Introduction to Energy Policy

Anna Mikulska, William Hederman
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This course provides an advanced introduction to the design and delivery of energy policy at various levels of government in the U.S. and elsewhere. Energy—especially in the context of economic development and environmental sustainability—presents a career-defining challenge to many disciplines and professions. This course, therefore, is intended to provide an organizing foundation for courses across the schools of Law, Wharton, Design, SAS, and SEAS. The first half of the course will offer readings and lectures on systems theory, the energy system, the policy process, design thinking, policy design, decision analysis, and emerging issues. The second half of the course will use this foundation to explore a set of timely energy policy issues using readings and student presentations. Issues will include: disruption of legacy business models in energy markets, carbon budgets and tax and trade policies, compliance options under EPA's Clean Power Plan, energy efficiency and rebound, grid reliability and investment, emerging technologies such as energy storage, stranded assets and corporate sustainability, and others. Students will write two short papers in the first half of class, give a presentation in the second half, and write a research paper on an energy policy issue as a final project.

Fall 2019: This course will meet on Monday from 2:00 - 4:50 PM.
This is a required course for the Energy Management and Policy Certificate. Please note that this is a 1 cu graduate level course offered by the Department of City and Regional Planning in the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, not by the undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences. All undergraduates seeking a permit should contact Cornelia Colijn for permission: