MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Law students from across the country are participating virtually
in the 11th annual
National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, hosted March 10-13
West Virginia University
College of Law
A record 36 teams from 26 law schools are arguing in this year’s competition, which is organized by the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at WVU Law.
The problem involves the constitutionality of a state-enacted Clean Air Jobs Act that promotes the reduction of carbon emissions, stimulates development of renewable energy, establishes a net metering program, and calls for the closure of coal-fired power plants. In question is the Act's possible violation of the U.S. Constitution's prohibition against takings, as well as issues about federal/state jurisdiction over electricity markets and whether state policies can discriminate against out-of-state solar projects.