West Virginia is at the center of energy production
The energy industry in West Virginia is the cornerstone of the state’s economy, and the Center is committed to playing a prominent role in shaping the energy and environmental policies of the future.
Become a leader in energy law and policy
The Center conducts objective, unbiased research and policy analyses providing a forum for issues to be explored by various stakeholders, and promotes policies that balance the demand for energy resources alongside the need to reduce environmental impacts.
Focus on the future
- Receive training to become the next generation of energy and environmental attorneys.
- Promote sustainable practices.
- Train local officials in sustainable land use policy practices.
- Encourage development of clean energy technologies.
- Advance the role of utilities in pursuing clean energy
First Energy Moot Court Competition in the Nation
WVU Law established the nation’s first moot court competition focused on energy and sustainability issues in March 2011. The competition has grown from 7 teams in the first year to 18 teams in the second year, and 24 teams from 15 universities for the Fourth Annual Competition in March 2014. The Fifth Annual Competition was held March 12-14, 2015, The competition promotes development of appellate advocacy skills, with a particular emphasis on the convergence of energy and sustainability issues. It is coordinated by a student-led moot court board.
National Energy Conference
WVU Law hosts a regular national energy conference featuring expert guest speakers and panels exploring contemporary issues in energy and sustainability. The first conference in 2011 focused on balancing preservation and profitability in the development of shale gas resources. The Spring 2013 National Energy Conference, presented by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, explored policies to stimulate the domestic use of shale gas resources.
The Spring 2014 National Energy Conference, presented by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, focused on the EPA regulation of coal plant emissions. Regulation of CO2 Emissions from Power Plants: Flexibility and the Path Forward for Coal featured experts from the extraction industry, air and energy regulatory agencies, academic institutions, and environmental organizations.