Lawrence Plumb
Verizon (Retired)

Executive Director, Emerging Issues & Technology Policy 

Dr. Plumb has been an important advisor to our intelligent efficiency work and has engaged ACEEE staff on strategic issues associated with energy efficiency policy and technology.

Prior to his retirement, Plumb was Executive Director for Public Policy for Verizon, where he was responsible for anticipating emerging secular trends, assessing their impact on Verizon and the industry, and developing appropriate policy positions through dialog with stakeholders such as research institutes, think tanks and policy makers.  The issues he addressed ranged from competition, through privacy and innovation in the Internet economy, to the intersection of the Internet of Things with energy and climate policy. 

From 2008 to 2014 Plumb led Verizon’s policy efforts related to energy issues and represented Verizon on panels and venues where energy and the Internet of Things were discussed.  He was Verizon’s representative to the Gridwise Alliance, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA).  Along with Intel, Plumb co-chaired the Digital Energy Solutions and Sustainability Campaign (DESSC), which was an alliance of hi-tech firms who sought to promote policies that leverage the energy-efficiency potential of broadband and information technology.

Dr. Plumb received a B.S. in Psychology from Purdue University, and also a Ph.D. in Political Science and Philosophy from Purdue.

Selected writings:

  • A Critique of the Human Potential Movement (Garland Publishing; 1993)
  • “U.S. Energy Ecosystem: Entering a New Era?” in Broadband Networks, Smart Grids and Climate Change, edited by Eli Noam, Lorenzo Pupillo and Johann Kranz (Springer: 2013)