Contemporary case studies in the energy industry: energy trading and pricing; energy system and plant planning; demand-side management; advanced energy technology; environmental impact analysis; Resource Management Act.
This paper explores contemporary issues in the energy policy sector, focusing on the New Zealand context, but including both international perspectives and the special issues relating to developing countries. About half of the paper is given as guest seminars by experts in the real world. The emphasis changes from year to year, but has concentrated on public- and private-sector perspectives on energy supply, energy pricing, demand-side management, related policy and emerging technologies, legal issues involving the Resource Management Act (NZ) and developing-country issues. These topics are related back to the overarching issue of sustainable development and climate change, to which energy utilisation is fundamentally linked.
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- Teaching staff
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- Paper Structure
The guest seminars are open to the public.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to
- Analyse, understand and critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative information on energy policy and related areas (e.g. climate-change policy and energy resource assessments) in both the New Zealand and international contexts
- Apply research skills to investigate topics in energy policy
- Communicate technical information clearly, both in written form and verbally
- Work cooperatively and productively in team situations
- Understand the processes by which energy policy is drawn up and implemented