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. Registration for the Sixth Annual Competition, scheduled for March 3-4, 2016 is now open. 

This competition highlights emerging trends in energy law as well as recent developments in sustainable energy production. It's an opportunity for law students to hone their appellate advocacy skills while networking with industry professionals and their peers. This event is organized and presented by the WVU College of Law Moot Court Board.

National Energy Conference

WVU Law hosts a regular national conference featuring expert guest speakers and panels exploring contemporary issues in energy and sustainability. Past conference have explored regulatory challenges to shale gas development, balancing sustainability and profitability in shale gas development, policies to stimulate the domestic use of shale gas, and the path forward for coal-dependent state. The fifth annual conference will be held on April 8, 2016, in Morgantown.

The 2015 National Energy Conference focused on the implications of water protection on energy production. The Intersection of Water and Energy examined several issues affecting the uses of water in energy production, from fuel source extractions to electricity generation.