Colo. Public Utilities Commission chairman leaving

DENVER — The chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission , appointed by former Gov. Bill Ritter in 2007, is leaving.

Ron Binz said today that he will resume his consulting practice and focus on clean energy issues. His term as chairman ended Jan. 10.

Binz and the other commissioners oversaw the drafting of rules implementing a law aimed at reducing emissions from Colorado power plants. The PUC won praise from environmental groups for its support of Ritter’s efforts to increase use of renewable energy in Colorado.

But a former state senator filed an ethics complaint in January against Binz over his travel costs to a symposium in June. Also in January, two Republican lawmakers proposed auditing the PUC because of disputes over recent decisions.



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