Professor of Law, Univ. of Richmond
Assistant Professor of Law, Univ. of South Carolina
Interviewer: David Spence, April 4, 2019
Net Metering & the Value of Distributed Solar Generation
“Net metering got adopted because it is a simple policy. I don’t worry a lot about net metering where there are low levels of adoption because it has a miniscule effect on retail rates. As you get to higher penetrations of rooftop PV that cost shift starts to get more dramatic.”
“PUC proceedings being exceedingly technocratic, it can be very difficult for lower income customers to participate actively and meaningfully. Value of solar studies are about trying to bring more people into the process. That sort of democratic participation value is important.”
“Rooftop solar is beautiful for avoiding siting controversies. But it is a more expensive option. As we scale up the transition we are going to have to be more mindful of costs.”
Joel Eisen teaches and writes in the areas of energy law and policy, environmental law and policy, climate change, and the Smart Grid. From 1993-2005, he was Director of the Robert R. Merhige, Jr., Center of Environmental Law. In 2009, Professor Eisen served as a Fulbright Professor of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China.
Shelley Welton is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Her research focuses on how climate change is transforming energy and environmental law and governance. She received her Ph.D. in Law from Yale Law School, her J.D. from NYU School of Law, a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- “Clean Energy Justice,” Harvard Environmental Law Review (2019)
- Eisen and Mormann, “Free Trade in Electric Power,” Utah Law Review (2018)
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