11.379J / 11.168J / 15.231J
Enabling an Energy Efficient Society

Examines innovation in public policy, technology and business models that enable massive-scale improvements in energy efficiency. Explores how they help balance energy supply and demand and prevent unmanageable, irreversible climate change. Students apply analytic methods and design tools to assess strategies to enable energy efficiency. Particular focus on opportunities in US homes and buildings created by utility funding models, carbon cap-and-trade, energy-saving building codes, appliance standards, and green community practices. Limited to 25. Prerequisites: permission of instructor