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Austin Rueschhoff


555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Austin assists clients on nearly all aspects of public utility regulation including rate setting and reliability issues, permitting, rulemakings, and litigation matters.

His practice is focused on state and federal regulation of utilities and electricity generators. Austin’s clients include large energy consumers, large independent power producers and developers, qualifying facilities, local distribution companies, and oil and gas pipelines throughout the Mountain West.

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Administrative Litigation – State Regulatory Commissions

Austin appears regularly in formal administrative proceedings before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, Montana Public Service Commission, and Wyoming Public Service Commission. Austin’s experience includes the following issues:

  • Rate cases
  • Tariff disputes
  • Resource planning
  • Public convenience and necessity applications
  • Rulemakings
  • Siting of electricity generation facilities
  • Demand side management

Regulation of Utilities and Energy Markets

Outside of formal administrative proceedings, Austin routinely advises clients regarding the:

  • State regulation of electric, gas, and water utilities
  • Federal regulation of wholesale electric markets and electric transmission
  • Energy supply
  • Application and interpretation of administrative rules and statutes
  • Qualifying Facilities
  • Legislation


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions


  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™, Environmental Law, 2021-2023

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Energy Bar Association Rocky Mountain Chapter
    • President, 2022-present
    • Member of the Board, 2019-2022
  • Natural Resource and Energy Law Section, Colorado Bar Association, Executive Council Member, 2017-present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Denver Bar Association, Member

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