Jeff Ackermann advises regulators and advocates on effective regulatory reform across the spectrum of electric utility transformation.
His 30-plus years of state government and energy sector experience includes four years as chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, until January 2021. During that time, he presided over some of the most dramatic clean energy developments in Colorado’s regulated electric sector, from accelerated retirement of fossil-fueled generating resources to grid modernization and electrification of the transportation sector. In 2019-2020, he also served as chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment.
Prior to his tenure as PUC chair, he served as director of the Colorado Energy Office for four years, starting in 2013. In that capacity, he provided leadership for various initiatives that expanded the state’s clean energy agenda.
Mr. Ackermann has engaged with the utility regulatory process from numerous perspectives: as an advocate for income-constrained households; as the lead utility staff member developing a “green pricing” program; and as the demand-side management advisor and later chief policy researcher for the Colorado public utilities commissioners.
He is also associated with the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, where he is a senior policy advisor.
Mr. Ackermann has a Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University and an environmental economic policy degree from Albion College.