Energy Law and Policy

2.00 crs. , 3.00 crs.

This course provides an introduction to U.S. energy law. The first part of the course introduces the nation’s primary sources of energy: coal, oil, biofuels, natural gas, hydropower, nuclear, wind, solar, and geothermal energy. Students explore the physical, market, and legal structures within which these energy sources are extracted, transported, and converted into energy. The second part focuses on the two main sectors of energy economy: electricity and transportation. The third part of the course examines hot topics in energy law, highlighting complex transitions now taking place in the energy system. In addition to textbook readings and class discussion, the course will include in-class simulated exercises.