Advanced Energy Law (LAW-853-001)
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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: utility restructuring and modernization; development of competitive markets; the evolving consideration of climate change in public policies; transmission planning and cost allocation; energy market monitoring and manipulation; reliability and security of the grid; pipeline construction and approval; oil and natural gas transportation; and hydroelectric and nuclear power.
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This class will not use a text book.
First Class Readings
Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook, available at https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo/ (download pdf; Overview/Key Takeaways, market trends on pp. 3-31)
https://www.eba-net.org/assets/1/6/[Glick_and_Christiansen][Final_Online].pdf 40 Energy Law Journal 1, 7-14 (2019) (transition to the electrical grid of the future)
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