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Steven Weissman

Emeritus Lecturer

Steven Weissman


Steve Weissman created and directed the Energy Law program at Berkeley Law, where he also taught numerous energy law and policy courses. He came to UC Berkeley from the California Public Utilities Commission where he was an administrative law judge. He also served as policy and legal advisor to three different commissioners at the PUC. He is an energy and environmental attorney, and an environmental mediator. Prior to his appointment as an administrative law judge in 1988, he was a staff attorney at the PUC, working on renewable energy and energy efficiency proceedings, as well as cases involving implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act. He has taught energy law and policy classes at Berkeley Law since 2006.

He is a former Principal Consultant to the California State Assembly's Committee on Natural Resources, where he wrote and reviewed legislation concerning energy, air quality, and solid waste management. He is a member of the mediation panel for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, and creator of the California PUC's alternative dispute resolution program. In addition, he served as Legal Director for the Local Government Commission, an environmental and social policy think tank providing assistance to local governments. At the Local Government Commission, he wrote policy guidebooks concerning toxic air pollutants, recycling, and land use. He drafted the Ahwahnee Principles, a description of important elements of transit-oriented and pedestrian-oriented development, prepared in collaboration with some of today's most influential architects and planners.

In the City of Berkeley, Steve Weissman has chaired the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Solid Waste Commission. In addition, he was a member of the Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee, which worked with the university to create a new development plan for downtown Berkeley. He is Vice Chair of the American Bar Association's Publication Committee for the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. He also teaches energy courses at Vermont Law School and at Lewis and Clark. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled him to teach during the Fall of 2013 at Universitat Rovira i Virgili near Barcelona.

Other Affiliations

  • Senior Policy Advisor, Center for Sustainable Energy

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy
  • Law
  • Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Government

Last updated on 01/09/2019

The Crisis in California’s Deregulated Electricity Markets

The Crisis in California’s Deregulated Electricity Markets

Steven Weissman

Event: FSR Summer School on EU Energy Law & Policy: Public Intervention in European Energy Sector 2016

Date: July 19, 2016 Duration: 2 minutes



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