Joseph F. Wiedman
Mr. Wiedman represents clients before regulatory commissions across the United States with a particular focus on expanding renewable energy markets. Mr. Wiedman has worked on a broad range of matters including establishment and implementation of the California Solar Initiative, the largest retail renewable energy program in the United States, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions regulation, shared renewables programs, net metering and interconnection standards, cost benefit methodologies for renewable energy, and general rate cases. Mr. Wiedman also regularly advises the firm’s clients on legislative policy and strategy related to development of renewable energy programs and policies.
As a Partner at Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP, Mr. Wiedman has extensive experience leading the firm’s members in addressing clients’ needs in a cost-effective and efficient fashion. Mr. Wiedman is also adept at leading coalitions of stakeholders to achieve programmatic, legislative and strategic goals of the firm’s clients in the regulatory and legislative arenas.
During and prior to law school, Mr. Wiedman worked in academia, government, and private business related to regulation of the energy and telecommunications industries in various capacities including providing legislative and regulatory strategy services.
- Assists in the development of programs and policies critical to the successful development of renewable energy in the United States including working on such policies as net metering and interconnection standards, third-party ownership of renewable energy resources, and the intersection of electric vehicles and PV policies.
- Develops and coordinates legislative efforts on rate reform, shared renewables and other programs to support consumer access to renewable energy resources.
- Develops and coordinates regulatory efforts before regulatory commissions and related forums on rate reform, shared renewables, and other programs to support consumer access to renewable energy resources.
- On behalf of one of the leading US-based technology companies, Mr. Wiedman guided and shaped the company’s smart grid engagement strategy to achieve the company’s information technology goals.
Professional Honors and Activities
- Member, The Conference of California Public Utility Counsel
- Member, Energy Bar Association
Mr. Wiedman speaks nationally on topics of interest to the solar community related to building sustainable markets for renewable energy, including most recently:
- Shared Solar: Creating Access and Advancing the Market, Joseph Wiedman, Solar Powering Illinois, April 8, 2014.
- Community-Shared Solar: A National Perspective, Joseph Wiedman, Solar Power Colorado, February 5, 2013.
- Shooting for the Sun: the role of regulatory policy, Joseph Wiedman, IREC Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, September 10, 2012
- Community-Shared Solar: Unleashing Solar in the US, Joseph Wiedman, Solar Power International, Orlando, FL, September 13, 2012
- Driving Down BOS costs: the Role of Policy, Joseph Wiedman, TVA Solar Solutions Conference, Memphis, TN, April 2012
- Financing Solar Energy: PPAs, Community Solar & the Morris Model, Joseph Wiedman, TVA Solar Solutions Conference, Memphis, TN, April 2012
- Community Solar: Removing Barriers to Market Expansion, Joseph Wiedman, Solar Power International, Dallas, TX, Oct. 2011
- Panelist, How Do We Own and Pay for It? Panel, Solar Workshop: Solar as Sustainability Approach in the Metropolitan Washington Region, Washington, DC, October 2011
- Community Solar: A Look at Programs and Issues One Year In, Joseph Wiedman, 40th ASES National Solar Conference, Raleigh, NC, May 2011
- Community Renewables: Overview of State Programs, Joseph Wiedman, PV America Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2011
- Distributed Generation Policy: Encouraging Generation on Both Sides of the Meter, The Electricity Journal, October 2013, vol. 26(8): 88-108 with R. Thomas Beach as part of America’s Power Plan
- A Generalized Approach to Assessing the Rate Impacts of Net Energy Metering, Solar America Board for Codes and Standards report, with Jason Keyes, January 2012. www.solarabcs.org/rateimpact
- J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 2004
- M.A., Illinois State University in Applied Economics with an emphasis in the economics of Electricity, Natural Gas, and Telecommunications (Graduate Student Excellence Award), 2000
- Dual B.A. from the University of Illinois-Urbana in Economics (Distinction and Honors) and Russian and Eastern European Studies (Honors), 1997