Rolando Pablos resigns from PUC

Commissioner Rolando Pablos announced his resignation from the Public Utility Commission of Texas Thursday, taking his fellow commissioners by surprise.

Pablos’ resignation will be effective March 1.

An attorney, Pablos has been an advocate for solar and other forms of renewable energy since his appointment in 2011.

“My objective has always been to strengthen our economy through the application of fair, transparent and predictable regulation,” he said in a statement. “Because electricity is the heartbeat of our economy, ensuring that Texas has a reliable supply of electricity has been a top priority for me. Ensuring universal access to telecommunication services on a statewide basis has also been an important component of my work at the PUCT.”

Pablos, who lives in San Antonio, previously served as chairman of the Texas Racing Commission.

His term was due to expire in September.

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Jeannie Kever joined the Houston Chronicle's energy team in September 2012. A native of West Texas, she has been at the Houston Chronicle since 1997, working in the features department for 10 years before moving to the city desk, where she reported on higher education, the 2010 Census and health care before moving to the business desk. She previously worked at the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune, the San Antonio Light, the Longview (Washington) Daily News, the El Paso Times and the San Angelo Standard Times.