EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Hydropower Law and Regulation
About this program: The National Hydropower Association and the Energy Bar Association are pleased to team together to present a primer on the hydroelectric industry. The purpose of the primer is to provide attorneys who are new to the practice of hydroelectric law a foundational understanding of the hydroelectric industry and how it is regulated by teaching basic industry fundamentals and core regulatory and legal concepts. The primer also provides an overview of key legal and policy issues affecting the industry today.
- Primer Program Schedule and Brochure (PDF)
- CLE Credit
- Hotel Sleeping Room
- Optional Plant Tour
- Registration Information
- Transportation and Directions
Monday, September 15, 2014 - Noon – 5:30pm
Noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch and Networking
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Welcoming Remarks
What is Hydropower?
- Historical perspective
- Types of hydropower facilities
- Role of hydropower in electric system and markets
- The regulation of hydropower
- Historical perspective
- Federal Power Act (FPA)
- Key Environmental Statutes
3:00 pm – 3:20 pm: Break
3:20 pm – 5:30 pm
Legal Overview (continued)
FERC Authorization of Non-Federal Hydropower
- Types of authorizations
- Licensing processes
- Key statutory provisions:
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Networking Reception hosted by JAMS
7:00 pm: Dinner On Your Own - EBA encourages attendees to enjoy more networking time together and we have made reservations as several location places. We will have "sign up" sheets at the meeting during which time you can select your dining preference.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 8:00 am – 12:30 pm (until 6:00 pm with site visit)
7:30 am – 8:00 am: Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:30 am Day One Recap
Overlapping Jurisdiction Issues in Licensing
- FERC and other federal agencies
- FERC and state agencies
9:30 am – 9:45 am: Break
9:45 am – 11:00 am FERC Administration of Non-Federal Hydropower
- License implementation and compliance
- License amendments
- License reopeners
- License surrender
11:00 am – 11:15 am: Break
11:15 am – 12:30 pm Other Federal Agency Administration of Non-Federal Hydropower
- Bureau of Reclamation Authorization
- Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Leasing of MHK Technologies
- Army Corps of Engineers Authorization
Regulatory and Policy Issues Affecting Hydropower Today
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch and Recap of Discussion
1:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Optional Site Visit to Local Hydropower Project
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Attendees will need to bring a valid picture ID and present it at the security desk located in either the front or back lobbies of the building. Upon check-in, attendees will be presented with a temporary building pass which will be valid for the duration of the conference.
Primer Attendees are encouraged to participate in the optional on-site tour of a hydroelectric project. There is an additional transportation fee of $45 per person for the tour. The van will depart from the JAMS office at 1:30 pm and return to the Millennium Bostonian Hotel no later than 6:30 pm. Tour participants MUST wear pants, a durable close toe shoes . Tour is rain or shine so dress accordingly.
Boott Hydroelectric Project
Primer attendees will have the privilege to visit the Boott Hydroelectric Project. The 20.7 MW run-of-river Boott Hydroelectric Project is located on the Merrimack River in Lowell, MA. The majority of the project’s power is generated at the main Eldred L. Field Powerhouse. Twelve additional units, located in Lowell, MA, operate when water flows permit. The first Francis turbine was developed in Lowell in 1847, and the original prototype wheel is still intact and housed at Boott’s Northern Canal Gatehouse.
Enel Green Power North America, Inc.
Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGP-NA), part of Enel Green Power, is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America. EGP-NA owns, operates and maintains the Boot Hydroelectric Project. EGP-NA has over 90 projects in 21 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces powered by hydropower, wind, geothermal and solar energy, for a total installed capacity of almost 2 GW. EGP-NA and its predecessor company have developed, owned, and operated small hydro projects since 1985. The company has one of the largest hydropower portfolios in North America, operating 66 facilities, ranging from 0.35 MW to 80 MW, for a total installed capacity of 317 MW.
