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LAW2048H (LAW356H) Renewable Energy Policy

Course Description

A joint course of the Faculty of Law and School of Public Policy and GovernanceLAW2048H will look at renewable energy policy in Canada.

Jurisdictions throughout the world have been seeking to expand the role of renewable energy for their energy systems.
Renewable power is a zero emissions source of energy but it is also intermittent and not responsive to price changes.  It is also more capital intensive and capital expensive than fossil fuel generation.
This course will examine the experience in Ontario, Europe and the United States in increasing the role of renewable power as well as the plans to do so in Alberta.  Specific issues to be addressed include:
•    The federal and provincial legal frameworks for energy supply;
•    Intuitional governance in energy regulation;
•    The role of different technologies in energy systems;
•    The way in which renewable power contributes to meeting reliability and flexibility requirements;
•    The challenges posed by renewable power to electricity markets;
•    The rise of distributed generation; and
•    Successes and failures in renewable power policy and procurement.

Term
Spring (2nd year)

Instructor
George Vegh

Note
This course is cross-listed with the Faculty of Law, for more course information click here.