Spring 2017 Course Schedule

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

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (M) - Room Y115

Enrolled: 12 / Limit: 16

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There is no prerequisite, although prior study of energy law, environmental law, or administrative law may be helpful.


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; oil and natural gas transportation; nuclear waste storage; and hydraulic fracturing. This seminar is taught by two of the leading legal and policy practitioners in the field: Robert Solomon, Solicitor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Alejandra Nunez, Staff Attorney at the Sierra Club.

Seminar satisfies upper-level writing requirement. In lieu of a final exam, a research paper, worth 60% of the class grade, is due on the last day of the reading period; remaining assessment is based on class participation and in-class presentation of paper topic.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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There is no textbook. Course materials, especially recent materials selected for the class, such as court cases and briefs, legislative reports, and articles, will be listed on the course syllabus.

First Class Readings

First class (and each successive class) readings are listed on course syllabus.


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