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Energy Law For Non-Energy Attorneys: Getting Energy to Market


April 8, 2014

Information on the Series: Energy Law For Non-Energy Attorneys

This three-part series was designed to introduce non-energy attorneys to energy law by looking at the legal and regulatory framework and issues in domestic energy production, energy distribution, and energy consumption.

The energy market continues to evolve, and this evolution brings with it business opportunities and risks. But energy growth and environmental impacts are increasingly intertwined through complicated federal and state regulations. To practice in today's world and to take advantage of new opportunities in the energy sector, environmental, real estate, corporate, non-profit, and other lawyers need to understand energy or at least be able to identify energy issues. This series, a collaborative effort between the American Law Institute CLE (ALI CLE) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), allowed audience members to do just that.

The series is composed of The Regulatory Framework of Domestic Energy Production (March 25), Getting Energy to Market (April 8), and Electricity Consumption (April 22).

Getting Energy to Market

Once raw energy is extracted and transformed into a useable fuel, how does it arrive at the consumer marketplace? This session provided an understanding of the system that pipelines and grids combine to form so that energy is always at our fingertips. Participants also learned how liquefied natural gas (LNG) and coal exports fit into our energy structure.

  • What role do pipelines play in getting energy to market?
  • How does our electricity grid work and who regulates it?
  • What is a smart grid?
  • How will LNG and coal exports affect our energy structure?

William L. Massey, Partner, Covington & Burling, LLP, Washington, D.C. (moderator)
David R. Wooley, Of Counsel, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman, LLP
James M. Pates, Assistant Chief Counsel for Pipelines, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Tania Perez, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

To purchase access to the archived version of this session, please go HERE.