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Energy Markets and Finance

Energy Markets and Finance

Message from the Co-Chairs

Welcome to the Energy Markets and Finance (EMF) Committee’s home page. The EMF Committee involves its members in the development, financing, and regulation of a diverse and expanding energy generation market. Working with professionals in government, industry, NGOs, and educational institutions, the Committee focuses on the development of new markets and opportunities for energy generation and synthesizes market forces with regulation and finance.

Our Committee’s focus is to strengthen the ties between practitioners through educational opportunities, informational materials, regulatory updates, and interactions at ABA SEER events. The Committee will also be looking outward—to non-lawyers and other professionals who are responsible for developing our evolving and emerging energy marketplace. We are also collaborating with other ABA SEER committees as well as non-ABA entities in the energy and environmental sphere to enhance our programs and publications.

Most important—our success is dependent on you! We are always looking for help with publications, social media, postings, and program ideas. We encourage you to contact the Co-Chairs or any Vice Chair with thoughts, ideas, and proposals. Thanks.

Committee Description
Historically, lawyers with expertise in environmental markets, utility regulation, project development and finance, energy transactions, compliance, and energy trading have worked separately, each within their own fields of expertise. With the emergence of new regulatory markets, financial reforms, energy trading rules, and climate change and clean energy regulations these diverse fields continue to converge.

This Committee brings together a diverse group of practitioners that focus on (1) federal and state regulation of energy resource developers and energy generators and utilities, (2) financing of energy projects, including alternative funding sources, (3) regulation and oversight of energy commodities and wholesale energy markets, (4) environmental regulation of energy projects.

Committee Program Calls

Clean Power Plan Oral Argument Review
Recorded on October 3, 2016
Available through November 2, 2016

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An Energy Regulatory Perspective of EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Held on August 23, 2016

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Committee Chair(s)


Casto, Keith
Kiger, Miles

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2017-2018 Committee Leadership

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Upcoming Programs

Committee Events

The Energy Efficiency/Environmental Innovation Nexus

April 30, 2014
12:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. (Eastern)


Innovation in these fields is at its most creative when it is not confined to silos. It is most effective in a public-private partnership environment. Discussing this trend will be three speakers from companies following this route at the state and national levels.


Geoff Chapin,CEO, Next Step Living

Alden Hathaway, Senior Vice President, Sterling Planet

Mike Thielking, Chairman, Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC)

Advance registration required.Please RSVP no later than Monday, April 28 2014.

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Section Events

    36th Water Law Conference


    Please join us in Orlando, Florida, from April 1618, 2018 for the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 36th Water Law Conference. Every lawyer with an interest in water should attend this conference. Our presenters and registrants include many of the nations most esteemed regulators, practitioners, ...

    47th Spring Conference


    The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 47th Spring Conference will explore key topics and issues confronting environmental, energy, and resources lawyers today. Join us in Orlando, Florida at the beautiful Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort, April 18-20, 2018 to gain practical knowledge from the ...

    ABA SEER Spring Council Meeting 2018


    The 2018 Spring Council Meeting will be held at The Francis Marion, 387 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina on May 4-5, 2018. The Council Meeting will be held over two days. Council Meetings are generally attended by SEERs executive committee and council members and their spouse/guests. Committee ...

Sites of Interest

Designing a Federal Clean Energy Standard

On March 21, 2011, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources issued a "White Paper on a Clean Energy Standard" which set out a variety of "key questions and potential design elements" of a Clean Energy Standard. Interested parties were requested to provide written responses to the White Paper by April 11, 2011. The attached file, prepared by our colleague Cameron D. Prell, contains a working draft of an "indicative" response to the White Paper for consideration, comment and/or use by Committee members.

Modified by Peter Clark on August 14, 2017

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