William C. Boyd
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.