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Energy Law: Electricity Regulation

NOTE: This course is available as an On Campus Section for in-person students or an Online Section designed for LLM Distance Students. Each section has its own course description. See the note below about eligibility for the Online Section for JDs, MSLs, and residential LLMs. 

On Campus Section

This course will expose students to the legal, economic, structural, and social 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 utilities, the Federal Power Act, electricity restructuring, electricity transmission, and an introduction to renewable power policies. For Fall 2019, the course will be offered as a “flipped-classroom” course, in which part of the class will be offered online, and classroom time will include deeper discussion and practical simulations. Students who do not want to take a partly online class may prefer to take this course in Fall 2020.

This class will be evaluated based on regular quizzes, class participation (in person and online), and a final exam. The class evaluation may include a short paper or in-class simulation.

Online Section

This course will be offered online. The course will expose students to the legal, economic, structural, and social 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 utilities, the Federal Power Act, electricity restructuring, electricity transmission, and an introduction to renewable power policies.

Students will be expected to view the class videos in the timeframes allotted.  The class will be evaluated based on regular quizzes, practice exercises, class participation (through online discussion and, potentially, synchronous video chats), and a final exam. The final exam will be unscheduled, meaning students can choose when to take it during the exam period.

Notes for LC JDs, MSLs, and residential LLMs:

Lewis & Clark JDs, MSLs, and residential LLMs are permitted to take some courses online within the limits of LC’s distance learning policy. Those students should consult the distance learning policy prior to signing up for distance learning courses.

Students who are on campus are asked to take the in-person version of the class when both an in-person and online version of the same class are offered in the same semester, but may petition the Associate Dean of Students, Libby Davis, to take the online version if they have a compelling reason for doing so:  eadavis@lclark.edu

JD students at other law schools may be able to take online courses if space permits and permitted by their home school. Contact Associate Dean of the Environmental Law Program, Janice Weis, at jweis@lclark.edu