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Colorado Department of Law — Annual Report 2009

achieve fair utility rates for all types of customers. The unit works to ensure that all Coloradans receive adequate and reliable gas, electric, telephone, water and water- sewer, and motor carrier utility service.

In 2009:

  • Unit attorneys represented staff on behalf of the public interest in an application to increase electric rates submitted by an Xcel Energy subsidiary, Public Service Company of Colorado. Xcel initially requested a rate increase of $180.2 million and the Public Utilities Commission approved an increase of $128.3 million, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2010.

  • Attorneys from the Unit represented the commission staff in a proceeding addressing Xcel Energy’s application to establish a new Electric Commodity Adjustment mechanism to recover its fuel and purchased energy costs. The Public Utilities Commission adopted the majority of staff’s recommendations concerning rate structure and incentive mechanisms.

  • Unit attorneys represented the Public Utilities Commission staff in a proceeding addressing Qwest Corporation’s application to increase its rate cap for residential basic local exchange phone service. Based in part on staff’s advocacy, the Public Utilities Commission granted an increase significantly lower than that requested by Qwest.

of rules and regulations, enforcement of corresponding state laws and regulations, and any emergency issues that might arise.

In 2009:

  • Unit attorneys worked closely with the Division of Banking on the closure of New Frontier Bank in Greeley.

  • Attorneys from the Unit also assisted with the ongoing liquidation proceeding of American International Depository and Trust.


This Unit acts as general and litigation counsel to the various divisions of the Department of Agriculture. Unit attorneys advise the Department of Agriculture on a wide variety of subject areas including rulemaking, Pet Animal Care Facilities Act enforcement matters, emergency preparedness, zoning, homeland security, regulation of the sale and use of pesticides, regulation of seed and nursery stock, certification of organic producers, regulation of farm products dealers and commodity handlers, inspection of all commercially used weights and measures in the state, and administration of the State Fair and its associated activities.

Division of Banking and Division of Financial Services

The Division of Banking is responsible for the regulation of state-chartered commercial banks, trust companies, industrial banks and money transmitters. The Division of Financial Services supervises state-chartered credit unions, savings and loan associations, and certain financial activities of life care institutions. Unit attorneys assist and advise on a variety of matters, including charter and license application hearings, promulgation

In 2009:

  • Unit attorneys successfully obtained a restraining order against an individual who threatened to slaughter 23 Arabian horses held on his property either by inviting sharp shooters to engage in target practice or by massacring them on the steps of county buildings. Their work allowed the Department of Agriculture and the Weld County Sheriff’s Office to take possession of the horses. The State prevailed in a fitness of ownership hearing, allowing the Department of Agriculture to bar the individual from recovering the animals.


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