Assistant Professor of Law, Univ. of South Carolina

Shelley Welton

Interviewer:  David Spence, November 2, 2018



The Distributional Impacts of Distributed Energy Resources

by Shelley Welton

“Utilities are raising an important and fundamental question about how we want to fund the massive transition [to a green energy economy].  Net metering asks remaining ratepayers to shoulder the cost of that transition. I see this controversy as a harbinger of what’s to come.”


“If you decide you want to go with distributed energy rather than [less expensive] utility scale solar, that’s a fair tradeoff to make. I’d just want the discussion to be transparent.”


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.

To learn more about Shelly Welton, please her home page: HERE