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Laura A. Chappelle Counsel

Energy Policy Experience

Laura Chappelle focuses on regulatory and legal policy issues involving energy, telecommunications and advanced communications sectors. She has more than 20 years experience in wholesale and regional energy issues.

Laura previously served as a regulatory policy advisor for both the Michigan House and Senate and was appointed by Gov. John Engler as the Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission in 2001, and served as Commissioner from 2003 until 2007. She was a key advisor in the drafting and implementation of Michigan's retail electric choice law, as well as Michigan's nationally-recognized "Broadband" law that, in part, coordinated and streamlined local and state right-of-way regulations for telecommunications and Internet providers.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Governor Rick Snyder – Legal Transition Team (2011)
  • Member, Energy Bar Association (2009 – present)
  • President, Organization of MISO States (OMS), January, 2007 – June, 2007. Represents the interests of 14 Midwest state and provincial regulatory authorities within the Midwest ISO footprint.
  • Vice-Chair, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Electricity Committee, 2004 – 2007.
  • Vice-President, Organization of PJM States (OPSI), 2006-2007. Represents the interests of 13 states and the District of Columbia within the PJM Interconnection.
  • Chair, NARUC Broadband over Power Line Task Force.
  • Treasurer for the OMS, 2003.
  • Co-Chair, Working Group of the Consumer Energy Council of America (CECA), 2004- 2005.
  • Co-Chair, National Governors Association's Task Force on Electricity Infrastructure, 2002.
  • Appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham, to serve on the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Board, 2002.

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    Lansing, Michigan
    J.D., 1988
  • University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    B.A., 1985
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