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Joshua Epel was appointed Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in April of 2011, and reappointed in December of 2014 by Gov. John Hickenlooper. His four-year term expires in January 2019.
Mr. Epel is chairman of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Task Force on Environmental Regulation and serves on the ERE Committee. Mr. Epel is former co-chair of the SEE Action Committee on Industrial Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat and Power Working Group and is co-author of the report, “Guide to the Successful Implementation of State Combined Heat and Power Policies.”
Prior to his appointment, Joshua was Assistant General Counsel at DCP Midstream, where he oversaw all environmental, public health and safety matters for the company. He was also responsible for multiple areas of operations and helped to develop the company’s climate change Strategy. DCP Midstream is the largest midstream natural gas gathering and processing company in the United States.
Joshua’s environmental work led him to be appointed to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC), where he served as Chair. At OGCC, Joshua was instrumental in streamlining business and regulatory processes to strike a balance between business, regulation and the environment.
Prior to DCP Midstream, Epel was at Gablehouse and Epel, where he worked on environmental matters and focused primarily on the Federal and State Clean Air Act. He represented a broad spectrum of interests and his manufacturing clients included the cement, titanium, oil and gas, refining, utility and printing and publishing industries. He served as the acting Special Attorney General to the Colorado Department of Transportation, and as the environmental counsel for several Colorado municipalities.
Joshua has represented the State of Colorado as a member of the Regional Air Quality Council and the Grand Canyon visibility Transport Commission.
Joshua graduated from William James College and attended the University of Michigan and McGill University. He has a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire.