N. Jonathan Peress

Senior Director, Energy Markets & Utility Regulation


Areas of expertise:
Natural gas and electricity market design, air pollution law and policy

My work is to ensure that natural gas is used as an implement for clean energy transformation rather than as an obstacle to sound climate policy and solutions. A key tool is the design of the energy markets which direct and reward investment that is optimized with new and evolving low/no carbon technologies which are increasingly economic in comparison to traditional energy sources. For natural gas, beneficial investment requires decreasing methane emissions from the supply chain, and market elements that incentivizes the use of gas synergistically with variable resources like wind and solar, and responsively to smart energy management technologies and demand response. My work focuses on the midstream and downstream areas of the natural gas supply chain such as the interstate pipeline system and policies that dictate the products and services provided by pipelines and natural gas distribution companies to end users, particularly suppliers of electric power.


Twenty years working on Clean Air Act and energy market issues as an attorney representing utilities, power plants and renewable energy providers. Started as Clean Air Act attorney for State of Vermont writing regulations to implement the 1990 amendments to the Act. Served as Director of Environmental Services for NRG Energy responsible for environmental compliance and policy for fleet of 20 power plants. Recently joined EDF after five years as Vice President and Director of the Clean Energy and Climate Change Program for the Conservation Law Foundation. Chaired American Bar Association Air Quality Committee (2010-2012). Currently serve on Board of Directors of North American Energy Standards Board.


  • BS, Management (1984) Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus
  • JD Brooklyn Law School (1991)

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