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Energy Law Research Guide

This guide is intended as a starting point for research on energy law, especially the transportation, distribution, and sale of energy and energy-related natural resources in interstate commerce. Both primary and secondary materials in print and electroni

Primary Law Sources

Primary law sources consist of cases, statutes, and regulatory rules and decisions.  Energy law is an interdisciplinary area of law, and as such, primary law can arise from both state and federal case law, statutes, and regulatory agencies.  

Within this section you will find pages with information on finding Federal case law and regulatory agency information.  State law and regulatory agencies vary from state to state.  

The primary Federal agencies that are involved in creating and regulating aspects of energy creation and consumption are:

  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of the Interior (DOI)
  • Bureau of Reclamation (BR)
  • Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA)
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)