Friday, April 15, 2011

Hickenlooper picks Joshua Epel to Chair the Colorado Public Utilities Commission

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday nominated Joshua Epel to Chair the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Epel is now the Assistant General Counsel at DCP Midstream, where he is oversees all environmental, public health and safety matters for the company. He is also responsible for multiple areas of operations and helped to develop the company’s climate change strategy. DCP Midstream is the largest midstream natural gas gathering and processing company in the United States.

Epel’s environmental work led him to be appointed to the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission (OGCC), where he currently serves as chair, a position he will vacate if confirmed for the PUC. As OGCC chair, Epel was instrumental in streamlining business and regulatory processes to strike a balance between business, regulation and the environment.

Epel was one of the authors of the Colorado Voluntary Clean up Act and the Colorado Air Pollution Prevention and Control Act.

“Joshua Epel brings a broad range of experience in energy and environmental policy,” Hickenlooper said. “His strong business, engineering and legal background give him a strong foundation for leading the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Joshua is also someone with a deep social conscience and a proven record of civic engagement. He’ll be independent-minded, objective and collaborative; all qualities important for the PUC.”

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