Joshua Epel, Chair of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, will speak at Denver Law on September 22 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in room 170. Chairman Epel's remarks are part of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law (ENRL) Program Speaker Series.
Before joining the PUC, Mr. Epel was the Assistant General Counsel at DCP Midstream, the second largest natural gas gatherer and processor in the U.S. as well as a major producer of natural gas liquids and marketer of natural gas across the nation. He was also responsible for multiple areas of operation and helped to develop the company’s climate change strategy.
Mr. Epel’s environmental work led him to be appointed to the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission, where he served as Chair.
In appointing Mr. Epel to the PUC, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said, “Joshua Epel brings a broad range of experience in energy and environmental policy. 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.”
Don Smith, Director of the ENRL Program, said, "It will be a great pleasure for Denver Law to welcome Chairman Epel. The Colorado PUC is centrally involved in the regulation of key state utilities. This is a particularly appropriate time for the Chairman to visit Denver Law since the PUC's work is so closely tied to services that all Coloradans depend on to sustain a vibrant and growth oriented but environmentally friendly economy. Our students will learn a great deal about the challenges of balancing the various interests that are a part of what the PUC must take into consideration."
Food will be provided at the noontime session.