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2017 Energy Law Student Writing Competition

2017 Law Student Energy Law Writing Competition

Theme: Demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance on any issue related energy law.
Submission Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017
Energy Law Topic- Writing Competition Rules

Law Student 2016 Writing Competition Winners Announced

First Place
FERC’s Authority to Consider Environmental Concerns in Regulating the Electricity Industry 
Michael Zielinski, William & Mary Law School

Second Place
Faulty Regulation: North America’s Shaky Regulatory Response to Hydraulic Fracturing Induced Seismicity 
Richard Gardner, University of Houston Law Center

Third Place
Backup Industrial Electricity Rates: Vital to Sustaining the Industrial Heartland Through Distributed Generation 
Chrissy Astbury, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

The Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the ABA SEER 2015 Law Student Writing Competition--Energy Law. The RADER Committee is pleased to congratulate and recognize the winners of this competition, as follows: 2015 Winner Going Toe-to-Toe with Hydro – Conflicts between Hydropower and Other Sources of Renewable Power Neil Issar, Vanderbilt University Law School Second Place Winner The Evolution of the Utility Regulatory Model Ryan M. Watson, West Virginia University College of Law Third Place Winner Iowa’s Eight Factors for Avoiding How Distributed Solar Disrupts the Status Quo Kathryn M. Terrell, Northeastern University School of Law

2014 Winner:

  • Walker Stanovsky, University of Washington School of Law, "Standing in the Greenhouse - A Scientific Approach to a Constitutional Problem"

Second Place Winner:

  • Michael Disotell, Ohio State University, Sidestepping the Sleeping Giant - Crafting Renewable Portfolio Standards to Avoid Triggering Dormant Commerce Clause Scrutiny

Third Place Winner:

  • Keith Richard, New England Law School, Don't Cut the Net: Ensuring We Effectively Harness Solar Energy

The winning papers will be published in the upcoming 2014 Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resource newsletter. Congratulations to the winners!

2013 Winner:

  • Andrew Emerson, "Revising Liability Limits for Small Modular Reactors: Amending the Price-Anderson Act to Minimize the Impact of Liability Limits on Reactor Design Choices"

2013 Runner-Ups:

  • Thomas J. Alves, There’s Still a Chance: Why the Clean Air Act Does Not Preempt State Common Law Despite the Fourth Circuit's Ruling in North Carolina v. TVA
  • Yunjoo Goze, Unexpected Hurdle for Decoupling in Michigan

The winning papers have been published in the October 2013 Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resource newsletter. Congratulations to the winners!

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