Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Energy Regulations, Policy and Economics

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Institute for Sustainable Energy

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will illustrate energy issues in terms of regulations, policy and economics. It will provide an overview of Maltese and EU legislation governing all elements of energy and its regulation, and it will discuss regulations covering renewable energy developments, including planning, construction and generation (including transfer of green credentials and carbon trading). Energy Policy Planning and Development will be demonstrated through real-world examples, and the options to promote sustainable energy technology, through various incentives schemes, for instance, will be discussed. This unit will also demonstrate the importance of energy in terms of development and economic growth, and clarify the role of energy to achieve macroeconomic goals.

Study-unit Aims

The main purpose of this unit is to show how energy technology and consumption is fundamental to economies, and how societies are regulating and managing energy issues to meet policy goals and guarantee security of supply.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- describe the relevance of energy use for economies
- explain how energy use is being managed and regulated.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- name different policy options to promote sustainable energy.
- evaluate different energy policies and regulations to achieve the goals formulated by economies/societies.
- assess the position of economies according to their energy resources.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Manfred Weissenbacher, Sources of Power: How Energy Forges Human History,
Praeger Perspectives, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2009
ISBN-10: 0313356262; ISBN-13: 978-0313356261
(will be available at the Library)

- Managing Transport Energy (Energy for a Sustainable Future)
James Warren
Oxford University Press, 2007
ISBN: 0199215774

- Renewable Energy, Third Edition (Hardcover)
Bent Sørensen (Author)
Academic Press, 2004
ISBN-10: 0126561532

- Renewable Energy, Second Edition
Boyle, G.
Oxford University Press, 2004
ISBN 0199261784

- Energy Systems and Sustainability
Godfrey Boyle, Bob Everett, Janet Ramage
Oxford University Press, 2003
ISBN: 0199261792

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 30%
Take Home Examination (24 Hours) SEM1 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Andre Buttigieg
Marija Cauchi (Co-ord.)
Damien Gatt
Sandro Lauri
Phyllis Micallef

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