Gas and Power Issues Explored In Texas Institute In Houston

Monday, August 30, 2010 - 01:00

The University Of Texas School Of Law has planned its annual Gas and Power Institute to be held Thursday and Friday, September 23 and 24, at the Hyatt regency in Houston.

It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

The institute will offer compelling discussions about topical energy issues. Among the topics that will be explored on Thursday are ethics in a changing legal environment, financial tools for energy companies, DOE and FERC - recent developments in energy, shale play environmental issues, hot topics involving nuclear power, and natural gas demand and wind generation - lessons learned and implications from the Texas case study.

Craig Pirrong of the University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business, will discuss CFTC and Trading under the Obama Administration Rules - the new trading rules and the impact on gas and power transactions. The luncheon panel discussion, Expanding Pipeline Infrastructure in Newly Developed Gas Fields: An Examination of the Marcellus Shale, will be moderated by Michael Pearson, Jackson Walker L.L.P. Panelists are Thomas Sniscak, Hawke McKeon & Sniscak LLP, Harrisburg PA and Kenneth E. Tawney, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV.

On Friday, an overview of current North American Electric Reliability Council Standards, FERC enforcement policy, the continuing evolution of the ERCOT market design, and Ethics opinion 587 and the ex parte rule will be explored. The institute ends with New Clean Carbon Technology in the Production of Fuels, Chemicals, and Power with Michael J. Nasi, Jackson Walker L.L.P. Mr. Nasi will review emerging "clean carbon" technologiesand state and federal incentives, including the comprehensive Texas incentive package that has been developed over the past four years.

For information about available CLE credits and fees, see CLE Events on The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel website at

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