Renewable Energy for the 21st Century: Law, Policy & Markets | L4506Su2012

Renewable Energy for the 21st Century will help prepare students for future involvement in this dynamic sector. 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 several 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 three days of the course will involve a range of experts who will explain the technologies, policies, and markets that are driving the development and deployment of renewable energy. Students will be assigned a series of brief 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 fourth day of the course will involve student team exercises and debates on legal, regulatory and policy issues. The final day of the course will include tours of the main campus of NREL in Golden and the National Wind Technology Center near Boulder. A hosted lunch and afternoon discussion to test the students' knowledge developed during the week will conclude the course. Class participation and submission of a paper on a topic related to the subject matter of the course will determine the grade for each student.

Prerequisites: N/A
Credit Hours: N/A
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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