The Resolution Center is located at One Beacon Street, Suite 2210, Boston, MA 02108. The parking garage located in our building is accessible from Tremont Street. Tremont Street is a one-way street. On their right, drivers will pass a semi-circular complex called Center Plaza comprised of many offices and shops. Immediately at the end of this complex, they will see the Parking sign (a blue “P”). Drivers should go down the ramp and take a left into One Beacon Street Garage. Parking charges are $37 (max) for the day.
A small block of rooms are available at the Millennium Bostonian Hotel, 26 North Street, Boston, MA 02109, www.millenniumhotels.com, 617-523-3600
Room Rate: Single/Double - $289 per night. Please reference “ENERGY BAR ASSOCIATION” when reserving your room.
Public Transportation: The Resolution Center is also conveniently located to public transportation (the “T”). The center is accessible via both the Red Line and Green Line. Attendees should take either line to Park Street station. Once outside, they will walk up Tremont Street one block to Beacon Street. One Beacon Street will be at that intersection on their left.
From Southeast, South Shore and Cape Cod:
- Follow I-93 North on the Southeast Expressway to Boston.
- Take Exit 23 (Government Center) in the Liberty Tunnel, stay in the right lane.
- Take a Left at the lights at the end of the ramp onto North Street and follow signs to Government Center (straight).
- Take a Left at the third set of lights onto Congress Street.
- Take a Right onto State Street at the next set of lights.
- Take a Left at the second set of lights onto Tremont Street. You will pass a semi-circular complex called Center Plaza comprised of many offices and shops.
- Go one-half block on the right and you will see the Parking sign (Blue P) beside Panera Cares. Go down the ramp and take a left into One Beacon Street Garage.
From the Northeast:
- Follow I-93 South to Boston.
- Go over the Zakim Bridge and into the tunnel.
- Take exit 24 A-B( Logan Airport/Government Center ). Follow A signs to Government Center. Go to the third set of lights and take a right onto State Street.
- Follow State Street to the end. Bear left at the fork. You will pass a semi-circular complex called Center Plaza comprised of many offices and shops. Immediately at the end of this complex, you will see the Parking sign. Go down the ramp and take a left into One Beacon Street Garage.
From the West - Massachusetts Turnpike:
- Follow the Pike to I-93 North Exit, to Liberty Tunnel.
- Take Exit 23 (Government Center) in the Liberty Tunnel and stay in the right lane.
- Take a Left at the lights at the end of the exit ramp onto North Street.
- Take a Left at the third set of lights onto Congress Street.
- Take a Right at the next set of lights onto State Street.
- Take a Left at the second set of lights onto Tremont Street. Follow Tremont Street keeping to your right. You will pass a semi-circular complex called Center Plaza comprised of many offices and shops. Immediately at the end of this complex, you will see the Parking sign. Go down the ramp and take a left into One Beacon Street Garage.
Registration includes the two-day Primer, attendee handouts, lunch, breakfast, breaks, and receptions.
EBA & NHA Member Non Member
Attorney $350 $395
Non Attorney $375 $425
Young Attorney- Private* $275 $300
Gov’t/ Student $100 $125
*Those who graduated from law school within last three (3) years, that is, on or after January 1, 2011
Optional Tour: $45 additional for transportation
Three Ways to Register:
1. Online through link: Online registration for this event is now closed.
2. FAX your completed registration form with payment to EBA: 202.833.5596
3. Mail your registration and payment to EBA, 2000 M St., NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036
Questions? call EBA at 202.223.5625
Cancellation Policy : Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by September 2, 2014 , less a $50 administrative fee. The cancellation policy also applies to registration forms that are received and accepted after the deadline date. no refunds will be given after September 2, 2014. (If cancellation is requested after deadline and accepted, there will be a $75 administrative fee). substitutions are acceptable at any time (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between member and non-member fees). Please note that regardless of the date the cancellation notice is received, no refunds will be processed until after the program. Confirmations will be sent to registrants via email if an address is provided. For more information contact the eba at (202) 223- 5625