Chris Ekoh, Interim Public Counsel

 

Chris Ekoh was appointed to serve as the Interim Public Counsel for the Office of Public Utility Counsel (OPUC) on June 17, 2021. Mr. Ekoh brings over 28 years of experience practicing administrative, environmental, and energy law. As the Interim Public Counsel, Mr. Ekoh will oversee day-to-day operations and lead 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).

Mr. Ekoh has an extensive background working on regulatory and policy issues facing the State of Texas, including environmental permitting cases, major utility rate cases, contested certificate of convenience and necessity cases, power generation and transmission matters, and rulemaking projects relating to water and electric utilities.

Mr. Ekoh has served in senior-level attorney positions at several state agencies and was most recently the Senior Managing Public Counsel at OPUC. Prior to joining OPUC, he served as the Associate General Counsel at the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Worker’s Compensation, and as the Senior Attorney in Charge of Water Quality at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Environmental Law Division. As the principal owner of Ekoh Law Firm, he represented and advised clients on environmental permitting issues, civil litigation, and employment law.

By virtue of his appointment as the Interim Public Counsel, Mr. Ekoh now serves as an ex-officio member of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Board of Directors and Texas Reliability Entity Board of Directors.

Ms. Ekoh received a J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1990. He received an LL.M. degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in 2006 and a B.Sc. degree in International Studies, with Magna Cum Laude honors, in 1986 from the University of Wisconsin, Superior. Mr. Ekoh is a certified fraud examiner and a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.