Laura Humphrey

Energy Policy Associate

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.

Laura's Recent Posts


Knoxville proposes new Greenhouse Gas Emission Goals

US cities are taking action to address the climate crisis. Knoxville, Tennessee recently unveiled goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Here we review those goals, how they could affect the Scruffy…


Knoxville heats up: City Council takes KUB to task over rising fixed fees

Things got heated at the Knoxville City Council meeting Tuesday night, as Knoxville decision-makers showed they are listening to constituents, and question the Knoxville Utilities Board's (KUB) high mandatory fixed fees on…


No More KU-BS, Freeze the Fees!

Temperatures are falling in East Tennessee, but what Knoxville Utility Board (KUB) customers would really like to “chill” are their monthly electric bills. As the temps have dropped, bills have gone up,…

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