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Ritter nominates Binz to Public Utilities Commission

DENVER Colorado’s first utility consumer advocate, Ron Binz has been nominated to a four-year post as chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Gov. Bill Ritter said Tuesday.The appointment is the first of more than 3,500 of board and commission nominations Ritter will make during the course of his term.The three-member PUC regulates Colorado’s investor-owned gas, electric and telecommunications utilities, including Qwest, Xcel Energy, railroads and motor carriers.”Throughout his distinguished career, Ron has demonstrated a commonsense understanding of how public policy and utility-company operations intersect and impact the lives of ordinary people. His fact-based approach allows him to see all perspectives. The people of Colorado and our utility industry will be well-served with Ron as chairman of the PUC,” Ritter said in a statement.Binz served as director of the Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel, the states utility consumer advocate, from 1984 to 1995. He later became president of Public Policy Consulting, specializing in telecommunications and energy-industry policy and regulatory issues.Binz, 57, said the PUC will take a leadership role in Ritter’s plan to create a new economy around renewable energy.”We are at an energy crossroads, and I look forward to working with the industry, consumers and my fellow commissioners to bring the governors vision to reality at the least possible cost to ratepayers,” Binz said.The annual salary is $104,000. The nomination requires Senate approval.


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