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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

Introductory Resources

Energy laws govern the use of all types of energy, both renewable and non-renewable. The practice of energy law involves a wide range of issues, including environmental policy, negotiation of property interests, utility regulation, and federal taxation. This guide is primarily focused on the sale and distribution of energy and natural resources. The sources below will be useful when beginning research in this area of law.

  • Patrick H. Martin and Bruce M. Kramer, Williams & Meyers, Oil and Gas Law (LexisNexis Matthew Bender) - available on Lexis. This treatise is a comprehensive survey of the law surrounding oil and gas transactions. Oil and gas conveyances, lease-express provisions and implied covenants are just a few of the topics covered. Sample forms and an extensive glossary are included online.

  • Steven Ferrey, Law of Independent Power: Development/Cogeneration/Utility Regulation.  The most current edition is available on Westlaw. This treatise addresses the statutory, administrative, judicial and practical aspects of independent power and co-generation law, including coverage of engineering, distribution, marketing, financial, and tax issues.  

  • David J. Muchow and William A. Mogel, Energy Law and Transactions (LexisNexis Matthew Bender) - available on Lexis. This treatise describes both traditional energy forms such as gas, electricity, oil and coal, and newer ones such as biomass and cogeneration. The basic principles of energy law including establishing rates and tariffs, and the law of public utilities are summarized. Other chapters focus on antitrust, conservation and transportation of energy. Practice and procedure and international chapters round out the subject area. Glossaries, charts, tables, model forms, and other aids are included in the Energy Handbook chapters.

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