Energy Law Journal

Energy Law Journal is a trade journal focusing on Energy Law

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 2, 2009

Doe Transmission Corridor Designations & Ferc Backstop Siting Authority: Has the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Succeeded in Stimulating the Development of New Transmission Facilities?
Synopsis: Historically, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) lacked authority over the siting of electric transmission lines. The FERC's siting role was limited to issuing certificates of public convenience and necessity for the construction...
Editor-in-Chief's Page
"The time is always right to do what is right." - Martin Luther KingOne of my greatest pleasures is to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.This volume is our largest yet, with a plethora of timely and well-researched articles and other interesting...
Energy Bar Association Panel regarding Speculation in Energy Markets
April 23, 2009Washington, D.C.SPEAKERSPANELISTS:Dr. Andrew StevensManaging DirectorD.C. Energy, L.L.C.Ronald S. OppenheimerGeneral CounselMerrill Lynch Commodities, Inc.Dr. David B. PattonPresidentPotomac EconomicsWilliam H. Smith, Jr.xecutive DirectorOrganization...
Energy Policy and the Obama Administration: Some Choices and Challenges
I appreciate the invitation from my colleagues at Jackson State University and at Mississippi State University. These two universities will perform a valuable service to Mississippians, and to the whole country, if they contribute to broad public discussion...
Financing the Nuclear Renaissance: The Benefits and Potential Pitfalls of Federal & State Government Subsidies and the Future of Nuclear Power in California
Synopsis: Amidst increasing concerns of global warming and greenhouse gas emissions and predicted growth in energy demand over the long term, legislative, and public support for clean alternative energy is rapidly increasing. Nuclear power is garnering...
Growing the Energy Efficiency Market through Third-Party Financing
Synopsis: This article explores mechanisms for growing the energy efficiency market through third-party financing. First, to evaluate the opportunity for third-party investors, the article outlines the size of the energy efficiency market and highlights...
Plugging Cars into the Grid: Why the Government Should Make a Choice
Synopsis: Modern American life is premised on the assumption that inexpensive oil will be available forever to fuel our transportation system. The vehicles we drive, the jobs at which we work, and even the structure of our communities all depend on reliable...
President's Message
Welcome to the latest edition of the Energy Law Journal. This issue contains timely and intriguing articles on energy policy in the Obama Administration, financing the nuclear renaissance, the impact of transmission corridor designations, and future...
Report of the Climate Change & Emissions Committee
This report summarizes key developments in environmental policy, regulation and legislation relating to climate change and emissions. The timeframe covered by this report includes activities from roughly late 2007 to mid-2009.*I. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACTIVITYA...
Report of the Competition and Antitrust Committee
This report summarizes antitrust and competition developments of particular interest to energy law practitioners that occurred in 2008 and updates certain developments that occurred in 2009.*I. FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSIONA. Rules and Orders1....
Report of the Legislation Committee
This report summarizes federal energy legislation enacted into law from January 1 through December 31, 2008, specifically the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.*After a relatively long period in which federal energy law was enforced without...
Report of the Natural Gas Regulation & Compliance Committee
This report summarizes decisions and policy developments that have occurred in the area of natural gas regulation from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.*I. RULEMAKING ACTIONSA. Standards of ConductOn October 16, 2008, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...
Report of the Nuclear Regulation Committee
This report summarizes regulatory developments, court decisions and legislative actions that have occurred in the area of nuclear energy regulation from June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2009.*I. REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTSA. Proposed Revisions to NRC Waste Confidence...
Report of the Oil Pipeline Regulation Committee
This report summarizes decisions and policy developments that occurred at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) and the U.S. Courts of Appeals in the area of oil pipeline regulation from June 1, 2007 through June 30, 2009.I. RETURN...
Report of the State Commission Practice & Regulation Committee
Although this Committee has been active for almost five years, the following represents its inaugural report to the membership. Here, the Committee has endeavored to summarize the significant state legislative enactments and administrative decisions...
Report of the System Reliability, Planning, & Compliance Committee
I. INTRODUCTIONThe new EBA System Reliability, Planning, and Compliance Committee is pleased to submit this first committee report covering areas of NERC reliability and transmission system planning.* This report provides a summary of significant decisions,...
So, the World Is Getting Warmer: What Now? New Literature on Electric Sector Options and the Cost of Climate Control Legislation
While the nation heatedly debated the science behind anthropogenic global warming, quieter work was being done on the range of options available to address the issue and the associated cost. Assuming, as now seems to be the case, that there is a political...