William Boyd

Professor of Law & John H. Schultz Energy Law Fellow

401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 443
Phone: (303) 492-7320
E-mail: william.boyd@colorado.edu

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William Boyd is Professor of Law and John H. Schultz Energy Law Fellow at the University of Colorado Law School. He is also Director of the Laboratory for Energy & Environmental Policy innovation (LEEP) and a fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Professor Boyd teaches and conducts research in the areas of energy law & regulation, climate change law & policy, and environmental law. His current research focuses on the history of public utility regulation in the United States; the design and regulation of markets for electricity and natural gas; subnational policy innovation on clean energy and climate change; the history of formal approaches to risk in U.S. health, safety, and environmental law; and the role of science and technology in law. He has received several awards for previous scholarship. Two of his law review articles have been selected as among the top five in the field for the year. He received the 2002 Alice Hamilton Prize from the American Society of Environmental History. And, most recently, his book The Slain Wood: Papermaking and its Environmental Consequences in the American South was awarded the 2016 Edelstein Prize by the Society for the History of Technology.

Professor Boyd joined the Colorado Law faculty in 2008. He received his Ph.D. from the Energy & Resources Group at UC-Berkeley and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. After law school, Professor Boyd clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the United State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Boyd then served as American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow and Counsel on the Democratic minority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. He then practiced energy, environmental, and climate change law with the firm of Covington & Burling LLP in Washington DC.

Professor Boyd continues to be actively involved in legislative and regulatory debates on energy and climate change at state, national, and international levels. In addition to his work as Director of the Laboratory for Energy & Environmental Policy innovation (LEEP) at CU Boulder, he is the project lead for the Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF), www.gcftaskforce.org, a unique subnational collaboration between 35 states and provinces from Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and the United States that is working to develop regulatory frameworks to reduce emissions from deforestation and land use.

Published Books

The Slain Wood: Paper Making and its Environmental Consequences in the American South (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015).


Accidents of Federalism: Ratemaking and Policy Innovation in Public Utility Law, 63 UCLA L. Rev. 810 (2016) (with Ann E. Carlson).
Environmental Law, Big Data, and the Torrent of Singularities, 64 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 544 (2016) (Symposium Essay).
Public Utility and the Low Carbon Future, 61 UCLA L. Rev.1614 (2014).
Responding to Climate Change and the Global Land Crisis: REDD+, Market Transformation, and Low-Emissions Rural Development, 368 Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 20120167 (2013) (with D. Nepstad, C. Stickler, T. Bezerra, and A. Azevedo).
More Food, More Forests, Fewer Emissions, Better Livelihoods: Linking REDD+, Sustainable Supply Chains, and Domestic Policies in Brazil, Indonesia, and Colombia, 4 CARBON MANAGEMENT 639 (2013) (with D. Nepstad, et al.).
Genealogies of Risk: Searching for Safety, 1930s-1970s, 39 Ecology Law Quarterly 895 (2012).
Law, Environment, and the Non-Dismal Social Sciences, 8 Annual Review of Law & Social Science 183 (2012) (with Douglas A. Kysar & Jeffrey J. Rachlinski).
The Curious Case of Greening in Carbon Markets, 41 Environmental Law 73 (2011) (with James Salzman).
Climate Change, Fragmentation, and the Challenges of Global Environmental Law: Elements of a Post-Copenhagen Assemblage, 32 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 457 (2010).
Ways of Seeing in Environmental Law: How Deforestation Became an Object of Climate Governance, 37 Ecology Law Quarterly 843 (2010) reprinted in 43 Land Use & Environmental Law Review (2012).
Making Meat, 42 Technology & Culture 631 (2001). Reprinted in Environmental History and the American South, P. Sutter and C. Manganiello (eds.) University of Georgia Press (2009).
Controlling Toxic Harms: The Struggle over Dioxin Contamination in the Pulp and Paper Industry, 21 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 345 (2002).
Industrial Dynamics and the Problem of Nature, 14 Society & Natural Resources 555 (2001) (with Scott Prudham and Rachel Schurman).
International Institutional Arrangements for Environment and Development: A Post-Rio Assessment, 1 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 295 (1992) (with Lee Kimball).

