Assistant General Manager, Power Supply & Grid Operations
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
As Assistant General Manager of Power Supply & Grid Operations, Paul Lau is responsible for overseeing the purchase and sales of SMUD’s gas and electric commodities, the reliability of the electric generation, transmission, and distribution systems, and SMUD’s renewable portfolio standard. Departments under Lau’s direction include Energy Trading & Contracts, Grid Planning & Operations, Grid Assets, Power Generation, and Energy Technology Research & Development. He is currently the executive sponsor for SMUD’s deployment of advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid initiatives.
Prior to this appointment, Lau was the Assistant General Manager of Customer, Distribution & Technology and was responsible for overseeing SMUD’s retail and technology operations including customer services, energy delivery, energy efficiency, customer renewable programs, telecommunication and enterprise business applications.
Lau is an executive Board member & Commissioner of the Transmission Agency of Northern California and Balancing Authority of Northern California. He also serves as SMUD’s management representative to Western Electricity Coordinating Counsil for its Class 2 members. Locally, Lau is the chair-elect of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce, executive board member of North State Building Industry Association and Drexel University Sacramento.
Lau is also active in international energy issues, serving as a delegate with the United States Energy Association, where he assisted in electrification, operations and demand side management in country such as Bangladesh, India and Jordan.
Lau has over 30 years of utility experience and is a registered professional electrical engineer in the state of California and received his bachelor’s degree in electrical power engineering from California State University, Sacramento. Lau is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.