Feb. 14, 2017: Jeff Ackermann has been appointed and confirmed as the Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Wendy Moser has been appointed as a PUC Commissioner. The Colorado State Senate voted to confirm Ackermann and Moser on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. The vote was 26-8 to confirm Ackermann and 30-4 to confirm Moser. The PUC oversees the state’s investor-owned power utilities--Xcel Energy Inc., and Black Hills Energy, part of Black Hills Corporation—and some aspects of public transportation, such as taxis and ride-sharing companies Uber Technologies and Lyft; and telecommunications, including land-line telephone service. Before taking their seats at the PUC in mid-January, 2017, Ackermann was the Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office under Hickenlooper for the last three-and-a-half years, and previously led research for the PUC. Moser was the senior manager at Charter Communications, where she was over government franchise relations, public affairs and regulatory compliance in several states. From 2011 to 2014 she worked as a vice president at Black Hills Energy, which covers southern Colorado.