Law 350 - Energy Law and Regulation

William Boyd

William Boyd

Professor of Law
B.A. University of North Carolina, 1989
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1994
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2002
J.D. Stanford Law School, 2002
UCLA Faculty since 2018
Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to energy law and regulation in the United States.  It covers basic principles of rate regulation and public utilities; the division of jurisdiction between federal and state governments; the key federal statutes and regulatory regimes governing natural gas, electricity, and nuclear power; and the implications of new climate change and renewable energy mandates for the electric power sector.  The first half of the course will focus on public utility regulation and the basic regulatory frameworks for natural gas and electricity regulation, with an emphasis on understanding the messy and uneven transition to wholesale competition in these sectors and, in the electricity context, the experience with state restructuring and retail competition.  The second half of the course will introduce students to the distinctive regulatory regime for nuclear power and explore in some depth the challenges and opportunities that come with new policies seeking to promote renewable energy and transition to a low-carbon electricity system. This course does not cover traditional oil and gas law.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Understanding of the overall framework of U.S. energy law and policy, including structure of federalism in major statutes and respective roles of state and federal regulatory agencies
Understanding of major issues in utility ratemaking and market design
Understanding of key policy supports for renewable energy
Ability to identify and evaluate key economic concepts and tools used to inform energy law and policy
Ability to critically evaluate different methods of decision-making in energy regulation
Ability to critically evaluate the tradeoffs involved in policy instrument choice
Ability to analyze different legal documents—statutes, regulations, and court decisions

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
William Boyd 19F 350 LEC 1 TR 3:50 PM - 5:15 PM 3.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2019 LEC 1
Eisen et al. Energy, Economics and the Environment   5th ed.  
ISBN: 9781642425796. Foundation Press. REQUIRED $238.00