Koncilja Appointed to Public Utility Commission

by Doug Chartier

LAW WEEK COLORADO

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday the appointment of Frances Koncilja to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission effective Jan. 12, 2016.

The Colorado PUC provides regulatory oversight of the state’s public utilities. Fixed utilities regulated by the Colorado PUC include electric power utilities, natural gas utilities, intrastate natural gas pipelines, district heating utilities, drinking water utilities and telecommunications utilities. The Colorado PUC also regulates transportation utilities that include railroads, taxis, shuttles and charters.

Koncilja, a Colorado native, has practiced law in the Denver area since 1972. She has handled a range of criminal, commercial, civil and bankruptcy disputes for clients ranging from the indigent to Fortune 500 companies. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Colorado, now Colorado State University – Pueblo, and her law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

The Colorado PUC consists of three commissioners appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Colorado State Senate. Koncilja’s term expires January 2020. She replaces Commissioner Pamela Patton who served in the role since 2012.