Jonas J. Monast

C. Boyden Gray Distinguished Fellow, Associate Professor and Director of the Center on Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics (CE3)

Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Biotechnology and the Law
  • Energy and Utilities Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Federalism
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law


Jonas Monast is the C. Boyden Gray Distinguished Fellow and directs the Center on Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics (CE3). His work focuses on climate change mitigation, aligning energy and environmental policy goals, and the intersection between natural resources and emerging technologies. Monast is the author of numerous articles on energy policy, carbon market design, electricity sector competition, and biotechnology.

Prior to joining the Carolina Law faculty, Monast 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 received his BA from Appalachian State University in 1995 and his JD in 2002 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.


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

Selected Publications

Precautionary Ratemaking, 69 UCLA L. REV. 520 (2022).
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Pricing Plastics Pollution: Lessons from Three Decades of Climate Policy (with J. Virdin), 54 CONN. L. REV. (forthcoming 2022).

The Ends and Means of Decarbonization: The Green New Deal in Context, 50 ENVTL. L. REV. 21 (2020).
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Governing Extinction in the Era of Gene Editing, 97 N.C. L. REV. 1329 (2019).
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Editing Nature : Reconceptualizing Biotechnology Governance, 59 B.C. L. REV. 2377 (2018).
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Electricity Competition and the Public Good: Rethinking Markets in the Modern Electricity Sector, 90 U. COLO. L. REV. 667 (2019).
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Maximizing Utility in Electric Utility Regulation, 43 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 135 (2016).
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Completing the Energy Innovation Cycle: The View from the Public Utility Commission (with S. Adair), 65 HASTINGS L.J. 1345 (2014).
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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).
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Climate Change and Financial Markets: Regulating the Trade Side of Cap-and-Trade, 40 ENVTL. L. REP. 10051 (2010).
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