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 11-13-2014: PS#6

The updated version of PS#6 is online now, with addition to Q3b, and some text editing to improve clarity.


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 20. Renewable Energy II: Wind Energy Notes from L19
13 11-18 Kammen 21. Industrial Bioenergy and Fuel Cells
13 11-20 Kammen 22. International Energy Policy
14 11-25 Kammen 23. Transportation systems and policies
14 11-27
Thanksgiving Holiday
15 12-2 Kammen 24. Climate Change I: Energy and Climate
15 12-4 Kammen 25. Climate Change II: Energy Policy
Final Exam (Group 5, 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.