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New Director Named for Colorado Energy Office

Thursday, March 21, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Herman
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March 19, 2013

Jeff Ackermann, head of research at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), has been appointed the new director of the Colorado Energy Office, effective April 1, Gov. John Hickenlooper's office announced Tuesday.


The office, created in 1977 to promote energy conservation in Colorado, was heavily criticized in a report issued Jan. 29 by Colorado Office of the State Auditor, saying that office lacked records demonstrating that energy programs funded by the office were cost-effective, and also lacked oversight on travel spending.
A spokeswoman for the energy office said in January the office was working to implement the audit’s recommendations. The audit covered fiscal years 2007 through 2012.
At the PUC, Ackermann focused on issues such as system planning, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy.


"Colorado is leading the nation in promoting energy efficiency and developing domestic energy resources from natural gas to wind to solar,” Hickenlooper said in a statement. "Jeff Ackermann is a welcome addition to our team and will help continue efforts to expand our state’s energy industry, create jobs and grow the economy.”


Ackermann, who lives in Denver, created a team at the PUC that monitored emerging trends and developments in Colorado’s energy sector for the Public Utilities Commission.
He also assisted in creating and integrating electric and gas energy efficiency programs into the business practices of Colorado’s energy utilities, according to the announcement.
"The Colorado Energy Office has a compelling mission, working at the crossroads of the energy economy and economic development,” Ackermann said in a statement. "I am honored to join the Hickenlooper team and bring my skills and experience to advance Colorado’s globally recognized efforts related to energy.”


Cathy ProctorReporter- Denver Business Journal


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