You must write a short memo to a politician of your choice,
explaining why they should support a specific energy policy.
• Your argument: why should they support this policy?
• Describe Policy: How would this policy work? Explain in detail,
including the key energy institutions that would be involved.
• Policy Examples: Is there an existing example of this policy that is
worth following (or avoiding) — explain in detail. (Look ahead to
policy cases in the syllabus to find examples of readings you can
• Political Strategy: How specifically would you enact this policy?
Through a bill in the legislature? Through a budget? Through a
• Political Barriers: What are the political obstacles to enacting this
policy? Consider key actors, including interest groups, the public,
bureaucrats and other politicians.
• 4 pages, double-spaced, excluding references.
• You must format the memo at the top, addressing it to
someone specific, putting your name and a title for your
• You must cite academic literature. If you don’t know where to
start, look at the syllabus.
• Quite short! Key thing: you need to write concisely and
• Look at the syllabus for writing guidelines