and has seen several high-profile derailments. This panel will discuss the legal and business implications these developments raise. Topics covered include how crude oil transport by rail is regulated, what potential regulations are being developed, and how local communities are addressing increased crude oil shipments through their communities. The panel will also discuss best practices in train and pipeline use and planning.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
9:30 to 11:00 General Session
The Evolving Nature of the Practice of Energy Law in 2014
Both the energy industry and the practice of law have changed dramatically in recent decades. One of the benefits of the Energy Bar Association is that its members are steeped in decades of practice in the energy industry and have a broad range of experiences from which to draw when assessing where the industry has been and where it is going. This panel will be a collection of seasoned practitioners who have been in the business for decades. They will discuss trends and issues that they have followed over the course of their careers and will draw out some of the broad themes they have studied from the 1970s through today.
11:00 to 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 to 12:30 Concurrent Sessions:
A. EPA’s NOPR on Carbon Emissions from Existing Electric Generating Units
On June 2, 2014, EPA released two long-awaited proposed regulations governing the emissions of greenhouse gases at existing, as well as modified and reconstructed power plants. A key part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, and have been touted as helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030, these proposed regulations are controversial and raise issues regarding the legal authority to enact such standards under the Clean Air Act, as well as fundamental policy questions of whether the targets are achievable. This panel will discuss several facets of these regulations, including the achievability of the proposed reductions, impacts on reliability, and regional views.
B. The Nuts and Bolts of an Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Practice
Presented in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas Section on Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law, this panel will discuss basic concepts of oil and gas practice such as: the nature of the oil and gas lease, mineral rights and the basics of lease perpetuation; field rules: what they govern; and other basic concepts involved in exploring for and producing oil and natural gas.
12:30 to 2:00 Lunch with Guest Speaker Glen M. Boshart, Industry Editor, SNL Energy - A Reporter's Perspective on How FERC Has Evolved
Mr. Boshart will offer a reporter's perspective on the highs and lows of FERC and its policies over the past 20 years, and how politicians have tried to influence the commission's policies and decisions during that time. He will discuss the controversies that erupted over recent FERC nominees and how major news media has contributed to efforts to politicize FERC. Mr. Boshart has more than 20 years' experience analyzing and offering extensive news coverage of the legal, regulatory and competitive developments that impact the electric utility industry. Areas of expertise include the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. EPA, federal courts and Congress. He helped found the Foster Electric Report, a highly respected energy trade publication that eventually was acquired by SNL Energy in 2007. At SNL, he continues to lead a team of journalists charged with offering in-depth coverage of policy, regulatory and legal issues having broad impacts on the power industry.
2:00 to 3:30 Concurrent Sessions:
A. FERC’s Efforts to Modify ISO/RTO Price Formation Practices
FERC is evaluating issues regarding price formation in the energy and ancillary services markets operated by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs) through a series of workshops. Topics covered include use of uplift payments, offer price mitigation and offer price caps, scarcity and shortage pricing, and operator actions that affect prices. This panel will explore these issues, discuss whether and how they should be addressed, and what actions they think FERC is likely to take.
B. Top Ten Recent Developments in Lawyer Ethics and Discipline
Did you know that utility lawyers and outside counsel lie awake at night worrying about the same things? This panel will address the most current ethics and risk management issues relevant to energy lawyers. Topics include conflicts of interest with the corporate clients, the unauthorized practice of law appearing before state commissions across borders, and the limits of zealous advocacy - when the client's conduct becomes the lawyer's risk.
