Scope: The Alternative Dispute Resolution and Consensus-Building Committee provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and topics on wide-ranging process tools to resolve energy disputes at the state, national, and international levels proactively and in lieu of litigation, or at appropriate junctures in litigation, to manage and effect sound energy and environmental related decisions and outcomes that meet the business interests of all stakeholders. Alternative dispute resolution and consensus-building tools have universal application for dispute resolution specialists and panelists, technical experts, lawyers in a mediation advocacy role, arbitrators, government officials, and others invested in creative and non-litigious energy-related problem-solving across a variety of decision-making forums and jurisdictional settings.
Scope: The Compliance and Enforcement Committee is the Association's focal point for developments in civil and criminal enforcement, competition and antitrust, and compliance activities in the energy industry (electricity, hydro, natural gas, crude oil, and petroleum products) at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC"), Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC"), Federal Trade Commission ("FTC"), Department of Justice ("DOJ"), Department of Energy ("DOE"), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ("PHMSA"), and other federal agencies and in the courts and Congress.
Scope: The Electricity Committee provides a forum for the exchange of ideas concerning all aspects of electricity regulation and industry developments including traditional rate regulation, deregulation, competition policy, and other means of industry regulation, at the federal and state levels. The Committee will coordinate with the Subcommittees listed below to ensure comprehensive coverage of timely and relevant topics, while minimizing or avoiding overlap.
Scope: The Demand-Side Resources and Smart Grid Committee seeks to keep the Association informed of Smart Grid legislative and regulatory developments at the state and federal level, as well as developments in the area of demand-side management, including demand response, energy efficiency, and distributed generation.
Scope: The Nuclear Regulation Subcommittee provides a forum for interested EBA members to share information and perspectives on issues related to nuclear energy, including the development and licensing of new nuclear power projects, financing and incentives for such projects, import/export controls, nuclear generation regulation by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ("NRC"), and transmission siting and reliability issues unique to nuclear generation facilities.
Scope: The Power Generation and Marketing (“PG&M”) Subcommittee focuses on the statutes, regulatory activity, and judicial decisions most relevant to the generation of electric power and the trading of the physical commodities and financial products relevant to electricity markets. The PG&M Subcommittee primarily covers developments that specifically concern power marketing, generator operations, and the participation of generation assets in electricity markets. Developments that are broadly applicable to the electricity markets, e.g., wholesale market rules that impact generation assets without specifically targeting those assets, are covered by the Electricity Committee, not the PG&M Subcommittee. The PG&M Subcommittee does not focus on any specific generation resource, technology, trading product, or market mechanism to the exclusion of others. For instance, the PG&M Subcommittee does not cover developments that concern only renewable energy generators, as those developments are more appropriately covered by the Renewable Energy Subcommittee.
Scope: The Renewable Energy Subcommittee is a forum for members of the Energy Bar Association to discuss developments, exchange ideas, and promote improved regulation in the broad areas of domestic and international renewable energy, including hydroelectric, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, bioenergy, cogeneration, fuel cells, landfill gas, hydrogen, waste-to-energy, and other renewables.
The charter of the Energy Professionals Council (EPC) consists of these elements:
First, the members of the EPC will provide an organized forum for EPs to promote increased collaboration among EPs and enhance EP participation in EBA programs. The EPC will promote such interactions to benefit Energy Attorneys (EAs), EPs, and the constituencies they serve.
Second, members of the EPC will promote the partnership between EPs and EAs, as both need to understand the legal, financial, market and technology changes taking place in the energy field markets to better serve their clients.
Through active participation in the EBA, EPs will understand better the situations in which legal advice is necessary to resolve matters before FERC, state commissions and the courts. Through their EBA contacts, EPs will also be able to bring the right attorneys to their client assignments, so that EAs can derive additional value from their EBA membership.
In addition, with more EPs in the EBA, EAs will be more aware of, and have appreciation for, EP perspectives. This will benefit EAs by connecting them with EPs they can utilize as expert witnesses; to serve as market/financial advisors; and for consulting assignments, negotiations and more as their clients require. The EPC will promote this complementarity of interests through increasing EP engagement with EAs to enhance the value that all EBA members derive from their membership in the organization.
Third, the EPC will conduct outreach to engage more EPs in the EBA. The EPC will work to bring in more EP perspectives, and to grow the ranks of the EPs in the EBA.
Scope: The Environmental Regulation Committee informs leadership and members of major developments in federal and state law and policy affecting the use and regulation of air, land and water resources. The Committee is particularly focused on the effect such developments may have on the energy industry, including their impact on existing and planned energy infrastructure.
Scope: The FERC Practice Committee seeks to provide an informative service and guidance to the Association by advising its leadership, other committees, and members of: (i) developments related to FERC’s staffing, structure, budget, and organization; (ii) practice, procedures, rules, or regulations related to proceedings before the FERC; and (iii) significant judicial decisions on appeals of FERC orders. The Committee may also serve as a liaison between the Association and the FERC Commissioners, senior staff, Office of General Counsel, and Office of Administrative Law Judges and Dispute Resolution regarding programming on FERC and appellate practice and procedural issues. In coordination with other Association Committees that address specific areas of energy law, the Committee will submit an annual report to the Energy Law Journal summarizing significant FERC orders affecting FERC practice and procedure and significant judicial decisions on appeals of FERC orders.
