01-04-17 CO Governor Hickenlooper appoints Jeff Ackermann, Wendy Moser to Public Utility Commission; Glenn Vaad to retire

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CO Governor Hickenlooper appoints Jeff Ackermann, Wendy Moser to Public Utility Commission; Glenn Vaad to retire

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the appointment of Jeff Ackermann and Wendy Moser to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Ackermann will serve as chairman of the PUC. Both appointments are effective Jan. 9, 2017.

Additionally, PUC Commissioner Glenn Vaad announced that he will retire effective Jan. 9, 2017. Ackermann and Moser will join PUC Commissioner Frances Koncilja, who has served on the PUC since January 2016.

Ackermann has more than three decades of experience in state government and the energy sector. For the past three and a half years, Ackermann has served as the executive director of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). In this role, Ackermann developed a markets-based approach to help impact and transform end-use markets. Under his leadership, CEO made significant strides in improving the innovative production and efficient consumption of Colorado’s energy resources. Prior to CEO, he led research efforts at the PUC, focusing on issues ranging from electric system planning to the effective use of energy efficiency and renewable energy. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

“Jeff has proven to be a skilled leader during his work as director of the Colorado Energy Office,” Hickenlooper said. “We are confident he will bring that same level of integrity and ingenuity to the PUC.”

“I am honored to be asked to carry on the important work of the PUC, work that is integral to Colorado’s continued economic well-being and that honors our inclusive and reasoned approach to problem-solving,” said Ackermann.

Moser currently serves as senior manager at Charter Communications, where she is responsible for government franchise relations, public affairs policies and procedures, and regulatory requirements in multiple western states. She has vast experience in telecommunications and utilities, and more than 25 years of experience in regulatory law. Moser earned her bachelor of science from South Dakota University and a juris doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law.

“I’m grateful to be selected for the PUC and will do my best to uphold the laws and regulatory framework for the benefit of Coloradans,” said Moser.

“Wendy brings an impressive track record in telecommunications and energy,” said Hickenlooper. “We are delighted she agreed to bring that experience to the PUC.”

Vaad has more than 34 years of public service experience. He served as a State Representative for House District 48, a Weld County Commissioner, and several roles with the Colorado Department of Highways and Colorado Department of Transportation. He served on the PUC since 2014.

“We thank Glenn for his many years of service to the people of Colorado,” said Hickenlooper. “He played an invaluable role on the PUC where he helped shepherd the implementation of the Clean Air Clean Jobs act and the renewable energy standard.”

A search for Ackermann’s replacement at the Colorado Energy Office is underway in the Governor’s Office.

About the Colorado Public Utilities Commission

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