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2020 Energy Law Academy Course 105: Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the federal economic regulation of oil and refined products pipelines. Taught by industry practitioners and regulators from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the course begins with a brief overview of the oil and refined products pipeline industry and then describes key statutes and regulations governing and affecting the transportation of oil and other liquid petroleum products. Instructors explain important legal and regulatory concepts and requirements, pipeline services, the scope and limits of FERC and state jurisdiction and key issues affecting the industry.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM:  Registration and Networking Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM: Introduction, Logistics​

  • Dan FrankPartner, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Rick SmeadManaging Director, Advisory Services, RBN Energy LLC

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Session 1

Introduction to the Oil, NGLs, and Refined Products Pipeline Industry

  • Industry Overview: Who’s Who?
  • Pipeline Infrastructure
  • Other Modes of Transporting Oil and Refined Products

Overview of Pipeline Operations

  • Oil Pipelines
  • Refined Products Pipeline
  • Jurisdiction Over Construction of Oil and Product Pipelines

Contracts and Policies

  • Prorationing Policies
  • Open Seasons
  • Committed Volumes vs. Uncommitted Volumes
    • Significance
    • Structure
  • Petitions for Declaratory Order (PDOs)
    • Process for Approval
    • Recent Issues

Speaker: Adrianne CookEnergy Industry Analyst, FERC Office of Energy Market Regulation

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM: Q&A on Session 1 - Rick SmeadManaging Director, Advisory Services, RBN Energy LLC

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM: Networking Break

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Session 2

History of Regulation

Regulatory Basics

  • Oil Pipeline Economic Regulation Today
  • Federal and State Jurisdiction

Speaker: Derek Anderson, Senior Counsel, Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler, PLLC

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Session 2 (con't)

Tariffs

  • Tariff Overview -- Rates, Rules, and Regulations
  • eTariff
  • Order No. 780
  • Accounting: Form 6 & Page 700

Speaker: Adrianne CookEnergy Industry Analyst, FERC Office of Energy Market Regulation

4:30 PM - 4:40 PM: Q&A on Session 2 - Dan FrankPartner, Eversheds Sutherland

4:40 PM - 4:50 PM: Networking Break

4:50 PM - 5:35 PM: Session 3

Rate-Setting Mechanisms​

  • Overview of Types and Prevalence
  • Indexed Rates--EPACT 92 Streamlining

Speaker: Adrianne CookEnergy Industry Analyst, FERC Office of Energy Market Regulation

  • Initial Rates
  • Settlement Rates
  • Negotiated Rates
  • Market-Based Rates
  • Cost-of-Service Rates

Speaker: Derek Anderson, Senior Counsel, Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler, PLLC

5:35 PM - 5:45 PM: Q&A on Session 3 - Nick McTyreAssociate, Thompson & Knight

networkofpeople 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM: Networking Reception: hosted by Thompson___Knight_logo

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30

7:30 AM -  8:00 AM: Continental Breakfast 

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM: Welcome, Introduction/Recap

  • Dan FrankPartner, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Rick SmeadManaging Director, Advisory Services, RBN Energy LLC

8:05 AM - 9:05 AM: Session 4

Cost of Service Rates

  • Basic Cost of Service Concepts
  • DOC v. TOC
  • Base v. Test Period
  • Rate Design Concepts

SpeakerBob Van HoeckePrincipal, Regulatory Economics Group, LLC

9:05 AM - 10:05 AM: Session 4 (con't)

Market Based Rates

  • Overview of Market-Based Rates (MBR)
  • Background
  • FERC Standards
  • Recent and Pending MBR cases
  • Future Developments

Speaker: Amy Hoff, Partner, Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler, PLLC

10:05 AM - 10:15 AM: Q&A on Session 4 - Rick SmeadManaging Director, Advisory Services, RBN Energy LLC

10:15 AM - 10:25 AM: Networking Break

10:25 AM - 11:35 AM: Session 5

Litigation

  • Tariff Filings
  • Complaints
  • Market-Based Rate and Negotiated Rate Litigation Issues

FERC-Initiated Rate Investigations

  • The Hearing Process
  • Rate Examination
  • Trends in Litigation

Speaker: Glenn BensonPartner, BakerHostetler

11:35 AM - 12:35 AM: Session 5 (con't)

Policies and Current Issues

  • Jurisdictional Issues
  • Significant Rulemakings and Policy Issues
    • ​The Magellan decisions's meaning for the industry
  • Significant Court Decisions

Speaker: Shannon ColemanAssistant General Counsel, Tallgrass Energy

12:35 PM - 12:50 PM: Q&A on Session 5, Wrap-up & Conclusion - Rick SmeadManaging Director, Advisory Services, RBN Energy LLC & Dan FrankPartner, Eversheds Sutherland