Energy and Society
Energy and Resources 100 & 200
Public Policy C184 & C284
Fall 2015 Semester

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Time: Thuesdays and Thursdays 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Location: 245 Li Ka Shing

Download Syllabus Here

Professor: Daniel Kammen
Office: 326 Barrows
GSIs: John Romankiewicz, Julia Szinai, Jessie Knapstein, Fernando Castro, Kenji Shiraishi

Note that discussion sections do not meet this week. They will begin the week of August 31.


PDFs of lecture slides will be posted prior to the lecture.

Week Date Lecturer # Topic Resources
1 8-27 Kammen 1. How Energy Use Shapes Society & the Environment Readings
2 9-1 Kammen 2. Energy Toolkit I: Units, Forecasts, and the Back-of-the-Envelope Readings
2 9-3 Kammen 3. Energy Toolkit II: Fuels, Energy Content & Basics of Combustion Readings
3 9-8 Kammen 4. Energy for ‘the South’ I: Energy Transitions and Development Reading
3 9-10 Kammen 5. Energy for ‘the South’ II: Biomass, Households, and Gender Reading
4 9-15 Kammen 6. Energy Toolkit III: Energy Thermodynamics Reading
Slides 6&7
4 9-17 Kammen 7. Energy Toolkit IV: Thermodynamics of Modern Power Plants Reading
5 9-22 Kammen 8. ‘Hydrocarbon Man’ Reading
5 9-24 Kammen 9. Evolution of the Modern Energy Economy Reading
Slides 8&9
6 9-29 Kammen 10. Energy Toolkit V: Economic Analysis of Energy Systems Reading
6 10-1 Horvath 11. Energy Toolkit VI: Life-Cycle Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis Reading
7 10-6 Hirsh!! 12. Energy Efficiency and the Utility: Special Guest Lecture from Richard Hirsh, author of Power Loss
7 10-8 Kammen 13. Energy Efficiency I and II: Devices, Buildings as Energy Systems Reading
8 10-13 Callaway 14. Electricity Grids: Managing the Network
In class mid-term exam
10 10-27 Peterson 16. Nuclear Energy I: Physics and Engineering – Fission/Fusion
10 10-29 Budnitz 17. Nuclear Energy II: Waste, Risk & Economics
11 11-3 Kammen 18. Energy and Environmental Justice / Designing Policy Memos
11 11-5 Kammen 19. Renewable Energy I: Solar Energy
12 11-10 Kammen 20. Renewable Energy II: Wind, Geothermal, and Hydropower
12 11-12 Gur 21. Renewable Energy III: Electrochemistry, hydrogen, batteries, and fuel cells
13 11-17 Kammen 22. Renewable Energy IV: Industrial Bioenergy and Land Use
13 11-19 Kammen 23. International Energy Policy
14 11-24 Kammen 24. Transportation systems and policies
14 11-26
Thanksgiving Holiday
15 12-1 Kammen 24. Climate Change I: Energy and Climate
15 12-3 Kammen 25. Climate Change II: Energy Policy
Final Exam (Group 5: Dec 15, 8AM - 11AM)

Course Syllabus: Information on course policies, the assigned readings (including links to those articles), assignment due dates, and field trips are included in the syllabus. [Link]

Among the questions we will address in this course are:
• In what ways has fossil-fuel use defined the 20th Century? What about the 21st?
• What role is there for renewable energy and energy efficiency today and in the future?
• What is the role of nuclear power in our present and future energy mix?
• Could fuel cells or the hydrogen economy cause a revolution in the automotive industry?
• Is the U. S. ready to acknowledge and address global warming?
• How are energy issues different in developing nations from those in the ‘North’?
• What tools do you need to address these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective?

Interested in these questions? Then Energy and Society is for you.

In this course, you will develop an understanding—and a technically and socially deep working knowledge—of our energy technologies, policies, and options. This will include analysis of the different opportunities and impacts of energy systems that exist within and between groups defined by national, regional, household, ethnic, and gender distinctions. Analysis of the range of current and future energy choices will be stressed, as well as the role of energy in determining local environmental conditions and the global climate.

ER200/GSPP284 are graduate versions of ER100/GSPP184, and their lectures and sections are held in common. ER200/GSPP284 includes additional material, with added analytic tools and problems on both the problem sets and the examinations. Grading for the undergraduate and graduate courses are separate. Undergraduates must enroll in ER100/GSPP184, and graduate students must enroll in ER200/GSPP284.