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Equity at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission is embarking on a process in which it will consider how best to provide equity in all of its work, by adopting rules and practices informed by equity considerations. This process is driven by Senate Bill (SB) 21-272, which states that:

“The Commission shall promulgate rules requiring that the Commission, in all of its work including its review of all filings and its determination of all adjudications, consider how best to provide equity, minimize impacts, and prioritize benefits to disproportionately impacted communities and address historical inequalities."

Comment opportunities are open!

On February 23, 2024, Commissioner Megan Gilman issued a decision seeking written comments from stakeholders to help the Commission make rules implementing some of the requirements of SB 21-272. The legislation says that when making decisions about retail customer programs, the Commission shall ensure to the extent reasonably possible that low-income customers and customers in disproportionately impacted communities receive proportionate access to the benefits of those programs. While the specifics are yet to be determined, retail customer programs could include energy efficiency, renewable energy, or electric vehicle programs that utility customers can sign up for.

While more information and questions are provided in the decision, comments are welcome on questions like:

Initial written comments are requested by March 14, 2024, and responsive comments by March 28, 2024. Please use this online form to submit written comments, or use one of the other options listed below.

Get Involved with the PUC's Equity Work


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Participate in Workshops and Other Activities

Send Us a Public Comment

Public comments are most comparable to writing an letter to an elected official. Comments are provided to whomever is deciding the matter (i.e., Commissioners or an administrative law judge) and are maintained as part of the Commission's proceedings. The Department of Public Health and Environment has helpful tips on making effective public comments.  We offer several options to submit public comments:

Please include "Proceeding 22M-0171ALL" and/or "Senate Bill 272" in your comment to help us get it to the right place.

Participate in Other Commission Proceedings

Language Access

The Commission strives to accommodate all members of the public at its hearings and meetings by providing services for foreign language users and persons with disabilities upon receipt of a reasonable accommodation request. Requests for such accommodations should be made at least one week prior to the event by completing the Language Access Form. Requests can also be made directly by contacting Holly Bise at 303.894.2024 or by emailing