Energy and Society
Energy and Resources 100 & 200
Public Policy C184 & C284
Fall 2014 Semester

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

Professor: Daniel Kammen
Office: 326 Barrows
GSIs: Ranjit Deshmukh, Autumn Petros-Good, John Romankiewicz, Andy Cheng Zheng, Xiaoding Zhuo

Announcement of 12-8-2014: Review sessions and Office hours during the reading week

1. There will be two review sessions, convering the same content, during the normal lecture hours and in the same lecture room.
Andy and Autumn will be holding the Tuesday session;
John, Ranjit, and Xiaoding will be holding the Thursday session.
The review packet, which we will use in the review session, is now online.

2. The GSIs will be holding office hours during the reading week.


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

Week Date Lecturer # Topic Resources
1 8-28 Kammen 1. How Energy Use Shapes Society & the Environment Notes

2 9-2 Kammen 2. Energy Toolkit I: Units, Forecasts, and the Back-of-the-Envelope Notes

2 9-4 Kammen 3. Energy Toolkit II: Fuels, Energy Content & Basics of Combustion Notes

3 9-9 Kammen 4. Energy for ‘the South’ I: Energy Transitions and Development Notes

3 9-11 Kammen 5. Energy for ‘the South’ II: Biomass, Households, and Gender Notes

4 9-16 Kammen 6. Energy Toolkit III: Energy Thermodynamics Notes

4 9-18 Kammen 7. Energy Toolkit IV: Thermodynamics of Modern Power Plants Refer to L6 Notes

5 9-23 Guest 8. ‘Hydrocarbon Man’ Notes

5 9-25 Kammen 9. Evolution of the Modern Energy Economy Notes

6 9-30 Kammen 10. Energy Toolkit V: Economic Analysis of Energy Systems Notes

6 10-2 Kammen 11. Energy Efficiency I: Devices Notes

7 10-7 Horvath 12. Energy Toolkit VI: Life-Cycle and Cost-Benefit Analysis Notes
7 10-9 Kammen 13. Energy Efficiency II: Buildings as Energy Systems Notes

8 10-14 Callaway 14. Electricity Grids: Managing the Network Notes
8 10-16 GSIs In class mid-term review Midterm review materials
9 10-21 Guest 15. Natural Gas, Fracking, and Carbon Capture and Storage (Sanchez/Kammen) Notes
9 10-23
In class mid-term exam
Exam solution

10 10-28 Peterson 16. Nuclear Energy I: Physics and Engineering – Fission/Fusion Notes
10 10-30 Kammen 17. Nuclear Energy II: Waste, Risk & Economics Notes
11 11-4 Kammen 18. Energy and Environmental Justice Notes
11 11-6 Kammen 19. Renewable Energy I: Solar Energy Notes
12 11-11
Academic Holiday
12 11-13 Kammen 19. Renewable Energy I: Solar Energy Notes from L19
13 11-18 Kammen 20. Renewable Energy II: Wind Energy
21. CCS and geothermal
13 11-20 Kammen 22. Innovation and Energy Policy Notes
14 11-25 Kammen 23. Transportation systems and policies Notes
14 11-27
Thanksgiving Holiday
15 12-2 Kammen 24. Climate Change I: Energy and Climate Notes
15 12-4 Kammen 25. Climate Change II: Energy Policy Notes
Final Exam (Group 5: Dec 16, 8AM - 11AM)
Review packet for Final

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.