The role of state and federal regulators, the effect on utility planning and grid management, and net metering laws.
This course introduces students to the legal, economic, and structural issues that both shape our energy practices and provide opportunities to overcome these critical problems. The course focuses primarily on the regulation and design of electricity systems and markets, since so many energy choices-the use of oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, the green alternatives such as solar, wind, and energy conservation or demand side management- relate to the way we generate or deliver electricity, or avoid the need to do so.
Founded in 1868 on the San Francisco Bay, UC Berkeley is the flagship campus of the University of California and one of the world's most prestigious public universities. The university is divided into 14 schools and colleges, further separated into 130 academic departments offering degree programs from the undergraduate to doctoral level. Cal offers renowned programs through the highly ranked Haas School of Business, College of Engineering, School of Law, and Goldman School of Public Policy. Notable alumni include novelist Jack London, former Supreme Court justice Earl Warren, actor Gregory Peck, and current California governor Jerry Brown.