Panel: The Effects of Energy Policy on NY State

Room 909


Peter Howard

Economics Director

Institute for Policy Integrity

Peter Howard is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is also the economics director at Policy Integrity, and a former economic fellow. Much of his work focuses on the social cost of carbon and integrated assessment models. He is the lead researcher for the Cost of Carbon Pollution Project, a collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC). He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis, where his research focused on climate change, environmental policy, and agricultural policy. Howard also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College.

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Ross MacWhinney

Senior Advisor,

NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Ross MacWhinney is a Senior Advisor in New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, where he works on policy development to promote energy efficiency in buildings.  Ross also coordinates the City’s programs to collect building energy consumption data and the development of new tools to improve data quality and analysis. Ross also manages the City’s municipal and community-wide greenhouse gas inventory.  Prior to joining the Mayor's Office, Ross worked as a market researcher focusing on sustainability, energy, and environmental health and safety. Before that he worked as a verifier of greenhouse gas offset projects and greenhouse gas inventories at First Environment. Ross holds a B.Sc from Carnegie Mellon University in Information Systems and a Masters in Environmental Science and Policy.  He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Urban Informatics at NYU CUSP.

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Dr. Burcin Unel

Energy Policy Director,

Institute for Policy Integrity

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 and industrial organization. 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 decisionmaking. 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 University of Florida, and the Department of Economics at Bogaziçi University in Turkey. Dr. Unel received a B.A. in Economics from Bogaziçi University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida.