Spring 2018 Course Schedule

Advanced Energy Law: Current Topics (LAW-795EN-001)
Robert Solomon, Alejandra Nunez

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (Mo) - Warren - Room N104

Enrolled: 6 / Limit: 22

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Assessment: Student Paper, Class Presentation of Paper Topic, Class Participation

Prerequisites: none, although prior study of Energy Regulation, Oil & Gas Law, Environmental Law, or Administrative Law may be helpful.


This seminar studies current energy law topics – topics that are at the forefront of public policy and debate. It focuses on the modern legislative and regulatory framework, and how federal and state regulators and policy leaders work cooperatively – or uncooperatively – to balance economic, environmental, and societal values. Course topics include: utility restructuring and modernization; development of competitive markets; climate change in public policies; hydraulic fracturing; transmission planning and cost allocation; energy market monitoring and manipulation; grid reliability and security; pipeline and hydroelectric construction; oil and natural gas transportation; and nuclear power.

Class grade is based primarily on a written paper on a current energy topic, not an exam, with secondary focus on classroom participation on weekly topics and end-of-seminar presentation of paper topic.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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There is no textbook. Classroom discussion materials are selected specially for this class, drawing from recent court cases, agency orders and rules, and legislative materials.

First Class Readings

Readings for first class and every class, relevant to that week's topic, are listed on the course syllabus.


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