Energy is a fundamental need; how it is regulated has broad impact. Issues as diverse as climate change, national security, economic growth, and environmental protection are directly related to energy law and regulation. In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, there is currently a major push to use renewable fuels like wind and alternative fuels like Marcellus Shale natural gas. One effect of that push is an increased need for attorneys who can handle issues involving contemporary energy needs.
The course will address how energy development is regulated at the federal, state and local levels. Students will learn who regulates the generation and transmission of electricity and natural gas; which laws and regulations apply; how energy regulation is tied to energy technology and economics (no prior knowledge of either technology or economics is required); and what the main issues are that energy law practitioners currently face.