ENGR 610 Renewable Energy Policy

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., kaunecki@ohio.edu

Derek Kauneckis is an associate professor at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, where he teaches in the Environmental Studies program, and affiliated associate research professor at the Desert Research Institute, Division of Earth & Ecosystem Sciences. He received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University at Bloomington.

His research focuses on governance and institutional design as applied to environmental and science/technology policy. His current work focuses on climate change adaptation and local governance, the resilience of socio-ecological systems, and policy innovation and the science/policy interface. He is the co-author of "Evaluating transferable development rights at Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency: The evolution of collaboration."  Dr. Kauneckis has received teaching and mentoring awards from Indiana University and the University of Nevada. His work has been supported by the Fulbright Scholar Program; the National Science Foundation (NSF); the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).