Exam Type: No Exam
States play a leading role in forging our nation's energy policy. State regulatory authority over in-state activities is pervasive, from resource extraction to utility rate-making. This seminar offers an overview of core state functions, the legal questions they present, and the current policy debates and legal battles over the future of our energy sector. Across all of these topics, we'll explore how state roles change over time, given federal action in this space, case law, and industry developments. Topics will include: regulation of electric utilities; pipeline and infrastructure siting; renewable energy and other resource policies; oil and gas production; and, regional and multi-state energy partnerships.
Students will be responsible for the readings, to ensure robust class discussion.
The course will require one short paper (3-4 pages) and one long paper with a topic of the student's choosing.