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Energy Regulation and the Environment Law (WMA)

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Energy production and use drive the worlds economies and offer hope for growth and prosperity. Yet, the extraction and use of fuels and the development of energy facilities are among the greatest threats to the global environment. This course introduces students to the legal, economic, and structural issues that both shape our energy practices and provide opportunities to overcome these critical problems.

The course focuses primarily on the regulation and design of electricity systems and markets, since so many energy choices the use of oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, the green alternatives such as solar, wind, and energy conservation or demand side management relate to the way we generate or deliver electricity, or avoid the need to do so. Next to the use of petroleum for transportation, electric generation is the greatest contributor to air pollution and the greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, as urban and suburban development spread across the land, the maintenance and expansion of the electric transmission grid provide increasingly challenging land use problems.

The course examines both the traditional monopoly model of regulation and evolving competitive alternatives. The course exposes students to energy resource planning, pollution management, rate design, green markets, energy efficiency, demand side management, renewable energy portfolios, climate change, and carbon management. The course provides an introduction to administrative law and to practice issues in the field.


Lesson content


Lec 1 Introduction to Energy and Electricity

Lec 2 Public Utilities & Rate Regulation: Intro to Finance

Lec 3 Public Utilities & Rate Regulation: Cost of Service Regulation (Part 1)

Lec 4 - Public Utilities & Rate Regulation

Lec 5 - Public Utilities and Rate Regulation

Lec 6 - Resource Alternatives: Tradition Fuels, Oil and Hydroelectric Power

Lec 8 - Resource Alternatives: Natural Gas

Lec 9 - Resource Alternatives: Renewable Energy - The Technologies

Lec 10 - Demand Side Management: Energy Efficiency

Lec 11 - Performance Based Ratemaking and “Decoupling”; and Integrate

Lec 12 - Deregulation and Markets: Wholesale Electricity Markets

Lec 14 - Climate Change and Carbon Markets;

Lec 15 - Course Review

Deregulation and Markets & Env Impacts of Restructuring

Resource Alternatives: Coal and Nuclear Power


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