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Spring 2013-2014
ENE 587 / WWS 586H   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Managing the Transition to a Clean Energy Economy: Renewable Power in the US

Michael H. Schwartz

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the structure of US energy markets and how renewable power integrates into this market and explores the underlying technology, policy and commercial dynamic that will shape the industry for the next decade. The goal of course is to use this knowledge base to identify new policy constructs or revisions to existing policies that have the potential for driving sustainable investment and thereby realizing the potential of renewable power to transform the US power sector.

Sample reading list:
Energy Information Agency, Short Term Energy Outlook
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Distributed Generation Capital Costs
Eric Martinot, Ryan Wiser, Jan Hamric, Renewable Energy Policy and Markets in the US
Joseph E. Aldy, Promoting Clean Energy in the American Power Sector: A Propo
Harrison Fel and Joshua Linn, Renewable Electricity Policies, Heterogeneity and Cost Effec
Chris Groobey, J. Pierce, M.Faber, G.Broome, Project Finance Primer for Renewable Energy & Clean Tech Pro

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
The course is organized around three basic dynamics that will shape the form and structure of the renewable power industry: technology, policy and commercial structuring. Readings will be made available for each topical area and students will be expected to come to class prepared for discussion/review. Readings/discussion may be modified based upon current events. A day trip to sites of PV solar and wind generation plants is contemplated. Trip attendance is optional but recommended.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43349 C01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   64   Enrolled:17 Limit:25