Prof. Welton to be published in the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology

Prof. Shelley Welton’s article “Grid Modernization and Energy Poverty” will be published in the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology (forthcoming 2017).

Only by explicitly understanding how the issues of grid modernization and energy poverty intersect, and by coming up with creative ways to address the challenges created, can regulators gain the comfort they need to move forward with grid modernization reforms in the face of rising inequality and substantial energy poverty. To get at these connections, this article utilizes a case study of New York State’s grid modernization efforts. As part of these efforts, regulators there have pursued an inclusive inquiry into how best to manage the ways in which grid modernization might have disparate impacts on lower-income consumers, producing some important early-stage lessons for emerging modernization efforts in other states.