Michael Panfil

Lead Counsel and Director of Climate Risk Strategies


Areas of expertise:
Clean Energy; Wholesale Markets; Smart Grid; Demand Response; the Federal Power Act; Litigation and Regulatory

Michael Panfil is a member of EDF’s Climate and Air, Clean Energy team, where he engages in federal litigation, regulatory, and policy efforts across the country to advocate for an environmentally friendly and economically efficient electricity sector. Michael’s work focuses on reducing emissions throughout the United States by advocating for the deployment of smarter technology, improved market operations, and sustainable practices.

Among other things, Michael focuses on cases before and involving federal agencies, with experience including the Supreme Court case FERC v. EPSA, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit case Allco v. Klee, and proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


Michael principally focuses on federal energy issues, cases, and policies. Michael has previously worked on state regulatory cases and actions in California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois. He is admitted to the New York State Bar and previously served as a member of the New York City Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee.


  • J.D. Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • B.A. College of Wooster, Magna cum laude


Selected publications include:

  • The Cuban Electric Grid. The Electricity Journal, 2017.
  • Optimizing Energy Markets for Efficiency. The Electricity Journal, 2016.
  • Comment on Non-Transmission Alternatives. ELI, 2016.
  • Putting Demand Response to Work for California. EDF Report, 2015.
  • Demand Response, Order 745 and the Supreme Court. The Electricity Journal, 2015.
  • How the Electricity World Has Changed: The Story of Demand Response. Medium, 2015.

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