3:30 to 3:45 Coffee Break
3:45 to 5:00 Concurrent Sessions:
A. Will Fracking Change the Gas Pipeline Flows in Ways that Affect Rate Design and Cost Allocation?
Increases in U.S. natural gas production are changing the regulatory landscape for U.S. natural gas pipelines and pipeline customers. Changes in gas flows raise questions about whether the traditional model of production at one end of a long pipeline flowing across distance-based rate zones to market areas at the other end of the pipeline has become outdated. At the same time, however, anti-fracking efforts are focused on implementing regulations that could limit production and potentially restore the traditional dichotomy. Panelists will share their views on the changes the industry will see in how pipeline systems operate and what impact these changes will have on rate design and cost allocation. A moderated discussion will explore related questions, including whether storage fields are located where gas can be easily deposited and withdrawn, whether some depreciated lines have taken on new useful lives, whether some new lines are now obsolete, and what impact LNG exports will have if export activity becomes prevalent in the lower 48-United States.
B. Encouraging Investment or Sending Mixed Signals? How FERC Policies Are Shaping the Electric Transmission Industry
FERC has implemented several new policies in recent years related to transmission development and cost recovery. Such policies include authorizing incentives for projects resulting from centralized RTO transmission planning and eliminating federal rights of first refusal, but also involve how FERC has treated recent complaints on transmission owners' ROE levels and the risks raised by RTO project cancellation. Some observers have raised concerns as to whether these policies provide an appropriate level of incentives for grid development. Some assert that FERC’s emphasis on non-ROE incentives to mitigate risk and FERC’s treatment of ROE complaints are disincentives to grid development. Industry and regulatory panelists give their views on what these policies portend.
Young Lawyers Committee Reception – Monday, November 3, 2014, 6:00 pm. For Details visit: http://www.eba-net.org/pre-conference-reception-hosted-young-lawyers-com...
New Member Reception – Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 5:15 pm. Invitation only
CFEBA Gala & Silent Auction – Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Separate registration required. Visit: http://www.eba-net.org/12th-annual-cfeba-silent-auction-and-gala
EBA has reserved a block of rooms at the Conference hotel, the Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington DC. EBA does not arrange for hotel accommodations, but provides reservation information for registrants.
999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC Metro Stop: Gallery Place
Please make your hotel reservations before October 6, 2014 in order to obtain accommodations at the special EBA conference rate of $325/night plus tax, single or double occupancy. Accommodation requests received after the cutoff date are subject to availability and may be at a higher rate.
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Getting There: If traveling by DC Metro Train , the hotel is just a block off the Gallery Place Metro stop. Parking is available onsite for a fee.
Registration includes attendee handouts, breakfast, lunch, and breaks for the day of your attendance. Register by October 15, 2014, to receive the early bird discounted registration fee!
Conference Registration Fees:
Two Day Registration Fees: (*Early Bird registration Fees end October 15, 2014 - Early Bird fee is for EBA members only)
Member/Early Bird Fee* Member/Regular Fee Non-Member
Private Sector: $945* $975 $1150
Govt/Student/Academic: $400* $450 $550
One Day Registration Fees: (The Early Bird registration fees only apply to Two Day registrations.)
Private Sector: $625 $875
Govt/Student/Academic: $300 $330
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All participants must be registered in advance. Registration is mandatory to attend conference. Only individuals registered and wearing a badge may attend conference sessions and events. The full registration fee is payable in advance in U.S. funds. No registrations will be considered complete until payment is received. The deadline for mail-in and on-line registration is October 25, 2014. Registrations will still be honored, but your name will not be included in the printed Attendee Roster. Registrations and substitutions can also be made on-site. Please note: there are no refunds of registration fees after this date.
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Cancellation Policy : Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by October 15, 2014 , less a $50 administrative fee. The cancellation policy also applies to registration forms that are received and accepted after the deadline date. no refunds will be given after October 15, 2014. (If cancellation is requested after deadline and accepted, there will be a $75 administrative fee). substitutions are acceptable at any time (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between member and non-member fees). Please note that regardless of the date the cancellation notice is received, no refunds will be processed until after the program. Confirmations will be sent to registrants via email if an address is provided. For more information contact the eba at (202) 223- 5625
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The deadline for mail-in and on-line registration is October 25, 2014. Registrations will still be honored, but your name will not be included in the Attendee Roster. Registrations and substitutions can also be made on-site. Please note: there are no refunds of registration fees after this date.