Friday, May 13, 2011

DU Law Leads the Way in Renewable Energy Law and Policy: Courses Span Project Finance to Project Development

If you want to study Renewable Energy Law, then come to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. We currently have four renewable energy law offerings, the most of any law school in the United States.

Moreover, Denver is located in the center of the "new energy economy," with many federal offices working on renewables and energy efficiency right on the DU Law doorstep. And there are clean tech companies and renewables business groups that are setting up shop on the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

Added together, Denver is the place to be and DU Law is the place to study about renewable energy.

The four courses mentioned above are:
  • Renewable Energy Project Development by Adjunct Professor Mark Safty, a partner at Holland & Hart
  • Renewable Energy for the 21st Century: Technology, Policy, Markets, by Adjunct Professor Bob Noun
  • Renewable Energy Project Finance by Adjunct Professor John Herrick of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP
  • Renewable Energy Law by Professor K.K. DuVivier, author of the forthcoming Renewable Energy Reader
Not only does DU Law offer more renewable energy law courses than any other school in the country, it also has close ties to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which is located in Golden, Colorado, about 30 minutes from the Sturm College of Law. In March, both Professor DuVivier’s and Adjunct Professor Noun’s classes toured the laboratory. The tours included the biofuels refinery, the solar research facility, and the new NREL office facility, which is touted as the most energy efficient commercial building in the United States.

Professor DuVivier notes, “To do a good job for their clients, lawyers developing renewable energy policies or representing renewable energy companies need to have a good understanding of the technologies those resources entail. Here at DU Law, we have the unique advantage of being able to give our students the opportunity to view those technologies and the cutting edge research taking place just down the road at NREL’s research facility.”

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