Michael Panfil

Director of Federal Energy Policy and Senior Attorney


Areas of expertise: Energy; Smart Grid; Demand Response; Energy Storage; Time Variant Pricing and Rates; Energy Resiliency

Michael Panfil is a senior attorney and Director of Federal Energy Policy for the EDF Clean Energy Program, whose work includes federal, state, and regulatory efforts across the country to design a more environmentally friendly, economic, and efficient electric system. Michael also engages on efforts to reduce emissions throughout the United States by advocating for the deployment of smarter technology, improved design standards, and sustainable practices.

Michael principally focuses on issues before and involving federal agencies, with experience on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 745, FERC Order 1000, and EPA’s Clean Power Plan. He is also actively engaged in matters before and involving regional ISO/RTOs, as well as state public utility commissions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.

Michael’s previous engagements include advocating for demand response, smart grid technologies, and time-variant pricing enhancements in California and New York.


Michael principally focuses on energy issues and policies before federal agencies. Michael has also engaged on cases and policies in California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois.

Michael’s work includes advocating for smart grid enhancements, time variant pricing, demand response, energy efficiency, distributed energy resources, and demand response. 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:

  • 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.
  • So, How do we Make Sustainability…Sustainable? Forbes, 2014.

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