Energy Law Journal

Energy Law Journal is a trade journal focusing on Energy Law

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, 2011

Bp Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Synopsis: The blowout of BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, provided the first major test of the national oil spill containment and response apparatus put in place by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. News media coverage of the blowout...
Mitigating the Resource Curse: A Proposal for a Microfinance and Educational Lending Royalty Law
SYNOPSIS: The "natural resource curse" is the phenomenon whereby a country that is rich in natural resources may experience less economic growth than countries lacking natural resources. This occurrence has been blamed on a variety of factors, including...
President's Message
This issue of the Energy Law Journal (ELJ) truly touches on issues of current import to the energy industry. It covers topics as diverse as the use of social media by the utility industry, the legal issues associated with the use of plug-in electric...
Report of the Competition & Antitrust Committee
This report summarizes antitrust and competition developments of particular interest to energy law practitioners that occurred in the year 2010.*I. COURT CASESA. American Needle, Inc. v. National Football LeagueSection 1 of the Sherman Act declares unlawful,...
Report of the Compliance & Enforcement Committee
This is the first report of the Energy Bar Association's Compliance & Enforcement Committee, and it summarizes key federal enforcement and compliance developments in 2010 of particular interest to energy law practitioners, including select decisions,...
Report of the Demand-Side Resources & Smart Grid Committee
This report summarizes a selection of legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments at the federal and state level in the areas of Smart Grid, demand response, and energy efficiency during 2010.*I. SMART GRID DEVELOPMENTSA. Federal Activity1. National...
Report of the Electricity Regulation Committee
This report provides a summary of significant decisions, orders, and rules issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the electricity regulation area during calendar year 2010, as well as regional developments during that period. The...
Report of the Finance & Transactions Committee
The period covered by this report is July 1, 2010, through January 20, 2011.*I. OVERALL OBJECTIVES OF DODD-FRANK TITLE VIIIn the words of the current chair of the CFTC, Commissioner Gary Gensler, the key objective of Title VII of Dodd-Frank is to'bring...
Report of the Judicial Review Committee
This report summarizes cases reviewing decisions by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other cases pertinent to energy regulation. The time frame covered by this report is January 2009 through December 2010.*I. ADMINISTRATIVE LAWA. The Mobile-Sierra...
Report of the Renewable Energy Committee
This report covers events that occurred during calendar year 2010. The first part reviews federal and state legislative and regulatory developments that affect renewable energy in a broad sense. The second part deals with developments and issues in three...
Science and the Reasonable Development of Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Resources in Pennsylvania and New York
Synopsis: A fair amount of controversy concerning the development of natural gas resources in the Marcellus Shale formation has accompanied the return of significant oil and gas exploration and production to Pennsylvania. One need only look at the news...
Shale Gas in Poland - the Legal Framework for Granting Concessions for Prospecting and Exploration of Hydrocarbons
Synopsis: The article explains from the practical point of view the procedure for the acquisition of a concession for prospecting and exploration of hydrocarbons in Poland. Based on this analysis arguments are presented in support of a thesis that the...
The Legal Regime of Widespread Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Adoption: A Vermont Case Study
Synopsis: Now that PHEVs and electric vehicles are available at retail, an on-the-ground legal analysis is necessary to analyze how these vehicles can be integrated into existing legal regimes for the regulation of electricity. Using Vermont as a case...
The "Power" of Social Media: Legal Issues & Best Practices for Utilities Engaging Social Media
SYNOPSIS: Once Web 2.0 luddites, more and more utilities are now adopting social media. Whether it's a company profile and job postings on LinkedIn, a Facebook page with tips about energy efficiency, or a Twitter stream disseminating information about...