A decade into the deregulation of the Texas electricity market, the notion of giant public power companies may seem like a relic of a bygone age. But public power remains very much alive in the form of the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Tennessee Valley Authority and others.

David Freeman, now in his 80s, says he has probably “run more public power agencies than anyone in history” — including both the TVA, where he was chairman of the board from 1978 to 1984, and the LCRA. He became the LCRA’s general manager in 1986 in the wake of a sex scandal called Trailergate and worked to clean the place up and scuttle plans for a lignite mine. Throughout his long career, which included several energy positions in California, he became known for his opposition to nuclear power and for championing energy-saving measures.

Read the full interview at The Texas Tribune.