Date: 01/27/2009

Briefing by the Public Utilities Commission


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01:40 PM -- Briefing by the Public Utilities Commission

Director Doug Dean, representing the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), introduced members of his staff and provided a background on the PUC and its mission. The PUC is the oldest regulatory agency in the state of Colorado and serves a number of roles. Director Dean described the current members of the commission and their terms. Director Dean responded to questions from the committee members. Representative Vaad asked Director Dean about designating transportation as a public utility as a potential new area to deliver transportation services.

01:53 PM

Representative King asked questions regarding specific power plant closures and steps taken during the decision-making process. Mr. Gene Camp, representing the PUC, provided information on cost analyses, and provided information on determining factors that impact final decisions. Representative Looper asked why power plants are retired from service. Mr. Camp responded such plants were put in place several decades ago and are nearing the end of their useful life.

01:57 PM

Representative McFadyen thanked the PUC staff and director for coming to the committee.

01:57 PM

The committee recessed.