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.