Professor of Law

 

Contact

  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 380-C
  • Phone: 617-573-8103
  • Fax: 617-305-3090
  • Email: sferrey@suffolk.edu

Degrees

  • BA, Pomona College
  • MA, JD, University of California, Berkeley

Bar Admittance

  • CA
  • MA

Teaching

  • Contracts
  • Environmental Law
  • Energy Law
  • Transactional Skills & Contract Drafting

Biography

Sr. Counsel, National Consumer Law Center, Boston, 1977-85; Associate Professor, Suffolk, 1985-89; Professor, since 1989

 

Professional Activities

Advisor on privatization and sector reform for the World Bank and foreign governments in Asia, Africa, and Latin America; Presidentially Appointed Public Member, White House Domestic Policy Review, 1978-79; Advisor, U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment; MA Governors Task Force on Hazardous Waste, State of MA

 

 

Publications

Books

THE LAW OF INDEPENDENT POWER: DEVELOPMENT, COGENERATION, UTILITY REGULATION (2018)
 
THE LAW OF INDEPENDENT POWER: DEVELOPMENT, COGENERATION, UTILITY REGULATION (2017)
 
THE LAW OF INDEPENDENT POWER: DEVELOPMENT, COGENERATION, UTILITY REGULATION (2016)
 
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS (7th ed., 2016)
 
THE LAW OF INDEPENDENT POWER: DEVELOPMENT, COGENERATION, UTILITY REGULATION (2015)

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS (6th ed., 2013)

THE LAW OF INDEPENDENT POWER: DEVELOPMENT, COGENERATION, UTILITY REGULATION (Thomson/West, 2013)

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (5th ed., 2010)

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS (Aspen, 2010)

UNLOCKING THE GLOBAL WARMING TOOLBOX: KEY CHOICES FOR CARBON RESTRICTION AND SEQUESTRATION (PennWell Publishing, 2010)

RENEWABLE POWER IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: WINNING THE WAR ON GLOBAL WARMING (2006) (with Dr. Anil Cabraal)

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS (3d. ed., 2004)

THE NEW RULES: A GUIDE TO ELECTRIC MARKET REGULATION (2001)

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS (2d ed., 2001)

FOSTERING EQUITY IN URBAN CONSERVATION (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, 1982) (co-author)

 

Book Chapters

Chapter, in CLIMATE JUSTICE: CASE STUDIES IN GLOBAL AND REGIONAL GOVERNANCE CHALLENGES (ELI Press, R. Abate ed., 2017)
 
Chapter, in CLIMATE LAW ENCYCLOPEDIA (Edward Elgar Pub., D. Farber ed., 2016)
 
Energy, in RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND CLIMATE CHANGE (Edward Elgar Pub., J. Sarnoff ed., 2016)
 
Chapter on Intellectual Property Issues Affecting the Energy Sector, in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND CLIMATE CHANGE (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., J. Sarnoff ed., 2011)

Chapter, in ENERGIZING THE FUTURE: SUSTAINABILITY, POLICY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP (Wake Forest Univ. Law School, S. Shapiro ed., 2010)

Chapter in, K.K. DuVivier, ed.,, in THE RENEWABLE ENERGY READER (2012)

Chapter on Revisions to the CDM Mechanism, in IMPROVING THE KYOTO CDM PROCESS (Berlin: Lexion Publishers, M. Mehling ed., 2012)

Chapter, in SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER (Kluwer Law International/Aspen, H.H. Lidgard, J. Atik and T. Nguyen eds., 2011)

The Legal Dilemmas of the Kyoto Protocol for Carbon Control, in CLIMATE CHANGE: A READER (Carolina Academic Press, William H. Rodgers, Jr. et al. ed., 2011)

Sale of Electricity, in THE LAW OF CLEAN ENERGY: EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLES (ABA Press, M. Gerrard ed., 2011)

Debt and Equity Financing, in FINANCING RENEWABLE INFRASTRUCTURE IN DEVELOPING ECONOMIES (U.S. State Dept. Agency for International Development, J. Hamrin ed., 2010)

Legal Barriers to Sub-National Governance Techniques by U.S. States for Renewable Energy Promotion and GHG Control, in PROCEEDINGS OF THE U.N.I.T.A.R.- YALE CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE (United Nations; Yale University, 2010)

U.S. Carbon Regulation, in CLIMATE CHANGE: A GUIDE TO CARBON LAW AND PRACTICE (Global Law and Business, Paul Watchman ed., 2008)

