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Task Force Leadership



Jeffrey Ackermann was appointed Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) effective Jan. 9, 2017 by Gov. John Hickenlooper. His four-year term expires in January 2021.

Prior to his appointment, Jeff served as executive director of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). Under his leadership, CEO made significant strides in improving innovative production and efficient consumption of Colorado’s energy resources.

He has more than three decades of experience in state government and the energy sector.  Previous to his CEO appointment, Jeff led the research efforts at the PUC, focusing on issues ranging from electric system planning to the regulatory implications of emerging technologies.  Jeff also served as an advisor to the commissioners on energy efficiency (demand-side management).

Jeff started his professional career in the service of low-income energy consumers, twice as director of the state’s energy efficiency assistance program (weatherization) as well as an advocate for energy consumers with the state’s nonprofit energy assistance fund.

Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree in non-profit management from Regis University.


Dr. Laura Nelson was appointed as energy advisor by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert in May 2016. She also continues to serve as the executive director for the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, a position she has held since 2014. Prior, Dr. Nelson served as the vice president of government and regulatory affairs for Potash Ridge, Corp., the vice president of energy and environmental development for Red Leaf Resources, and the energy advisor for Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman.

For two decades, Dr. Nelson has been proactive in defining and supporting balanced and sustainable energy solutions, including providing Congressional testimony, participating in regional collaborations, working with counties and cities, and coordinating across diverse stakeholders to deliver positive policy, regulatory and commercial results.

Dr. Nelson holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah and resides with her family in Salt Lake City.


Commissioner J. Andrew McAllister, Ph.D., was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in May 2012, and re-appointed in January 2017. Beginning in the early 1990s, Commissioner McAllister has been working on clean energy deployment and policy for his entire 25-year career. He has worked across the world to develop renewable energy generation, energy efficiency investments, and energy management systems, with counterparts ranging from tiny remote communities to the largest of utilities. Commissioner McAllister administered two of California’s signature renewable energy programs (California Solar Initiative and Self-Generation Incentive Program), developed and operated energy efficiency programs for utilities, and performed a broad range of policy-related research for California and the U.S. Federal government. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Alliance to Save Energy. Commissioner McAllister’s deep grounding in technology, policy and marketplace provides him with uncommon insight on the accelerating changes taking place in the electric power sector.

Commissioner Beth Trombold was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) by Governor John Kasich in 2013 and reappointed to a second term in 2018.

Commissioner Trombold serves as vice-chair of the PUCO, and alongside the chairman has coordinated the PUCO’s PowerForward initiative focused on modernizing the electric grid.

She also serves on NARUC's Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. She is the past president of the Organization of PJM States, Inc., an organization of 14 state commissions in the service area of PJM, the regional transmission operator. Trombold is chair of the Independent State Agencies Committee focused on transmission needs within PJM. She also serves on the Financial Research Institute advisory board at the University of Missouri.

Prior to her appointment, Trombold served as assistant director of the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA). A long time public servant, she also served in a variety of roles within the PUCO, including director of Economic Development and Public Affairs. During her career, Commissioner Trombold led legislative efforts on many important utility issues; including: electric restructuring, natural gas choice, and telecommunications reform.

Commissioner Trombold received a bachelor's in business administration from Ohio University and a master’s in public policy and management from The Ohio State University. She currently serves on the Glenn College Alumni Society Board.