Jessica Bell

Jessica Bell

Energy Director & Deputy Director

Jessica Bell (she, her) 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.

*Jessica is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and the District of Columbia.


Academic Articles

Putting the Public Back into Public Convenience and Necessity in Natural Gas Pipeline Certificates
(Spring 2022 • American Bar Association, Natural Resources & Environment • Co-Author)

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

The Clean Power Plan and Carbon Emission Trading in Indian Country: Exploring Opportunities and Implementation Issues
(August 2016 • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources • Co-Author)

Op-Eds and Analysis