Lauren Azar

Azar Consulting LLC

Lauren practices law in the electric industry providing business, regulatory and policy advice, as well as project development and permitting. She currently represents several utilities in permitting transmission lines, assists a technology company with market barriers in the electricity industry, guides a large investor-owned utility on how best to prepare for changing regulatory models, assists a merchant developer in pre-development activities, and advises numerous clients on both federal and state regulatory issues. In addition to her law firm, Azar also provides services through a consulting company. Azar served as the Sr. Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy from 2011-13, advising him on the electric industry and its institutional barriers. She also co-led negotiations among nine federal agencies, to overhaul their evaluation of electric transmission. From 2007-11, Azar was a Wisconsin Public Service Commissioner. She organized the states and Canadian provinces east of the Rockies and led them through planning in the Eastern Transmission Interconnection. As President of the Organization of MISO states, in 2009, Azar initiated and chaired the planning and cost allocation for developing transmission over 13 states and one Canadian province.