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.