Jonas J. Monast

Print This Page (PDF) C. Boyden Gray Distinguished Fellow, Assistant Professor and Co-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 co-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.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Selected Publications

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  • Maximizing Utility in Electric Utility Regulation, 43 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 135 (2016). [Hein]
  • 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]
  • Beyond Carbon Dioxide: Capturing Air Quality Benefits with State 111(d) Plans (with J. Tarr) (Nicholas Inst. for Envtl. Pol. Solutions, Duke U., 2014). [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]
  • Dedicated ELR Issue on the Proposed Clean Power Plan: Introduction (with S. Schang), 44 ENVTL. L. REP. 11041 (2014). [Lexis/Nexis]
  • Designing CO2 Performance Standards for a Transitioning Electricity Sector: A Multi-Benefits Framework (with D. Hoppock), 44 ENVTL. L. REP. 11068 (2014). [Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, BEPress]
  • New Source Review and Coal Plant Efficiency Gains: How New and Forthcoming Air Regulations Affect Outcomes (with S. Adair & D. Hoppock), 70 ENERGY POL'Y 183 (2014). [Document Link]
  • 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]
  • A Cooperative Federalism Framework for CCS Regulation (with B. Pearson & L. Pratson), 7 ENVTL. & ENERGY L. & POL'Y J. 1 (2012). [Westlaw, 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]
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