The Energy Policy concentration includes courses that address policy and politics, institutions, markets, economics, technologies, and human impacts; and requires students to complete their MPP essay or PhD dissertation on a topic related to energy policy.

The concentration has two core courses that examine US energy policy. One, called “US Energy Policy,” focuses on how the U.S. currently and historically has addressed its energy needs via the development of policies, institutions and markets with respect to coal, oil, gas, nuclear, and conventional hydropower, as they pertain to electricity generation and transportation. The second course, PS 599, has a focus on renewable energy resources and technologies (wave, solar, wind, biomass and geothermal), where Oregon is a national leader. Students will then have two additional elective courses to take.

This concentration provides students with a broad knowledge of US energy policy and institutions, how these impact the development of energy markets, and the major and emerging technologies and resources currently in use and under development.

The Energy Policy Concentration Advisor is Professor David Bernell.

Energy Policy Faculty available for PhD Student Committees.


OSU Energy Initiatives:

OSU Sustainable Energy and Infrastructure Initiative:

Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center:

OSU Sun Grant Program in Biomass Energy:

Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center:


Courses [16 credits]:

  • PS 573 - U.S. Energy Policy [4 credits]
  • PS 578 - Renewable Energy Policy [4 credits]
  • PPOL 541 - Energy and Society [4 credits]
  • PPOL 547 - Integrated Approaches to Food-Water-Energy-Climate [4 credits]
  • PS 555 - The Politics of Climate Change [4 credits]
  • NE 507 - Nuclear Nonproliferation [1 credit]
  • PPOL 544 - Collaborative Governance [4 credits]
  • PS 575 - Environmental Politics and Policy [4 credits]
  • PS 599 - The (Geo)Politics of Oil and Energy [4 credits]