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.

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About The Author

Loren Steffy is the business columnist for the Houston Chronicle. His column appears in on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He is also the author of "Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit," and "The Man Who Thought Like a Ship."