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Green Energy and Local Economic Development CESA 5310

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

Course details

This course provides an introduction to the wide range of green energy strategies and local economic development opportunities for communities. Green energy is sourced from clean and renewable sources. Students will be able to identify green energy project development pathways, provide case study examples and describe how green energy can attract investment and infrastructure development. Students will be able to link a healthy environment to health impacts and costs. Students will be able to justify green energy projects by totaling estimated energy spending in a community and demonstrating how green energy can create jobs, keep energy dollars circulating locally and improve community resilience.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate how green energy supports the components of community-based economic development.
  • Measure and explain the impact of exported community energy dollars.
  • Evaluate the economic benefits of multiple types of green energy.
  • Justify societal cost savings from green energy projects, particularly health related savings.
  • Develop a high level assessment of green energy opportunities in a community including human resource skills needed to design and implement them.
  • Interpret the legislative, policy, and program incentive context for green energy projects across Canada.
  • Evaluate a variety of operational examples from across Canada and apply these learnings to new projects.

Effective as of Winter 2017


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