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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

Innovative Responses for CPP SIP Implementation, and Implications for Your Practice
Presented on Thursday, February 4, 2016

FERC 101 for Environmental Lawyers
presented on February 11, 2015

Program Materials

Linda L. Walsh

Crowdfunding: An Alternative Approach to Financing Wind and Solar Projects
presented on February 11, 2015

Program Materials
Marguerite Wells
Paul Blumenstein

Committee Resources

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Committee Co-Chairs


Anderson, Scott
Casto, Keith

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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

    24th Fall Conference

    Westin Denver Downtown

    The 2016 Fall Conference will crown the Sections 2016-17 program year, with in-person discussions of environmental, energy, and resources law that you can only find at the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources conferences. Each year, Section committees identify the most critical issues arising ...

    Environmental and Workplace Safety Criminal Enforcement Conference


    The Environmental and Workplace Safety Criminal Enforcement Conference is a one-day CLE Conference presented by the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Crisis management expert, Judy A. Smith along with top government representatives will lead discussions on noteworthy topics ...

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 March 11, 2016

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