Jess Totten is the Director of Competitive Markets Division for the Public Utility Commission of Texas. He previously served in policy development and attorney positions at the PUC. His responsibilities have included managing the implementation of the Texas electric retail competition law and related programs, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency, and developing legislative recommendations and Commission policy relating to the competitive electric and telecommunications industries. He has participated in proceedings concerning retail and wholesale competition, rates, licensing of facilities, and resource planning and has been involved in the process and policy issues relating to the development of competitive renewable energy zones. Prior to joining the Texas PUC, he served as an attorney and Deputy General Counsel for the Panama Canal Commission.Mr. Totten is a 1973 graduate of Rice University and a received a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas.
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