In classes on energy transitions we explore the social and technological changes underway to transition from a fossil fuel based energy system to a low-carbon system. We study the technology involved with existing and evolving electricity, transportation, food, and building energy systems. We then interrogate case studies to reveal the technological, political-economic, epistemological, and cultural forces that substantiate the existing system or promote change to a low carbon future.
Students are required to write a research paper about one element of the energy system.
Below are selections of student work.
Governor Inslee's Carbon Pollution Accountability Act and related legislation in the 2014-2015 Washington State Legislature.
Re-imagining corporate business models for a successful energy transition: Microsoft's carbon accountability framework
Nuclear power in the Pacific Northwest.
Summarizes the background of Washington's single operating nuclear power station in the context of Washington's nuclear power past.