Faculty Profile: David B Spence
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David Spence is Baker Botts Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, and Professor of Business Government & Society at the McCombs School of Business. Professor Spence is co-author of the leading energy law casebook, Energy, Economics and the Environment (Foundation Press), and has published numerous scholarly articles on subjects relating to energy policy, regulation and the regulatory process. Professor Spence’s research focuses on the law and politics of energy regulation, broadly defined. His scholarly writings address the environmental regulation of the oil and gas industry and the electric utility industry, as well as economic regulation (regulation of price and competition) in the public utility industry. He has Ph.D in political science from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina.
Courses for Spring 2021View Course History
Presentation: Complexity and the Political Economy of the Energy Transition
During the fall semester David Spence delivered a talk (based on a working paper) entitled “Complexity and the Political Economy of the Energy Transition” at the following universities: the Columbia University Law School, the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, the University of California School of Law, Duke University’s Nicholas Institute, and the University of Texas Energy Symposium.”
Presentation: The New Politics of (Energy) Market Entry
David Spence recently presented his paper “The New Politics of (Energy) Market Entry” to faculty research colloquia at the Vanderbilt University Law School and the Florida State University School of Law. While at FSU he also delivered the Fall 2017 Distinguished Faculty Lecture, “Complexity and the Energy Transition in the Age of Fracture.” David also presented as a panelist at the “Governing Green Power” conference at the University of Hawaii’s Richardson School of Law, and recently launched a new web site for law and policy scholarship addressing the difficult tradeoffs associated with the green energy transition (EnergyTradeoffs.com).