Texas power market monitor to resign

HOUSTON — Dan Jones, the independent monitor charged with watching for behavior or policies that could undermine the efficiency of Texas’ power market, is leaving the job March 17, he said Monday.

Jones, who works for a private company that contracts to provide the service for the Public Utility Commission of Texas, said in a resignation letter to his employer that the move is “the right decision for me and my family at this point in our lives and my career.”  

His said in an interview with  FuelFix that his departure after seven years as independent market monitor is unrelated to the ongoing debate about whether the state’s competitive power generation market needs an overhaul to meet the demands of a growing population.  

Jones works for Potomac Economics, a consulting firm the Utility Commission hired to oversee grid operations.