Trent Carlson


Trent Carlson serves as senior vice president, regulatory and corporate services at GridLiance, an independent transmission company that partners with electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and renewable developers to unlock the value of their transmission assets and improve grid reliability. In this role, he is responsible for regulatory affairs, compliance, communications, marketing, and information technology.

Carlson joined GridLiance in 2014, bringing more than 30 years of diverse electric industry leadership, utility operations, business development, and management experience to the company. During his career, Carlson has helped launch several electric industry start-ups, including an electric cooperative, a consulting firm, two independent system operators, and a transmission operating company.

Before joining GridLiance, Carlson served as vice president of regulatory affairs and compliance at J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation, the commodity trading division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. In this role, he managed regulatory affairs and wholesale power compliance activities for the business. Before joining J.P. Morgan, he was vice president of regulatory affairs at RRI Energy, formerly known as Reliant Energy.

During his career, Carlson has served as a board member on the Western Power Trading Forum, California Independent Energy Producers Association, and Alliance for Retail Energy Markets. He also has served on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and the Qualified Scheduling Entity (QSE) Managers Working Group.

Carlson earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering with a concentration in power systems, and a Master of Science in electrical engineering with a concentration in electric utility Management at New Mexico State University.