About Energy Innovation

Meeting the world’s growing energy needs in a sustainable and secure fashion stands as one of the great challenges of the 21st century. The Energy Innovation Initiative at Colorado Law brings together leaders from government, law, finance, industry, and academia to address key aspects of this challenge and develop innovative approaches and solutions across a range of sectors. The Initiative builds on the law school’s deep expertise in technology, entrepreneurship, energy and natural resources to support research and analysis on the critical policy, regulatory, and business aspects of the energy innovation challenge; training for students and professionals; and an ongoing series of public lectures, workshops, and conferences.

The initiative’s series for academic year 2014-15 begins with the seventh annual Schultz Lecture, delivered by President and CEO of High Sierra Energy, James Burke. Mr. Burke will discuss the Water-Energy Nexus in unconventional oil and gas operations. Past Schultz lecturers include Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Tony Clark, U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, former Undersecretary for Energy Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, Duke Energy CEO James Rogers, and Dr. Daniel Yergin. Other upcoming events in the Energy Innovation Series will focus specifically on community level approaches to sustainable energy, the growing cross-border integration of North American energy markets, the role of intellectual property in clean energy companies, and energy market design challenges.

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