Energy is needed to sustain nearly all aspects of the modern way-of-life for billions of people. This course examines the various sources of energy, to include oil, gas, coal, wind, geothermal, nuclear, and others and how these resources are typically used to generate fuel and/or electricity, as well as the benefits and consequences of their usage. The course also explores the history and evolution of utility regulation and structure, the current federal and state regulation of energy with a focus on “rate case” or “cost-of-service ratemaking,” and the primary legal decisions guiding energy policy. Students will apply and further develop their legal research, writing, and analysis skills needed to appear before a state utility commission, to assist a utility in achieving its legal compliance objectives, and/or to review and explain the key terms of an wholesale energy contract and an oil and gas lease.
Course Section Description
This course will satisfy the Skills or Drafting Requirement.