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Renewable Energy Law & Policy

This class will cover the laws and policies designed to promote renewable energy development. The course will review the existing renewable energy technologies and the practical limitations involved in their development, siting, and integration into the U.S. electricity grid. The course will also explore the dominant renewable energy laws, including subsidies, renewable portfolio standards, PURPA, and net metering. The course will consider how these laws operate within the existing electricity regulatory system and examine recent efforts to reform utility regulation. Finally, the course will explore transmission regulation for renewable resources and the legal and policy framework for electricity storage. The class will focus on renewable energy development in the United States, but will also provide some comparative examples of renewable energy policies used in other countries.

Evaluation will be based on a combination of regular quizzes, class participation, and a final exam. Evaluation may also include a short paper or in-class practical simulation.

Prerequisites: None. However, students are encouraged to first take electricity regulation (energy law), northwest energy law, or electricity essentials.