As the world moves toward shale gas, renewable energy, and alternative vehicle technologies, many interesting policy issues arise. These issues are the subject of discussion among engineers, scientists, policymakers, nongovernmental organizations such as environmental groups and the public. All influence public policy decision making. Focusing on current hot topics in energy policy, students will learn the basic principles of public policy analysis and underlying techniques such as program evaluation, cost benefit analysis, life cycle analysis, prince analysis, and risk analysis as well as the variety of policy mechanisms available. Class time will include a combination of faculty and guest speaker lectures, discussion of issues, videos, and problem solving. Upon completion of this course, students should have a deeper and more strategic understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with emerging energy policies. Open to graduate students and seniors. Open to juniors with permission only.
While the course has no prerequisites, students should feel comfortable with scientific and technical topics.