Senior Director and Lead Counsel of Climate Risk & Clean Power
Michael Panfil is the Senior Director and Lead Counsel of Climate Risk & Clean Power at Environmental Defense Fund, where he works to advance the development and implementation of efforts designed to reduce climate-destabilizing emissions. Michael engages before energy, environmental, and financial regulators as well as before federal courts across the country to secure durable solutions and sustainable practices.
In addition to his work with EDF, Michael serves as Scholar in Residence at American University, Washington College of Law and as Adjunct Professor at Howard University, School of Law. He is also a vice chair of the Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and a Board Member for the Energy Justice Law & Policy Center.
Prior to joining EDF, Michael spent time with the White House, Council on Environmental Quality and United Nations. He received his BA from the College of Wooster and JD from Columbia Law School.
Selected publications include:
- Resilience and Private Law’s Duty to Adapt, North Carolina Law Review (Forthcoming 2022) (with Jim Rossi).
- Disclosure of Climate-Related Financial Risk, N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y (Forthcoming 2021) (with Madison Condon, Sarah Ladin, Jack Lienke, and Alex Song).
- Risk in the Electricity Sector: Legal Obligations to Advance Climate Resilience Planning by Electric Utilities, Environmental Law Review (2021) (with Romany Webb and Sarah Ladin).
- Attleboro to EPSA: The Pace of Change and Evolving Jurisdictional Frameworks in the Electricity Sector, UCLA J. Envtl. law & Policy, 38(1) (2020).
- Wholesale Electricity Market Principles, 9 Mich. J. Envtl. & Admin. L. 145 (2020) (with Rama Zakaria).
Climate change creates financial risks. Investors need to know what those are.
March 30, 2022
Power companies, businesses, and experts support EPA authority to address climate pollution at Supreme Court
January 28, 2022
Safeguarding EPA’s authority at the Supreme Court is a climate imperative
December 15, 2021
Safeguarding Americans’ financial futures from climate change
November 9, 2021
Washington and Wall Street must act now to protect Americans’ financial futures from unfolding climate change harms
October 25, 2021
What the SEC can do to protect investors, companies, and people from another Texas power crisis
June 18, 2021
Why Electric Utilities Must Engage in Climate Resilience Planning
December 3, 2020
Fundamentals should guide FERC on PJM’s misguided state policy proposal
May 8, 2018
FERC’s rejection of DOE’s pro-coal and nuclear proposal shows evidence can still trump politics
January 8, 2018
Cuba’s electric future: Lessons learned and pathways forward
November 7, 2017