Wanted: high-voltage appointee for utility commission

Friday’s column, available on houstonchronicle.com:

It’s time to recharge the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

Commissioner Rolando Pablos’ announcement last week that he’s resigning March 1 gives Gov. Rick Perry a chance to inject some much-needed leadership into the state’s muddled electricity market.

For too long, the commission has dithered as a power supply shortage looms.
At every turn, it has opted for short-term responses that favor generating companies rather than the consumers who were supposed to be the beneficiaries of deregulation.