Binz resigns as chair of Public Utilities Commission

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Ron Binz resigned as chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Binz said he will resume his consulting practice, focusing on clean energy issues. He was appointed to the PUC by Gov. Bill Ritter in 2007. His term ended Jan. 10, 2011.

“I am leaving the commission to work with organizations that promote clean energy policies here and across the country,” he said in a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper. “I plan to tell t he Colorado story – about our success in moving forward on a clean energy agenda.”

Binz said he would remain at the Commission until his replacement is named, so that there could be a smooth transition.

In addition to his duties as PUC Chairman, Binz serves as chairman of the Task Force on Climate Policy for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He is also the president of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners.

Binz was Colorado Consumer Counsel, the state’s utility consumer advocate, for 12 years from 1984 to 1995. Prior to being appointed to the Commission, Binz ran Public Policy Consulting, specializing in energy and telecommunications policy matters.