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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Summer energy law course; distance learning comes to LC law school

May 15, 2014

Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce the availability of an exciting on-line course for attorneys, policymakers, and anyone else interested in energy law issues.

From June 9-12, Lewis & Clark Law School Professor Melissa Powers will offer Electricity Essentials: Renewables, Utilities & Transmission. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the U.S. electricity supply and will address the following key components, important to anyone seeking a better understanding of the electricity system in the United States:

•Introduction: overview of key terms and participants, history of the power sector development, and likely changes ahead

•Utility Regulation: historical foundation for utility regulation, monopoly regulation, and implications of rate regulation

•Electricity Regulation: The Federal Power Act and state vs. federal regulation, restructuring and jurisdictional implications (including discussion of PURPA, ISO’s and RTO’s, and state restructuring and California’s experience)

•Renewables: overview of renewable sources and policies (including tax credits, renewable portfolio standards, and net metering and feed-in tariffs)

•Transmission: transmission overview, siting issues, and cost allocation

This non-credit course will consist of approximately 10 hours of lecture and accompanying materials which can be viewed at your convenience at any time during the day (approximately 2 hours per day) with an opportunity for interactive live chats each evening at 7 pm PST (which may be adjusted depending on location of participants).

Cost for the class is $325. Limited scholarships are available. Contact us for information on CLE credit.

For registration, or questions, please contact:

Janice Weis at, or Lucy Brehm at