Energy: Cleaning Up Electricity

75% of GHG emissions can be traced back to our energy needs. Learn about what it will take to get to a 100% clean energy sector.

What's inside?

We explore how deeply the energy sector impacts climate change and outline the challenges of deploying low-carbon energy technologies (such as wind and solar) which experts predict will be 95% of the energy capacity we add globally in the next 5 years.

What you will learn

Energy and power

An overview of energy, power, and their relationship to carbon emissions.

Clean energy solutions

From efficiency technologies to renewables such as solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal (a $2T economy³ by 2030).

Electricity management and regulation

A vastly complex regulatory and market system interwoven with the technical grid.

Challenges of variable resources

Intermittency, peak load requirements, and storage.

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Class content

We start with the learning goals for this class – for you to develop the conceptual and analytical skills to understand the solutions and challenges to transitioning to 100% clean energy.

In this module, we’ll answer basic questions like what is energy? Why do we need to tackle energy use to address climate change? We’ll also look at the energy transitions of two large economies: India and USA.

We’ll cover sources of clean electricity, how the electrical system works on a technical level and the concept of energy efficiency.

100% clean electricity: Is this possible? The short answer to this question is YES. 100% clean electricity systems are feasible almost everywhere, but there are significant challenges in achieving this goal. This module dives into these challenges.

Broadly, both regulation and markets need to change in close coordination with the technological changes we need. In this module, we’ll cover a few emerging challenges and solutions in the regulatory context.

Electricity is a *very* political subject. Fossil fuel companies lobby hard to block climate legislation at all levels of government everywhere. This module examines a few political and justice dimensions of energy transitions.

A final module on the importance of viewing the energy sector with a system lens. 

The energy sector is a massive climate change driver.

Take this free class to really understand the impact and implications of the transforming energy sector on climate change.


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