Energy Within Environmental Constraints

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Humanity faces an immense challenge: providing abundant energy to everyone without wrecking the planet. If we want a high-energy future while protecting the natural world for our children, we must consider the environmental consequences of energy production and use. But money matters too: energy solutions that ignore economic costs are not realistic—particularly in a world where billions of people currently can’t afford access to basic energy services. How can we proceed?

Energy Within Environmental Constraints won’t give you the answer. Instead, we will teach you how to ask the right questions and estimate the consequences of different choices.

This course is intended for a diverse audience. Whether you are a student, an activ...

If you would like to be notified when Version 2 of Energy becomes available, please fill out this notification form. Version 1 is currently in "archive" mode, and certificates are no longer available.

Humanity faces an immense challenge: providing abundant energy to everyone without wrecking the planet. If we want a high-energy future while protecting the natural world for our children, we must consider the environmental consequences of energy production and use. But money matters too: energy solutions that ignore economic costs are not realistic—particularly in a world where billions of people currently can’t afford access to basic energy services. How can we proceed?

Energy Within Environmental Constraints won’t give you the answer. Instead, we will teach you how to ask the right questions and estimate the consequences of different choices.

This course is intended for a diverse audience. Whether you are a student, an activist, a policymaker, a business owner, or a concerned citizen, this course will help you start to think carefully about our current energy system and how we can improve its environmental performance.

This course:

  • Covers engineering, environmental science, and economics to enable critical, quantitative thinking about our energy system
  • Focuses on a working understanding of energy technologies, rich in details of real devices and light on theory; you won’t find any electrodynamics here but will find enough about modern commercial solar panels to estimate if they would be profitable to install in a given location
  • Covers environmental impacts of the energy system, focusing on air pollution, climate change, and land use
  • Emphasizes costs: the cascade of capital and operating costs from energy extraction all the way through end uses
  • Emphasizes quantitative comparisons and tradeoffs: how much more expensive is electricity from solar panels than from coal plants, and how much pollution does it prevent?  Is solar power as cost-effective an environmental investment as nuclear power or energy efficiency?  And how do we include considerations other than cost?

Please note that this is an abridged course, equivalent to roughly half of a full semester-long undergraduate course.  See the syllabus for topics that we include and a list of some we exclude.

 

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10/10 starsCompleted
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1 year, 4 months ago
Fantastic course and teacher. I learned the subject matter deeply through the exercises. I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn about energy.
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Sem Duijndam

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
A very insightful and relevant course! As this course combines both the natural and the economic sciences, it could be beneficial for students and professionals in both areas.
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Mario Rizzolio

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
Excellent course! I strongly recommend itI was really satisfied as it gives you a broad perspective on the challenges we are facing. It is also accessible to everyone; even if you don't have a technical background this course offers you the fundamental tools to build understanding on the different issues. I am looking forward to do the version two of this course.
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Yue He

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
Feel so lucky that I have a chance to take this course. I LOVE it!!! 1) You can learn great logic in this course. The way David teaches can provide you with a big picture of the energy and environment world. 2) You can learn how to think from both the course video and the assessments. You will get a new way to see the energy world after taking this. 3) As a student that has been in the energy world for more than 2 years, David has answered some of the questions that has been in my mind for a long time. Even for those who have some background in this field, this is a course worth listening. Really hope there will be more courses like this one. I will definitely take it!
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Paul Kipchumba

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
It is an invaluable quantitative guide through energy and climate change. Most notable features include a simulated software for electric grid planning and extensive references and further readings!
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Jacob Janssen

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
I really enjoyed this course. It was insightful, accessible and I appreciated the effort made by the instructors. Thank you!
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Paul Critician

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 3 months ago
I'm waiting for this course long time ago and I'm pretty sure that it will help my career progress like international consultant of UN for this themes because I'll understand the same subject and problems with other point of view and new tools. Many thanks...Go on!!!
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Andrew Njau

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 4 months ago
So far i have a very positive attitude toward the content, though i'm anxious in a way, since i never get any email or anything such as simulation materials which gives a guide on taking this course. I can't wait to see my self coming to put in action all that i will gain out of this course. Thanks
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Yasin Noori

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3 years, 4 months ago
Well it will be very very useful specially for the 3rd world countries, that we have huge challenges in this regards and in the way of Environment for our and our future generation lives so we exactly need such things and looking forward to be member of such academic issues globally to earn from them professional experiences and knowledge.
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Shailesh Wasti

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3 years, 4 months ago
I look forward to understanding the impact of energy, renewable debates and consequence on developing nations. The contents are excellent and obviously the most awaited course here in edx.
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Rahmat Farooqi

9/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 4 months ago
Very much attractive and useful for energy knowledge specially for the countries where exist energy crises.
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