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Permitting Offshore Wind Energy (LAWS 1909)

Course Info

This course offers an administrative/environmental law case study, focusing on how the Icebreaker Wind Project in northeast Ohio triggered the need for permits under several federal and state laws. The class will focus on the relevant laws and regulations, the process employed to comply with the permitting requirements, and the approvals and permits received. The course is especially suited to those interested in the environment and renewable energy as well as those who may plan to enter fields that require an understanding of administrative law.

Prof. Nagusky

Prof. Beth Nagusky

Beth Nagusky has over 30 years of environmental law experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She served as Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, State Energy Director, Director of the Maine Renewable Power Association, and as an attorney with the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Environment Northeast (Acadia Center). After returning to Ohio, Beth worked with the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) to secure the nearly one dozen state and federal permits and approvals needed for the Icebreaker Wind Project, a 6 turbine offshore wind demonstration project proposed 8 miles off the coast of Cleveland. Icebreaker will be North America’s first freshwater offshore wind project.


The syllabus for your course is available on Canvas.


** No Textbooks Required **

Study Aids

These study aids are available online.  Please click the hyperlinked title to view them. For instructions on how to use the specific platforms, including troubleshooting, please view Andy Dorchak's Study Aids Research Guide.


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CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) Environmental Law lessons


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Quimbee Environmental Law materials

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