h_tra_2016a_2016-12-22t09:01:29z1 Hearing Summary
Presentation from the Public Utilities Commission
COMMITTEE ON JOINT TRANSPORTATION
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11:14 AM -- Presentation from the Public Utilities Commission
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Director Joe Neguse came to the table to discuss the activities of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Director Dean highlighted several new energy projects approved by the PUC and a recent price settlements with Xcel Energy.
PUC Director Doug Dean distributed a presentation to the committee (Attachment H). He discussed the history of the PUC and the PUC's current staff. He highlighted the PUC's performance goals. He addressed questions regarding formal versus informal PUC complaints and how the PUC interacts with utility customers.
Director Dean highlighted several ongoing PUC efforts, including energy and economics, telecommunications, transportation, rail/transit safety, and gas pipeline safety. Additionally, he highlighted potential upcoming PUC legislation.
In response to a committee question, Director Dean discussed the difference between advisory PUC staff and trial PUC staff and noted the ethical guidelines for various staff. Director Neguse addressed a committee question regarding the current PUC Commissioners' terms.
Dr. Pam Fischhabler, representing the PUC, came to the table to answer a question regarding the status of crossings along the RTD A Line. Director Dean, in response to a committee questions, discussed PUC policies on excavators.
The committee adjourned.