Laura Doll Selected for ERCOT Board
Regulatory executive to begin term after membership vote
Austin governmental affairs professional Laura R. Doll has been selected as an independent board member for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), grid operator for most of the state.
The decision was announced following an executive session at last week’s joint meeting of the nominating committee and the ERCOT board and is subject to approval by the Public Utility Commission and an ERCOT membership vote. The membership balloting is expected to be completed in mid-July.
“We are pleased to have someone with Laura’s background and experience in energy and ISO governance joining the ERCOT Board of Directors,” said Michehl Gent, interim board chair. “She will be a tremendous asset to the board.”
Doll has served on the California ISO Board of Governors since her appointment by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008 to a three-year term.
Doll will be one of five independent directors – unaffiliated with ERCOT market participants – on the 16-member “hybrid” board. She fills the position vacated by Jan Newton who resigned in May.
Other board members include three consumer segment representatives (industrial, commercial and residential); the ERCOT CEO; the Public Utility Commission chairman (non-voting); and one representative from each of the six industry segments – investor-owned utilities (or transmission owners), municipally-owned utilities, cooperatives, generators, power marketers and retail electric providers.
Doll was previously vice president of governmental and public affairs for Santa Monica-based Woodside Natural Gas Inc. Prior to that, she served as the deputy executive director for policy at the California Public Utilities Commission.
Earlier, Doll served as chief executive officer for the California Consumer Power and Conservation Authority (better known as the California Power Authority).
Doll began her professional career with Austin Energy, where she spent 14 years, ultimately becoming the chief administrative officer. Her duties included long-range planning, customer service, governmental relations and administrative functions.
Doll’s career also includes time as director of customer service for Grande Communications; director at Navigant Consulting Inc.; and senior vice president at Planergy, Inc., all based in Austin.
Doll is a resident of Austin and holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs and a bachelor of arts from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.