Energy Regulations and the Environment

Video Lectures

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Lecture 1
Introduction to Energy and Electricity
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Introduction to Energy and Electricity
Lecture 2
Public Utilities & Rate Regulation: Introduction to Finance and Regulatory Economics
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Public Utilities & Rate Regulation: Introduction to Finance and Regulatory Economics


January 24, 2008



In this video lecture, Prof. Steve Weissman discusses the following topics:

- Basic financial concepts

- Basic economics of competitive and monopoly markets

- Introduction to how regulation addresses natural monopoly

- A brief introduction to monopoly and cost of service regulation

- Historical origins, cases, and commentary

- Major players



 



 



 

Lecture 3
Public Utilities & Rate Regulation: Cost of Service Regulation (Part 1)
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Public Utilities & Rate Regulation: Cost of Service Regulation (Part 1)

January 31, 2008



In this video lecture, Prof. Steve Weissman discusses the following topics:

- The role of a PUC, its organization, duties and procedures

- How regulation works

- Rate base, rate of return and operating expenses

- Judicial review, including the first of the classic cases
Lecture 4
Public Utilities & Rate Regulation: Cost of Service Regulation (Part 2)
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Public Utilities & Rate Regulation: Cost of Service Regulation (Part 2)


February 7, 2008



In this video lecture, Prof. Steve Weissman discusses the following topics:

- Examples of cases defining the limits of regulatory power

- Rate design exercise that is discussed in this class

Lecture 5
Public Utilities and Rate Regulation
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Public Utilities and Rate Regulation
Lecture 6
Resource Alternatives: Introduction to Tradition Fuels, and Oil and Hydroelectric Power
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Resource Alternatives: Introduction to Tradition Fuels, and Oil and Hydroelectric Power


February 21, 2008



In this video lecture, Prof. Steve Weissman discusses the choice of fuel for generating electricity. It has significant implications for the environment, the economy, the reliability of power delivery, and national security. After an overview of the fuel choices, Prof. Steve Weissman will discuss oil and hydroelectric power.

Lecture 7
Resource Alternatives: Coal and Nuclear Power
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Resource Alternatives: Coal and Nuclear Power


February 28, 2008



More than half of the electric energy offered to customers in the United States comes from coal-fired plants, and most observers expect these numbers to stay the same for many years to come. Is coal the fuel of the past or the fuel for the future? In this video lecture, Prof. Steve Weissman will also discuss the pluses and minuses of a nuclear power resurgence.

Lecture 8
Resource Alternatives - Natural Gas: The Future and LNG
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Resource Alternatives - Natural Gas: The Future and LNG


March 6, 2008



In this video lecture, Prof. Steve Weissman discusses the resource of natural gas and its regulations.

Lecture 9
Resource Alternatives - Renewable Energy: The Technologies and the Programs
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Resource Alternatives - Renewable Energy: The Technologies and the Programs


March 13, 2008



In this video lecture, Prof. Steve Weissman discusses the following topics:

- The types of renewable energy including wind, biomass, landfill gas, photovoltaic, esoteric sources, and energy storage.

- The regulatory and legal strategies for encouraging the implementation of renewable energy options. Regulatory matters including PURPA, stranded benefits under deregulation, System Benefit Charges and Renewables Trust Funds, life cycle costs and emissions, Renewable Portfolio Standards, Renewable Energy Credits, net metering, and tax credits.

Lecture 10
Demand Side Management: Energy Efficiency
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Demand Side Management: Energy Efficiency

March 20, 2008



In this video lecture, Prof. Steve Weissman discusses the following topics:

- Energy efficiency

- Demand response

- Institutional options for delivery of energy efficiency
Lecture 11
Performance Based Ratemaking and Decoupling
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Performance Based Ratemaking and Decoupling


April 3, 2008



In this video lecture, Prof. Steve Weissman discusses the following topics:

Under traditional ratemaking, utilities generally make higher profits if they sell more power and lose profits as customers become more efficient. Performance-based ratemaking can address the problem of utility disincentives to promote customer energy efficiency by decoupling utility profits from the amount of sales. It also is a mechanism that can encourage beneficial behavior in many areas of utility operation. Also, introduction to integrated resource planning and portfolio planning for the right mix of generation types, transmission and conservation. Portfolio Management (PM) and Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) both constitute planning exercises and present similar issues. PM, a newer term, focuses on a single utility or other load serving entity. IRP can be performed by a state regulator on a system wide, regional or service area basis, or by a utility for its service area.



The original name of this video lecture is: Performance Based Ratemaking and Decoupling, Integrated Resource Planning and Portfolio Planning.

Lecture 12
Deregulation and Markets: Wholesale Electricity Markets and Retail Competition
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Deregulation and Markets: Wholesale Electricity Markets and Retail Competition


April 10, 2008



How do we deal with issues of using market power to manipulate markets? Is antitrust enough? In this video lecture, Prof. Steve Weissman also discusses consumer choice, default service, disclosure and green power and the record so far.

Lecture 13
Deregulation and Markets: The California and Western Energy Crisis of 2000-2001
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Deregulation and Markets: The California and Western Energy Crisis of 2000-2001


April 17, 2008



The original name of this video lecture is: Deregulation and Markets: The California and Western Energy Crisis of 2000-2001, and The Environmental Impacts of Restructuring; and Picking Up the Pieces: Generator Suits, Blackouts, Reliability and Other Experiments.

Lecture 14
Climate Change, Carbon Markets and Recap and Conclusion
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Climate Change, Carbon Markets and Recap and Conclusion

April 24, 2008.
Lecture 15
Course Review
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Course Review