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Online Education

For lifelong learners, the Stanford Center for Professional Development offers an Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Certificate. Energy courses are also available free of charge at Stanford Online.

Energy 101 Video Tutorials

Developed by the Global Climate and Energy Project, these video tutorials provide an overview of specific topics in energy from battery storage to carbon capture and sequestration. Learn the basics about a range of technical areas from top experts in the field.

Energy E-Books

The Precourt Institute and KQED public media have created a series of interactive e-books designed to give readers a broad introduction to the subjects of climate change and energy. The e-books, Clue into Climate and Energy, and their companion iTunesU courses can be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.

Energy: The Basics, investigates the nature of energy and energy resources.  The second volume, Energy: Use and Efficiency, explores how people use energy, from generating electricity to developing energy-efficient technologies.

Primarily developed for middle and highschool students, but also relevant for lifelong learners, the series explores the causes of climate change, its impacts on freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, and innovative strategies for curbing and adapting to change.

California and Western Energy Lecture Series

Developed by Precourt Energy Scholar Dian Grueneich, the California and Western Energy Lecture Series provides an understanding of California and Western energy.

Energy @Stanford and SLAC

An annual multi-day conference for incoming Stanford graduate and professional school students interested in energy. Covers the depth and breadth of energy research at Stanford, including in-depth interactive elective classes. An energy background is not required. 2021 course videos.

Energy Market Game

Developed by Frank Wolak, Mark Thurber, and Trevor Davis at the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development. The Energy Market Game is a free, web-based game that allows players to take on the roles of electricity generating companies (“gencos”), electricity retailers, or vertically-integrated utilities in electricity markets with different market rules. 

Precourt's Video Content and Professional Learning Programs

The Precourt Institute builds a learning community of individuals who are dedicated to solving the world’s most urgent energy issues. Explore their video content and professional learning programs.

Understand Energy Videos

Understand Energy, taught by Dr. Diana Gragg, Kirsten Stasio, and Jane Woodward at Stanford, has videos by energy resource on their course YouTube Channel. The website also links to a curated selection of readings and videos under Course Materials.