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270.65 sec. 1 - Energy Project Development & Finance (Fall 2012)

Instructor: Todd Glass  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
Instructor: Scott Zimmermann  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: W 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 240

Course Start: August 22, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49718

The course will follow the progression of the development of an energy project, from early stage site and offtake development issues through construction and project financing through operation and disposition and abandonment. The class will have an in-depth dual focus on the development of a utility-scale solar project and the development of a natural gas combined cycle plant. This dual track will assist in highlighting the differences between renewable and conventional energy projects, including baseload vs. intermittent resources, energy vs. capacity, fuel risk vs. renewable source risks, etc. Furthermore, the course will address issues unique to the development and financing of other types of energy infrastructure, including energy efficiency, biofuels, fuel cells, wind and distributed solar projects and portfolios. For each stage of the development process covered, we will begin with the federal and state legal and jurisdictional issues, then identify the primary risks and contractual arrangement, and finally do problem identification and resolution. Students will complete the course with a fundamental understanding of how energy projects are developed and financed, and how the key regulatory and commercial forces affect the development of such projects, with a particular emphasis on the factors important to non-conventional energy projects.

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None required. The following courses are recommended: LAW 270.6 (Energy Regulation and the Environment), LAW 250 (Business Associations), and a survey course on renewable energy technologies like LAW 270.7 (Renewable Energy and Other Cleaner Fuels) or ER 200 (Energy & Society)

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Course Category: Environmental Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Business Law

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  • From Edison to Enron
    Richard Munson,
    Publisher: Praeger
    ISBN: 9780313361869
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • The law and business of international project finance
    Scott L. Hoffman
    Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
    ISBN: 9780521708784
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 62.98
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