Texas Governor Rick Perry has filled the vacant seat on the 3 member panel that sets policy for the Texas electricity market. The new appointee, Brandy Marty, is the Governor’s former Chief of Staff. She will fill the vacancy created by the departure of Rolando Pablos on March 1 2013. Pablos left the commission to join the private sector.
The Texas electricity grid is dealing with serious concerns about the ability of the grid to keep up with growing demand in the state as both the population and the economy continue to grow at a substantial pace. The two incumbent members of the panel seem divided on some of the key proposals to alleviate the state’s capacity concerns.
Marty has a law degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and has played many roles in the Perry camp including as policy director for the Governor’s 2010 primary campaign. She is about to find herself in a position to have a direct impact Texas electricity rates and the make-up of the Texas electricity market for years to come.