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Energy Law

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2015-2016 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below the new one. 

2015-2016

This course will expose students to the legal, economic, and structural issues involved in electricity regulation and policy. Covered topics include: the history and evolution of regulation of electric utilities as monopolies, utility ratemaking, traditional state jurisdiction over utilites, the Federal Power Act, electricity restructuring, and an introduction to renewable power policies. The course may briefly discuss the extraction or environmental regulation of energy resources.

Your grade in the course will be based on a combination of (almost) daily quizzes, four 2-page discussion assignments and participation (in class and/or online).

NOTE: The below course description applies to the 2014-2015 academic year.

2014-2015

This course will expose students to the legal, economic, and structural issues involved in electricity regulation and policy. Covered topics include: the history and evolution of regulation of electric utilities as monopolies, utility ratemaking, traditional state jurisdiction over utilites, the Federal Power Act, electricity restructuring, and an introduction to renewable power policies. The course may briefly discuss the extraction or environmental regulation of energy resources.

Evaluation will be based primarily on a final exam.