Colorado Public Utilities Commission

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Colorado Public Utilities Commission
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $15,851,475
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 40-2-101
Leadership:  Joshua B. Epel
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
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The Colorado Public Utilities Commission is an independent, quasi-executive agency in the Colorado state government and a subdivision of the state's Department of Regulatory Agencies. The commission is responsible for regulating the state's public utilities: telecommunications, electric, gas and water firms. It also has "partial regulatory control over municipal utilities and electric associations," and supervises railroad and motor carrier (trucking, taxi, towing) firms.

The commission is composed of three members who are appointed by the governor to four-year terms.

Current officeholder

The three serving commissioners are Joshua Epel (chair), Pamela Patton and Glenn Vaad.[1]

Commissioners serve four-year terms and cannot all be from the same political party, as established by statute.[2]


Colorado statute establishes the public utilities commission.[3]

Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 40-2-101

(1) A public utilities commission is hereby created, which shall be known as the public utilities commission of the state of Colorado...


Commissioners must be qualified electors in Colorado, meaning they must be residents of the state and at least 18 years old. Additionally, no more than two commissioners may be of the same political party.[3]

Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 40-2-101

(2) No more than two members of the public utilities commission shall be affiliated with the same political party, and any appointment to fill a vacancy shall be for the unexpired term. Each commissioner shall be a qualified elector of this state.


Colorado state government organizational chart

Commissioners are appointed to four-year terms by the governor and confirmed by a majority vote of the state Senate.[3]

Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 40-2-101

A public utilities commission is hereby created... to consist of three members who shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate.

Term limits

There are no term limits specified for public utilities commissioners.


There is no particular procedure for dealing with vacancies in the office of public utilities commissioner.


The Public Utilities Commission is responsible for regulating Colorado's telecommunications, electric, gas and water utilities. It also has partial control over municipal utilities and electric associations. The commission reviews and approves requests for rate increases, establishes standards for business practices, certifies service providers and analyzes market and economic conditions, as well as companies' financial statements. It holds quasi-judicial administrative law hearings to give stakeholders (companies, community organizations, etc.) an opportunity to debate potential rules.


  • Energy
  • Telecommunications
  • Economics
  • Transportation
  • Administrative Hearings
  • External Affairs
  • Policy Advisory
  • Rail/Transit Safety and Water
  • Gas Pipeline Safety
  • Administrative Services
  • Research and Emerging Issues

State budget

See also: Colorado state budget and finances

The budget for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $15,851,475.[4]


Commissioners' salaries are determined by law.


In 2014, the commissioners each received a salary of $114,948, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the commissioners each received a salary of $114,948, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2010, the commissioners each received a salary of $114,948, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

1560 Broadway, Suite 250
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 894-2000

See also

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