Law 270.7: Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuels

Law 270.7: Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuels (Fall 2008, UC Berkeley). Instructor: Professor Steve Weissman. This course introduces students to the legal, economic, and structural issues that both shape our energy practices and provide opportunities to overcome these critical problems. The course focuses primarily on the regulation and design of electricity systems and markets, since so many energy choices - the use of oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, the green alternatives such as solar, wind, and energy conservation or demand side management - relate to the way we generate or deliver electricity, or avoid the need to do so.

Lecture 01 - Introduction to Renewable Energy Options
Lecture 02 - Federal Renewable Energy Programs
Lecture 03 - State Programs and Regional
Lecture 04 - State Programs & an Introduction to Local Government Programs
Lecture 05 - Distributed Generation
Lecture 06 - Transmission and Deregulation
Lecture 07 - Technology-Specific Issues and Opportunities: Wind
Lecture 08 - Technology-Specific Issues and Opportunities: Geothermal
Lecture 09 - Technology-Specific Issues and Opportunities: Distributed Solar
Lecture 10 - Technology-Specific Issues and Opportunities
Lecture 11 - Biomass & Biofuels, and Landfill Gas
Lecture 12 - Waves, Tides, & Ocean Thermal
Lecture 13 - Small Hydro, Alternative Fossil Fuels, and Hydrogen
Lecture 14 - Greenhouse Gases and Wrap-up