Energy Law Journal

Energy Law Journal is a trade journal focusing on Energy Law

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, 2007

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Energy independence and security are central stage again in the United States and globally. In this volume of the Energy Law Journal, we attempt to focus on certain critical issues underlying energy independence and security. In so doing, we are mindful...
Formation and Nurture of a Regional State Committee
I. INTRODUCTIONRecognizing the increasingly regional nature of the transmission grid, fifteen state regulatory commissions in the Midwest began planning a regional state committee in 2002. The Organization of MISO States, Inc. (OMS) began operation in...
Growing Pains: Ferc's Responses to Challenges to the Development of Oil Pipeline Infrastructure
I. SUMMARYThere is a well recognized and pressing need for increased energy infrastructure. Often the public attention and the focus of federal regulatory authority focus most sharply on the increased infrastructure in the natural gas and electric industry....
In Search of a Remedy to the Nuclear Storage Conundrum: Western Shoshone National Council V. United States
I. INTRODUCTIONFew laws cause as much public outcry as those involving disposal of radioactive nuclear waste. This case note discusses the recent United States District Court of Nevada decision in Western Shoshone National Council v. United States.1...
Insurance for the Energy Industry in the Wake of Katrina and Rita
New Orleans Chapter of the EBA, Panel Presentation - October 11, 2006*MODERATORCOVERT GEARYA partner with the New Orleans law firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre. Mr. Geary specializes in energy litigation and insurance...
Le Génie Français*/témoignage
LE GÉNIE FRANÇAIS,* by Michel Guénaire, B. Grasset, 2006, and TÉMOIGNAGE, by Nicolas Sarkozy, XO Publishing, 2006Reviewed by Philip M. Marston"Ideas are one of America's principal exports. When shipped as mathematical formulas or scientific jargon, or...
Measuring the Benefits and Costs of Regional Electric Grid Integration
I. INTRODUCTIONElectric industry restructuring in its modern form has been underway for over a decade in the United States. The major new institutional arrangement under United States restructuring is the formation of the Independent System Operator...
President's Message
The Energy Bar Association member survey results are in and the Energy Law Journal has received high marks and good ideas. Thank you to those who responded.The member survey was conducted electronically last fall, and recently completed telephone interviews...
Regulating Avian Impacts under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Other Laws: The Wind Industry Collides with One of Its Own, the Environmental Protection Movement
I. INTRODUCTIONIn the renewable energy sector, wind-based energy development continues to expand. Federal and state-based programs encourage the development of renewable energy, and wind appears to be taking the lead. Conferences focused in wind energy...
Report of the Antitrust Committee
This report summarizes antitrust developments of particular interest to energy law practitioners that occurred in the year 2006.* The topics are covered in the following order:I. MERGER REVIEWA. Exelon Corporation and Public Service Enterprise GroupIn...
Report of the Electricity Regulation Committee
I. INTRODUCTIONThis report provides a summary of significant decisions, orders, or rules issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) or by the United States Courts of Appeals on review of the Commission's orders in 2006 and...
Report of the Finance and Transactions Committee
I. PUBLIC UTILITY HOLDING COMPANY ACT OF 2005/FEDERAL POWER ACT SECTION 203In light of the significant developments under Federal Power Act section 203 and the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 over the past year, members of the Finance and...
Report of the Judicial Review Committee
I. ADMINISTRATIVE LAWA. Jurisdiction1. Subject Matter JurisdictionIn Pacific Gas & Electric Co. v. FERC,1 the court dismissed two petitions for review in cases arising out of the California electricity crisis on the basis that it lacked subject matter...
Report of the Legislation and Regulatory Reform Committee
I. INTRODUCTIONAs the Committee reported one year ago, a five-year process finally yielded passage of a lengthy and comprehensive national energy policy bill during 2005. Given this feat, few expected the extent to which Congress would revisit energy...
The Russian Gas Industry, Its Legal Structure, and Its Influence on World Markets
LIST OF ACRONYMSBCM Billion Cubic MetersE&P Exploration and ProductionFDI Foreign Direct InvestmentFTS Federal Tariff ServiceIMF International Monetary FundLNG Liquefied Natural GasNGO Non-Governmental OrganizationPSA(s) Production Sharing Agreement(s)RUE...
Who Pays, Who Benefits, and Adequate Investment in Natural Gas Infrastructure
I. INTRODUCTION, OBJECTIVES, AND CONCLUSIONS[dagger]The issue of who should pay for natural gas pipeline capacity expansions and how the rates should be structured has been a subject of debate among interested parties during the past few years. The issue...