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Renewable Energy Law & Policy Seminar

Limit: 15 students

This class will cover the laws and policies designed to promote renewable energy development. The course will review the existing renewable energy technologies and the practical limitations involved in their development, siting, and integration into the U.S. electricity grid. The course will also explore the dominant renewable energy laws, including subsidies, renewable portfolio standards, PURPA, and net metering. The course will consider how these laws operate within the existing electricity regulatory system developed for monopolistic utilities and examine recent efforts to reform utility regulation. Finally, the course will consider the constitutionality of various renewable energy policies. The class will focus on renewable energy development in the United States, but will also provide some comparative examples of renewable energy policies used in other countries.

Students will write a seminar paper with a mandatory rewrite. The paper can satisfy either the WIE or Capstone writing requirement.

Prerequisites: Energy Law, Northwest Energy law, or Fundamentals of Energy Law (Summer Course). Students who can demonstrate familiarity with the current system of electricity regulation may also enroll with prior approval of the instructor.

Note: This class will meet for four hours per week for the first 7 weeks and then suspend class meetings until the end of the semester. At the end of the semester, the class will meet for a full-day workshop in which students will present their papers to the rest of the class.

Updated April 6, 2015