American Bar Association Forms Renewable Energy Committee


The American Bar Association (ABA) has created a new group to address renewable energy issues. Called the Renewable Energy Committee, the organization's goal is to improve research and scholarship in wind, solar and other natural resources and to make programs available that would benefit both the legal profession and the U.S. public.

Jonathan Wilson, a corporate attorney at Atlanta-based Taylor English Duma LLP, will be the committee's chair. Wilson, a 15-year member of the ABA's Public Utility Section – which focuses on the communications and energy industries – also founded the section's Internet Industry Committee in 1996. As a founding chair of the Renewable Energy Committee, he plans to recruit at least 100 members by spring 2010, hold regular Web-based seminars on renewable energy and build a nationwide database of state-level renewable incentives.

Wilson's first role as chairman was to lead a three-day panel discussion in Aspen, Colo., where discussions included energy tax credits, smart grid technologies, emissions regulation, cap-and-trade and renewable portfolio standards.

SOURCE: The American Bar Association

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