Powering the U.S. Electric Grid

Powering the U.S. Electric Grid

Mr. Ari Peskoe
Fall 2017 reading group
M 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 4061
1 classroom credit

Prerequisites: None

Exam: No Exam

In this reading group, we will explore historic and ongoing legal and policy debates over the fuels that power the U.S. electric grid. We will begin with proposals by the federal government to construct mega-dams in the first half of the twentieth century and continue to current controversies about rooftop solar. The fuels that generate electricity have implications for economic growth and environmental quality (including climate change), and they have unfolded in a complex political environment. To provide context, we will read about the utility industry’s business model, the electric grid’s operations, and the tradeoffs among different energy sources, including fossil fuels like coal and emission-free energy sources like nuclear and wind. Through these debates, we’ll watch an industry evolve and speculate on where it may be headed.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 9/18, 10/2, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4.

Drop Deadline: September 19, 2017 by 11:59pm EST

Subject Areas: Environmental Law, Disciplinary Perspectives & Law, Government Structure & Function