Energy Decarbonization Pathways and Tools
A four-week online course that explores the fundamental principles, mathematical concepts, and interconnections driving global clean energy transitions.
Course level: Introductory
About this course
This course will delve into the foundational principles and terminology of clean energy transitions and will equip you with essential quantitative tools required to play a role in these transitions.
The course begins by examining the fundamental need to electrify everything, providing examples for organizations across sectors. You’ll learn how the grid works and what policies, regulations, and behaviors best support a clean and resilient grid. Along the way, we will demystify the many units used across the energy sector, including megawatts, joules, British thermal units, kilowatt-hours, amps, and volts.
You will then learn how to use quantitative tools to help you make impactful data-driven energy decisions. We will also dig into various obstacles and opportunities that often come up in clean energy transitions. You’ll synthesize these learnings by creating an energy action plan relevant to your profession.
You will leave with the systems thinking skills to make informed energy decisions that are beneficial for business, the grid, and the climate while building a network of like-minded peers in the space.
Who is this program for?
What climate skills you'll learn
Demand Response as a Lever in Clean Electrical Grids
The Terra.do difference
Meet the course creator
Zach Birnholz is dedicated to moving the needle on climate change by directly addressing its #1 contributor: our emissions from energy use. In his work in the distributed energy resources (DER) sector, he has enabled clean, demand-side assets to displace hundreds of megawatts of fossil fuel-generated power by enrolling large energy users such as Walmart into grid operators’ demand response programs. He holds a Master’s in Environmental Science and Engineering from Stanford University and, early in the COVID-19 pandemic, was on the team that turned Stanford’s introductory computer science class into a free online Python course for over 10,000 students (and 1,000 small-group instructors). Zach is also an instructor for Terra.do’s Learning for Action course.
Pricing and expected commitment
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