Professional Development Classes
In-depth Introduction to Electricity Markets (October 24-25, 2017)
This comprehensive introductory course provides an in-person overview of the industry, focusing on the linkages among power system engineering, markets, regulatory policy, and business strategies. Specific examples and actual market data are used to illustrate basic principles and ideas. The course covers electricity markets in the United States (New England, New York, PJM, Texas, Midwest, California, the West and the South) and Ontario and Alberta’s electricity markets in Canada.
Cost Benefit Analysis of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Projects (March 16, 2016)
This full day, in-person course is designed for those with no or limited experience with conducting or using cost benefit analysis of energy efficiency, demand response and renewable energy projects and programs. This course covers the theory and practice of cost benefit analysis including the topics of time value of money, discount rates, monetizing non-market costs and benefits such as environmental externalities, the five major types of cost benefit analyses conducted for energy efficiency programs, uncertainty analysis, and data collection challenges.
970:620 – Energy Sustainability and Policy (Spring 2017)
Familiarize students with the major issues associated with sustainable energy policy and planning and develop their abilities to conduct and assess energy related studies and their economic, environmental and social implications. The approach is to learn and think about energy sustainability in an interdisciplinary manner.
10:775:202 – Climate Change, Public Health and Policy (Spring 2016)
Our changing climate is one of the greatest threats to public health and societies in general. Broad scientific agreement finds that the world’s climate is changing, which will likely include more variable weather, heat waves, flooding, droughts, more intense storms, sea level rise, and air pollution. Climate change is both a global issue but with regional implications that will vary across populations and geographies. This course investigates the intersection of climate change, public health and public policies in order to understand the problem, its severity, and be able to analyze various public policies responses.