Renewable Energy for the 21st Century: Law, Policy & Markets | L4506

Renewable Energy for the 21st Century will help prepare students for future involvement in this dynamic sector. In this regard, students will be introduced to the policy and legal framework involving renewables and energy efficiency as well as important technological and market-based issues. The course will include lectures and presentations from many of the top people at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the nation's principal research and development center for renewable electricity and fuels, as well as other outside experts. The first two-thirds of the course will involve a range of experts who will explain the technologies, policies, and markets that are driving the development and implementation of renewable energy. Students will be assigned a series of reading assignments to supplement these lectures. During this segment of the course, students will be introduced to topics ranging from the role of federal and state policies in promoting renewables and energy efficiency to overcoming barriers to major renewable energy projects. The final third of the course will involve student presentations and the submission of a paper on a topic related to the subject matter of the course. The final two class sessions will summarize topics covered and include a dialog with NREL senior policy analysts to test the students' knowledge developed during the semester. In addition to the above, the course will emphasize the on-going and cutting-edge debates that surround renewable energy policy making in the U.S. and internationally.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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