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College of Law

Utilities Regulations & Dist Energy: Regulated Industries

Course Number: 6915
Professor: Bruce S. Asay
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 2
Semester Offered: Fall
Required: No
Prerequisites: Constitutional Law
Recommended Courses: Constitutional Law and Administrative Law

Course Overview: This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of utility regulation in the United States as primarily applicable to the electric, gas and telecom industries.  The course addresses the need for regulation on a historical basis and the ongoing movement to deregulate traditionally regulated industries.   It covers basic principles of rate making, certificated area regulation as part of the broader overview by state, federal and local governments.  The course will review key federal and state cases and statutes which influence the regulatory regimes governing natural gas, electricity and telecommunications.  While the course focuses on public utility regulation and the basic regulatory frameworks governing the primary utilities, students will gain an understanding of the regulatory process enabling them to better understand and even influence outcomes by their participation in the process.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Lecture and student participation
Written Assignments: Three written assignments of increasing complexity and weight
Type of Exam: No final exam
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Lecture Attendance and Participation, Reports on Three Aspects of Utility Regulation and Class Presentation
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