Renewable and Decentralized Energy Options: State Promotion in the U.S., in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ENERGY ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Taylor & Francis, Barney L. Capehart ed., 2007)

Net Metering, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ENERGY ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Barney L. Capehart ed., 2007)

Power Purchase Agreements for Small Power Producers, in ESMAP KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE SERIES NO. 7 (The World Bank, 2006)

Officer and Director Liability for Environmental Law Violations, in MINIMIZING LIABILITY FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT. (1998) (with Michael P. Last) (ALI-ABA Course of Study)

Chapter, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE CONSUMER MOVEMENT (Stephen Brobeck ed., 1997)

Expert Opinion, in ELECTRIC DEREGULATION (1997)

Chapter 6, in IMPLEMENTATION OF SOLAR THERMAL TECHNOLOGY I (Cambridge: MIT Press, Ronal Larson and Roland West eds., 1996)

Chapter, in 18:1 PUBLIC UTILITIES LAW ANTHOLOGY (1995)

Introduction, in VOL. 15 PART 1 PUBLIC UTILITIES LAW ANTHOLOGY (1993)

The Successful Project: The Power Market, Economics and Tax Aspects, in HOT TOPICS IN GOVERNMENT REGULATION (Suffolk Univ. Law School Advanced Legal Studies, 1993)

Chapter on Venture Capital, in VENTURE CAPITAL MANUAL: INVESTMENT STRATEGY MANAGEMENT (Warren, Gorham & Lamont, Steven Lee ed., 1990)

Officer and Director Liability for Environmental Law Violations, in MINIMIZING LIABILITY FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT (Philadelphia, Penn.: American Law Institute-American Bar Institute, 1989)

Chapter, in WHAT WORKS: DOCUMENTING ENERGY CONSERVATION IN BUILDINGS (Washington, D.C.:American Council for Energy Efficient Economy, Jeffrey P. Harris and Carl Blumstein eds., 1984)

Chapter, in DECENTRALIZED ENERGY (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1982)

Chapter, in IMPACT OF ENERGY PROBLEMS ON REAL ESTATE (Washington, D.C.: Practising Law Institute, 1979)

 

Articles

Supreme Court Shifts Supremacy Doctrine – Preempting State Sustainability?, 50 ARIZ. ST. L. J. 515 (2018)

The Supreme Court’s Constitutional "Bright Line": Preempting Authority of 47 of 50 States, 10 NE. U. L. REV. 143 (2018)

The Second Element, First Priority, 24 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 41 (2018)

Mind the Gap: Supreme Court Contraction of Legal Discretion for the Executive Branch, 13 U. TEX. J. OIL GAS & ENERGY L. 119 (2018)

Supreme Court Strips States of Their Power over the World’s Second Most Important Technology, 69 BAYLOR L. REV. 315 (2017)

Chaos Theory: What Happens When the Lower Federal Courts Don’t Follow the Supreme Court, 6 U. MICH. J. ENVTL. & ADMIN. L. 151 (2017)

The Poles of Power: Magnetic Bi-Directional Turn of the Meter, 8 GEO. WASH. J. ENERGY & ENVTL. L. 39 (2017)

Siting Technology, Land-Use Energized, 66 CATH. U. L. REV. 1 (2017)

Net Legal Power, 53 SAN DIEGO L. REV. 221 (2017)

Eminent Domain and Serrated Power, 39 U. HAW. L. REV. 171 (2017)

The Medium Is the Message, 35 VA. ENVTL. L.J. 213 (2017)

Gone with the Wind: State Preemptive Power, 79 ALB. L. REV. 1479 (2017)

Legal Challenges for "Leaving It in the Ground:" Touchstone Developments and Holdings, 47 ENVTL. L. REP. 10312 (2017)

Moving the Legal Needle of Western Climate and Energy Options, 8 SAN DIEGO J. CLIMATE & ENERGY L. 129 (2017)

Unresolved Judicial Conflict and Critical Infrastructure, 3 TEX. A&M L. REV. 581 (2016)

Torquing the Levers of International Power, 15 WASH. U. GLOBAL STUD. L. REV. 255 (2016)

When a State Does the Circuit: State Administrative Discretion at the Jurisdictional Precipice, 21 NEXUS: CHAP. J.L. & POL'Y 21 (2016)

Presidential Executive Action: Unilaterally Changing the World’s Critical Technology and Infrastructure, 64 DRAKE L. REV. 43 (2016)

