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Spring 2023 Course

State Energy Law

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam

The course requires two short papers (750 words) and one research paper about a topic of the student’s choosing.

States play a leading role in forging our nation’s energy policy. State regulatory authority over the energy industry is pervasive, from resource extraction to end-use consumption. This course 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. Topics will include: regulating electric utilities, siting infrastructure, facilitating competition, developing renewable energy, producing oil and gas, powering transportation, and legislating/regulating within constitutional constraints.