Binz most recently served as the Chairman of the Colorado Public
Utilities Commission. He was appointed by Colordo Governor Bill
Ritter in January 2007 and served until April 2011. As Chairman,
Ron led the Colorado PUC in
implementing the many policy changes championed by the Governor and the
Legislature to bring forward Colorado’s “New Energy Economy.”
Ron was an active member of the National Association of Regulatory
Utility Commissioners, serving as Chair of NARUC’s Task Force on Climate
Policy, and as a member of both the Energy Resources and Environment Committee and the International Affairs Committee.
He is a member of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, the Keystone
Energy Board and served on the Advisory Council to the Electric Power Research Institute
to his appointment, Ron was President of Public Policy
Consulting, specializing in policy and regulatory issues in the
telecommunications and energy industries. His clients include state
agencies, business associations, consumer organizations, renewable
energy advocates, and telecommunications carriers.
also served from 1996 to 2003 as President of the Competition Policy Institute (CPI),
based in Washington, D.C. CPI was a non-profit organization dedicated to
bringing competition to telecommunications and energy markets in ways that
From 1984 to 1995, Ron directed the Colorado
Office of Consumer Counsel, the state's utility consumer advocate. His office
represented residential, small business and agricultural utility consumers
before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, federal regulatory agencies
and the courts. While Consumer Counsel, Ron served as President of the National Association of
State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA).
On behalf of NASUCA, CPI and NARUC, Binz has
testified before Congressional committees fifteen times.
Ron received a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Louis University
in 1971 and an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado in 1977. He
also completed course work for a Masters Degree in Economics from the
University of Colorado.
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