Ronald O. “Ron” Nichols is senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for regulatory policy and affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs.
Nichols has 38 years of experience in the electric and water utility industry, with particular depth in California and adjoining states. He has been a strategic and operational advisor to public power and investor-owned utilities, state and local government, and the financial community on complex energy and water supply and utility matters throughout the United States.
Prior to joining SCE, Nichols served as General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) since January 2011, where he provided leadership for the utility in supplying reliable and competitively priced water and electricity while continuing to maintain and implement environmentally conscious policies and priorities.
Previously, Nichols was a managing director at the energy practice of Navigant Consulting, an international consulting organization with over 2,000 employees. From 1980 to 1997, before his position at Navigant, he was a co-founder and Senior Vice President of the energy and water utility consulting firm, Resource Management International, which was headquartered in Sacramento. Prior to starting his energy and water utility consulting career in 1980, he held positions with the California Department of Water Resources and the California Energy Commission.
Nichols is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a degree in agricultural economics and business management.