Paul Lau

Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer

As Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer, Paul Lau is responsible for the operations of SMUDโ€™s power markets, transmission and distribution grids, including the Balancing Authority of Northern California (BANC), the development of a holistic smart grid strategy and SMUDโ€™s research & development programs. Departments under his direction include Energy Trading & Contracts, Grid Operations, Grid Planning, Energy Strategy, Research & Development, Distribution System Operations, and Resources & New Business Strategy. He is the executive sponsor for SMUDโ€™s deployment of advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid initiatives.

A registered professional electrical engineer in the state of California, Lau has more than 30 years of utility experience. He received his bachelorโ€™s degree in electrical power engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He also is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.