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Burcin Unel

Energy Policy Director

Dr. Burcin Unel is the Energy Policy Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity.

Her current work focuses on socially efficient policy design in the areas of energy, environment, and health, building on her expertise in microeconomic theory, regulation, and industrial organization. At Policy Integrity, she has authored academic scholarship, policy briefs, public comments, testimonies, and guidance documents, with the aim of helping policymakers and utility regulators improve the quality of federal and state energy policy decision making. She also leads Policy Integrity’s stakeholder involvement in New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative and related state energy policy programs.

Before joining Policy Integrity, she held faculty positions at the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida, and the Department of Economics at Bogaziçi University in Turkey. She also taught as an adjunct faculty member at the City College of New York and NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She received a B.A. in Economics from Bogaziçi University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida.

She can be reached at or (212) 992-6285.


This Is Not the Way to Move Beyond Net Metering — Utility Dive, June 2020

States Don’t Have to Wait for Congress to Put a Price on Carbon — The Wall Street Journal, November 2019.

Carbon Pricing Will Fuel Renewable Energy Transition — Albany Times Union, November 2019.

Getting Energy Storage Policies Right — Energy Central, August 2019.

Achieving Climate Goals Will Require Sound Energy Storage Policies — The Regulatory Review, February 2019.

Why Bailouts Won’t Make The Electric Grid More Resilient — The Hill, August 2018.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Resilience — Utility Dive, November 2017.

Commentary: Cutting SCC Too Costly — Times Union, May 2017.

New York’s Clean Energy Standard is a Key Step Toward Pricing Carbon Pollution Fairly — Utility Dive, August 2016.

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