Energy Resources, Economics and Environment



Prof. Rangan Banerjee

IIT Bombay

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This course will equip students with the tools necessary for economic analysis and quantification of impacts of energy systems. We will review the availability of energy resources and study methods for quantification of resource depletion and scarcity. The course will cover basic concepts in economics and their application to energy systems. Tools and techniques for project economics for an individual/ company perspective and macro-decision making for society will be introduced. We will discuss basic concepts of welfare economics and environmental economics that are necessary for energy systems analysis and their environmental impacts..


Masters students of Energy Systems Engineering. UG students of Mech, Elec, Chemical interested in Energy


Rangan Banerjee is the Forbes Marshall Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Energy Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay .He works on energy efficiency and renewable energy, modelling of energy systems, energy planning and policy

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Course Details

Week 1: Energy Flow Diagram ,Global Trends in Energy Use, India and World- Disaggregation by supply, end use, Energy and Environment, The Kaya Identity, Emission Factor
Week 2: Energy and Quality of Life, Energy Inequality, Energy Security, Introduction to Country Energy Balance assignment
Week 3: Energy Economics – Simple Payback Period, Time Value of Money- discount rate, Criteria for Assessing Energy Projects –(Net Present Value (NPV), Benefit/Cost Ratio (B/C), Inflation, Internal Rate of Return (IRR) 
Week 4:  Resources & Reserves Growth Rates in Consumption, Estimates of Duration of Fossil Fuels, McKelvey Diagram, Peak oil, Hubbert’s model
Week 5: Materials used in renewable energy (Kuznet’s Curve, Betting on the planet, Simon’s Change), Non Renewable Energy Economics (Hotelling’s Rule)
Week 6: Preferences and Utility, Utility and Social Choice
Week 7: Public and private goods / bads, Demand curves , Externalities
Week 8: Financing Energy – Debt/ Equity- Sources of funds, innovative financing models
Week 9: Input Output Analysis
Week 10: Primary Energy Analysis, Net Energy Analysis, Examples, Energy Cost of Energy, Life Cycle Analysis of Bioenergy
Week 11: Net Energy Examples, Energy Policy
Week 12: Energy Policy Examples, Practice problems solution 

Books and References

1. GEA, 2012: Global Energy Assessment – Toward a Sustainable Future, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York, NY, USA and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria. ( mainly Chapter 1 – Energy Primer pp. 99-150, Chapter 3- Energy and Environment-pp. 191-254.Chapter 4 –           Energy and Health pp. 255-324).
2. Conrad, J. M., Resource Economics, 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, 2010.
3. Tester J.W., Drake E.M., Driscoll M. J., Golay, M.W, Peters, W.A.,Sustainable Energy Choosing Among Options, PHI Learning Private Limited,New Delhi, 2009.
4. J.M. Conrad and C.W. Clark, Natural Resource Economics, Cambridge University Press (1987).
5. Charles Kolstad, Environmental Economics, Vol. 1, Oxford University Press (1999).


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