Bob Kahn joined the Texas Municipal Power Agency in December 2012. Mr. Kahn was formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) from July 2007 to November 2009. As CEO, Kahn was responsible for managing the flow of electric power to approximately 21 million Texans as well as the reliability of the electric transmission grid for 85% of the state. Kahn was an ERCOT board member from 2002 to 2006 and was also the deputy general manager at Austin Energy.
Prior to becoming deputy general manager in 2005, Kahn was general counsel and vice president for Legal Services for Austin Energy for eight years, responsible for providing counsel on all electric utility legal, regulatory and legislative matters. He has represented clients in the electric industry for over 30 years, including in rate cases and rulemaking proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). He played a key role for the public power industry in the negotiation and drafting of retail deregulation legislation for Texas.
Before joining Austin Energy, Kahn was in private practice where he provided advice to municipally-owned electric utilities, and served as lead counsel in proceedings before the PUCT, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Railroad Commission. Previous to private practice he was a staff attorney in the PUCT General Counsel's Office, where he represented the public's interest in electric and water utility rate and certification cases.
In addition, Mr. Kahn served in the United States Air Force as a judge advocate, directing administrative hearings and investigations, and represented the Air Force before the Merit Systems Protection Board.
He earned a juris doctorate in 1978 from the University of Dayton School of Law and a bachelor of arts from Ohio University in 1975. He was board-certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1990-2006.