Steven Weissman

Solar program faces utilities’ challenge

Steven Weissman quoted in Daily Journal (registration required), Oct. 15, 2015

“People are trying to understand what should be legitimately considered a benefit,” Weissman said. “Is net metering adding costs or reducing costs to the system? That’s the question underlying this whole debate. There’s no clarity on that and no uniformity in the approach used to analyze that around the country.”

Exploring ‘claw backs’ as a CPUC tactic to improve utility safety

Steven Wiessman quoted on, April 20, 2015

“The commission interface is with the company itself and not with individuals,” Weissman, who previously served as a CPUC administrative law judge, said in an April 16 interview, noting that utilities have relative freedom in how they spend the money the commission awards in rates — including with respect to executive compensation.

White House issues new draft NEPA guidance

Steven Weissman quoted in E&ENews PM, December 18, 2014

“Basically, they’re saying you could level over 160 acres’ worth of trees before you reach any level of significance, or burn 25 million pounds of coal,” he said. “It’s all very interesting because there’s no particular number that’s magical here; this is just an effort to set a benchmark [to prevent] too much attention on projects that would have smaller effects.”

Could FERC put a price on carbon?

Steven Weissman quoted in Utility Dive, July 28, 2014

“It is not a huge step for FERC to take more direct climate change action,” Weismann says. “It is likely in time there will be a price on carbon. Including a carbon adder in wholesale electricity rates now would help ensure that electricity demand is met using the generating resources with the lowest environmental cost and help guide utilities in directions that would not leave them vulnerable to sudden cost increases later.”

Your rooftop solar questions answered

Steven Weissman interviewed by KALW City Visions, May 12, 2014

“There was a study done by Congress in 1980 saying that in order for solar to cut through, there was going to have to be a reduction from the current price, which at that point was about ten dollars per installed watt down to one dollar per installed watt, and they predicted that would happen in 1988. Well we didn’t get there, then, but there’s been a dramatic shift in the last handful of years, and now solar is very much within that range.”

Climate change threatens energy infrastructure

Steven Weissman quoted in Climate Central, March 10, 2014

The GAO report does not question scientific findings on global warming, and it shows that many energy companies recognize the risk they face from climate change, said Steven Weissman….“This nonpartisan report should shift the burden of proof for any firms or agencies that are dragging their feet,” Weissman said, adding that the report could focus the attention of the public and policymakers on the need to strengthen all public infrastructure to better stand up to climate change.