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Global Energy Management: Free Energy Course

Electric Utilities Fundamentals and Future

This course was created to give learners the basic understanding of how the electric utility industries’ technical, regulatory and structural history shapes the development and distribution of electrical power. Course lectures will address how utilities are generated through fossil fuels or renewables; how utility rates are priced and governed; industry background and hurdles; and what is to come in the future. 

Course Structure

Week 1 - Taking Shape and Grid Fundamentals 

Take a look at how the electric utility industries' technical, regulatory and structural history continues to shape how we receive electricity today. 

Wee k 2 - Price and Value

From generating electricity through various primary fuel sources to transmission and distribution,  learn how rates are determined and governed. 

Week 3 - Not Your Grandparent's Utility

Examine how the utility industry is evolving and evaluate the various options and choices you will have in the future. 

Week 4 - Pace of Change, Technology and Regulation

Explore the regulatory framework at a federal, state and local level and tackle some of the more controversial topics, including potential overlap between federal and state regulatory accountabilities. 

Week 5 - Toward a Bright Future

Look at what industry insiders consider the biggest hurdles and opportunity areas and hypothesize about what shifts might occur. 


Fundamentals of Global Energy Business

This course addresses the diversity and integration of primary energy markets. It also studies the essential considerations driving business leaders and policy makers in the development of global energy resources. Lectures emphasize those basic economic principles that provide a foundation for thinking about the broad range of interactions that occur in energy markets.

Course Structure

Week 1 - Demand for Energy

Examine the determinants of demand for primary energy resources as well as the distribution of demand around the globe.

Week 2 - Energy Supplies and Market Allocations

Accessing energy resources depends on many factors, including available technologies and skills, and a number of political factors. We will address these factors as well as issues and trends in energy supply.

Week 3 - Key Capabilities for Energy Business - Fossil Fuels

Review considerations essential to the development of various fossil fuel sources of energy, including coal, oil, gas, and shale gas.

Week 4 - Key Capabilities for Energy Business - Alternative Resources

Learn the factors essential to the development of alternative sources of energy, including nuclear and various renewable resources.

Week 5 - Stakeholders and Political Considerations in the Energy Business

Examine the systemic nature of energy businesses and how their activities inevitably necessitate political engagement.

Week 6 - Strategic Analysis of Energy Business Opportunities

These lectures introduce several rudimentary tools for strategic analysis and make use of those tools to evaluate the economic, commercial, and political environment of energy.

Course assignments
To successfully complete this course, students will need to take quizzes (which can be taken multiple times until material is mastered) and write an 800-word business memorandum that will be assessed by classmates. The memorandum will provide an analysis and/or recommendation for an energy business situation.


Get recognized for your achievement!

Students have the option of showcasing their success in the course with a Verified Certificate (cost is $49). A Verified Certificate is identity-linked and demonstrates that you completed this course. You can upload the certificate to your LinkedIn profile to make yourself more marketable to potential employers. The Verified Certificate is from both Coursera and the University of Colorado.

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