Call For Proposals

Proposals due:  Monday, April 21, 2014
On Friday, November 7, 2014, the University of San Diego School of Law will host its Sixth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.  With this Call for Proposals, you are invited to submit a title and abstract of an article that you can present at the Symposium and publish in the Sixth Volume of the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law.  If we select your proposal, the University will pay for all travel expenses to and from the Symposium. Also, you must submit your completed article to the Journal’s editors by Monday, December 8, 2014 for consideration in the Sixth Volume. View agendas and webcasts of past symposia.
The theme of our 2014 Climate & Energy Law Symposium is “Innovative Regulatory and Business Models in a Changing Electric Industry.” Regulatory frameworks and business models for electric utilities developed decades ago, and the fundamentals of the landscape are changing. Public policy, technological, and economic shifts are undermining the logic of the current system. Policies to encourage energy efficiency, increase renewable energy production, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions are changing the context in which the industry operates. Technological innovations, including distributed photovoltaics, smart meters, and energy storage are enabling customers to understand and control their energy needs. Slower economic growth, increased efficiency, and more distributed generation are contributing to slower load growth. The confluence of these factors presents challenges and opportunities for the electric industry.
At the University of San Diego’s Sixth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium, academic and policy experts will analyze and assess three aspects of this complex issue.
  • Regulatory Changes: What regulatory changes will be needed to accommodate advancing technologies and the economic realities of the future? How can we align incentives of utilities, customers, and resource developers in a way that ensures equity and does not stifle innovation? What changes are needed to the utility ratemaking process both how utilities make money and how customers are charged for the energy services they use and provide? How can we achieve environmental goals and maintain reliability?
  • Utility Business Models: What utility business models could accommodate the projected changes? What functions and services should remain with regulated electric utilities and what functions could be provided by other entities? Are there existing examples of business models that could be applied to the changing landscape of the electric industry? What structure can meet overarching policy goals while maintaining viable utilities?
  • Market Structures: What market structures would facilitate exchange of services and value between utilities and customers? What attributes, market rules, and standards would be necessary to ensure transparency, encourage innovation, and create stability?
All article proposals related to these broad issues in climate and energy law are welcome.  It is not necessary for an article to focus specifically on California law and policy.  If you are interested in participating, please submit the following materials to Zachary Flati, Editor-in-Chief of the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law, at
  1. The proposed title of your article and a brief 300 word abstract;
  2. Your CV; and,
  3. Written acknowledgement that you will attend the Symposium on Friday, November 7, 2014, and submit a complete draft of your article to the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law by Monday, December 8, 2014. 
The University of San Diego Climate & Energy Law Symposium is co-hosted by the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law.
Please submit your proposal by Monday, April 21, 2014. We look forward to hearing from you. 


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