Energy and the Environment

Energy and the Environment

The Energy and Environment is designed primarily to examine the environmental effects of energy policy in the United States and abroad. The course will begin with an examination of market power and regulation of the energy market, including rate regulation principles. In particular, students will consider the use of water, coal, petroleum, natural gas, coal bed methane and nuclear materials for energy production, and the licensing, siting and environmental issues involved. Also covered in the course will be global energy related issues, including climate change, protection of fragile environments and human rights issues. The course also looks at emerging energy production alternatives such as cool and hot renewables, energy conservation, and green programs. The text used will be Bosselman, et. al., Energy, Economics and the Environment (3nd Ed), and evaluation will be by an examination at the end of the semester.