Book Chapters

Deforestation and Emerging Greenhouse Gas Compliance Regimes: Toward a Global Environmental Law of Forests, Carbon, and Climate Governance, in Deforestation and Climate Change: Reducing Carbon Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, V. Bosetti and R. Lubowski (eds.) Edward Elgar (2010).
Manufacturing Green Gold: Industrial Tree Improvement and the Power of Heredity in the Post-War United States, in Industrializing Organisms: Introducing Evolutionary History, Philip Scranton and Susan Schrepfer (eds.) Routledge (2004) (with Scott Prudham).
Wonderful Potencies: Deep Structure and the Problem of Monopoly in Agricultural Biotechnology., in Engineering Trouble: Genetic Engineering and its Discontents, Dennis Kelso and Rachel Schurman (eds.) University of California Press (2003).
The Forest is the Future? Industrial Forestry and the Southern Pulp and Paper Complex, in The Second Wave: Southern Industrialization, 1940-1970s, Philip Scranton (ed.), University of Georgia Press (2001).
Agro-Industrial Just-In-Time, (with Michael Watts) in Globalising Food: Agrarian Questions and Global Restructuring, David Goodman and Michael Watts (eds.) Routledge (1997) (with Michael Watts).

Other Publications

Highly Reliable Organizations in the Onshore Natural Gas Sector: An Assessment of Current Practices, Regulatory Frameworks, and Select Case Studies, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, NREL/SR-6A50-67941, 1-81 (NREL 2017) (with E. Paranhos and T. Kozak).
A Review of Water and Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Unconventional Natural Gas Development in The United States, 2 MRS ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY: A REVIEW JOURNAL 1-21 (2015) (with D. Arent et al.).
Controlling Methane Emissions in the Natural Gas Sector: A Review of Federal & State Regulatory Frameworks Governing Production, Gathering, Processing, Transmission, and Distribution, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, NREL/TP-6A50-63416, 1-79 (NREL 2015) (with E. Paranhos, T. Kozak, J. Bradbury, D. Steinberg, and D. Arent).
A Review of Sector and Regional Trends in U.S. Electricity Markets: Focus on Natural Gas, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, NREL/TP-6A50-64652, 1-56 (NREL 2015) (with J. Logan and K. Medlock).
Natural Gas and the Transformation of the U.S. Energy Sector: Electricity, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, NREL/TP-6A50-55538, 1-240 (NREL 2012) (with J. Logan, G. Heath, E. Paranhos, H. Carlson, K., and J. Macknick).
Overview of Subnational Programs to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) as Part of the Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA. 1023811. (2012) (with D. Nepstad, J. Niles, A. Azevedo, T. Bezerra, K. Schwalbe, B. Smid, C. Stickler, R. Vidal).
Reframing REDD+, Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazonia (IPAM), (2012) (with D. Nepstad, P. Moutinho, A. Azevedo, T. Bezerra, B. Smid, M. Stabile, C. Stickler, O. Stella).
International Forest Carbon and the Climate Change Challenge: Issues and Options, Nicholas Institute Report, Duke University, (2009) (with L. Olander, K. Lawlor, E. Madeira, and J. Niles).
Considering Technology within the UN Climate Change Negotiations, Energy Research Center of the Netherlands, ECN-E-08-077 (2008) (with M. Bazilian, H. de Coninck, M. Radka, S. Nakhooda, I. McGill, A. Amin, F. von Malmborg, J. Uosukainene, and R. Bradley).

Selected Press, Media & Publicity

States Worldwide Still Struggle to Save Their Trees | ClimateWire | Tuesday, September 6, 2016
$1.2 Million Awarded to Research Projects to Help Los Angeles County Thrive Despite Climate Change | UCLA Newsroom | Thursday, February 18, 2016
States and Provinces Rise to the Challenge on Climate Action | Skoll World Forum | Friday, June 12, 2015
International Governors Group Signs Deforestation Reduction Commitment in Brazil | ClimateWire | Thursday, August 14, 2014
Professor Boyd Speaks About Climate Change | BBC World Service News | Friday, May 23, 2014
'There's lots of lawyering to be done' as pollution, energy disputes cross borders | GREENWIRE | Monday, April 30, 2012
Is natural gas killing coal? | MIDWEST ENERGY NEWS | Monday, April 16, 2012
Farm Focus for Saving Trees | NATURE | Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Power Plant's Closing Could Create Problems | THE NEW YORK TIMES | Saturday, February 11, 2012
Planet's Green Guardians Under Siege | CHINA DAILY | Sunday, October 9, 2011
Deadly Peril for Earth's Fragile Canopy | INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE - ASIA | Monday, October 3, 2011
With Death of Forests a Loss of Key Climate Protectors | THE NEW YORK TIMES | Saturday, October 1, 2011
The Earth's Forests in Distress | INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE - EUROPE | Saturday, October 1, 2011


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