Paul Lau

Board Member

As Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer, Paul Lau is responsible for the operations of SMUD’s power markets, transmission and distribution grids, including the Balancing Authority of Northern California (BANC), the development of a holistic smart grid strategy and SMUD’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 SMUD’s deployment of advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid initiatives. 

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 an Executive Board Member & Commissioner of the Transmission Agency of Northern California and the Balancing Authority of Northern California. He also serves as Executive Board Member for California State University Foundation, Sacramento, Los Rios Community College Foundation and the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce.