Ronald L. Lehr practices law and consults clients about energy regulation and business matters. Current assignments include foundation funded consulting work on a variety of topics related to increasing the amount of clean energy in electric systems, including work for Western Grid Group on western grid-level system, operations integration, and transmission planning; for America’s Power Plan on new utility business models and regulatory reforms that support them; and for a consortium of foundations interested in application of new financial approaches to address stranded utility assets resulting from retiring fossil generation plants. He has worked for private firms, non-profit advocacy groups, national energy laboratories, and foundations on renewable energy policies and commercialization strategies. He has represented the wind industry in the Western U.S. on regional transmission and related issues for over a decade, and has appeared as an expert witness, sponsoring testimony in administrative venues on utility planning and mergers, and in anti-trust, employment, and government claim litigation.
He served for seven years from 1984 to 1991 as Chairman and Commissioner of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. He has served on corporate and foundation boards of directors and boards of advisors. He completed terms as an appointed member of panels charged to make recommendations on electric industry restructuring, renewable energy resources, and transmission needs to the Colorado General Assembly, and as President and Commissioner of the Denver Board of Water Commissioners, the water utility for Denver and surrounding suburban areas.