Courses & Units

Energy Economics and Policy BEA313


Energy is a key input for a well-functioning economy and is essential for maintaining our modern way of life. Energy influences many dimensions of our economic and social lives. Ensuring future responsible (sustainable) and equitable access to affordable energy is a significant challenge. Economics plays an important role in the functioning of the energy sector, as well as in the development and application of energy policies and regulations, designed to meet the challenge of sustainability. The purpose of this unit is to develop the economic theory necessary to critically evaluate energy policy and related environmental policy.

The unit has been structured into 3 sections. The first section will provide an overview of energy markets. Topics include sources of energy and energy use. We will examine the economics of energy production and investment. We will also examine energy market regulation.

We study power systems in section two. We look at the economics of electricity generation and distribution and the design of power markets. We investigate the issues involved with integrating renewable energy sources in power system.

Section three considers the environmental implications of energy. The focus is on energy related externalities and the policies proposed to correct these externalities.

The unit fits into the University's major research themes: Environment, Resources & Sustainability; and, Data, Knowledge and Decisions.


Unit name Energy Economics and Policy
Unit code BEA313
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Economics
Coordinator Doctor Clinton Levitt
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Select and apply appropriate economic theory to analyse energy markets and energy market participants including governments, industry and consumers.
  • Use economic theory and models to analyse contemporary energy policies.
  • Communicate economic arguments and policy using appropriate evidence.
  • Work in a team by applying appropriate communication strategies as well as applying strategies to address group dynamic issues that arise.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
091901 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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AssessmentAssignment (15%)|Meeting Minutes (15%)|Research Proposal (10%)|Research Report (50%)|Reflection on Teamwork (10%)
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