Jonas J. Monast

Print This Page (PDF) C. Boyden Gray Distinguished Fellow, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center on Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics (CE3)


  • J.D., Georgetown University (2002)
  • B.A., Appalachian State University (1995)

Jonas Monast is the inaugural C. Boyden Gray Distinguished Fellow at Carolina Law and directs the Center on Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics (CE3). Monast’s work focuses on the interaction of federal and state energy policies, aligning energy and environmental policy goals, and regulatory options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to joining the Carolina Law faculty, he directed the Climate and Energy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and taught courses on energy and environmental issues at Duke University’s School of Law and Nicholas School of the Environment. Monast has also worked as an attorney in the Corporate Social Responsibility Practice at Foley Hoag LLP, as a congressional fellow for the late Senator Paul Wellstone, and as legislative counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending. Monast earned his law degree from Georgetown University and his B.A. from Appalachian State University.

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Selected Publications

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  • From Top-Down to Bottom-Up Climate Policy: New Challenges in Carbon Market Design, 8 SAN DIEGO J. CLIMATE & ENERGY L. 175 (2017). [Westlaw, SSRN, Hein]
  • On Markets, Morals, and Climate Change: Exploring Pope Francis' Challenge (with B. Murray and J. Wiener), 80 LAW & CONTEMP. PROBS. 135 (2017). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Major Questions About the Major Questions Doctrine, 68 ADMIN. L. REV. 445 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • Maximizing Utility in Electric Utility Regulation, 43 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 135 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Enhancing Compliance Flexibility under the Clean Power Plan: A Common Elements Approach to Capturing Low-Cost Emissions Reductions (with T. Profeta, J. Tarr, and B. Murray) (Nicholas Inst. for Envtl. Pol. Solutions, Duke U., 2015). [Document Link]
  • Completing the Energy Innovation Cycle: The View from the Public Utility Commission (with S. Adair), 65 HASTINGS L.J. 1345 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Designing CO2 Performance Standards for a Transitioning Electricity Sector: A Multi-Benefits Framework (with D. Hoppock), 44 ENVTL. L. REP. 11068 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, BEPress]
  • A Triple Bottom Line for Electric Utility Regulation: Aligning State-Level Energy, Environmental, and Consumer Protection Goals (with S. Adair), 38 COLUM J. ENVTL. L. 1 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Considering Shale Gas Extraction in North Carolina: Lessons from Other States (with S. Plikunas, B. Pearson, A. Vengosh, & R. Jackson), 22 DUKE ENVTL. L. & POL'Y F. 257 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • Climate Change and Financial Markets: Regulating the Trade Side of Cap-and-Trade, 40 ENVTL. L. REP. 10051 (2010). [Lexis/Nexis, SSRN]
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