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Constellation Foundation Donates $450,000 to GW Law School for Energy Law and Policy Initiative
August 13, 2012
WASHINGTON--The George Washington University Law School today announced that the Constellation Foundation has donated $450,000 to the Law School to launch an energy law and policy initiative that will develop ideas and train leaders on legal and policy issues in the electric energy field. The initiative was designed to develop thought leadership on key legal and public policy issues related to the United States electric energy sector. It is scheduled to debut during the 2012-13 academic year.
“The electricity industry is evolving rapidly, from the deployment of Smart Grid technology to the expansion of competitive markets serving a growing number of business and residential customers,” said Mayo A. Shattuck III, chairman of the Constellation Foundation and Executive Chairman of Constellation’s parent company, Exelon Corp. “Many of the key policy matters that will frame this evolution will be developed and debated in the nation’s capital, making George Washington University Law School an ideal partner.”
The donation helps the Law School expand its energy law and policy offerings and funds the hiring of an advisor to launch the initiative, develop a research agenda, build an advisory board, convene stakeholder meetings and generate non-partisan thought leadership in this area.
“It is abundantly clear that America’s economic future depends in large part on our developing and maintaining a sound energy policy,” said Paul Schiff Berman, dean of GW Law. “With this generous contribution from the Constellation Foundation, GW Law is poised to become the national leader among law schools by becoming a trusted, non-partisan source of innovative thinking in this ever-changing sector.”
About The George Washington Law School
The George Washington Law School has taught energy law for more than 30 years. Three years ago, the school launched a new Masters in Law concentration in Energy and Environmental Law that this year will enroll 15 Masters students including seven from outside of the United States. The GW energy law program allows students to learn about utility regulation, the environmental aspects of energy production, siting and other issues related to alternative energy projects, project financing, atomic energy, air pollution control and climate change, energy restructuring, and more. GW also publishes one of the few energy law journals in the country, the student managed Journal of Energy and Environmental Law, and the school’s annual Maurice C and J.B. Shapiro Conference in March 2013 will focus on emerging energy law issues.
GW Law, long recognized as one of the top law schools in the country, pursues a distinctive research and learning mission that engages the leading law and policy questions of our time and provides students with an education that will position them to help change the world. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, the Law School was founded in 1865 and was the first law school in the District of Columbia. For more information on GW Law, please visit: www.law.gwu.edu.
Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp., is a leading competitive retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. Constellation’s retail business serves more than 100,000 business and public sector customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100, and nearly one million residential customers. For more information on Constellation visit www.constellation.com.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately $33 billion in annual revenues. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Exelon is the largest competitive U.S. power generator, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO). For more information on Exelon Corporation visit www.exeloncorp.com.
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