Assistant General Manager
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, 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 R&D. 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.
Paul has over 25 years of utility experience. His past areas of responsibility include substation design and construction, line design and construction, system protection and control, and construction standards development.
Paul 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.