Pathways to Renewable Energy
Climate change and the depletion of fossil fuel resources present a challenge beyond the realm of any single academic discipline. The transition to new sources of energy will require proponents to understand the physics of power generation, the economics of energy markets, the political and social structures that shape public attitudes and policy agendas, and the legal framework that structures regulatory options.
Change will be difficult. Our political, economic, and social structures bring competing, often contradictory, forces to bear upon this transition. As much or more money and political capital is spent on maintaining the energy status quo as in transforming it. Even as markets shift toward investment in renewable energy sources, designing, siting, and financing renewable energy is a constant struggle.