Renewable Energy Law | L4511

Although renewable energy sources currently account for less than 10% of total energy consumption in the United States, the development of many of these energy sources has grown exponentially both nationally and worldwide. The increased appetite for renewable energy sources has driven a need for more information about those sources and the significant legal implications arising from the development of those sources. This course is organized by resource--solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, and geothermal. It will focus primarily on critical legal issues in tort, property, and contract areas raised by the expansion of these key renewable energy sources. The course also will address the role of energy efficiency and some of the broader legal hurdles facing renewable energy use from a nationwide perspective. Classes will include group simulations, problem solving, interactive quizzes, and policy discussions. Each topic area will also be accompanied by a skill exercise that simulates what lawyers practicing in that topic area might encounter.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not meet the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)


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