Jessica Bell, Deputy Director

Jessica Bell

Deputy Director

Jessica Bell is an experienced attorney dedicated to promoting the public interest in the environmental and energy sectors. She previously served as the Clean Energy Attorney at the Center, focusing on energy law issues at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and on state energy policy matters. Immediately prior to joining the Center, she was an associate at Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP, where she advocated for municipal utilities before state and federal agencies and courts. Before entering private practice, she was an honors fellow in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, focusing on legal issues related to research and development, pesticides and toxics, and implementation of federal environmental laws in Indian Country. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew M. Mead of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Bell graduated from Wellesley College cum laude with a BA in chemistry and earned a JD with academic honors from the Columbia University School of Law. During law school, she served on the board of the Human Rights Law Review and completed internships at the State of Alaska Department of Law and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Academic Articles

Climate Stumbling Blocks: Zombie Energy Laws, States, and the Path to Paris
(2021  •  Co-Author)

The Clean Power Plan and Carbon Emission Trading in Indian Country: Exploring Opportunities and Implementation Issues
(August 2016  •  Co-Author)


Full Court Press: How State Attorneys General Guarded Against the Trump Administration's Anti-Regulatory Agenda 
(January 2021  •  Contributing Author)

300 and Counting: State Attorneys General Lead the Fight for Health and the Environment
(December 2019  •  Contributing Author)

State Attorneys General: Empowering the Clean Energy Future
(September 2019  •  Co-Author)

Decarbonization 2.0: In an Era of Conflicting Jurisdictional Claims, What Stays, What Retires, Who Pays, and Who Decides?
(June 2018  •  Co-Author)

Op-Eds and Analysis

The DER future is nearly here? Stuck in the weeds on Order No. 2222 implementation
(July 15, 2021  •  Utility Dive)

Big Changes May Be Ahead for Natural Gas Pipelines, if FERC Does Its Job
(September 16, 2020  •  Utility Dive)

Erring on the Side of Trampling on States' Rights
(February 10, 2020  •  Utility Dive)

State Attorneys General Prepare To Fight for Clean Energy Rights
(October 16, 2019  •  The Hill)

The Looming Threat To State Renewable Goals in Wholesale Electricity Markets
(May 8, 2019  •  Utility Dive)


Are We There Yet? Getting Distributed Energy Resources to Markets
(July 2021  •  Co-Author)