Energy Law, Policy and Regulation

Credits: 2.00
Faculty: Sarah Barish

Pre-requisite: Recommended but not required, coursework or other background in administrative law, constitutional law, economics and/or environmental law.

The primary objective of the course is to provide an overview of the field of energy law and regulation, with a focus on energy policy issues. Through the readings, class discussions, writing assignments and analysis of policies driving current legislation and public sentiment towards energy, students will gain a better appreciation of the competing interests at stake in this field of law, and what it is like to represent those competing interests as an attorney.

The major subject areas covered by the course will include the process by which policy objectives involving energy are reflected in statutes and administered through administrative agencies and the courts, the basics of economic regulation of utilities, energy resources (including renewable energy), project development (including siting, environmental, and contractual issues), energy security, and current energy issues driving policies and legislation today. The practice of energy law encompasses numerous areas of law, including administrative law, land use law, public utility law, antitrust law, and environmental law. It also involves issues of economics, science and technology, government policy-making and politics at both the state and federal level.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

A final paper is required.