Scope: The Committee seeks to provide an informational service and point of contact for the Association’s members on legal and regulatory issues concerning mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; securities matters, in connection with energy investment, holding company and affiliation issues; industry tax issues; and corporate, public, project and other finance and restructuring issues.
Scope: The International Energy Law & Transactions Committee is the Association’s forum for members to discuss and exchange ideas on global energy issues and developments. The Committee’s goal is to provide a forum for domestic and international attorneys, policymakers, consultants and others to explore such topics as global energy security, international trends in energy and natural resource industries, international greenhouse gas credit trading and climate change, cross-border energy and natural resources issues, and other international energy issues.
Scope: The Legislative Practice Committee seeks to keep the membership apprised, through reports and other papers, of important developments in the federal and state legislatures on energy-related issues and practice issues confronting federal and state government relations managers and specialists.
The Masters Council welcomes as Council members all attorneys and energy professionals who have been practicing in the energy field for 30 or more years.
Charter: The Membership Committee is a mix of energy attorneys, non-attorney professionals, consultants, and government members who serve as the developers of membership and renewal campaigns, new members welcomes and as a resource and sounding board to EBA’s membership staff. This includes projects gathering member perspectives, reviewing materials and approaches developed EBA staff, and personally engaging current and potential members of EBA. The committee is geographical and subject-matter diverse and engaging with the committee is often the first exposure a potential or new member has with EBA.
Scope: The Natural Gas Committee is the focal point for developments in federal and state regulation of pipelines, storage, exploration and production, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. The Committee is responsible for following and informing the membership of FERC, appellate, and congressional actions that are relevant to the industry, as well as actions of other federal and state agencies, such as the Department of Energy and Department of Transportation-Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, to the extent they may impact the natural gas industry.
Scope: The Oil and Liquids Committee is the focal point for developments in federal and state regulation of pipelines transporting crude oil, refined petroleum products, and natural gas liquids; and exploration and production of these products. The Committee is responsible for following and informing the membership of FERC, appellate, and congressional actions that are relevant to the industry, as well as actions of other federal and state agencies, such as the Department of Transportation and Office of Pipeline Safety, to the extent they may impact the oil and liquids industries.
Charter: The Professional Education Council (formerly known as the Program Committee) plans and organizes educational programming for the Association. Two meetings per year are held in Washington, D.C.: the Annual Meeting in the Spring, which has been held annually for over 55 years; and the Mid-Year Meeting, which is held in the Fall. Both meetings have a long tradition of superb speakers on topics of general and legal interest to energy attorneys and non-attorney professionals. In addition, the Council supports the regional chapters and members across the country in their sponsorship of regional meetings. With Board approval, the Council may also develop special programs as circumstances warrant.
The Solo and Small Firm Council provides a forum for the interests of Solo and Small Firm energy lawyers and professionals, as well as other EBA members interested in becoming a part of this community. The Solo and Small Firm Council sponsors educational and social (fun!) events focused on the solo and small firm community and encourages the participation of its members within the Energy Bar Association. The Solo and Small Firm Council is dedicated to promoting the professional excellence and ethical integrity of its diverse members in the practice, administration and development of energy law, policy, and practice.
Scope: The State Commission Practice Committee seeks to provide a resource to lawyers who focus their practices on energy regulatory cases that proceed before state regulatory commissions. The Committee seeks to provide informational service and point of contact for the Association's members in connection with issues related to state processes, including traditional administrative litigation and state appellate procedures. The Committee is also responsible for administering an annual award that recognizes innovation and superior advocacy by members of the state utility regulatory bar. Recipients of the award would be invited to speak at an Association meeting in order to share their experiences and talents with fellow practitioners.
Scope: The goal of the System Reliability, Planning, and Security Committee is to promote EBA member awareness and understanding of energy infrastructure reliability, planning, and security (including cyber-security) issues, including issues before FERC, the National Institute of Standards and Technology ("NIST"), NERC and its regional reliability councils, and the North American Energy Standards Board ("NAESB").
Charter: The YLC is open to attorneys who have been practicing 8 years or less. The purpose of the YLC is two-fold. First, the members of the YLC seek to educate themselves and others in the practice of energy law. Toward this end, the YLC will call upon the knowledge and experience of seasoned practitioners, FERC and other government officials, and young lawyers themselves. The YLC will also sponsor a variety of programs aimed at educating law students as to the opportunities and rewards of careers in energy law. Second, the YLC seeks to encourage cordial relationships among newer energy law practitioners such that YLC members may begin to develop the lasting relationships which promote the mutual trust and professionalism important to effective representation. In these ways, the YLC will help newer lawyers mature into the experienced practitioners who are the future of the bar and of the Association.