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This program, taught by Peter Funk, an energy and utility law attorney with Funk & Zeifer LLP, will provide an introductory overview of the scope and application of energy law. This will include a discussion of the primary areas and elements of federal and state energy law and how to identify energy law and regulatory or utility issues.
Energy law is not a specific type of law but rather encompasses a broad range of statutes, regulations, governmental activity and caselaw that apply specifically to energy-related sectors of our economy and to many other commercial and transactional areas. As a result, energy law ultimately impacts every entity and person in the US. This program will provide a broad overview of federal and state regulation of companies that extract, produce, transport, generate and transmit energy such as merchant power plants and utilities together with related environmental matters.
The discussion will include comments regarding national political risk factors in energy and environmental regulation, as demonstrated by abrupt changes between successive administrations. The program will also cover the energy-related provisions in statutes and regulations which impact federal governmental entities like HUD and state governmental entities such as municipalities and school districts, and which impose standards upon manufacturers of products such as energy efficiency in products - including provisions in the Uniform Commercial Code that can be applicable to energy supply transactions. In addition, this program will discuss governmental authorities that promote energy projects at the state level, such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and tax incentive provisions that are applicable to energy production facilities such as solar projects. Finally, the course will cover the applications of energy law to law practices so that practitioners can identify and be aware of the implications of energy law in client matters.
Peter Funk practices in the areas of energy and construction law and the financing of energy projects. His extensive background includes experience with renewable, alternative and conventional generation together with energy conservation and demand response projects. His representations also include numerous clients as to the purchase and sale of energy commodities and related tariff issues. He has an equally extensive background in utility law and in representing regulated electric and gas utilities with regard to regulatory agencies, generating plants and transmission and distribution matters.
During his years of practice, he has represented clients in the areas of renewable and alternative energy practice includes solar, hydro, landfill gas or animal waste
Mr. Funk also has also advised gas and electric utility companies and served in the role of outside general counsel for a gas and electric utility (with nuclear, conventional steam electric and hydro facilities). He has practiced before federal and state courts and regulatory agencies.
Peter Funk’s construction practice and experience
A member of the American and New York State bar associations and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Mr. Funk is a 1973 graduate of Boston University School of Law, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award.
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