N. Jonathan Peress

Senior Director, Energy Markets & Utility Regulation


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

Jonathan works to ensure both electricity and gas markets are designed to facilitate the clean energy transition, rather than impede sound climate policy and solutions. Specifically, he focuses on wholesale and retail markets, where he helps reform outdated rules standing in the way of innovation and investment in clean energy resources that states and regions need to meet climate goals. Jonathan also specializes in 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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