CIV_ENV 395-0-23: Climate and Energy Law & Policy

Quarter Offered

Spring : W 3:30-6:20 ; Harley


Junior Standing


This course is a survey of the major laws that regulate the acquisition of energy resources, the conversion of energy resources into usable energy, and the energy transmission and transportation infrastructure.  The course explores the regulatory requirements that apply to several major energy-producing industries including oil and gas, coal, nuclear, wind and solar. The course also covers the regulatory systems for the electric grid, pipeline infrastructure and the transportation of energy commodities using rail and truck.  The course concludes by reviewing regulatory incentives for the efficient use of energy by mobile sources and in the built environment. The course will enable non-legal professionals to understand the regulatory context in which business and management decisions about energy are made. The course will also give each student the opportunity to explore a self-selected, current energy topic through independent research.

Course Goals

  1. Gain an understanding of the legal context in which energy decisions are made
  2. View these energy policy initiatives in light of contemporary political, scientific, economic, and legal realities
  3. Gain the ability to apply major legal requirements to regulated facilities, sites and activities
  4. Acquire the ability to communicate this information in an effective, professional manner

Course Assessment & Student Obligations

  • 10 points Class attendance and participation, which will be verified every class - 1 point each class
  • 35 points - Completing seven response papers- graded on a scale 0-5 - 5 points/7 papers
  • 50 points - Independent research paper on an energy law or policy topic
  • 5 pints - In-class participation


Energy Law (Concepts and Insights) by Alexandra Klass and Hannah Wiseman, 2nd Edition, 2019, ISBN 9781642425345

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Course Outline, Outcomes and Goals