To improve the effective use of all of Colorado's energy resources and the efficient consumption of energy in all economic sectors, through providing technical guidance, financial support, policy advocacy and public communications.
The Consumer Protection Section protects Colorado consumers and businesses against fraud and maintains a competitive business environment by: enforcing the Colorado Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) along with other state and federal consumer protection laws; enforcing state and federal antitrust laws; implementing and enforcing provisions of the tobacco master settlement agreements; enforcing state laws on consumer lending, predatory lending, debt collection, rent-to-own, and credit repair; and advocating on behalf of residential, small business, and agricultural public utility taxpayers.
The Consumer Protection Section is made up of four units:
- Antitrust, Tobacco & Consumer Protection
- Office of Consumer Fraud
- Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC)
- Consumer Credit: The Consumer Credit Unit enforces several state laws relating to consumer credit and debt collection:
- Uniform Consumer Credit Code - Information on consumer lending laws (the Uniform Consumer Credit Code), as well as the Credit Services Organization Act (credit repair), the Rental Purchase Agreement Act (rent-to-own), and the Refund Anticipation Loans Act.
- Collection Agency Regulation - Information on the Colorado Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (consumer debt collection) and the Colorado Child Support Collection Consumer Protection Act.
- Debt Management - Information on the Uniform Debt-Management Services Act regulating credit counseling and debt settlement companies.