Pentagon Preemption: The 5-Sided Loss of Energy and Power, 2014 U. ILL. J.L. TECH. & POL'Y 393 (2015)

Courts Cap the 'Trade': Regulation of Competitive Markets When Courts Overturn State and Federal Cap-And-Trade Regulation, 117 W. VA. L. REV. 681 (2015)

California Challenges & Vulnerabilities of the New Business Model Design for Power, 6 SAN DIEGO J. CLIMATE & ENERGY L. 1 (2015)

State Refusal Triggers Constitutional Crisis: Past Is Prologue on Energy and Infrastructure, 34 REV. LITIG. 423 (2015)

Competitive Orders, the Final Monopoly, and the Second Most Important Invention in History, 8 KY. J. EQUINE AGRIC. & NAT. RESOURCES L. 75 (2015)

Ring-Fencing the Power Envelope of History’s Second Most Important Invention of All Time, 40 WM. & MARY ENVTL. L. & POL'Y REV. 1 (2015)

International Power on "Power", 45 ENVTL. L. 1063 (2015)

Reinventing the Core U.S. Technology Through the Push of New Regulation Leveraging Market Pull, 31 FLA. ST. U. J. LAND USE & ENVTL. L. 1 (2015)

Legal After-Shocks on the Energy Seismograph: Judicial Prohibition of Recent State Regulation and Promotion of Power, 45 ENVTL. L. REP. 10523 (2015)

Reinicilizando Los Vinculos Del Derecho Internacional: Mecanismos Y Protocolos De La Cop 20, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru Law School Revista Derecho & Sociedad, (2014) (published in Spanish language in law review)

Court Limitations on 'Cap-and-Trade' Regulation, 4 INT’L J.L. & LEGIS.77 (2014)

The Carbon Suite in the Hotel California: "We are all Prisoners Here, of our Own Device," 23 U.S.C. INTERDISC. L.J. 451 (2014)

Carbon Outlasts the Law: States Walk the Constitutional Line, 41 B.C.ENVTL. AFF. L. REV. 309 (2014)

Constitutional Disputes in Multiple Dimensions: The WashingtonPost, the Wall Street Journal, and Sustainable Energy, 25 FORDHAM ENVTL. L. REV. 251 (2014)

The Fifth Dimension: Legal Infrastructure, Cracks, and Governance, 15 MINN. J.L. SCI. & TECH. 469 (2014)

Solving the Multimillion Dollar Constitutional Puzzle Surrounding State "Sustainable" Energy Policy, 49 WAKE FOREST L. REV.121 (2014)

Carbonite Legal Conflict in California, 5 SAN DIEGO J. CLIMATE & ENERGY L. 95 (2014)

Wrinkles in the Administrative Fabric: Regulatory Initiatives and California Economic Development, 20 NEXUS: CHAP. J.L. & POL'Y 17 (2014)

The Double Helix of Supremacy and Commerce Clause Constitutional Restraints Encircling the New Energy Frontier, 7 NW. INTERDISC. L. REV. 1 (2014)

Can the Ninth Circuit Overrule the Supreme Court on the Constitution, 93 NEBRASKA L. REV. 807 (2014)

Broken at Both Ends: The Need to Reconnect Energy and Environment, 65 SYRACUSE L. REV. 53 (2014)

Virtual 'Nets" and Law: Power Navigates the Supremacy Clause, 24 GEORGETOWN INT'L ENVTL. L. REV. 267 (2013)

Corporate Energy Responsibility: International and Domestic Perspectives on Supply and Demand in the New Millennium, 25 FORDHAM ENVTL. L. REV. 84 (2013)

State Wars - The Empire Strikes Back, 65 BAYLOR L. REV. 1 (2013)

Plain Meaning and Moonshadow: Supreme Court Unanimity and Unexpected Consequences, 24 VILL. ENVTL. L.J. 1 (2013)

Administrative Restructuring and Renewable Energy: Best Legal Practices in Developing Economies, 3 J.L. & LEGIS 91 (2013)

Alternative Energy in a Spaghetti Western, 32 UTAH ENVTL. L. REV. 279 (2012)

Efficiency in the Regulatory Crucible: Navigating 21st Century 'Smart' Technology and Power, 3 GEO. WASH. J. ENERGY & ENVTL. L. 1 (2012)

Follow the Money! Article I and Article VI Constitutional Barriers to Renewable Energy in the U.S. Future, 17 VA J.L. & TECH. 89 (2012)

