MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems

Course Information Package

Course Unit TitleENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES
Course Unit CodeMES503
Course Unit DetailsMSc Sustainable Energy Systems (Electives Courses) - MSc Energy Systems and the Built Environment (Required Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Discuss on the objectives of climate change mitigation strategies
  2. Understand the main principles of the demand side management
  3. Argue on the importance of the energy production, consumption and trade and raise fundamental economic issues that impact the global economy and financial markets
  4. Identify the major concerns related to the energy security in Europe and worldwide
  5. Describe the evolution of smart grids, and explain the correlation of smart grids to the European 2020 policies.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
PrerequisitesNONECo-requisitesNONE
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course ContentsThis course will cater to discussions on energy policies and market structures, and especially, how energy markets are affected from policies and government regulation, European Directives and the environment, in synergy to economic aspects. Discussion on the liberalization and integration of energy markets generates the critical thinking and the ability to apprehend the trends and changes on energy market. Moreover, and focusing on energy efficiency, the electricity market is also examined as well as the building market, parameters which seriously influence the energy consumption. Finally national schemes and regulations relevant to CO2 emissions are presented in relation to energy market. Such topics as the energy design of buildings, the Kyoto Protocol and the use of Carbon-based levies, and national schemes for promoting energy efficiency and renewable sources will be discussed.
Recommended and/or required reading:
Textbooks
  • Mitsutsune Yamaguchi, Ed. Climate Change Mitigation A Balanced Approach to Climate Change. Springer, 2013.
  • Zhaoguang Hu, Xinyang Han, Quan Wen et al.. Integrated Resource Strategic Planning and Power Demand-Side Management. Springer, 2013
  • André Dorsman, John L. Simpson, Wim Westerman Energy Economics and Financial Markets. Springer, 2013.
  • Gheorghe, A.. Energy Security International and Local Issues, Theoretical Perspectives, and Critical Energy Infrastructures, 2011. Springer.
  • A. B. M. Shawkat Ali. Smart Grids Opportunities, Developments, and Trends. Springer, 2013.
References
  • Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability, Ramon Lopez, Michael A. Toman, Oxford University Press, 2006
  • Janet Ramage, Energy: A Guidebook, Oxford University Press, 1997
  • Janet Ramage, Energy: A Guidebook, Oxford University Press, 1997
  • The California Electricity Crisis: Causes and Policy Options, Christopher Weare, Public Policy Inst of California, 2003
  • Successes and Failures in Regulating and Deregulating Utilities: Evidence from the UK, Europe and the USA, Colin Robinson (Ed), Edward Elgar Pub, 2004
  • Successes and Failures in Regulating and Deregulating Utilities: Evidence from the UK, Europe and the USA, Colin Robinson (Ed), Edward Elgar Pub, 2004
  • Energy and Environment Multiregulation in Europe: Multiregulation in Europe, Piotr Jasinski, Wolfgang Pfaffenberger (Eds), Ashgate Pub Ltd, 2001
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Assessment methods and criteria
Readings15%
Mini-Project25%
Final Exam60%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO