Robin Walther

Robin Walther

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Dr. Walther has more than 28 years of experience in policy and technical analyses in the energy field. For the past 8 years, she has developed a consulting practice providing expert witness and regulatory support on a broad range of energy issues, including the valuation of electricity plants, assessments of the competitiveness of natural gas markets, and the evaluation of demand-side management programs. Prior to developing her consulting practice, Dr. Walther spent nearly 20 years at Southern California Edison Company in a number of project management and supervisory positions. Dr. Walther has served as an expert witness in administrative law proceedings and has participated in formal settlement meetings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Prior to joining Southern California Edison Company, Dr. Walther was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California with specialties in economics of aging and labor economics.

Dr. Walther earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California – Berkeley and her B.S. degree in Mathematics from Stanford University.


Ph.D., Economics, University of California at Berkeley, 1975
B.S., Mathematics, Stanford University, 1967

Areas of expertise

Recent news, presentations, and publications

“Must-Run Generation: Can We Mix Regulation and Competition Successfully,” The Electricity Journal, December 1997, Vol. 10, No. 10, (with John L. Jurewitz), pp. 44-55.

“A Better Renewables Policy,” The Electricity Journal, January/February 1997, Vol. 10, No. 1, (with Daniel Kirshner, Barbara Barkovich, and Kathy Treleven), pp. 54-61.

“Green Pricing for Renewable Resources: An Idea Whose Time is Coming?” Proceedings for DSM and Global Environment Conference, Arlington, Virginia, June 24-25, 1993.

“Valuing Environmental Externalities in Resource Planning: Issues and Implications,” Proceedings of the American Power Conference, April (with Mark R. Minick), 1991.

“Incorporating Environmental Externalities in Resource Planning,” Proceedings of DSM and Global Warming Conference, Arlington, Virginia, (with Fred Mobasheri), 1991.

“Enhancing Customer Value Through Resource Planning,” Enhancing Electricity’s Value to Society, Vol. II, Proceedings of the Demand-Side Management Conference, Canadian Electric Association, October 1990, pp. 801-808, (with Fred Mobasheri).

“Vertical Extension of the Household: An Empirical Analysis of Rural India,” The Indian Journal of Economics, Vol. 68, Part III, No. 270, pp. 421-446 (with Jeffrey Nugent), 1988.

“Monitoring of Conservation Programs: Modifying a System for Commercial and Industrial Programs,” Meeting Energy Challenges, Vol. II, Proceedings of the Second Great PG&E Energy Expo-1985, edited by Craig B. Smith, Todd Davis, and Peter W. Turnball, New York, New York: Pergamon Press, pp. 235-245, 1985.

“Economics of Aging,” in Aging: Scientific Perspectives and Social Issues, Diana Woodruff and James E. Birren (eds.) Second Edition, Monterey, California: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 1983.

“Who Benefits? Government Housing Programs for the Independent Elderly,” Occasional Papers in Housing and Community Affairs, Vol. I, Washington, D.C.,: Department of Housing and Urban Development (with R. Thomas Gillaspy), 1978.

“Agency Budgets and the Use of Eligibility Rules,” Public Choice 33: pp. 115-130 (with Jeffrey Chapman), 1978.

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