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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

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.

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LL.M. in Energy and Sustainable Development Law

J.D. concentration in Energy and Sustainable Development Law

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The Intersection of Water & Energy: Implications of Water Protection on Energy Production

Friday, April 10, 2015

West Virginia University College of Law

energy moot court

March 3, 4 & 5, 2016

This competition highlights emerging trends in energy law as well as recent developments in sustainable energy production. The winners of the competition receive scholarships in recognition of their superior appellate advocacy skills.

This event is organized and presented by the WVU College of Law Moot Court Board.