Laura Humphrey, a resident of Knoxville, TN, works as the Energy Policy Associate for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE). She started in January of 2018, researching changes in utility fixed rates and the effects on rate payers, energy efficiency upgrades, and renewable energy. She then transitioned to a staff position with SACE in April 2018 where she has continued to advocate for utility reform to ensure the southeast has access to affordable energy and clean energy options through TVA and the local utility companies.
Prior to her work with SACE, she contributed to research on the health benefits of weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades in low-income households during the Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover (KEEM) project with a non-profit called Three3.
Laura grew-up in Appalachia and has a passion for the uniqueness of the region and its people. She was motivated to return to college to be a representative protecting the environmental and energy assets in the region for those who were disadvantaged. Laura studied sustainability and political science at the University of Tennessee and then pursued her master’s degree in public policy and administration concentrating on energy and environmental policy.
She is a single mother of two boys and continues her first trade and passion of being a dog groomer in her free time. For fun, she enjoys hiking mountains, rafting Tennessee and North Carolina white water rivers, or lounging around in the southeast coastal regions.