The case study topic for this year is Energy and Climate Change. The student teams will provide creative solutions to help states meet their renewable portfolio standards (RPS). For example, the State of Oregon recently amended their RPS with a target of 50% renewable energy by 2040.

During the session on Friday, participants will initially split according to their interests into three different sub-topics (and rooms): policy/economic challenges, technical challenges, and education/communication challenges. Then they will further organize into small teams that will analyze the scenario presented and address the talking points that will be proposed by the faculty and graduate student leads.

Each team must prepare a 5 minute presentation for the Saturday session. The format of the presentation is open and we will allocate 3 minutes for questions at the end, either from judges or from other teams. All the presentations must be submitted to shpe.oregon [at] by Friday, April 15, 2016 at 12:00AM.

Please do not limit the case study to the examples provided during the Friday session. Teams are encouraged to be creative and to research for effective solutions. There will be one award for each main sub-topic, plus a committee vote for the Case Castor Award.