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Smart Grid for Sustainable Communities: Course Plan and Readings

2015 Winter and Spring Term Syllabi

  • Winter Term 2015 Syllabus
  • Spring Term 2015 Syllabus

Books and Reading Materials

We will use two course texts for both the winter and spring terms of this course.  They are:

  • Peter Fox-Penner, Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities, Island Press, 2010
  • Fereidoon P. Sioshansi (ed.), Smart Grid: Integrating Renewable, Distributed & Efficient Energy, Academic Press/Elsevier, 2012

Both books are available at the PSU Bookstore (for PA 510, section CPS). They are also available at various on-line booksellers. Some of the readings we will assign from these texts were also assigned during winter term, so they may be a review for those students who are continuing from winter term.

In addition, we will use two more text during spring term.

  • The other will be used during week 3 (April 25) and is not available at the bookstore so it should be ordered from an on-line bookseller as soon as possible.  It is Eugene Bardach, A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving. Note: this book is in its fourth printing. I see it on Amazon for $26.  but any of the earlier printings will be fine and they are available for as little at $2.12. I also own three copies of the first edition and would be happy to loan them (with priority to starving grad students.)

In addition, we will use many studies and articles that are available on line or in journals that are available electronically through the PSU library.  When possible, we include links to the articles so students can access the articles directly from an electronic version of the course syllabus.  When this is not possible, we post the article in the proper week on the Desire to Learn (D2L) course website available to registered participants.  Some of the articles we read in this class will not have been written yet when the term begins.  Our guest speakers will recommend other articles, in some cases just the week before that class session. As a result, D2L will be updated regularly throughout the term.