Earth, Air, Water & Fire: The Classical Elements Confront Land and Energy, 27 J. LAND USE & ENVTL. L. 259 (2012)

Changing Venue of International Governance and Finance: Exercising Legal Control over the $100 Billion per Year Climate Fund, 30 U. WIS. J. INT'L L. 26 (2012)

A Comparison of Renewable Portfolio Standards and Feed-In Tariffs as Legislative Mechanisms to Provide Renewable Power Incentives: Impacts on Power Supply, Transmission, and Grid Intermittency, 1 KLRI J.L. & LEGIS. 93 (2011)

The New Climate Metric: The Sustainable Corporation and Energy, 46 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 383 (2011)

Threading the Constitutional Needle with Care: The Commerce Clause Threat to the New Infrastructure of Renewable Power, 7 TEX. J. OIL, GAS & ENERGY L. 59 (2011)

International Alchemy within the Post-Copenhagen World: Transforming Critical Infrastructure across Two Hundred Divergent Economies, 34 HASTINGS INT'L & COMP. L. REV. 303 (2011)

Cubing the Kyoto Protocol: Post-Copenhagen Regulatory Reforms to Reset the Global Thermostat, 28 UCLA J. ENVTL.L. & POL'Y 343 (2010)

The Ruggie United Nations Principles Framing International Indigenous Human Rights, 33 SUFFOLK TRANSNAT'L L. REV. 409 (2010)

FiT in the USA: Constitutional Questions About State-Mandated Renewable Tariffs, 148 :6 PUBLIC UTILITIES FORTNIGHTLY 60 (2010)

Post-Copenhagen: The 'New' Math, Legal 'Additionality" and Climate Warming, 23 :3 ELECTRICITY J. 6 (2010)

Renewable Energy and International Climate Controls, ELECTRICITY J. (2010)

The Failure of International Global Warming Regulation to Promote Needed Renewable Energy, 37 B.C. ENVTL. AFF. L. REV. 67 (2010)

Fire and Ice: World Renewable Energy and Carbon Control Mechanisms Confront Constitutional Barriers, 20 DUKE ENVTL. L. & POL'Y F. 125 (2010) (lead author with co-authors)

Restructuring a Green Grid: Legal Challenges to Accommodate New Renewable Energy Infrastructure, 39 ENVTL. L. (Lewis and Clark Law School) 977 (2010)

Past is Prologue: Recent Carbon Regulation Disputes in Europe Shape the U.S. Carbon Future, 16 MO. ENVTL. L. & POL'Y REV. 650 (2009)

The Superfund Cost Allocation Liability Conflicts Among the Federal Courts, 11 VT. J. ENVTL. L. 249 (2009)

Auctioning the Building Blocks of Life: Carbon Auction, the Law and Global Warming, 23 NOTRE DAME J.L. ETHICS & PUB. POL'Y 317 (2009)

When 1 + 1 No Longer Equals 2: The New Math of Legal "Additionality' Controlling World and U.S. Global Warming Regulation, 10 MINN. J.L. SCI. & TECH. 591 (2009)

Inverting the Law: Superfund Hazardous Waste Liability and Supreme Court Reversal of Federal Circuits, 33 WM. & MARY ENVTL. L. & POL'Y REV. 633 (2009)

Gatekeeping Global Warming: The International Role of Environmental Assessments and Regulation in Controlling Choices for Future Power Development, 19 FORDHAM ENVTL. L. REV. 101 (2009)

The Missing International Link for Carbon Control, 22 :3 ELECTRICITY J. 17 (2009)

Carbon and the Constitution: State GHG Policies Confront Federal Roadblocks, 147 :4 PUBLIC UTILITIES FORTNIGHTLY 40 (2009)

Goblets of Fire: Potential Constitutional Impediments to the Regulation of Global Warming, 35 ECOLOGY L.Q. 835 (2008)

Power Paradox: The Algorithm of Carbon and International Development, 19 STAN. L. & POL'Y REV. 510 (2008)

Corporate Responsibility and Carbon-Based Life Forms, 35 B.C. ENVTL. AFF. L. REV. 419 (2008)

Why Electricity Matters, Developing Nations Matter, and Asia Matters Most of All, 15 N.Y.U. ENVTL. L.J. 113 (2007)

Converting Brownfield Environmental Negatives into Energy Positives, 34 B.C. ENVTL. AFF. L. REV. 417 (2007)

Corporate Governance and Rational Energy Choices, 31 WM. & MARY ENVTL. L. & POL'Y REV. 113 (2006)

