Utility Consumers' Board

The OCC has a statutorily created eleven-member Utility Consumers' Board (UCB).  In accordance with recent legislation, seven of the members are appointed by the Governor of which at least one member of the seven appointments will be actively engaged in agriculture as a business, and at least two members of the seven appointments will be owners of small business with 100 or fewer employees.  For the Governor's appointments, each of the seven Congressional districts in the state shall be represented, and no more than four Board members can be affiliated with the same political party.

For the four remaining seats, the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the Senate, and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member.

Utility Consumers' Board Members:

             Name City Term Expires
Sanders "Skip" Arnold Representing Expertise in Low Income Energy Boulder 7/1/2020
Howard Brooks Appointee of the Governor Colorado Springs 7/1/2023
Kelly Crandall Representing Expertise in Energy Denver 7/1/2022
Gwen Farnsworth Appointee of Speaker of the House of Representatives Boulder 7/1/2023
James Greenwood Appointee of the President of the Senate Colorado Springs 7/1/2023
Dean Sheldon McCall Representing Small Business Montrose 7/1/2022
Mark Miller Appointee of the Governor Northglenn 7/1/2023
Steve Shelton Appointee of the Governor Lamar 7/1/2023
Bill Steele Appointee of the Governor Highlands Ranch 7/1/2023

The Board's core responsibilities include:

  • Represent the public interest of Colorado utility users and specifically the interests of residential, agricultural, and small business users by providing general policy guidance and oversight to the OCC and its director:
    • General policy guidance re: rate cases, rulemaking proceedings, legislative projects, general activities, and priorities of the office;
    • Gather data and information and formulate policy positions to advise the OCC in preparing analysis and testimony on legislation;
    • Confer with the executive director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) on the hiring of the OCC director and consulting with DORA’s executive director on the annual performance evaluation of OCC and its director.
  • It is the duty of the Attorney General to advise OCC and Board on all legal matters and to provide representation in proceedings in which the OCC participates.

The Board is required by statute to meet at least six times each year.

2020 Utility Consumers' Board Meeting Calendar 

Past and Current Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Contact Information
Office of Consumer Counsel
1560 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-2121 | Fax: 303-894-2117