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Programs & Courses - Renewable Energy Economics & Policy (minor)

Why is knowledge of economics and policy necessary for the person seeking professional employment in the energy sector?  Quite simply economics, law, public policy, and ethics often determine what we can and cannot accomplish in energy development, use, and mitigation.   In other words, the best technologies may come to naught if financing, public policy, law, and ethics impose insurmountable roadblocks to a project.

In addition to understanding economics and policy, students must also comprehend the fundamentals of energy science.  Drawing upon an array of experts in economics, law, public administration, and philosophy students will be capable of analyzing the numerous impacts of energy decisions on individual, regional, national, and international scales.

Core Courses:

ECO 405 Sustainable Energy Economics and Policy

EES 324 Environmental Protection Law and Policy

PHI 232 Environmental Ethics OR PHI 432 Environmental Philosophy and Policy

Elective Courses (Choose 3):

ECO 180 Citizens, Energy, and Sustainability

ECO 312 Current Issues and Ethical Perspectives: Energy, Law and the Environment

ECO 381 Sustainable Development Principles and Policy

EET 498 Renewable Energy and Electricity Production

Topics include: basic circuit components, load specification, history of electric utilities, distributed generation, the economics of energy, wind generation, and solar generation.

ERS 191 Energy and the Earth System

ERS 369 Energy Resources and Climate Change

PAA 327 Environmental Policy, Management, and Regulation

PHI 232 Environmental Ethics (if not taken as core course)

PHI 432 Environmental Philosophy and Policy (if not taken as core course)

SFR 455 Bioenergy Sources, Systems, and Environmental Effects

This purpose of this course is to detail the use of biomass for bioenergy use worldwide and providing a review of the biomass sources, definitions, thermodynamics, common measures, equipment are discussed.  Environmental problems and benefits associated with biomass use are also detailed along with legislative incentives in the United States.

Other courses with permission.

Courses cannot count as both core requirements and electives

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Renewable Energy Minors
5796 AMC Building, Room 200
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2217 | Fax: (207) 581-2220E-mail: paige.case@umit.maine.edu
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Orono, Maine 04469
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