Heather E. Payne

Assistant Director for the Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics (CE3), Adjunct Professor of Law


  • 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.  She teaches International Environmental Law, Environmental Law, and Property.

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

Selected Publications

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  • A Fix for a Thirsty World: Making Direct and Indirect Reuse Legally Possible, 42 WM. & MARY ENVTL. L. POL'Y REV. 201 (2017). [Westlaw, SSRN, Hein]
  • All of the Above: One Way State Regulatory Frameworks Impact the Utility of the Future, 8 GEO. WASH. J. ENERGY & ENVTL. L. 78 (2017). [Hein]
  • A Long Slog: What a Ten Year Hydroelectric Relicensing Process Demonstrates About Public Participation and Administrative Regulation Theories, 53 IDAHO L. REV. 41 (2017). [Westlaw, SSRN, Hein, Document Link (PDF)]
  • Game Over: Regulatory Capture, Negotiation, and Utility Rate Cases in an Age of Disruption, 52 U.S.F. L. REV. 75 (2017). [SSRN]
  • Incenting Green Technology: The Myth of Market-based Commercialization of No-and-Low Carbon Electricity Sources, 24 N.Y.U. ENVTL. L.J. 404 (2017). [Westlaw, SSRN, Hein]
  • 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]
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