Utility Consumers' Board
The OCC has a statutorily created eleven-member Utility Consumers' Board (UCB). In accordance with recent legislation, seven of the members are appointed by the Governor of which at least one member of the seven appointments will be actively engaged in agriculture as a business, and at least two members of the seven appointments will be owners of small business with 100 or fewer employees. For the Governor's appointments, each of the seven Congressional districts in the state shall be represented, and no more than four Board members can be affiliated with the same political party.
For the four remaining seats, the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the Senate, and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member.
Utility Consumers' Board Members:
|Sanders "Skip" Arnold||Representing Expertise in Low Income Energy||Boulder||7/1/2020|
|Kelly Crandall||Representing Expertise in Energy||Denver||7/1/2022|
|Lisa Dator Hough||Representing Expertise in Energy||Westiminster||7/1/2019|
|Mary Sue Liss||Representing Agriculture||Peyton||7/1/2019|
|Gwen Farnsworth||Appointee of Speaker of the House of Representatives||Boulder||7/1/2023|
|Dean Sheldon McCall||Representing Small Business||Montrose||7/1/2022|
|Andrew McElhany||Appointee of the Minority Leader of House of Representatives||Colorado Springs||7/1/2019|
|Amy Oliver Cooke||Appointee of the Minority Leader of the Senate||Greeley||7/1/2023|
|Bill Steele||Representing Small Business/Expertise in Energy||Highlands Ranch||7/1/2019|
|James Greenwood||Appointee of the President of the Senate||Colorado Springs||7/1/2023|
The Board's core responsibilities include:
- Represent the public interest of Colorado utility users and specifically the interests of residential, agricultural, and small business users by providing general policy guidance and oversight to the OCC and its director:
- General policy guidance re: rate cases, rulemaking proceedings, legislative projects, general activities, and priorities of the office;
- Gather data and information and formulate policy positions to advise the OCC in preparing analysis and testimony on legislation;
- Confer with the executive director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) on the hiring of the OCC director and consulting with DORA’s executive director on the annual performance evaluation of OCC and its director.
- It is the duty of the Attorney General to advise OCC and Board on all legal matters and to provide representation in proceedings in which the OCC participates.
The Board is required by statute to meet at least six times each year.
Utility Consumers' Board
1560 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-2121 | Fax: 303-894-2117