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ENGR 610 Renewable Energy Policy

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Focuses on policy instruments utilized to foster use and development of renewable energy. Introduces analytic framework to understand policy impacts and examining policy interventions.

About the Course

This course focuses on the key policy instruments utilized to foster use and development of renewable energy. It covers a basic introduction to public policy, reviews the scope of policy instruments, various levels of policy-making, and assesses different policy tools as they relate to renewable energy. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the range and scope of renewable energy policy, develop the analytic framework to understand the variety of policy impacts, and theoretical and practical foundation for understanding renewable energy policy as a professional working in the field.

Learning Objectives

On successful completion of the course, student will have

  • A general understanding of the rational for government interventions to stimulate the use and development of renewable energy sources
  • Knowledge of the range and scope of current renewable energy policy
  • An understanding of the vocabulary of various policy approaches
  • An awareness of the benefits and problems of different policy instruments
  • Exposure to new approaches under development and developments on the horizon

About the Instructor

Derek Kauneckis, Ph.D.,

Derek Kauneckis is an associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada Reno. He is the co-author of Evaluating transferable development rights at Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency: The evolution of collaboration. He has published peer reviewed articles in Environmental Management, Natural Resources Journal, Studies in Comparative International Development, Environmental Policy and Planning, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior, and chapters in Integrated Science Plan for the Lake Tahoe basin, The Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics, and Governing America: Major Policies and Decisions of Federal, State, and Local Government from 1789 to the Present. His research interests include environmental policy, property rights theory, public policy analysis, local governance, science and technology policy, and climate change adaption and mitigation policy.

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