Online Learning: Clean Power Program
The Clean Power Program is collaborative project, led by the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and funded by the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). Technical expertise came from academics across Imperial College London, including the Digital Learning Hub, the Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP), Energy Futures Lab (EFL), the Grantham Institute and Imperial College Business School.
These three online courses cover the opportunities and advantages of clean power, the tools needed to build a global low-carbon power sector and the challenges and solutions of the energy transition. Available online through EdX, the courses are free to take, accessible from anywhere in the world and part of a Professional Certificate program. Each course should take approximately 2-5 hours per week, spread over 5-6 weeks.
"The course systematically presents the interactions between clean power and climate change mitigation, political concerns, energy accessibility, as well as environmental benefits and public health. It explains the issue very clearly and has helped me see it from different perspectives."
Why Move Towards Cleaner Power
This course looks at how increasing greenhouse gases are warming the climate and what it means to decarbonise - reduce the greenhouse gas intensity of - the power sector. It also provides arguments in favour of decarbonisation, including ease of access to a secure and affordable energy supply and improvements to health and the environment, and considers the importance of political context.
Creating a Pro-Renewables Environment
This course provides the tools needed to build a low-carbon power sector around the world. By diving into the perspective of different players in the power sector - from investors through to utilities, regulators and project developers - you will be able to choose the right strategies, policies and other levers needed to incentivise a cleaner power mix in your own context.
Incorporating Renewable Energy in Electricity Grids
This course discusses what challenges variable output renewables pose to a reliable, stable electricity system, how these challenges can be addressed and at what costs. It demonstrates that there is already a range of established technologies, policies and operating procedures to achieve a flexible, stable, reliable electricity system, with a high level of renewables such as wind and solar.
Sincere gratitude and thanks to the members of our advisory for their advice and counsel
- Energy Research Institute in China
- International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
- TCI Advisory Services LLP
- World Bank.
We would also like to acknowledge the input of a number of external partner organisations at a number of stages in this project across design, production and review.
- Danish Energy Agency
- European Climate Foundation
- Energy Innovations
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), who played a particular role in producing and reviewing some of the technical content.
- Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
If you are interested in finding out more about our small private online courses (SPOC), please email us at the Clean Power Program (firstname.lastname@example.org).