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About Laura Manz
Laura Manz is a nationally recognized leader with over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Laura has worked extensively in electric transmission, wholesale restructuring and distributed energy resources, with a demonstrated ability to solve complex issues and implement strategic initiatives. Her broad range of accomplishments includes designing and implementing power exchanges and wholesale electricity markets, implementing innovative transmission planning and renewable energy initiatives, implementing customer-based distributed energy solutions in retail choice, demand response and smart grids, including microgrids.

Experience
Transmission Planning and Generator Interconnections
Implemented FERC-compliant transmission planning for a 50,000 MW power grid and played a key role in the Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI) and ensuing collaborative among California transmission owners planning processes that satisfy reliability, economic, and environmental policy mandates. Led complex regulatory contract negotiations, including generator and transmission interconnection agreements.

Wholesale Electricity Markets
Served a key role in start-up of wholesale nodal electricity markets for the Mid-Atlantic Region (PJM), California and Texas (ERCOT) for alignment with international best practices.

Reliability Compliance
Launched successful reliability compliance programs pursuant to mandatory standards of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC), and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), including infrastructure planning and transmission asset maintenance requirements. Served as industry sector representative to NERC’s Board of Trustees.

Smart Grid / Demand Response
Designed retail choice programs and ISO interfaces for the Mid-Atlantic and California regions. Executive for smart grid and distributed energy initiatives, including microgrids.

Business and Regulatory Strategy
Business and regulatory policy development and deployment. Experience with federal and state technical proceedings and rate hearings.

Recommendations
Laura is a very strong player in the energy regulatory space…she brings a consistent, market-driven focus to her work and is able to formulate a sound strategic course though complex regulatory issues
Robert Stoddard, Executive Vice President of an ocean-wave energy company

Laura has a rare set of skills that allow her to balance very detailed technical and regulatory issues...the combination of her knowledge of the transmission grid coupled with her exposure to multiple large U.S. organized markets is very powerful.
Anne Cleary, EVP and Chief Integration Officer at NRG Energy

Laura is one of the few gifted individuals who can visualize the future of the electric energy business and sees clearly the path that needs to be pursued to achieve a competitive, efficient energy future.
Dan Ozenne, Independent Utilities Professional



Specializing in:

Regulatory & Business
Strategies

Distributed Energy Solutions

Microgrids

Electricity Market Design

Generator Interconnections

Transmission Rate Design

Stakeholder Representation

Reliability Compliance

Demand Response

Renewable Energy

Training and Tutorials

Smart Grid

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