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FERC, CFTC, and State Energy Law Developments

Since early 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have been separately drafting legislation that, if enacted, would fundamentally alter the way that the United States generates, transmits, and consumes energy. Morgan Lewis's Energy Practice hosted a webinar discussing the energy-related legislation presently pending in Congress.

The Senate's bill, the American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009, addresses U.S. energy policy, including various aspects relating to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's regulation of electric, gas, and renewable energy. The House's bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, addresses both U.S. energy policy and U.S. climate change policy.

Morgan Lewis partners Ronald J. Tenpas, Michael C. Griffen, and Floyd L. Norton, IV and associate Levi McAllister discussed the House and Senate bills, including the present status of each bill, with a summary of the most recent legislative actions relating to either bill; highlights of notable provisions contained in the House and Senate bills; differences between the House and Senate bills; and next steps: potential legislative developments that may arise as Congress works to enact comprehensive energy legislation in 2009.