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Energy Infrastructure, Siting, and Reliability

Energy Infrastructure, Siting, and Reliability

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Increasingly it has become clear that to achieve sustainability on an ongoing basis, it is necessary to address the manner in which production and disposal cycles are integrated so that economic resource efficiencies achieved will serve to minimize harmful and wasteful environmental pollution. i.e. ,to facilitate “closing the loop” in the “circular economy” of materials and natural resources. The pace of technological change is creating new possibilities for supply chain integration and the development entirely as well as new products with associated new global materials consumption patterns and modified waste disposition requirements, These developments potentially can facilitate the rapid development of existing and of newer products environmental pollution potential.

Message from the Co-Chairs

The Energy Infrastructure, Siting and Reliability Committee is dedicated to exploring all facets of energy and infrastructure issues – including grid modernization, infrastructure development and finance, developing and siting of electric transmission facilities, distribution facilities and microgrids. In particular, the “EISR Committee” seeks to further develop content on the “Circular Economy” and the interface between materials production, waste and energy production, as well as alternative water infrastructure development – including through newsletters and teleconference programs. The Committee is proud of its recent programs including development of Innovative Approaches in State Implementation Plans to the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Federal Net-Zero Programs and its recent joint newsletter. If you are already a member of the committee, we thank you and encourage you to get involved with our committee. Please feel free to contact me or any of the committee vice chairs to discuss your thoughts and ideas. Thank you.

Sincerely, Roger Feldman and Manisha Patel

Committee Description

We foster the development of practical resources to address the challenges of modernizing and expanding the nation's energy infrastructure for both traditional and renewable energy sources, and of balancing competing interests in the siting process. The issues include (1) siting and construction of new energy infrastructure including natural gas pipelines, electric transmission lines, and renewable energy resources; (2) providing adequate, reliable, and affordable supplies of energy while protecting environmental quality; (3) ensuring meaningful public participation; (4) resolution of differences among national, regional, state, and local energy policies and planning; and (5) streamlining of siting processes through consolidation of licensing and better agency coordination.

The primary way the Committee disseminates information is through our listserv, which is distributed to all Committee members. Please feel free to contact members with any questions or share information regarding recent developments by using the listserv. Alternatively, you can forward any information you would like distributed to the Vice Chair of Electronic Communications, Joe Fornadel, and he will share the message accordingly. The listserv address for the Committee is ENVIRON-ENERGY_INFRA_SIT@MAIL.AMERICANBAR.ORG. (You must be a member to use this listserv).

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Committee Chair(s)


Feldman, Roger
Patel, Manisha

Committee Roster  


2017-2018 Committee Leadership

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Committee Newsletters

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Topics We're Following

Of particular and immediate interest are the topics of: (1) Development and Siting of Renewable Energy Facilities (including wind and solar); (2) Development and Siting of LNG Facilities (including the effects of and issues surrounding eminent domain, conflicting jurisdictional oversight, spill prevention, environmental justice, defining single & complete projects, interagency conflicts, enforcement initiatives, the Endangered Species Act, and public awareness); (3) Energy Infrastructure Development and Finance; (4) Development and Siting of Electric Transmission Facilities; (5) Development and Siting of Thermal Generating Facilities; and (6) Crude-by-Rail.

Modified by Dana Jonusaitis on January 24, 2018

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