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Justin Gundlach


Justin Gundlach joined Policy Integrity in April 2019. His work focuses on state-level energy and climate policy. He is the co-editor, along with Michael Burger, of Climate Change, Public Health, and the Law (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and the author of numerous articles, book chapters, white papers, and amicus briefs on legal and policy issues related to the impacts of energy use on the climate and of climate change on infrastructure and public health.

Before joining Policy Integrity, Justin was a member of the Policy Development team at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a Staff Attorney at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, a Staff Attorney and Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s environmental litigation clinic, and an associate at Crowell & Moring LLP. He received an L.L.M. with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. cum laude from NYU School of Law, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Wesleyan University.

Bar Admissions: State Bar of New York

Follow him on Twitter at @JMGinNYC, email him at, or call him at (212) 992-8167.

Reports and White Papers

Getting the Value of Distributed Energy Resources Right — December 2019

Interactions between a Federal Carbon Tax and Other Climate Policies (with Ron Minsk and Noah Kaufman), SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy — March 2019

2018 New York Clean Energy Industry Report (editor), NYSERDA — October 2018

Committee Report: Support for the American Innovation & Manufacturing Act of 2018 (contributing author), New York City Bar Association — May 2018

Climate Change Impacts on the Bulk Power System: Assessing Vulnerabilities and Planning for Resilience (with Romany Webb), Columbia Law School, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law — February 2018

Putting Green Infrastructure on Private Property in New York City, 28 Environmental Law in New York Newsletter 139 — September 2017

Strategic Adaptation Plans for the City of Clearwater, City of St. Augustine, and Escambia County (St. Augustine’s is available here) — June 2017

The Status of Climate Change Litigation: A Global Review (with Michael Burger), UN Environment — May 2017

Integrating Climate Change Resilience Into HUD’s Disaster Recovery Program (with Channing Jones), 46 Environmental Law Reporter 10282 — 2016

Local Law Provisions for Climate Change Adaptation (with Dane Warren), Columbia Law School, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law — May 2016

The Electric Grid and Its Regulators—FERC and State Public Utility Commissions (with Payal Nanavati), in Legal Tools for Climate Adaptation Advocacy: A Handbook for Advocates — 2016

How Much Does the Existing Regulatory Patchwork Reduce U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions?, Columbia Law School, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law — November 2015

Executive Office of the President, A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid (contributing author) — June 2011

Academic Articles, Books, and Book Chapters

Climate Change and Energy Transition Policies, (with Michael Gerrard), in Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law (J. Vinuales & E. Lees eds. 2019)

Climate Change, Public Health, and the Law (co-editor with Michael Burger, Cambridge University Press, October 2018); authored Chapter 6, The Built Environment (with Jennifer Klein), and Chapter 13, How Existing Environmental Laws Respond to Climate Change and Its Mitigation

Microgrids and Resilience to Climate-Driven Impacts on Public Health (invited symposium contribution), 18 Houston Journal of Health Policy and Law (2018)

DER Participation in Wholesale Markets: Lessons from the California ISO (with Romany Webb), 39 Energy Law Journal 47 (2018)

Carbon Capture, Sequestration, and Utilization in the U.S. Climate Change Policy Context (with Michael Gerrard), in Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Emerging Legal and Regulatory Issues, 2nd ed. (R. Macrory & R. Stewart, eds. 2018)

Climate Engineering Research Governance (with Michael Burger), in Climate Engineering and the Law: Regulation and Liability for Solar Radiation Management and Carbon Dioxide Removal (Michael Gerrard & Tracy Hester eds. 2018)

To Negotiate a Carbon Tax: a Map of Policy Interactions, Tradeoffs, and Risks, 43 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 269 (2018)

Carbon Pricing in New York ISO Markets (with Romany Webb), 35 Pace Environmental Law Review 1 (2018)

Elec. Power Supply Ass’n v. FERC—The End of Wholesale Demand Response?, 42 Ecology Law Quarterly 699 (2015)

Note, What’s the Cost of a New Nuclear Power Plant? The Answer’s Gonna Cost You, 18 NYU Environmental Law Journal 600 (2010)

Amicus Briefs

State of New York v. U.S. Dep’t of Health & Human Services (S.D.N.Y. 2019)

West Virginia v. EPA, _ F.3d _ (D.C. Cir. 2017)

FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association, 136 S. Ct. 760

King v. Burwell, 135 S. Ct. 475

Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, 134 S. Ct. 2427

American Farm Bureau Federation v. EPA, 792 F.3d 281

EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, L.P., 134 S. Ct. 1584.


Comments to the New York Public Service Commission on Resource Adequacy, (submitted November 8, 2019)

Comments to Massachusetts on Clean Peak Energy Standards, (submitted October 30, 2019)

Comments on New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan, (submitted September 16, 2019)

Comments to Iowa Utilities Board on Energy Efficiency Program Benefits, (submitted June 5, 2019)

Comments on DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule (submitted October 18, 2017)

Comments on review of marine protected areas pursuant to Exec. Order 13795 (with Jessica Wentz, submitted July 25, 2017)

Comments on the Draft Nationwide Programmatic EIS for the National Flood Insurance Program (with Jessica Wentz, submitted June 1, 2017)

Comments on FERC’s Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Planned Alaska LNG Project (submitted November 12, 2015)


Should Fossil Fuel Companies Bear Financial Responsibility for the Damage Their Products Do to the Environment?, The Wall Street Journal — November 19, 2019

We Need to Be Better Prepared for the Next Irma, Fortune — September 11, 2017

U.S. Cities Know That Dropping The Clean Power Plan Is A Huge Mistake, Huffington Post — March 28, 2017

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