Renewable Orphans: Adopting Legal Renewable Standards at the State Level, 19 ELECTRICITY J. 52 (2006)

Constitutional Barriers Confronting State Renewable Energy Programs, 3 :3 ENERGY COMMITTEE'S NEWSL. 1 (2006)

Power Future, 15 DUKE ENVTL. L. & POL'Y F. 261 (2005)

Inverting Choice of Law in the Wired Universe: Thermodynamics, Mass, and Energy, 45 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1839 (2004)

Sustainable Energy, Environmental Policy, and States' Rights: Discerning the Energy Future Through the Eye of the Dormant Commerce Clause, 12 N.Y.U. ENVTL. L.J. 507 (2004)

Soft Paths, Hard Choices: Environmental Lessons in the Aftermath of California's Electric Deregulation Debacle, 23 VA. ENVTL. L.J. 251 (2004)

Net Zero: Distributed Generation and FERC's MidAmerican Decision, 17 ELECTRICITY J. 33 (2004)

Nothing but Net: Renewable Energy and the Environment, MidAmerican Legal Fictions, and Supremacy Doctrine, 14 DUKE ENVTL. L. & POL'Y F. 1 (2003)

Exit Strategy: State Legal Discretion to Environmentally Sculpt the Deregulating Electric Environment, 26 HARVARD ENVTL. L. REV. 109 (2002)

The Eagles of Deregulation: The Role of the Courts in a Restructured Environment, 32 ENVTL. L. 297 (2002)

Defining Power: Electrons and the Law, 32 ENVTL. L. REP. (ENVTL. LAW INST.) 10038 (2002)

Electricity, Contract Rules, and the Environment: Welcome to the Hotel California, 31 ENVTL. L. REP. (ENVTL. LAW INST.) 11475 (2001)

No Exit: Shaping the New Electric Market, 13 :5 ELECTRICITY J. 30 (2000)

Renewable Subsidies in the Age of Deregulation, 135 :22 PUBLIC UTILITIES FORTNIGHTLY 22 (1997)

The QF Cost Dilemma: PURPA Enforcement and Deregulation, 10 :2 ELECTRICITY J. 62 (1997)

In From the Cold: Energy Efficiency and the Reform of HUD's Utility Allowance System, 32 HARVARD J. ON LEGIS. 145 (1995)

The New Wave: Superfund Allocation Strategies and Outcomes, 25 ENV'T REP. (BNA) 790 (1994)

Allocation and Uncertainty in the Age of Superfund: A Critique of the Redistribution of CERCLA Liability, 3 N.Y.U. ENVTL. L.J. 36 (1994)

Shaping American Power: Federal Preemption and Technological Change, 11 VA. ENVTL. L.J. 47 (1991)

The Electric Wheel of Fortune, 10 AMICUS J. 10 (1988)

Hard Times, 10 AMICUS J. 111 (1988)

The Toxic Time Bomb: Municipal Liability for the Cleanup of Hazardous Waste, 57 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 197 (1988)

Toxic Shell Game, 9 :3 AMICUS J. 7 (1987)

Cold Power: Energy and Public Housing, 23 HARV. J. ON LEGIS. 33 (1986)

HUD Utility Allowance Program Spawns More Disputes with Public Housing Tenants, 19 :7 CLEARINGHOUSE REV. 737 (1985)

Electtric Power in America, 5 :3 AMICUS J. 4 (1984)

The Frost Belt Tightens, 4 :3 AMICUS J. 38 (1983)

The Third World's Wood Crisis, AMICUS J. (1982)

Urban Solutions, AMICUS J. (1982)

Solar Banking: Constructing New Solutions to the Urban Energy Crisis, 18 HARV. J. ON LEGIS. 483 (1981)

Eclipsing the Cities, J. AMER. PLANNING ASS'N (1979)

Energy Needs of the Poor: A Saga of Ongoing Legislative Neglect and Local Abuse, 11 :4 CLEARINGHOUSE REV. 331 (1977)

The Ghosts of Cold November: An Examination of HUD's Energy Conservation Policy for the Poor, 11 :1 CLEARINGHOUSE REV. 1 (1977)

OTHER   PUBLICATIONS

Small-Scale Generation, Viewpoint (World Bank) (2013) (with Alejandro Moreno)

Hot Topics in Government Regulation, Suffolk University Law School: Advanced Legal Studies (1993)

Turning Power into a Brand Name, February 9, THE BOSTON GLOBE (1988)