Lori Cobos was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as OPUC’s 10th Chief Executive and Public Counsel on March 22, 2019, confirmed by the Texas Senate on April 24, 2019, and sworn into office on May 3, 2019.
Ms. Cobos brings over 17 years of experience in the Texas electric power industry to the Office of Public Utility Counsel. As Chief Executive and Public Counsel of OPUC, Ms. Cobos oversees the operation of the agency and leads OPUC’s representation of residential and small commercial consumers, as a class, in the state’s electric, water, wastewater and telecommunications utility industries primarily before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), state courts and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). She also serves as an ex-officio member of the ERCOT Board of Directors and Texas Reliability Entity Board of Directors.
Ms. Cobos has an extensive background working on regulatory and policy issues facing the State of Texas, including major utility rate cases, contested certificate of convenience and necessity cases, power generation and transmission matters in ERCOT, regulatory and project development issues related to renewable generation, and regulatory and policy issues related to companies operating outside of ERCOT in Texas.
Ms. Cobos has served in senior-level positions at the PUCT, including as an Advisor for two PUCT Commissioners, Assistant Counsel to the PUCT Executive Director and Senior Policy Analyst in the PUCT’s Policy Development Division. She has served as in-house counsel at ERCOT, where she represented ERCOT before the PUCT in contested case proceedings, rulemaking projects, policy projects and other regulatory matters, advised the ERCOT Board of Directors on corporate governance and regulatory matters, and assisted the ERCOT External Affairs team with legislative matters. In the private industry, Ms. Cobos has served as Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs for a large power generation company before the PUCT, ERCOT, and Texas Legislature. As the principal owner of Cobos Law Firm, she represented and advised clients on power generation, transmission infrastructure, project development, legislative, and transactional matters in the electric power industry in Texas.
Ms. Cobos received a J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2006 and was a member of the Texas Tech Law Review. She received an M.A. degree in Public Administration in 2000 and B.B.A. degree in General Business, with Magna Cum Laude honors, in 1998 from Sul Ross State University. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and has served as Chair of the Public Utility Law Section of the State Bar.
Ms. Cobos previously served on the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) Board of Directors as a gubernatorial appointee of Governor Greg Abbott and on the Sul Ross State University Alumni Board. She is a native of Alpine, Texas.