Heather E. Payne

Assistant Director for the Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics (CE3)


  • J.D. (Order of the Coif), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011)
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering (High Honors), Georgia Institute of Technology (1999)

Heather Payne joined the Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics (CE3) in 2012. Prior to CE3, she served as a judicial clerk for Judge Martha Geer on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She focuses her scholarship on environmental, energy and water law.

In addition to her CE3 responsibilities, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) and teaches International Environmental Law.

Selected Publications

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  • A Long Slog: What a Ten Year Hydroelectric Relicensing Process Demonstrates About Public Participation and Administrative Regulation Theories, 53 IDAHO L. REV. 41 (2017). [SSRN, Document Link (PDF)]
  • A Tale of Two Solar Installations: How Electricity Regulations Impact Distributed Generation, 38 U. HAW. L. REV. 135 (2015). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Mapping Coastal Risks and Social Vulnerability: Current Tools and Legal Risks (with L. Schiavinato), N.C. SEA GRANT (2015). [SSRN, Document Link (PDF)]
  • RIIO to REV: What U.S. Power Reform Should Learn from the U.K, 36 PACE L. REV. 31 (2015). [Document Link]
  • Curtailment First: Why Climate Change and the Energy Industry Suggest a New Allocation Paradigm is Needed for Water Utilized in Hydraulic Fracturing (V. Flatt, H. Payne), 48 U. RICH L. REV. 829 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Lake Lanier and the Corps: How Adaptive Management Could Help in the ACF System, 51 IDAHO L. REV. 279 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Not One Without the Other: The Challenge of Integrating U.S. Environment, Energy, Climate, and Economic Policy (V. Flatt, H. Payne), 44 ENVTL. L. 1079 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
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