15.017 Engineering, Economics and Regulation for Energy Access in Developing Countries
Examines the technical, economic, political and social trade-offs inherent in designing energy solutions that can ensure universal access to electricity - as well as modern technologies for heating and cooking - in developing countries. Presents the characteristic features of the power sectors in these countries and how they need specific technical, financial and regulatory approaches. Focuses on the identification and design of viable business models that can attract the large volume of private investment needed to achieve universal energy access. Covers adequate power sector regulation and computer-aided electrification planning techniques in detail. Students make use of these models and discuss practical case examples.
This class has no prerequisites.
Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in E51-057.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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