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Environmental Politics and Law (EVST 255)

The lecture discusses the various factors affecting the expansion of the U.S. renewable energy portfolio, as well as the importance of energy efficiency and changes to current consumption. As a case study, Professor Wargo discusses the nine-year effort to create Cape Wind, a wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts. The project has faced opposition for a number of reasons, including noise and disruption of use of private property. The lecture ties the development of more renewable energy options to issues of property rights and discusses ways to overcome challenges in siting, in noise pollution, and in the impacts on wildlife (i.e. avian mortality as a result of wind farms).

00:00 - Chapter 1. Renewable Energy: Promise and Plight
11:12 - Chapter 2. Project Siting and Local Concerns
19:09 - Chapter 3. U.S. Wind Capacity & Potential; Key Benefits
23:34 - Chapter 4. Avian Mortality and Noise Pollution; Utility Consumption
29:02 - Chapter 5. The Cape Wind Case: Conflict in the Wind
38:54 - Chapter 6. Comparisons and Conclusions

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

This course was recorded in Spring 2010.
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The Atmosphere, the Ocean and Environmental Change (GG 140)

Renewable energy sources are discussed. These include wind energy, solar energy, biomass energy and geothermal energy. Energy from wind is acquired through the use of large wind turbines. These turbines ideally need to be located in areas where there is strong wind and low atmospheric turbulence. Solar power is collected using both photovoltaic solar cells and concentrated solar power. Energy from biomass can be produced in two ways: burning biomass to generate electricity or fermentation to produce fuel ethanol. Geothermal energy is produced by pumping water below the earth's surface into areas of hot rocks which heats the water and creates steam. This steam is then run through a turbine to produce power.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Renewable Energy Sources
02:20 - Chapter 2. Wind Energy
35:19 - Chapter 3. Solar Power
42:18 - Chapter 4. Biomass Energy
45:14 - Chapter 5. Geothermal Energy
46:45 - Chapter 6. Electricity Sources

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu

This course was recorded in Fall 2011.

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