Energy is the biggest industry on the planet - come and find out its secrets! Developed in collaboration with The New York Times science writer Matt Wald, this course will cover the most pressing concerns regarding energy resources and policies. Kammen’s lectures will cover our energy system and climate change, renewable energy, and energy policy and politics. Other Berkeley faculty members will address nuclear power, alternatives to gasoline, and the power grid. The course will include an online component with discussion, readings, and links to the most up to date material to be discussed at the United Nations Climate Change Conference this December in Copenhagen.
Time: Tuesdays, Noon-1:30 p.m., from October 6th to November 10th
Location: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way
Topics and speakers:
October 13: Energy Economics. Severin Borenstein is the E.T. Grether Professor of
Business and Public Policy at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and Director of
the UC Energy Institute. He is a leading expert on the energy economy.
October 20: Nuclear Energy. Per Peterson is a Professor and former Chair of Nuclear
Engineering at UC Berkeley, and manages the UC Berkeley Thermal Hydraulics
Research Laboratory. He is an expert on fission and fusion.
October 27: Power Grid. Mason Willrich is a senior advisor to the MIT Energy
Innovation Project and Chair of the California Independent Service Operators Board of
Governors. He is an expert on U.S. energy infrastructure and a clean energy venture
November 3: Biofuels. Chris Somerville is Philomathia Professor of Alternative
Energy in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley, and Director of
the Energy Biosciences Institute at UC Berkeley, which was founded with the single
largest grant in university history, worldwide.