Spring 2010 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Energy Law
Instructor(s): Hannah Wiseman
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 62461
Day & Time: Thursdays, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Room: TNH 2.138
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Cross List with Law 379M-28736

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This three-credit class will provide an introduction to the policies, statutes, regulations, agency orders, and legal cases addressing the many aspects of energy use. We will briefly explore controls imposed on the extraction and transportation of fuels, focusing on coal mining and natural gas pipelines. Further, we will discuss changing trends in the regulation of the utilities that burn these fuels to produce electricity, investigating ratemaking and deregulation at the federal and state level. Transmission and distribution of electricity will also play a central part in the course. We will explore international, federal, and regional regulation of electricity transmission; recent shifts toward mandatory standards to ensure reliable transmission; and challenges associated with transmitting electricity from dispersed electricity generators to population centers, where it is distributed to consumers. Finally, several classes will be devoted to recent developments in renewable electricity production and the legal issues associated with these developments. All materials, including relevant statutes, regulations, agency orders, legal cases, and introductory explanations of energy trends, will be provided in a course packet. Students will be graded based on an in-class final examination.

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