CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition (CIRC), New Delhi has introduced the first of its kind 10 weeks online professional course on Energy Law and Policy. This course aims at providing a curriculum, which can be undertaken by inter-disciplinary professionals and students, having interest in gaining knowledge with reference to Indian Energy Sector, and its policy and regulatory framework. The programme has been prepared with an intention of creating dedicated professionals who are well trained in legal framework and contractual requirements for energy sector companies. Students will be exposed to the latest laws and judgments pertinent to the core energy sectors of India. The students are required to complete the course within scheduled 10 weeks, after the successful completion which, they will be awarded with a certificate.

This will be an introductory module on political economy of energy production and use and its implications for development. This module will provide basic grounding in the major features of global energy issues, sustainable energy and their interactions with economics, development, environment and policy.

This module will explore the aspects of Constitutional law and administrative implementation that underpin the theory and practice of energy law. The module will provide an overview for the Constitutional bases for the roles of the Centre and the State Governments in energy law.

This module covers the coal industry in three phases, i.e. the prospecting, exploitation and transporting & distribution, the regulatory and legislative regimes pertaining to these three phases. The module also discusses future prospects of coal mining in India, strategies to be adopted and also need for change in the existing policies.

This module covers the three sub sectors, i.e. upstream, midstream and downstream individually with specific emphasis to Pre and Post NELP era. This module will also cover the statutory frameworks and considerations taken into account by regulatory agencies for siting, licensing and certificating interstate/inter country pipelines, LNG terminals and city gas distribution networks.

This module will cover the Indian Electricity Sector and its regulations pertaining to generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity.

This module will focus on new energy sources, such as Nuclear Energy and in case of renewable energy sources, Solar Energy and Wind Energy. Special emphasis on the development of solar energy, wind energy and nuclear energy has been provided in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017). Therefore this module too gives emphasis on the regulatory and policy framework in these two sectors.

This module will examine the incentives for energy efficiency and conservation included in the legislations to address climate change and bridging the gap between power consumption and power availability.

One of the most challenging complications in Energy Sector is the conflict between the growth & development of energy resources on one hand and the environment policies on the other. This module focuses on inclusion of environment externalities in various regulations governing energy development and growth in India.

This module has been tailor made to identify the current opportunities and challenges in the Energy Sector. It not only covers the existing policy framework and practices in power distribution sector, but in energy infrastructure, power generation and power transmission sector among others.

The conduct of the online course is divided into two stages :
Stage 1: At the beginning of every week, a Module will be uploaded. Participants can download these Modules and study them within a week’s time.
Stage 2: After nine weeks of study, a week’s time will be given to the participants and thereafter an Online Examination will be conducted having 50 MCQs from the Modules.
Stage 3: Issue of certificate after successful completion of course as per the schedule.

Students keen to pursue higher (specialised) degrees in energy law or energy policy;
Government officials dealing with energy law & policy;
Corporate officials dealing with energy law & policy;
Civil society representatives dealing with energy law & policy;
Other people interested in getting basic grounding in overall energy law and policy in India.