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The Current
October 2011


FERC Order 1000:
Shaping Our Nation’s Energy Future
FERC Commissioner Cheryl A. LaFleur and Joshua A. Konecni

In the 15 months that I have been a FERC Commissioner, I have voted on hundreds of orders that affect our nation’s energy infrastructure. But I believe no order to date has the potential to shape our nation’s energy future as much as Order 1000—FERC’s Final Rule on transmission planning and cost allocation.

Transmission is at the heart of our nation’s efforts to build a reliable, clean, and affordable energy future. Transmission is needed to ensure that reliable electricity is supplied to homes and businesses, to reduce congestion and to increase access to competitive markets and suppliers, as well as to connect new power sources. The United States is in the midst of significant changes to our power supply, due to state renewable portfolio standards, new environmental regulations, and the growing availability and affordability of domestic natural gas. Investment in new transmission can create opportunities to connect new power supply options.


Sponsor Spotlight:
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
Sharla Artz, Directory of Government Affairs, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

The energy industry is an exciting one to be in right now, and with so many activities going on, it’s important to stay connected with colleagues who are working on related issues. WCEE offers members a host of programming and networking opportunities -from the brown bag lunches to the monthly happy hours - making it easy for members to stay engaged. This is why WCEE is such a valuable organization; it provides consistent opportunities to learn about emerging trends and to interact with industry peers.

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Marcellus Shale -
Recent State Activities in Pennsylvania
Lynn Kerr McKay, King & Spalding LLP
The Marcellus Shale formation extends from southern New York across Pennsylvania and into western Maryland, West Virginia, and eastern Ohio. Media coverage of Marcellus Shale natural gas development over the past year has been extensive. Concerns about speed of development, air emissions, and regulatory oversight have sparked controversy over the development of this gas play. For those who have heard about Marcellus Shale, but do not closely follow developments, this article briefly reviews recent key environmental actions in Pennsylvania.

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Members in the News

In September, Christi Tezak, senior research analyst at R.W. Baird & Co and WCEE past president, hosted a panel on smart grid, broadcast by OnPoint, part of the E&E coverage of GridWeek 2011.

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WCEE Social Media Survey –
Please Give Us Your Opinion!

This three-minute survey will help shape how WCEE uses social media to interact with you. We are eager to hear from you on this very important topic. Please take a moment to log into the website and answer the brief survey. We appreciate it!

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October 26, 2011
Women in Leadership Luncheon: Women, Writing, and Wisdom

November 1, 2011
OpinionShapers Roundtable: Energy
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Recent WCEE Events:

Nuclear Fuel Bank Brown Bag – September 13

WCEE members were given a behind-the-scenes look at the new nuclear fuel bank established by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Dynamics of Central Asian Energy: The Way Forward—September 15

At a recent brown bag lunch, WCEE brought together a panel of experts to speak about the dynamics of Central Asian energy.

Women in Defense Energy Security – September 14

WCEE and the Women in Defense (WID) hosted a panel discussion on "Women in Defense Energy Security" to discuss the Department of Defense’s emerging energy security concerns and its energy efficiency and renewable energy objectives.

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