Energy Law Journal

Energy Law Journal is a trade journal focusing on Energy Law

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, 2009

Abandon All Hope? Ferc's Evolving Standards for Identifying Comparable Firms and Estimating the Rate of Return
Synopsis:The "comparative risk" standard established by Hope Natural Gas is a basic tenet of estimating regulated rates of return.1 Hope remains the sine qua non for determining whether regulated rates of return set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...
Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Regulation
Synopsis:The ability to transport massive volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2) via pipeline will be crucial to using large scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects as a means of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States. The...
Editor-in-Chief's Message
"With this Journal, the Federal Energy Bar Association inaugurates a new publication with the potential for becoming a significant legal periodical in the field of energy law." - Thomas J. Brosnan, President, Federal Energy Bar Association, Vol. 1 ,...
Energy Bar Association, Discussion regarding the Nerc and Regional Entity Hearing and Appeal Processes
October 2, 2008Washington, D.C.PROCEEDINGSMS. WALSH:Thank you all for coming here. We have a large group here in D.C. It looks like we have about fifty or more people here in the room, and I understand we have about sixty callers on the phone. My name...
Frankenfuel: Genetically Modified Corn, Ethanol, and Crop Diversity
I. INTRODUCTIONIn his 2007 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush called for a twenty percent decrease in gasoline usage over the next ten years.1 Central to this proposal was a mandatory fuel standard requiring thirty-five billion gallons...
Morgan Stanley Capital Group, Inc. V. Public Utility District No. 1 Revisits the Mobile-Sierra Doctrine: Some Answers, More Questions
Synopsis:In Morgan Stanley Capital Group, Inc. v. Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County, Washington, the Supreme Court provided its most detailed exposition of the Mobile-Sierra doctrine since the Court decided the doctrine's namesake cases...
President's Message
Dear Readers:With every issue of the Energy Law Journal, I marvel at the number and diversity of issues addressed and the high-quality of those presentations, as well as how thick the Journal has become! This upcoming issue carries on the Journal 's...
Report of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
This report addresses selected recent developments relating to the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the energy industry from January 2008 through January 2009. Below is an index of the major subjects covered:I. FEDERAL AGENCY USE OF CONFLICT...
Report of the Electricity Regulation and Compliance Committee
This report covers the enforcement activities of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERCs) Office of Enforcement (OE) from January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2008.1 Below is an index of major subjects covered:I. OVERVIEW OF FERC ENFORCEMENT AND...
Report of the International Energy Transactions Committee
This report summarizes three areas of significant energy policy development affecting the United States in recent years. First, it describes developments in U.S. international energy trade and transactions. As more fully summarized in the paragraph below,...
Report of the Judicial Review Committee
This report summarizes cases reviewing decisions by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The time frame covered by this report is January 2008 through December 2008.I. ADMINISTRATIVE LAWA. Standard of ReviewIn Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. v....
Report of the Renewable Energy and Demand-Side Management Committee
This report summarizes a selection of key legislative, regulatory and judicial developments in renewable energy and demand-side management, at both the federal and state level, during the January 2008, to December 2008, time frame.1I. RENEWABLE ENERGYA....
Running on Empty: The Electricity-Water Nexus and the U.S. Electric Utility Sector
Synopsis:This article explores the consequence of the growing water needs of the United States electric utility industry. It argues that an impending scarcity of water could complicate continued reliance on thermoelectric power plants that combust fossil...
The U.S. Role in Solving Climate Change: Green Growth Policies Can Enable Leadership despite the Economic Downturn
Keynote Address to the Energy Bar AssociationNovember 14, 2008Washington, D.C.There is no doubt that with incoming President-elect Obama and a Democratic majority in Congress, there will be a sea change in United States climate change policy. We are...