In the first half of the semester, we will explore the statutes, regulations, case law, and public policy that underpin the development of Texas' oil & natural gas resources, especially "unconventional" shale development. We will also examine the regulated transmission and retail delivery of natural gas and electricity. Particular focus will be on the workings of the Texas Railroad Commission, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and ERCOT. In the second half of the semester, we discuss renewable energy development, including the creation of CREZ (competitive renewable energy zones), and the steps which lead Texas to being the nation's #1 wind energy state. Additional focus will relate to EPA regulations and US Supreme Ct. cases which affect energy extraction and power generation, particularly the 'Clean Power Plan.'