Are you interested in supporting the clean energy transition? The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) is providing a not-for-credit Winter 2021 Short Course adaptation of the Financing and Deploying Clean Energy (FDCE) program.
FDCE is an online certificate program that seeks to accelerate the transition to a clean economy. The program's objective is to help working professionals understand the interplay of the financial, technological, and socio-economic drivers of clean energy.
CBEY will be offering an adapted version of the FDCE program to Yale students from January 3 – January 29. This offering is not for academic credit, and it will be self-paced. We will provide weekly discussion sessions, study groups, and limited academic support.
You can take up to three courses:
- Energy and Finance Foundations – This five-part course covers the basics of energy and finance concepts. This course is most helpful if you're interested in taking Renewable Energy Project Finance or Financing Green Technologies, or simply want to gain a basic understanding of concepts like Net Present Value or bond math. No prerequisite knowledge is required, and it is a safe place to explore financial and engineering concepts that you may usually find too intimidating to tackle.
- Clean Energy Policy – This eight-part course examines how policy can support or hinder the deployment and financing of clean energy. This course is most helpful if you're interested in taking Environmental Law and Policy or Climate Change Policy and Perspectives. It is taught by a mix of faculty and guest experts, and includes a number of engaging discussions that will give you multiple perspectives (economics, political science, law, environmental justice) on common clean energy policy tools. Note: The best five policy memos and op-eds produced in this course will be selected for publishing in the Clean Energy Finance Forum. More details about the course content are available here.
- Technology Transitions – This eight-part course examines energy models and the clean energy transition's technological and economic challenges. This course is most helpful as an introduction to students who want to take Renewable Energy or Energy Systems Analysis. It is taught by three brilliant Yale faculty, and the quizzes and bite-size nature of the course modules will help students approach difficult concepts at their own pace. More details about the course content are available here.
When you sign up to participate, we will provide you with access to all three courses through Canvas. You can determine how much you want to cover. We recommend that you create a work plan to get the most out of this offering.
Here are the approximate time commitments for completing the courses in roughly 3 – 4 weeks:
- Complete one course
- Each module takes 4 – 5 hours to complete. If you complete two modules a week, it will take approximately 8 – 10 hours a week to complete the course.
- Complete two courses
- Each module takes 4 – 5 hours to complete. If you complete four modules a week, it will take approximately 16 – 20 hours a week to complete the course.
- Complete three courses
- Each module takes 4 – 5 hours to complete. If you complete eight modules a week, it will take approximately 32 – 40 hours a week to complete the course.
CBEY is very excited to offer this opportunity to Yale students. If you are interested in gaining skills to support the clean energy transition, these Winter 2021 Short Course are just for you!