What is Energy Law?
Energy Law relates to the laws that govern the use, regulation, and conservation of energy. Energy laws are typically designed to both ensure the safety of energy consumers as well as to provide for increasingly efficient electronics and appliances.
Technology and Energy
As society advances technologically, its energy needs increase, as well. As a result, energy laws are becoming more and more important. Similarly, as new energy sources emerge, such as nuclear and fusion, the laws that apply to energy must combat the issues and dangers inherent in the production and distribution of these types of energy and their underlying technology.
Energy laws also relate to the taxation of energy services, both renewable and non-renewable. These tax laws include both utility taxes as well as the taxes paid at the pump for a gallon of gasoline. They also include taxes imposed upon entities that remove fossil fuels from the ground.
Energy law practitioners are also called upon, as with other industry driven specialty fields, to provide advice on a broad range of other legal matters that touch on the energy industry. For example, contracts, employment disputes, land acquisition, intellectual property rights, and many others.
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Energy Law – US
- ABA - Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
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- ACEEE National and State Energy Policy
This page by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is dedicated to policies that can improve energy efficiency, reduce oil imports, improve the reliability of the U.S. electric grid, save consumers money, reduce air pollution, create jobs, and reduce prices.
- American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454)
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- Committee on Energy and Commerce
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- Conservation of Power and Water Resources
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- Energy Legislation - NEMA
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- Federal Energy Legislation
A collection of links to federal legislative documents on energy issues, compiled by the Washington State Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development.
- Federal Power Act of 1920
Early regulation began with the Federal Power Act of 1920, which created the Federal Power Commission. Amended in 1935, and 1986, the Federal Power Act allowed a regulatory framework to develop.
- NRC Regulations - US Energy Law
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- US Department of Energy
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- US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
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Energy Law – International
- ABA - International Energy and Resources Transactions Committee
Our Committee aims to bring together domestic and international attorneys, policymakers, consultants and other business interests to explore global energy and resources development opportunities in a wide range of topics.
- Australian Nuclear Energy Law Resources
This page, maintained by the Library of the Parliament of Australia, contains links to internet resources and documents in the area of Australian nuclear energy law, as well as providing links to other guides and directories which contain material on State and Territory and overseas law, as well as some more general scientific, political and statistical information.
- Energy Policy of the European Union
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- Global Energy Law and Regulation Portal
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- International Energy Agency (IEA)
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Organizations Related to Energy Law
- Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP)
AESP provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience. Our members work in the energy services industry and represent electric and natural gas utilities, public benefits associations, regulatory and non-profit entities, vendors, manufacturers and consulting firms.
- Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO)
CICERO’s mission is to conduct research and provide reports, information and expert advice about issues related to global climate change and international climate policy with the aim of acquiring knowledge that can help mitigate the climate problem and enhance international climate cooperation.
- EnviroLink Network
EnviroLink is a non-profit organization... a grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries. EnviroLink is dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news. At EnviroLink we're committed to promoting a sustainable society by connecting individuals and organizations through communications technologies. We recognize that our technologies are just tools, and that the solutions to our ecological challenges lie within our communities and their connection to the Earth itself.
- Institute for Energy Law
Formerly named the International Oil and Gas Educational Center, the Institute for Energy Law provides advanced education for lawyers and other professionals in the energy industry. Through it's educational programs, scholarly publications and membership activities, the Institute for Energy Law serves as an important forum in which contemporary issues affecting the energy industry can be examined.
- International Atomic Energy Agency
The IAEA is the world´s center of cooperation in the nuclear field. It was set up as the world´s "Atoms for Peace" organization in 1957 within the United Nations family. The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.
- Oil, Gas, Energy Law Intelligence
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- Resources and Energy Law Association
AMPLA is a not-for-profit association established in 1976 to advance the knowledge of law relating to mineral and petroleum resources. Over recent years the interests of AMPLA have extended to include climate change, emissions trading, the environment, native title and all legal aspects of energy production and marketing.
- World Energy Council
The World Energy Council is the most representative body of the energy industry with members in more than ninety countries. Its mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all. The London-based organization has official consultative status with the United Nations.
Publications Related to Energy Law
- Energy Law Journal
Published by the Energy Bar Association, the Energy Law Journal has become a preeminent energy publication, providing thought-provoking and deeply researched articles by practitioners, internationally known academics, Federal judges, high ranking government officials and members of FERC. It publishes legal, policy, and economic articles and other materials of lasting interest with significant research value on subjects dealing with the energy industries. The Journal also welcomes articles and other materials on emerging issues and significant developments affecting the energy industries.
- Environmental and Energy Law and Policy Journal
The Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal publishes two issues a year. One issue includes feature articles, casenotes and comments concerning current issues dealing with energy and the environment. The second issue includes topical articles drawn from our annual symposium. Both publications include articles covering recent developments that provide brief and timely discussions on interesting cases, administrative actions, publications, and events
- Internet Journal of the Centre For Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy
The CEPMLP Internet Journal provides a forum to publish ongoing work in the areas of interest to CEPMLP and its global constituency. This is a non-refereed journal that seeks to give quick and advanced access to selected articles, reports and book reviews to keep readers informed about recent developments and to allow authors to receive feedback on their work and ideas.
- Journal of World Energy Law and Business
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- New Energy Focus - UK
NewEnergyFocus.com is a daily news service providing topical and essential news and information about renewable energy and low carbon developments in the UK. We include expert coverage of policy and industry developments taking into consideration the international context and particularly developments in Europe which have a direct impact on the UK market.
- Resources and Energy Law Association - Publications
One of the major roles of AMPLA is to provide relevant information regarding resources and energy law to its members. To this end AMPLA produces a number of publications. AMPLA publications provide the largest and most comprehensive source of information and comment on resources and energy law in Australia.