Milton B. Lee – 8/2/08
General Manager and CEO, CPS Energy
Milton B. Lee is general manager and CEO of CPS Energy, the municipally owned electric and natural gas company serving San Antonio – the nation’s seventh largest city – and surrounding region.
Lee joined CPS Energy in August 2000 as senior vice president of the Electric Transmission and Distribution Systems. He became interim general manager in November 2001 and advanced to general manager in February 2002.
Before coming to CPS Energy, Lee held the positions of chief operating officer as well as CEO and general manager of Austin (Tex.) Energy during the 1990s. He began his career with General Electric Co., where he oversaw nuclear steam supply systems, nuclear fuel, gas turbine generators and steam turbine generators.
In 1976, Lee joined the newly created Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) and assumed responsibilities for regulation of electric utilities in the areas of engineering, construction and distribution systems. He testified as an expert witness in certification and rate proceedings and prepared rules and regulations for the state’s electric utilities. After departing the PUC in 1984, he held various positions at Austin Energy and Lower Colorado River Authority, a regional energy provider.
A native of Austin, Lee graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1971. He is a registered professional engineer.
Lee has held a number of prominent positions in the electric utility industry. He has served as a member of the ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Committee, and he has held leadership positions in the Texas Public Power Association and the American Public Power Association. Lee is a member of the Huston-Tillotson University Board of Trustees, the University of Texas at Austin Engineering Foundation Advisory Board, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He participated on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors in Austin and on the Leadership Austin Board of Directors.
Lee currently serves on the Cancer Therapy and Research Center Board of Governors, the University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) College of Engineering Advisory Council, the UTSA Development Board and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation.
He also serves on Southwest Research Institute’s Board of Directors, the Texas Research and Technology Foundation, the San Antonio Medical Foundation, the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research Board of Directors, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Metropolitan Partnership for Energy and the San Antonio Museum of Art.
CPS Energy is the nation’s largest municipally owned energy company providing both natural gas and electric service. Acquired by the City of San Antonio in 1942, CPS Energy serves approximately 680,000 electric customers and almost 320,000 natural gas customers. Proceeds from CPS Energy remain in San Antonio and account for more than one-fifth of the City’s annual operating budget for police and fire protection, street improvements, parks and other services. CPS Energy bills rank among the lowest of the nation’s largest cities, and the company has earned the highest financial ratings of any electric system in the nation. CPS Energy recorded the highest score nationally in the J. D. Power and Associates 2007 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study™ as well as the second-highest score nationwide in the 2008 Electric Utility Business Survey™. Fore more CPS Energy information, visit http://www.cpsenergy.com.