Senior Research Scholar - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Academic Research Staff
Stanford Woods Institute
Research areas: energy, climate, law and policy.
Michael Wara is a lawyer and scholar focused on climate and energy policy.
Wara is a senior research scholar at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, where he provides fact-based, bipartisan, technical and legal assistance to policymakers engaged in the development of novel climate and energy law and regulation. He also facilitates the connection of Stanford faculty with cutting edge policy debates on climate and energy, leveraging Stanford’s energy and climate expertise to craft real world solutions to these challenges.
Wara’s legal and policy scholarship focuses on carbon pricing, energy innovation, and regulated industries. He collaborates with economists, engineers and scientists in research on the design and evaluation of technical and regulatory solutions to climate and energy challenges. He is also an expert on international environmental law with a particular focus on the ozone and climate treaty regimes.
Prior to joining Woods, Wara was an associate professor at Stanford Law School and an associate in Holland & Knight’s government practice. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Selected Publications by this Author
Fostering Competition in 21st Century Electricity Industry (PDF/116.29 KB) »
Peak Electricity and the Clean Power Plant (PDF/1.15 MB) »
News & Press Releases
Energy policy expert Michael Wara comments on the decision to approve $768 million in transportation electrification projects and how it could affect utilities, the environment and California ratepayers.
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Michael Wara comments on the PG&E involvement and aftermath in the California wildfires.
By Mark Chediak and Pamela A Maclean,
Michael Wara is quoted on the aftermath of the recent California wildfires and who the burden of responsibility lies on.
By Sophie Quinton,
Michael Wara quoted on energy use in America.
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