EBA Update, 2016 Q4
In This Issue
He Relishes his Role in the Agency Consistently Ranked at the Top of Job Satisfaction
By Gary Guy and David Connelly
On the day before Thanksgiving, the FERC Office of General Counsel’s Deputy General Counsel David L. Morenoff graciously welcomed your team of interviewers Gary E. Guy and David Martin Connelly (aka “Frank Blair and Steve Bell”) to his offices for an in-depth and candid interview.
What EBA values and why energy professionals value EBA
As we close another year, this is traditionally a time of giving thanks and reflecting on our professional and personal lives. I want to give thanks to all the members of EBA who make it function successfully, who volunteer their time on its Board, committees, chapters, two foundations and the events that truly make EBA a community of connections. Without the many EBA members who make themselves available to chart our course and make our events thrive, EBA could not exist.
EBA's annual membership renewal drive has begun and we invite you to renew your membership. Why is membership with EBA so valued by 2,500 energy professionals throughout the U.S. and in more than a dozen countries? Because EBA is the only association dedicated to the energy law profession with unique networking, training and knowledge sharing events. EBA is where you enjoy access to key national and state energy policymakers who make EBA’s meetings a mandatory part of their calendars. EBA is where you receive discounts for Continuing Legal Education and On-Demand programs that fulfill your training and learning requirements. EBA is where you find networking opportunities with energy practitioners, technical and subject matter experts and potential clients that can build your practice and enhance your career aspirations. EBA is where you get thought leadership opportunities to enhance your reputation.
Each day of the year, energy professionals leverage their EBA membership to make connections, develop relationships, share information and build business opportunities. Making a small investment in yourself is an investment in your future. Your membership renewal is vital to helping EBA continue to make these events and programs available to you. During EBA’s membership renewal period, make it a point to renew and enjoy these benefits throughout 2017. And, while you are renewing, please consider a contribution to CFEBA and FELJ to support the work of these valuable foundations. Don't delay. Renew today.
EBA's What's Ahead
|Jan. 12, 2017||EBA Energizer: Trends in NRC Litigation, an ASLBP Perspective||Washington, DC|
|Jan. 19-20, 2017||EBA Primer Series: Electricity Reliability||Atlanta, GA|
|Feb. 23-24, 2017||2017 EBA Western Chapter Annual Meeting||San Francisco, CA|
March 6-7, 2017
|2017 EBA Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting||Milwaukee, WI|
|March 15, 2017||Washington, DC|
|April 3-4, 2017||2017 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference||Washington, DC|
Do you know what you need to know about how electricity reliability is governed in the U.S.?
In this important 2017 EBA Primer Series: Electricity Reliability on January 19-20, 2017, EBA's faculty will provide an overview of the key regulatory provision, Section 215 of the Federal Power Act, and the chief reliability regulator, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). The discussion will include NERC's relationship with reliability regions and regulated entities, instruction on drafting and adopting mandatory and enforceable reliability standards, and compliance and enforcement. Our program will conclude with a review of special topics, including cyber- and physical security. CLE credits are available in this EBA Primer. Travel to Atlanta is simple and easy and the event requires only one overnight stay.
Mark your calendar for the Energy Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference on April 3-4 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC. Many exciting events are forthcoming such as luncheon speaker former Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. discussing the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality litigation before the Supreme Court.
This event will provide two full days of discussions focused on the legal issues related to all aspects of energy law. Hundreds of regulatory officials, attorneys, non-attorney professionals, and students active in all areas of energy law, including antitrust, international energy transactions, legislation and regulatory reform, electric utility regulation, alternative dispute resolution, finance and transactions, and environment and public lands at federal, state, and international levels will be in attendance.
EBA’s Annual Meeting is approved for approximately 10-15 hours of MCLE credit, and an additional 1.5 hours of ethics credit. New events are being scheduled regularly and registration information will be available soon.
The Energy Bar Association's (EBA) On-Demand Programs provide you content from subject matter experts on a range of energy industry issues relevant to you and your practice. EBA, in partnership with West LegalEdCenter, has developed a library of on-demand program recordings for purchase, download and to listen to when you it meets your busy schedule. Many programs include Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) new Chief Judge Carmen Cintron was honored in a reception organized by the Energy Bar Association (EBA) and hosted by Dentons US LLP on December 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Chief Judge Cintron was promoted from Acting Chief Judge by FERC Chairman Norman Bay in October 2016.
(Pictured from left, FERC Chief Judge Carmen Cintron and EBA President Emma Hand)
Information is the key to any successful practice. Did you know that EBA now provides you with another news source specifically on energy industry issues? Take a moment to skim news content EBA shares via its LinkedIn and Twitter channels. Let us help you stay on top of issues that matter to you and your clients by "following" us.
Ten Years Ago
“As of late, ‘liberalization’ and ‘regulation’ of electricity markets have devolved into expressions of largely inflated use, perhaps the safest and fastest way for those expressions to become meaningless. But, properly understood, these terms remain meaningful, reflecting a fundamental change in the legal framework designed for energy markets; a change which started in the U.S. and which now, after some delay, is occurring in Europe as well. Liberalization, for purposes here, refers to the abolition of the rights of monopolies, rights which accorded European and U.S.-American energy supplier’s protection against competition. Regulation, as used here, has a double meaning. First, it relates to measures taken or enacted to ensure competition in liberalized (energy) markets. In this respect, regulation constitutes a type of sector-specific competition law, adjusted to meet the economic and technical characteristics of the various energy markets. Second, regulation makes it possible to take account of the fundamental importance of secure and reliable energy supply for the public welfare.”
Prof. Dr. Thomas von Danwitz, Regulation and Liberalization of the European Electricity Market – a German View, 27 ELJ 423 (2006)
Is competitive transmission working? What is the future of customer-owned generation? What are the challenges of enforcing market rules for regulators? Those were some of the key issues debated at EBA's third annual Canadian Forum, held November 7, 2016 at the National Club in Toronto, Ontario.
EBA wants to extend a warm welcome to new members who joined in October and November 2016:
EBA also extends congratulations to EBA Ambassadors for October and November 2016: Dana Shelton, Andrew Weissman, Emily Hammond, Farhad Mirzadeh and Michael Postar. These EBA members were instrumental in getting new members to join EBA in the last two months.
The Spotlight Member for the EBA Update Winter 2016’s edition is Daniel Frank, a Partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. Daniel is the dean of EBA's Primer series.
EBA Update: How did you get into energy law?
DF: Dumb luck. If I had had my druthers, I would have gone into telecommunications law, which was the big thing back when I started with Sutherland. As it turns out, there was not a place for me in the firm’s telecomm practice, so they put me in the energy group. Like I said, how lucky for me!
Every day, 900 children die from water-borne diseases. That is one child, every two minutes. The Charitable Foundation of the EBA (CFEBA) wants to make that tragedy a thing of the past. In 2017, CFEBA is focusing its effort to fund a life-changing solar water pump and drip irrigation project for a rural Ugandan village. In partnership with Innovation: Africa, a nonprofit that has helped over a million people in 100 sub-Saharan villages across seven countries through this initiative, the project will help these Ugandans access clean water for the first time.
(Mark Kalpin, CFEBA Board Member presenting a grant check to Dimrock Center President and CEO Myechia Minter-Jordan.)
CFEBA has given the Dimock Center, which provides low-income Bostonians health care and human services, an $11,414 grant to replace its outdated air conditioning system.