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Energy, in its many forms, is a vital public good. But public policy governing energy is always contentious and is often created by a dynamic interaction between energy markets, regulatory agencies, the courts and Congress. This course studies current energy topics. It focuses on the modern legislative and regulatory framework, and how federal and state regulators work cooperatively – or uncooperatively – to balance economic, environmental, and societal values. Topics include: transmission planning and cost allocation; the evolving consideration of climate change in public policies; market monitoring and enforcement; energy market manipulation; reliability and security of the grid; pipeline and hydroelectric construction; and hydraulic fracturing. This course is taught by two of the leading legal and policy practitioners in the field: Robert Solomon, Solicitor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and, Greg Dotson, Democratic Energy and Environment Staff Director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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