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WVU Law Appoints First Energy Fellow

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—The Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the West Virginia UniversityCollege of Law has named Beren Argetsinger its first Fellow in Energy and Environmental Law and Policy. The fellowship is a one-year appointment through the summer of 2014.

Argetsinger is a 2013 graduate of Pace University School of Law and he holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. His experience includes internships at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement and with the litigation team at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York.

Argetsinger’s recent scholarship has focused on regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act. It’s a priority issue for the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development over the next few months. He has also written in the areas of shale gas development, interest electric transmission facilities, and integration of renewable energy resources.

As the Fellow for Energy and Environmental Law and Policy, Argetsinger will support the research and scholarship of the center’s affiliated faculty, law professors Patrick McGinleyJoshua Fershee, and Alison Peck.

He will assist with the Center’s two major events: the 4th Annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, March 27-29, 2014; and the annual Energy and Sustainability Conference, February 24, 2014.

Argetsinger will also maintain and contribute to the center’s blog, Energy Forward, and help prepare for the College of Law’s new Energy and Sustainable Development Law. Pending approval by the American Bar Association, the LL.M. will be offered in fall 2014.

“We are very pleased to have Beren join us,” said James Van Nostrand, associate professor of law and director of the center. “The field of candidates included graduates from some of the leading law schools in the country. Beren has the impressive academic credentials and experience that will be an asset to the work of the energy center.”

The Center for Energy and Sustainable Development was established at WVU in 2011 to conduct objective, unbiased research and policy analyses; provide a forum for issues to be explored by stakeholders; and to promote policies that strike a balance between the development of energy resources and the protection of the valuable air and water supplies upon which future generations will depend.


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