Research Tracks

Track 1 | Governing the Energy Future

Projects within this track address US federal and state laws and the laws of other nations, directly and in comparison, with a critical eye toward governance structures appropriate for a capital intensive industry that uses rapidly evolving technology, delivers a vital service and must be reliable, affordable and, ideally, universally available. Jurisdictional boundaries, decision-making processes, inter-agency coordination, assuring the security of critical infrastructure, and enforcement are central themes. Work product may include research papers, model laws or regulations and "best practices" for governance.

Track 2 | Institutions, Infrastructure, Supply & Markets

This research is intended to advance the dialogue between and among industry, government, and other stakeholders on new or improved policies that support or advance the goal of creating a sustainable energy economy. Central themes include mechanisms to assure sufficient capital is invested in infrastructure, including new generation, electric energy storage, transmission, other smart grid infrastructure, demand side management, energy efficiency, exploration & production, gas storage, LNG facilities and oil & gas transportation, models for financing infrastructure, developing legal structures to support new business models (e.g., the "utility of the future"), and new technologies (e.g., grid-scale electric energy storage), and building efficient and transparent energy markets.

Track 3 | Removing Barriers To Innovation And Evolution

This track is intended to develop information and resources with immediate practical applications for industry and regulators by identifying obstacles under existing law and creative solutions for building the infrastructure that was not anticipated by current law; and identifying impacts for which legal constraints and remedies may be needed in the near term. Analyzing and applying existing law, and identifying "gaps" in the law, as relevant to emerging technologies and new applications of existing technology are the central themes. Work emerging from this track may be of immediate use to owners and operators of developing technologies (off-shore wind, energy storage) and would inform work to be undertaken pursuant to Track 2.

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